Last week I mentioned interviewing for a higher-level position at my workplace.
My interview was on Tuesday and lasted about 45 minutes. I was told I'd hear the results within a few days/a week.
24 hours later and I've been offered the job!
It's basically a management position, instead of captioning I'll be supervising captioners, monitoring their speed/accuracy and attendance, and handling problems on the call floor as they come up. I really enjoyed captioning because it's so laid back and relaxing, and a fun test of personal skill. Being a manager will be much more work and much less relaxing. But honestly, I needed a confidence boost. I've needed once since 2017. I've needed to be needed in the work force. And I want to learn, and do a good job. Oh and of course I could really use the money!
So I am excited for this change, and hope that it will be a good one.
I start training right away on Monday. This means that my work schedule is suddenly changing, so I had to inform my stenography teacher right away. To my surprise, in addition to being perfectly OK with me doing some self-study for the next two weeks, she also told me she's nominating me for a $5000 scholarship opportunity! I will have to work extra hard and learn some specific stenography things faster than usual. But if I can do it, that could mean literally half off my tuition. And even if I don't get the scholarship, the accelerated learning would put me way ahead in my studies and make it more possible for me to graduate on time.
Both of these things happened on the same day. CRAZY. WEIRD.
So those are the main unexpected excitements.
The other thing is, my garden is doing spectacularly well.
The herbs especially seem very happy to be alive. The parsley is shooting all over the place and the basil has grown an additional 1/3rd of its original size. I'm going to have to trim all of the herbs back this week! The tomato plant has doubled in size and will need support soon. It has one flower, so I'm hoping to get a few tomatoes at some point. I was also surprised to find two strawberries hiding under one of the strawberry plants! Somehow I didn't actually expect things to bear fruit haha.
Lastly, the radishes and carrots that I planted from seed are coming up quickly and with a lot of energy :) The radishes literally appeared 48 hours after planting! I love that enthusiasm!
Since my schedule is being shifted around for training, I now have the whole weekend off.
I'm hoping to use one of those days to prepare the soil around the house for planting. It would be nice if I could move the decorative plants to the "yard", and maybe some of the herbs as well.
In other house news, Jameson got new blinds installed! They are SO nice. The old blinds were extremely loud and clunky, half-broken, and made this place feel like a rental. These new blinds change the lighting and make it feel a lot more like a home in here. Love them.
Our housewarming party was Thursday night. four of Jameson's friends came over to have fun with us.
I spent the day mostly cleaning and prepping for their arrival. I did a little prep work for the food, like seasoning the wings and getting them in the oven and making a chimichurri sauce for the flank steak. But Jameson did 99% of the meal planning and cooking this time, and he did an amazing job! I was especially impressed with the sweet and hot sticky wings, and the chicken carrot taquitos, both of which were recipes from The Dude Diet.
For my contribution I bought a lot of booze haha. And I made a mundane salad, and a pretty tasty "berry dump" cobbler with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, bourbon, oats, vanilla, and brown sugar. Topped with vanilla ice cream and homemade whipped cream, it was pretty awfully good! No leftovers for this one!
After the meal we played Quiplash and a few other Steam games. I didn't win :P but it was still lots of fun!
Some of the answers you can get in that game definitely make you look at your friends in a different light, lol.
As far as I could tell everyone had a good time. I think our first attempt at hosting was a great success!
The next day we got up a bit late, not surprisingly. It was glorious to step out into a clean living room and kitchen.
Man, I wish people would come over more often so I'd be forced to keep the house this clean all the time!!
We could have gone to the gym but said screw it, and just relaxed for most of the day.
I really needed some quiet time to process my life haha. I practiced my stenography and experimented with screen recordings so that I can send my teacher evidence that I'm actually working while not attending class over the next two weeks. When I got to a point where I needed a break from steno, I enjoyed some party leftovers and went to the garden to give my tomato plant a stake for support (good day for it too, as it was pretty windy.) While Jameson played Luigi's Mansion I read The Dragon Reborn and chatted with my sister via text. It was really nice to chill, and I need to enjoy it now before my life gets a whole lot more crazy in two days.
Jameson has a gig tonight, so I'm continuing my chill solo as I type this.
I have tomorrow and Sunday off, and begin my training on Monday.
Wish me luck!