Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I got a J.O.B.!

After 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, I ventured out and got a job. Yes, a J.O.B. It's not full time. I can hardly even call it part time! It's just perfect. I create my own hours, do the work when it fits my schedule, and get a little extra dough each month. Oh yeah...it will come in handy when Kevin begins his orthodontic treatment this month!

So that's what's been going on with me. Although the work itself is not extremely time consuming, the training was a bit intense, involving four days, five nights in Chicago. CHICAGO! In January! The week after that infamous polar vortex! Needless to say, I spent two weeks getting ready...buying long undergarments, gloves, a hat...things that I never have a need for in south Louisiana. Try finding a long coat in January. Not going to happen. I guess they are already making way for the swim suits. Macy's had a few leftovers along a short wall at the back of the store. Even Burlington COAT Factory had only rack after empty rack. So I had to do with what I already owned, a less than ideal situation.

Luckily, the weather cooperated, the polar vortex spun its way north, and temps were manageable. Here are a couple of pictures. The first is from the plane as we were about to land, downtown Chicago in the background:


and another through the window of the hotel shuttle, just a pretty snow covered neighborhood:


Sigh. That's all I saw of Chicago. One day, when the weather is warm, I'll have to go back and play tourist.

About that job: Sorry to be so mysterious about what I do, but it's kind of proprietary information that I cannot share, since it involves quality assurance assessments. Anyway, I think I'm going to like it. :)

10 comments:

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Congratulations, Madeline!

Nancy Thomas said...

Congrats Madeline!!

Meghann said...

Congrats! And Chicago is awesome- you must go back!

Leslie Webster said...

Congrats on your job. Glad you were able to find some warm clothes to bring with you. Living in Calif I completely understand about having to go to colder climate and not owning enough warm weather clothes.

Valerie Andrieux said...

Congrats ! You're probably pretty excited about this new beginning...

lil gik said...

Congratulations and glad your travels were safe!

Tanya Ham said...

Congrats! :) I've always wanted to visit Chicago, but only in the summer!! :)

artfulscrapbooking said...

Congrats on your new job!! :) Evie

Danielle said...

Congrats on the job Madeline, so exciting!! And thanks for sharing a little bit of Chicago, I love that city and want to go back real bad.. :-)

scrapper al said...

Congratulations on the new job! It sounds interesting (from what you could tell us).