I have felt a little bit… disjointed lately. I feel like I’m living two lives: One in my hometown and one in Guelph. In my hometown, I go to work and spend time with Tyler. I rarely see my family because we’re on totally opposite schedules. My family works days and I work afternoons/evenings. It’s been extremely frustrating because the only reason that I applied for new jobs in London was because I wanted to be closer to them and see them more often. Unfortunately, it feels like I’m seeing them even less than before. I used to come home every other weekend and every Wednesday for baseball. Now I go to Guelph every weekend because we need to pack up our stuff and I’ve missed a few baseball games because I’ve had to work. Luckily, I’ll only be missing one more this season.

One thing that may improve this disjointed feeling I’m having is the fact that I got a new job! I applied for a full-time position in Parkhill on June 21st, had an interview on June 30th, and they told me that they would call the successful candidate on July 14th by 4:30pm. I didn’t think that I would get it because the person who interviewed after me already worked there in a relief position and I’ll admit that I would be frustrated if someone from outside the agency was given a job over me when I’d already put in some time. The only reason that I can think of that gave me an edge was because my last job was exactly like this one and my references are really good. I also didn’t think that I got it because by July 14th at 9am, I still had not gotten a call about it. They told me they would call the successful candidate anywhere from 0 to 14 days. They called me on the 14th day at 4:26pm  – 4 minutes until their offices closed for the day. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I got that call. I started shrieking and jumping up and down. I feel like this is the change that I needed. I was just starting to really get into a rhythm at my other job, but I hate working alone. At my old job, there was always at least one other staff on, and when I worked, there was almost always at least 3. At this new job, there will always be 3 because they never drop below a 1:4 staff to client ratio. I don’t feel like I necessarily need another staff with me – I’ve proven this several times over the past few weeks – but I really like knowing that I have back-up and someone to walk through the incident with me afterwards. Anyways, I start there August 1st. I’m getting more money, benefits, and more hours. I also only work 4 days a week though! The hours are longer – typically 9-12 hour shifts, but when I have to drive about 50 minutes each way to work, I’d rather have 4 longer shifts than 5 shorter shifts. My other job actually asked to keep me until the end of August, but my new place said that they wanted me as soon as possible. I can’t wait to start! I’m really excited! 🙂

Tyler has also been working like crazy on his thesis and he’s currently looking at a presentation date of August 20th. It will be so nice for him to be done! He’s been working so hard on this and I can tell that he just wants it to be over with, lol. Hopefully he can get a job soon after he’s finished his thesis and then we can find a place for us.

I am really excited to try to find a house for us. Tyler and I have never got to live alone because his brother lived with us the entire time that we lived together in Guelph. Now we’re moving in with my parents until we can find a house that we like. We’ve looked at a few, but we can’t seem to agree on what we want. We both want a bigger house because we don’t want to have to move in a few years when we have more than 1 kid. We also want a big backyard because that’s something Tyler didn’t really get as a kid. Ideally, I would also like to find one in my hometown. Unfortunately though, the town is pretty small and houses don’t come up for sale very often. They’re building a new subdivision, but we’ll need to really go through all of the designs and figure out what we want if we were to build there.

Anyways, that’s my update. I really hope that this disjointed feeling passes soon. We’re aiming to be out of Guelph by the end of August, so let’s hope all goes to plan!


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