So I woke up WAY too early, and realized as I was on the giant hill onramp from Beltway 8 to 290 that I have been truly spoiled working so close to home for the past 2 and a half years. Oh my God. I forgot how horrid morning traffic can be, and especially on the way to the Galleria. But that was the most eventful part of my day. I had no problem finding the office building and got there in one piece, and the rest of the day was pretty low key. I was working at a reception desk, answering phones on a cool computer phone switchboard set-up. The office was really nice, the people were friendly. I only got a call stuck in phone limbo one time, and the HR person that trained me said the phones always act up when they have a temp.
But you want to know a secret? Want to know what was a really cool feeling? Leaving at 6pm (it was a 9 hour day) and just walking away from it all. Instead of a list of 87 things I need to follow up on Monday, I got to leave a note for the receptionist for when she returns and then I was out the door. Sure, I didn’t make what I’m used to making as far as money goes … but no stress. I forgot what that feels like. I don’t think I could work that way forever – I tend to thrive on stress – but for today it felt good.
My resume has gone out from the placement counselor to a few more firms. She is hoping to hear back from them early next week, so now it’s a waiting game. Meanwhile I’ll temp whenever I can to make some extra money. I think I’ll enjoy the stress free days.
Tomorrow morning I head to the USS Lexington with my Dad & Jason. It’s one of our last Cub Scout activities – Jason’s Arrow of Light Ceremony is Sunday, December 15th. I can’t believe he’s done with Cub Scouts. This will be a great way to end it – one final trip with everyone that we’ve been so involved with for years.