I’m about three weeks into my new job, and I must say, I’m still enjoying it.
It has definite advantages over, oh, all the employment I had in 2008. My Boss is decidedly un-crazy, and a good manager of people. This is a joyous change from my last perma-Boss, from Green Nonprofit. The work is interesting, but not especially challenging. That’s OK. I’ll take steady and important and not-that-hard, as long as there’s a decent paycheck, a pleasant workplace, and good benefits.
Now that I am making a little more money and budgeting (oh Quicken, how I love thee) for 2009, I am wowed by how hard 2008 was. I’m planning a few purchases that I had planned for in 2008, but have had to put off. None of them are terribly exciting or large: paint for the upstairs bedrooms, a new mattress/ box spring, some edging for the garden beds. It feels good to be able to think about and actually plan little projects for the house. Last year, all I could do was look around my mostly empty home and wistfully daydream.I just held on for dear life, paying the mortgage, and hoping that all my hard work at looking for a new job would pay off.
It has, thus far.
------------- *Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. --Emily Dickinson