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Survived my first night.

But first, a word from our sponsor, Teh Cuteness:

This was my first time in the house I hadn’t been in yet, and I found out that three of the six kids are known to me — one I have a brief but intense history with.  The system is considerably different in the details from what I’m used to.  I did okay with the overnight — I made it home with a very short nap at a rest area.  The house manager was very nice — everybody was very nice — and it looks  like this is going to be a pretty good fit.  I do think I’m going to see about switching my day-swing double on Tuesday for a swing-grave double.  That would give me the possibility of a relatively regular sleep pattern — not an option when you work one day shift, three swing shifts, and one grave.  And the house manager at this house did offer me the chance to do another training shift for graveyards before I do my first one — it’s a solo shift, and there are a number of detailed things to take care of, and I’d like al ittle more practice with that before I’m doing it solo.  That will also give me five training shifts, for a full 40 hours on my paycheck for this month, which helps too.

I’ve come up with a tentative plan for the upcoming future:  take some social science classes at the community college (psychology and sociology) to prepare for a masters in counseling or social work program (I can do an online masters in counseling program with five social sciences classes).  The folks I’m now working for will reimburse for tuition.  I’m not sure the details of that program, but I am sure that doing classes and working graves like I did last night work pretty well together — lots of time to study, and studying gives me something to do to help me stay awake.  Not really sure where my “move to Virginia” plan fits with that yet, but it’s not time for that anyhow.  More will unfold as we go along.

I slept a few hours this afternoon, and I’m going to be going to bed kinda early tonight, and then I should be okay for tomorrow.  And then I just need to figure out my plan for the rest of the week.  Hope that unfolds quickly enough.

Monday, part 4.5

I stopped and got a new plastic wall tube on my way back from work, but then I found that the old one not only was falling apart — it wasn’t held together by a normal fitting — it was held together by (I’m not kidding) electrical tape.  The nipple it was connected to is old and corroded and the threads don’t work.  Oh, and (as I was typing this, I figured out that) I need to cut the new wall tube to get it to fit to the p-trap, even though I won’t be able to get a good fit (all at once, the electrical tape makes sense). 

The ultimate solution is going to be replacing two or three little fittings of cast-iron pipe with a combination of stainless and plastic.  But, in addition to the money being too tight to do that right this second, I also have been unable to get the metal fittings to break loose so I could even try to do that. 

Tomorrow I get to take a UA to prove that I’m not drugged (chuckle), and then do my first training shift for the new job — a graveyard, starting tomorrow at midnight.

I wonder how strong my nephew is feeling these days.  Maybe he can break that loose for me and put the new pieces in place — it’s not that complicated (if I can do it, it’s not, and I did it on the drain for the other sink right next to it). 

I got the job.

I start June 1 at $1/hour more than I’ve been at, full time, benefits, 3% raise in a month. 

I’m tickled.  Thanks for the prayers and good wishes. 

I go down next Wednesday morning to sign the final papers and nail down my schedule. 

That’s all for now.

Interviews are coming.

This is mildly encouraging.  I have an interview to work in a RTC for sex offenders that’s about 90 minutes away on Thursday, and another to work with teens in recovery from chemical addictions in Seattle two weeks from today.

I’m not exactly excited about the first one.  I’m not sure it would be better than working in one of the group homes for Secret Harbor, all of which would have less travel and I’ve got a good shot of getting into one if I try.  The main thing it would offer is another agencies name on my resume and learning a new system, both of which are good things.

The second one I just now scheduled.  Both came from resumes I turned in at the career fair at Western last Thursday, and it’s encouraging that I’m getting calls for interviews — I’ve not gotten those before from resumes at the career fairs.  I’m not sure that this is all that different from the other position — the title doesn’t appear on their website, but what’s closest is a Case Aid position that would be comparable to the level of what I’m already doing.  It’s full time, and it’s got full benefits, and it pays a couple dollars an hour more than what I’m getting now.  It would have the same advantages as the other position.  The similarity in the positions would be a sign that they’re recognizing the Secret Harbor name and know that my time there means that I know how to handle residential settings with difficult people.

These do not pay as well as the positions I’ve really been wanting, but they are steps up, and might help get closer to those positions.  They would likely require moving, which I’m not thrilled about, but, right now, I’ll take incremental progress and not starving to death.  I’m going to continue pursuing other options and see if I can get something better.