Saturday, June 23, 2012

I recently wrote on Facebook, "It's funny how the universe opens doors when you're not even looking for them."

Well, yesterday yet another door slammed shut on our fingers. My husband was laid off from his job of 9 years.

I took the career leap I did based on the fact that his job was stable and we had NO indication this was coming. We're pretty scared.

This means no Alaska trip (I have to cancel 60 days in advance to get 75% the deposit back OR send a check for the additional $2000, which ain't happening...and the trip is in 64 days so that decision had to be made quickly). I'm more sad for Scott than for myself with this was his dream vacation and I am so bummed that we had to make that decision.

The good thing is that my husband is brilliant. I'm not saying that to be nice...the man is literally a genius. So I am hopeful that he will find something soon, but until then, belts are tightened, we're canceling satellite TV service, and I'm going to work every minute that I have available to me in the next 2 weeks before I leave the old/new job for good.

To leave this positive, I started my new job yesterday and it is awesome! I love it. The people are fantastic. It's very fast paced and it's going to be tough at first until I get the hang of things, but there's NO micromanaging. I can really kick ass at this job.

I'm off to work...urgent care center today. 2 weeks from today is my last day there. See ya later.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Job...Yes, Again

If we're Facebook friends, you've probably already seen this but here is the crazy that is my life...

I accidentally had a job interview on Tuesday.

I was at my primary care doctor that morning (not for anything bad...just rechecking my vitamin D and B12 levels) and I was talking to the PA, Lisa, about some issues I had with the front office staff. I mentioned that I recently started working in an urgent care office and seriously, the number one rule (in my opinion) is to NEVER, EVER make promises that you can't keep to a patient. Lisa proceeded to tell me that she knows, and they're desperately trying to hire someone smart to work in the office. I made a smartass comment like, pfffft, hire me...I'll whip this place into shape. She immediately asked for my resume. I laughed. She said she was serious and they could really use someone like me.

She asked me to wait a minute and went and got the doctor who owns the practice, Dr. H. He said that seriously, I should bring my resume by and they're looking to hire someone really soon as they currently have a temp working at checkout.

So....I went home, printed my resume and went to drop it off.

Dr. H saw me walk in (without a stitch of makeup, in jeans and a t-shirt, hair not done) and pulled me aside and said he wanted to do a quick interview right there.

Long story short...he wanted me to start ASAP. A little more money than I'm making - not much, but a little. Steady schedule...9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday, paid holidays and vacation. He understands that I have very little medical office experience but was impressed by all of my computer and customer service experience and said he knows I can learn the rest in no time.

So...I'm not usually a job hopper. I've only been at the urgent care place for 2.5 months. But this really seems like the universe telling me something important.

I start part time tomorrow (part time because I gave 2 weeks notice at the urgent care) and go full time on July 9.

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's That Time Again

Scene: Italian restaurant. Saturday night. Scott and I were having dinner. I was having a bowl of lentil and sausage soup.

Scott: What's wrong?

Me: I'm a little stuck. My stomach is pretty tight today. No big deal. Stupid time of the month.

Scott: If those two systems are connected, the doctor really screwed something up.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Random Broccoli

There was a random hunk of broccoli and half a lemon on the break room table yesterday. I asked one of the ladies I work with about this, and apparently one of the doctors does this every time she works - puts a whole head of broccoli or lettuce or cauliflower on the table in the morning and goes in to the break room between patients and hacks a piece off for a snack. Interesting, no?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Did You Miss Me?

My little sister commented that I hadn't posted a new blog in awhile. She is a very busy new mom and a pediatrician and for HER to notice, it must be bad.

What can I say? I've been busy. The new job is mostly good. Being a medical receptionist is a whole new world. I've had to learn a bazillion new acronyms. I had no idea what a PIP was, or an MRO, or a COC. I have had to learn how to get through a 12-14 hour shift with only one real break to sit down and eat a meal. I've had to learn that sometimes that being tired wins over being hungry and chips and salsa is an option for dinner so that I can get to bed faster. I've learned to embrace the protein shake because on tight days, that's sometimes the only way I am getting enough protein in to function. I'm still working both jobs but I have cut down significantly on the tech support job because I was about to have a mental and physical meltdown. (Poor Lap Band Gal...she sent me a text asking how things were going and I was having a rough day and I totally vented all over her.) I called in sick to the tech support job the following day...I had been trying to not miss a day of work even though I had a sinus infection and it finally got to me...and after spending a day resting, eating well, and getting a nice long (but gentle) workout in, I felt way better mentally.

Physically...I have had this sinus headache/ear pain thing that hasn't wanted to go away. The whole right side of my face and throat hurts a lot of the time. A course of antibiotics didn't help. I have an appointment with an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor this afternoon to see what's going on. I suspect it's related to allergies, but we'll see.

And now on to happier stuff! Scott and I went to visit my sister and BIL and our gorgeous nephew this weekend. We didn't really DO a whole lot in the Boston area other than go out to eat and go for a few walks when the weather wasn't crappy, but it was so wonderful to see everyone and especially to spend time snuggling with that sweet baby. My favorite times were making him giggle (is there anything more awesome than baby giggles?) and watching Scott read him the book that he picked out for the baby when he was still in Dana's tummy.

And I don't care who you farts are hilarious.

Zachary tried applesauce for the first time...

My mom, Zachary's grandma, sent him this cool teething toy. It vibrates when he bites on it and he LOVED it!

Other than that, nothing particularly interesting has been going on. I'd say I'll be better about blogging, but that would be a lie since I have a couple of intense workweeks ahead. But I'll do my best!