I had been a ball of nerves for weeks. And then FINALLY, I got good news. I sat at work on a Friday afternoon, wondering why I was still there at 3pm when it was waaayyyy too sunny outside to be couped up and behind a computer. And especially now that I wasn't too fond of my current job, I looked for any reason to leave...headache, hangnail, bad breath, whatever!
As I started packing up, I got a congratulatory email stating that I passed my exam! It only took them 7 WEEKS to score a computer-administered exam. But oh well..since I passed, I forgave them. I happily marched over to my Dept. Head to gloat but, more importantly, be reimbursed for my efforts. As I held the printed email up, I hoped that he could read what I was thinking. Something along the lines of "Look at me now, look at me now...ohhhhhh...I'm getting paper...I'm fresher than a mug." He seemed rather impressed, especially considering how one of his team leaders couldn't pass the exam to save his life. I left him to marinate on that, bcuz Happy Hour was definitely necessary.
On my way to get a margarita about the size of my head, I get a call. After 7 WEEKS of interviewing I was offered the job in DC! I tried to play it cool as the guy was running down the salary and list of benefits. PRAISE HIM! When God shows up, He shows out! I have been so unhappy with my job. I just got to the point where I didn't want to design anymore. When you have to sit in your car in the morning before you enter the building and at lunch to give yourself a pep talk, it is definitely time to move on. Feeling unappreciated, wronged, replaceable, etc. is not a good look. NOW, I will be getting paid more money to work from home (heading to DC occasionally) doing the function, which I loved the most on my current job, full-time. I can also potentially move back to the N.O. anytime I want to. It gets no sweeter. They gave me the weekend to think about it, but my mind was made up during the conversation. This job was better than any job that I could've possibly found in the N.O.
I already had plans to celebrate my birthday early with my girlfriends last weekend, but this was cause for an EXTRA toast. We went to a tasting at a local winery. We always start out so diginified, but by the end of the night, our shoes were off, dancing in the grass and on the stage with the band. We followed it up with a champagne brunch on Sunday. I couldn't think of a better way to bring in 34.
After a fabulous weekend celebration, I handed in my two weeks notice, first thing Monday morning. I thought that after all I had been through the past few months that their reaction would've been "Ok, bye." I never got the feeling that I was valued until the company attempted to counter my offer. It's funny how I have been begging for more money that they could never find for almost 3 years. The increase was comparable to the new job, but the stress was certainly not worth it. The reaction that I have been getting from my peers and VPs alike is that I'll be missed but they understand how great an opportunity this new job is for me. I will still see most during meetings for the professional organizations we belong to. Others...well, bye!
My dad, my stepmom, and my baby nephew came up on my bday. I was spoiled! J's dad came up on Thursday and my friends came down from northern VA to attend my baby's graduation from elementary school on Friday. It has been a long time coming! I am SO proud of my lil man! We are both embarking on new beginnings and it couldn't be more exciting.
Here it is...it's my last week at the current job and I have SOOOOO much stuff to do. Let's see, I'll be checking FB, all my email accounts...oh, I think that it's my turn in Draw Something, gotta catch up on my forums...and maybe somewhere amidst all that busy-ness, I MAY do SOME work.
I encourage YOU to have the best week ever!
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