Today, I had my provisional ending meeting with Linda and Phyllis. My meeting was scheduled for 11:00AM. I took my time prepping for it. This meeting was all I could think about. I am pretty sure that I was going to happy be with the results, and all was going to be well, but still, there is that little bit of doubt.
When I went to the meeting, I had to meet them in this conference room that we call the “Fishbowl.” I went up to see Phyllis first before the meeting. I was 15 mins early. I brought my white notebook, that has gold polka dots on it, along with my mug that matches my notebook. I kinda have a thing for gold polka dots.
When Linda, came in she talked to Phyllis really quick about some housekeeping things in the Division, then we got right down to talking about my Provisional Ending. We went through the Staff Expectations hand out, my strengths, my weaknesses, and etc.
At the end of the meeting, she offered me my position permanently. I was so happy. I was afraid to react. I didn’t want to be seen as unprofessional. She said, “You can react, just don’t scream.” I smiled and took a deep breath and Phyllis squeezed my arm. Linda had me sign the offer agreement, then Phyllis my supervisor signed. I am so relieved. I had to get ready to go to lunch with Nicolette.
When I went back to my office, I went into Nancy’s office and gave her a hug around her neck and said, “I am yours permanently!” She laughed and knew it was going to go well. I put my things in my office and went to go meet Nicolette downstairs for lunch.
As I was standing by the elevator waiting for Nicolette, I felt so relieved and so grateful for this opportunity. I looked up and saw Nicolette and Wynn. I was happy that Wynn was joining us. She said, “Well are you permanent now?” I said, “Yes, I am.” She gave me a hug and was happy for me. Nicolette has her meeting at 3pm. I knew she would be okay.
When we arrived at the Porch, Nicolette packed her lunch and had already eaten, but Wynn and I were going to split a pizza. We both had cards, so I paid for her pizza and then we went to go join Nicolette at the table. I looked back towards the wall and saw Linda eating lunch with Jacob, the Division Administrator for Humanities. He interviewed me once for a position in Theatre Arts. I looked back at Nicolette and Wynn and they said, “Who do you see?” I sat next to Wynn. I said, “Linda.” She said, oh wow, you can pick her out of a crowd.” I was just really could at picking people out. Us girls are all in the same division and are all at lunch together, but there is coverage in the division, so we had nothing to worry about. After lunch, I went back to my office and did some work, and made it through the day.
Tonight, Drew and I were going to celebrate at Kendrews. We were going to get some wings and fries. I was so excited to celebrate. After work, I met up with Drew and he hugged me, kissed me, and congratulated me on a permanent position. We walked to where we parked our car this morning, we drove to Aliquippa. When we arrived at Kendrew’s, he told me that he was going to drop me off at the door. I walked inside Kendrew’s, and took a seat at the bar, there was one open seat next to me, but on the other side of me was an older man. He asked me How I was doing? I said, “I am well thank you.” I couldn’t wait for Drew to come into the bar. This was a rough crowd, but they had the best wings and fries.
When Drew finally came inside the bar, and he and I decided to relocate at the bar and sit somewhere else. We sat on the other side of the bar and took a selfie together, we ordered beers, wings, and fries. We toasted to my permanent position. We both breathed a sigh of relief.