Laid Off

This morning, I woke up at 7:45am, but I hit the snooze button. I needed to go back to sleep until 8am. I woke up at 8am, and got a shower. I decided to not wash my hair. I didn’t really care today. I got dressed in some black pants, and my burgundy Fastest Labs shirt. I went downstairs, grabbed my yogurt, and my granola. I brought a change of clothes with me, in case I got stuck at my parents, then I was out the door. My neighbor asked me if that was me, who was making all the damn noise? I laughed. I said, “No.” He said, “You off to work? I said, “Yes.” He said, “Have fun playing with pee.” I laughed and got in my car. I hate when people say that to me. I drove to work.

When I got to work, I walked into the office and Chris wasn’t there. I did just see the Men’s room door close some, so I assume he is in the bathroom, so I just set my stuff down and grabbed some coffee. I took my yogurt from the fridge and as I was putting in some granola he walked in the door. I said, “Morning!” he said, “Hey Danielle.” The way he said it was kind of off. I wondered what his issue was it was only 9am, who pissed him off already, or better yet why was he so moody already? He walked into the back office, where I was. I started mixing around my granola. He didn’t really want to look at me. He just watched me mix my yogurt and then he said, “So based on the numbers, and where I am with money. I can’t afford to keep you on anymore, so today is going to be your last day.” I looked up at him. I thought it was so funny how nervous he was to tell me that, like grow some balls, and look at me it’s cool. If you don’t have guts, and gull in life, then people are going to take advantage of you, and you will be a joke. Be a man and just look at me, and tell me don’t dance around, and hesitate. I looked at him, and said, “Okay, sounds good.” He looked at me and I think he wanted me to be sad, or was wondering why I wasn’t more affected. He then said, “And you don’t want to be here anyway.” I said, “No, I did give it a try, and I did help you be better organized, and I told you from the start, Chris that this wasn’t for me, and I told you what I was looking for and you still offered me the position, because you thought I could help you grow, and I did that, but be fair. I did tell you that this wasn’t for me from the start. This was inevitable. It was going to happen at one point or another.” He just shook his head. I just shrugged my shoulders. I took my yogurt to the desk and started to eat. He said, “So today, could you make sure Victoria knows where everything is on the computer, and how to send out an agreement, etc.” I said, “Sure no problem.”

After I showed him where everything was, and then I said to him. I did a pretty good job here. I kept you organized, and I did what I could to help you grow, so I am happy with my time here and the job I did.” He said, “No you did really well here.  You did do a great job of keeping me organized.” I printed out my time card, and signed it. I asked if he wanted me to write a little blurb and he said, yes just so we are on the same page. I have done this before, Chris. I wrote a little blurb, and signed my name again. He said, “Ironically your last paycheck will be direct deposited.” He supposedly figured out the error, as to why the direct deposit wasn’t working in the first place.

When Victoria arrived, we told her today was my last day. She said, “No way.” I said, “Yes, so if you have any questions about anything now is the time.” She said, “alright, girl.” She went to the bathroom and texted me. She said, “Girl how are you taking this? I feel awful.” I texted her back and said, “It is okay. I am okay.” When she came back from the bathroom, we went over everything in the computer, insightly, mailchimp, etc. Chris left at one point to go get his license picture taken. I called Earl and told him he is gone. Come see me today is my last day. I said, “He let me go this morning.” Earl said, “What? Wow!” I said, “Yup.”

When Earl came up, he said, “Well he has got to learn you have to go out there and sell. If he is not sales minded, then he needs to surround himself with people that are, or else he is going to go under.” This is all the same shit we have been trying to tell Chris for months! He never wants to leave, and I don’t think he knows how to do sales and be effective out there, but cold calling for 8 hours is not the solution.

When Chris came back, we all chatted for a bit. Earl had to leave to get Karl’s car fixed. He took my hand in his and I said, “We have known each other for a long time, and we go way back.” He said, “We sure do.” He squeezed my hand and said, “You know I will always love you.” I smiled. He turned to leave. Earl is like my second father. I will miss him and he has always been there for me.

At one point, I looked at my watch and said, “Well it’s my last hour at Fastest Labs.” I looked at Victoria and smiled and asked her if she needed anything from me? She said, “Nope, I think I am good girl.” I said, “Alright.” I looked at Chris. He said, “If you want you don’t have to stay until 1pm.” I said, “Well my time sheet says 1pm, so if you want to change it to 12pm you can.” He said, “No I will still pay you until 1pm.” I said, “thank you, Well this is it, if someone calls looking for a reference from you make sure you say good things about me.” He said, “You will get a good reference from me and let me know if you ever need anything from me.” I looked at Chris and held out my hand. He shook it. I said, “Thank you, for everything it was a pleasure working with you.” He shook my hand for what seemed to be an extended period of time. When I turned to leave, I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door, and left. For once I am not sad that the end is here, and that I am done with Fastest Labs. I am completely okay with it, but it does suck now that we are down to one income again.

After I left Fastest Labs, I went to my parents. Hellena was selling a true red, Coach purse with a matching wrist let. My mom and dad were kind enough to buy it for me. Hellena dropped it off last night. I couldn’t wait to go pick it up. I dropped off some lemon cake for my parents, and picked up my purse. I told my dad what happened, and greeted my dogs. He felt bad, but I had to get home and get ready for a phone screen with Pitt. Another phone screen, and for this one I was excited!

When I got home from my parents, I did some cleaning, and then prepped for my phone screen. I was ready to go. I texted Andrew’s mom, and she gave me some advice on what to say and what not to say. I called my contact for my phone screen at 3:15pm, like we agreed on, and she didn’t answer. I was freaking out. I never had this happen to me before.

Finally, she called me back and the phone screen was underway. It went so well. It was a true phone screen. Alittle about the position, and then she told me she would be in touch with me, regarding the availability for an in person interview. I couldn’t wait to hear back from her.

This evening, when Drew came home, he felt bad for me, but was happy I didn’t have to deal with Fastest Labs and Chris anymore, and it does sound like the franchise is on its way under. He was happy my phone interview went so well. The waiting game was about to begin.

After dinner, we went to Home Depot, and picked out a new fridge, and a new dishwasher two appliances we needed to buy before we eventually sell the town home, and we plan to place the order on Thursday. After home depot, we got ice cream from Cold Stone. It was much needed.

When we got home, we sat outside and had a cigar together. We lit some citronella candles, and played some classic rock. I did wear mosquito repellent, and I still managed to get bit twice on my right hand, in almost the exact same spot.

Friyay

This morning, I couldn’t get out of bed at all today. I woke up at 9:30am. I went downstairs, and saw Dawson’s Creek is going to be on until 1pm! They are showing the final episodes, then on Monday they are starting over again with Season 1, Episode 1. I am so excited! I can’t get tired of this show. I made my tea and called my mom. She and I talked about my interview. She thought it was out in Cranberry for some reason.

Once I got off the phone with her, I drank my tea and watched Dawson until 11:00am, then I had to get ready. I got a shower and got dressed. I packed my interview bag, and then I was out the door at 12:15pm. I wanted to stop and get some coffee at Starbucks. I got a grande iced coffee with cream and two sugars. It was so yummy.

After I got coffee, I text Earl and asked if he was around to BS. He said, he would be either in his office, or outside with his bike. When I entered the building, I went to his office, we chatted until 10 mins to 1pm, and then I went up in the elevator to Fastest Labs. Once I got off the elevator, it took me a minute to find the office.

When I walked into the office, he was behind the desk on the phone, the office looked really nice compared to when I saw it for the first time. When he got off the phone, he shook my hand, and greeted me. The interview was very relaxed, and informal. He walked me around the office, and showed me the same procedure, as before. We talked about my ick factor. He understood, and tried to ease my ick factor. It worked a little, but on a scale of 1-10, it was about at a 9. I just never had to do anything like this before. He understood. I felt the overwhelming need to be honest with him about EVERYTHING, including how misinformed my husband was about my opportunity at Pitt and that I still have a chance. He understood and respected it. I just don’t know of any other way to be. I just need to be honest. We had a great conversation about what I wanted for myself, and what I expected from this position. He respected me and my point-of-view and knows that I am capable and able to do more, then the basic.

At the end of my interview, he told me he would let me know on Wednesday his decision, whether not I receive an offer. When I left his office, I went down the elevator to Earl’s office, and we chatted for a while, until about 2:30pm. He loves to give me advice. He is so funny. When he left, I left.

On my way home, I called my mom. I told her about the interview and my plan. My plan is that hopefully Pitt will call me here before Wednesday, but if they don’t call by Friday, then accept the position, assuming he offers it to me, but if Pitt calls while I am in this position, then I will probably have to have the awkward conversation with Chris and leave Fastest Labs. I just wish Pitt would make up their mind and make this decision easier for me. If they don’t give me the offer, I have a fall back plan. If they give me the offer, then I have someone who will give me a good reference as a backup if I should ever need it, who will be happy to call me if the business grows, if I find myself looking for another opportunity. I just don’t see any other way in this, but to be honest and positive, and of good character with this process. It only will do me well in the end.

Now, I am waiting for Drew to come home. I washed his work clothes, and they are hanging up now. I have another load of laundry in the washer. We have a pretty relaxed weekend ahead of us. Today, I feel at peace with my decision and where I stand with this job process, now it is only a matter of waiting. Yes, more waiting, but I feel comfortable and secure.

Non Stop

This morning I wake up to a call from Earl, the old handy man at iHeart. He told me to get up and put some clothes on and come down to his building which is across the parking lot from iHeart. He has a job offer for me. I asked more about this supposed job offer. He said, it was with a company called Fastest Labs. They are a startup company. Their build-out will be finished in two weeks. I said, “oh okay, sure.” I got up and got dressed. I got a shower, before bed last night anyway, and my hair needed brushed. I didn’t have time to wash it, so I just brushed it and put it back up in a ponytail. This was so unexpected. I put on some black pants, and a sweater with heels. I drove to Greentree and parked in the parking lot.

When I walked into the building, I called Earl. He told me to come to his office. He came out of his office with the supplies man, and the president of Fastest Lab. I shook hands with Chris. Earl gave me a hug. We went up to the office, where the company is going to be located. I am not sure what I think about this position. He said, I would be pretty much be the receptionist, and the person who tests the urine, toe nails, finger nails, hair, etc. I would be the one running the lab pretty much. He said, he will be there sometimes, but if he is not there, then it is due to the fact that he is out on an appointment. I wasn’t too sure about that. I asked about security? He said, there isn’t really too much that they could do. Sometimes I may have to observe someone taking a drug test. I was kind of turned off. I tried not to show it, but then when the man finally gave me a chance to talk about myself. I told him that I am kind of done with the receptionist duties. I have done it for like 2-5 years. I need to do more. I am more than qualified to do more. He understood. I kind of thought this was a total waste of time. I am going to see how it goes with the University. I was honest about the University of Pittsburgh and how I am waiting for an offer, and I am trying to get in the door there. He understood.

When I left, I shook hands with him and he gave me his card. I probably won’t pursue it. I received a phone call while I was talking to him. I let it go to voicemail. I think he could tell that I was in demand, and well over qualified for this position, and it wasn’t exactly up my alley. I am going to be dealing with some wackos. If anything I would rather be out there pounding the streets trying to talk to people to get to work with us. That is more my bag, but I am not touching people’s urine, even if it is in a cup, and I don’t want to go anywhere near that shit, no interest.

After my interview, I called my mom and told her about it. We decided last minute to go to Rocky’s for lunch. When I went home, I called Drew and told him about it. He kind of left it up to me. He told me about what Bobbi Jo was saying to him about my e-mail with Randy and thinks it may be a good idea to write up a follow up e-mail to everyone that I interviewed with, because when CSSD was looking for someone to fulfill the role of communications manager, they made a decision with the candidate that followed up, so I went home and wrote up the e-mails, and then sent them off, got a shower, and was back out the door again.

At Lunch, I told my mom about Leanne, and Fastest Labs. She was disappointed that Leanne was making a big deal about it, and doesn’t want me working at Fastest Labs. We had a good time at Rocky’s. I made her laugh a few times and she gave me $20 to keep in my wallet. I love that woman.

After lunch, I went home to do some laundry, and get packed up for Erie tomorrow. I just want to be ready when Drew gets home. The laundry is coming a long, but its laundry kind of takes forever anyways. I am listening to 90s singer songwriter and writing, and messing with my music.

That evening, Drew and I went to Dairy Queen for ice cream. He got a simple hot fudge sundae, which is what I should have ordered instead, but I ordered a peanut buster parfait. I enjoyed it. However, it is 710 calories! I was being so bad. I didn’t finish it all, but damn did it taste good.

CCAC Interview. Ohio with Dad. Fish Fry

Today is the first Friday of Lent, so that means Fish fry! This morning, I got up around 7:30am, and got a shower, dressed for my interview, and then made my way out to CCAC in the North Hills. We were supposed to get some snow today, so Drew let me take his car instead. When I arrived at CCAC, I parked the car, and thought how cool is this? I am back at the campus where it all started for me. The friendships I have made, the struggle through math class, Sarah and I stopping at Sheetz before class, and ice cream at Brusters sometimes after class. I had two or three classes here at this campus, but it was so cool to be back. The same receptionist sits at the front desk still, after all these years. She and I talked a bit about how I used to go here, and how long she has been working here. I told her I was here for an interview with the Career Services Department, then the woman that I was interviewing with came around the corner and said to me, “Please tell me I told you, 10:00am? I said, “Yes you did, but I am always early.” She gave me a couple papers to fill out, and asked me to wait at the café. She will be down to get me. I went to the café, bought a small latte for nostalgia sake, and sat down at the table to fill out the papers.

As I was sitting at the café, a boy looked in my direction from down the hall. I didn’t recognize him. I am sure the people that I used to know here are long gone, and moved on from this place. A little while later, the boy appeared again, and made his way to my table. I saw him walking towards my table, so I kept my eyes focused on my papers, and then looked at my phone. I didn’t want to draw his attention to me. I wanted him to go away. I didn’t want him to think I was interested. I could tell there may have been something wrong with him. A minute later, he walked away. The woman who was interviewing me approached me, and took me up to the third floor where my interview was going to take place. When we made our way to the room, two men were coming out of the room. They were confused about the time and location. She said to them, “No you are in the right place.” She introduced me to the gentlemen. They all had a part to play in the career services department. Their titles escape me now. They were seated in panel style. I passed out my resume to them and the interview was underway.

During the interview, she told me about the position, my duties, and who I would be reporting to, the hours, the wage, etc. She said the position is part-time. One of my duties, would be to create resumes for students to use as template for their own. Wait what? I had to create my resume on on my own. Well Drew helped of course, and maybe Emily did too at Pitt, but it was up to me to make my own resume, and make the connections. This is babying at its finest. I don’t like that all. Part of the journey is figuring this out on your own. Well and as time went on, and my experience grew, and I started working at Pitt, Emily helped me with mine, but still I had to seek the help out on my own.

Suddenly my wrist band started to vibrate, and I looked down at my wrist casually, and saw it was a phone call. I thought maybe this is Pitt. Maybe this is them! I felt the need to be honest during the interview, and I told them the honest truth. I am looking for a full-time position, so just to be upfront. Also, I am waiting on results from a second interview that I had with Dean Davis, in the social work department of the University of Pittsburgh. She said that she was an alumnus of that University, and has her Ph.D in Social Work and is familiar with Dr. Davis. What are the odds!? She said, thank you for being honest and if Pitt is what you want, then we wish you the best of luck! I kind of figured that I wasn’t going to hear back from them.

After the interview, I drove to my parents.’ I told my dad I would go to Ohio with him. He had to make the final payment on an end table, and pick it up today. Afterwards, we were going to go to the Dutch Haus for lunch.

On the way to Ohio, we drove through a snowstorm. We couldn’t see 10 feet in front of us. We made it to Sheely’s safely, then to the Dutch Haus. Once we go to the restaurant, I wasn’t all that hungry, so I had the salad bar, and a cup of soup. I had to be careful what I ate. It was Friday, so no meat. I didn’t want to spoil dinner either since we were getting fish from Moon’s fish fry.

Once we got back to Crafton, I stayed at my parents for a while, so I could see the dogs and keep them occupied while my dad set up the end table. When he finished the end table, I left to go back to Moon.

On my way back home, I stopped at the Fish Fry and picked up our dinner. Fish isn’t good cold, so I was going to have to reheat it when Drew gets home. When Drew came home, he brought us beer and I reheated the fish. It was yummy. We were ready for the weekend to begin!

Interview & Hannibal

Today, I had an interview at Berkshire Hathaway in Cranberry. It was a part-time position, but it was an interview. I needed an interview. When I got to the interview, I showed up 30 mins early. I was in jeans, a cami, and a blazer. I felt so naughty. I never wear jeans to an interview, but I wanted to with this one, for some reason.

When I walked in, 10 mins early before my start time, the receptionist asked me if I wanted something to drink, coffee, or water? I said coffee please. She said, do you want any cream or sugar? I said, yes please. She said, “I could put it in if you want.” I said, “No thank you, you don’t have to.” She gave me 5 sugars, and a container of instant creamer. I used only one sugar packet. The coffee was horrible and  on top of that, Chris was 10 minutes late to interview me. He apologized for his lateness and said he had an agent in his office that needed to speak with him. I thought about walking out, but it was show time. I gave him an overview of my work history, and we talked about my resume and what I want out of a career. I told him I am indeed looking for full-time work, so I understand with this being part-time, but if something comes up I am going to have to consider other options. He was upfront with me and said that there would be days where I would have a lot to do, and days where I wouldn’t have a lot to do, and by the time they train me on everything, then the receptionist would be back from medical leave. I truly didn’t see the point in being here.
At the end of the interview, I told him that I had an interview tomorrow for a potential full-time opportunity, and I had a root canal scheduled for Monday, so I don’t know what is going to happen right now, but I want to continue to be in contact with him, and if he finds a better candidate, then I want him to update me. He respected me saying that and understood where I was coming from, and said he wanted to consider me as a candidate.

When I left the interview, the weather outside was like a monsoon. I drove home to Moon Township, and as soon as I got home, I got ready for tomorrow. I was going to my parents, dermatologist, to lunch, and then to another interview at 2pm. I was going to be so busy. I decided to not go to the gym today, but to do laundry, watch Hannibal, write, and get ready for tomorrow.
When Drew came home, I could tell that he had a long day and a long trip home, so I urged him to go to the gym for the sake of his attitude. He took it well and knew what I was talking about. I couldn’t wait to just stay home and relax. Hannibal is calling, well Mads. I am excited for tomorrow, not really nervous, just going to roll with it and see what happens. I can’t wait to see my puppies, Paris and Louie!

Winding Down at the Jazz Office

Today, so far the morning has been somewhat eventful. Paula wants to help me get prepared for my interview, and ask me some open-ended questions, and see how my responses are. We talked about Frank and how he should not be reading. He should be looking through the server and asking questions. She said, not to take offense with what she is about to say, but as a temp things come up and you need to know to take care of them, as they happen. He is full-time and needs to know the ins and outs of that server and how to locate everything! I agree with her, but part of this job is as needed and as things come up, it’s not about having the answer to everything or knowing where everything is. She has a whole different job, and he has no admin experience, so he needs to battle with that as well. There are so many factors here but I have said enough about Frank’s lack of experience. I really have. I don’t want it to ruin my karma and what I have going for me.  I was there too one day, sort of.

At 1pm today, we have lunch with Geri at the porch. I am excited more free food! Lunch was so nice. We had a good time, and chatted about work, and personal things. She was interested in getting to know Frank and I. She asked us about our backgrounds, and our families. It was fun.

When we got back to the office, Paula started on me because we didn’t tell her that we were going to be late, and that it was a partial business meeting, as well. When we went to leave at the end of the day, it was like 4:26PM. She flipped and said, “ I have this habit of leaving early. I didn’t tell her we were going to be late coming back from lunch. I have to tell you these things. You want a reference from me.” I said, “Paula, this isn’t my job anymore. It is Frank’s and he is gone he went to the bathroom and he left. I can’t get into my office, and we were out with Geri our boss, the one who gives us the work to do, so I don’t think you need to know where we were were, or if we are going to be late, if we are with our boss. If I was with a friend, or Andrew then yes I could see telling you.” She laughed and was like, well you know what I mean. You can’t make a habit of this at your next job. I said, “I won’t, but it’s only 4 mins until 4:30pm. It’s not like I left after lunch and didn’t come back.” Frank must have heard us talking, he came into the room, and I told him what she was saying, and he said, “Oh okay, but we were with Geri?” I said, “exactly! It doesn’t seem to matter. We still have to tell her.” I rolled my eyes. I was so aggravated. She waits until my last week to ride me and get on me about the dumbest shit and throw a reference in my face? I wish she would.

When I told Andrew, he was shocked that she was acting like this with me. He said, “I bet Geri doesn’t care at all if you left at 4:15pm, or after lunch. I said, nope she doesn’t, because she is out of town and knows there is nothing pressing at the moment, that would require her to act this way. Geri even said that. Paula slows her down. It’s a shame, but it’s not my problem anymore it is Frank’s. He can have it.

Jazz Week Day 3

Today, Ora, Geri’s agent arrived and this was the first time that I was going to meet her. We didn’t exactly hit off right away. Frank and I went to her hotel room to meet her and then we took her back to the music department.

After we talked about transportation, we set our stuff down in the conference room, we grabbed lunch on Craig street, then it was back to the music building. We ate lunch, then made copies of all the music that the artists would need, then we finished the transportation schedule in my office. She got an attitude with me, because she kept asking me questions based on the old schedule not the new one that we just completed, so I suggested that if she would please make notes from the new one not the old one, because we are not on the same page. She said, “oh I will do it my way Danielle.” I said, “but then you are going off of the non-updated information.” I couldn’t wait to kick her out of my office. She said, “okay I need a ride back to my hotel.” I said, “unfortunately, there is no one here to ride you back, we can walk, or I can see if the hotel room has a shuttle.”
So I called for a shuttle, I said “let’s wait outside, because there is no where in here for you to sit and they will not come to the door to get you, so we need to be ready for them.” She said, I was bossy and I am bossing her elders around. Well I wanted to make sure she understood, that no one is going to pamper her, or come looking for her. This is not California. You are in Pittsburgh; at a college campus you have to fight for yourself it is what it is. I said, “No I am giving you, your options, because the shuttle driver, will not come inside and get you. He will expect you to be ready when he arrives, and it will not take 15 minutes for him to get here.” Sure enough the shuttle came earlier than 15 mins and she got in and as she was talking, he shut the door on her, and drove off. I waved and said bye. I rolled my eyes to Frank and walked back inside the Music Building. He has no clue what he has gotten himself into.