Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One Day

One day,

Two interviews, in two different cities, one of which was a hundred-mile round trip, one for Interview #2 for a position (a peer interview), and the second of which was Interview #3 for a different position,

One trip to the allergist's to get my injections,

One trip to the grocery store, for the first time in over a week, to buy some food,

Several calls and juggling to find foster homes for the two kittens who were trapped Sunday evening, because I simply cannot handle any more fosters at this time (they are currently in an EXCELLENT foster home and are doing fine),


One trip to the rescue to pick up Albon for my own fosters, who have coccidiosis (ewwwwww),

And one tired person who is ready for bed but can't help feel like she is KILLING it right now. :)

Medal, guys.  I am ready for my medal!




Monday, April 24, 2017

The Weekend



Saturday was a trail clean-up day at a local state park, so I spent the cold, soggy, cloudy day cutting back brush and marking trails.  Somehow I managed not to freeze to death, so that was a plus!  Plus I got free lunch and a free t-shirt for my efforts, so it was all worth it.  I guess. :)

Saturday night I got a call from a woman who had a feral cat in her neighborhood give birth back in the beginning of March.  I had told her to call me when the kittens were six or seven weeks old so that we could trap them and get them into rescue care, and it was time.  So on Sunday afternoon it was trappin' time yet again.






That's the mama cat.  Isn't she pretty?  And wild as the day is long.  Once we get this litter of kittens into care, she, along with another litter she had last fall, will be TNR'd. (Trap-Neuter-Release. The cats are altered and then put back into their home environment, as adult feral cats cannot be socialized and are happier staying where they are.)




Hmm ... would I rather trap in a cow barn or a flower garden?  haha.

I did have SOME time to get out walking this weekend.  The mayflowers are up:


My never-ending quest to get a good shot of mergansers continues:
 

 This one ain't bad - these were taken in the creek right by my house:


And does anybody know what this flower is?:







I got a call this morning - two of the kittens were trapped last night!  The property owner is keeping them in her bathroom until I can get out there this afternoon, at which point they'll come live at my place for a few days until there's room for them in another foster home.

And tomorrow is Interview #3 for one of the positions f0r which I have applied, so wish me luck!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Foster Camp Update



The kitties and their mama are doing well.











 "Look into my eyes, laydee.  Look deeeep into my eyes.  Now cluck like a chicken":



Where's the best nappin' spot?  Why, inside the fishie, of course!:
 







"It's catnip, kids.  I'll tell you all about it when you're older."


Baby's first solid food:


And the kittens are starting to go in the litterboxes!  And next to the litterboxes, and under the desk, and behind the dresser, and ... well, you know how it goes.  Potty training, man.  It's a bitch.


Show 'em how it's done, Mama!
 

And the family now has names.  The mama is Rio, the boy kitten is Duran Duran, and the girl kitten is Cinderella Ride.  What can I say?  I watched a lot of MTV back in the 80s.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some of the weirdest interview questions I've had so far



1.  "On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the most, how much do you want this job?"

haha what the hell was I supposed to say to THAT?! I mean, I can think of a lot of answers that would tank you right there:  "Zero.  I LOVE being unemployed".   "Depends on if I can bring my cat to work with me."  "Eleven.  I will kill all the other candidates right now to get this job."

I mean, it was a pretty basic desk job.  How much do I want it?  Um ... enough?  I want it enough?  Jeez.

What did I say?  I gave it an 8, mainly because I was fairly meh about the job in general. So I'm sure that that put me behind someone who answered 10, but why lie?


2.  "How would you feel about working with millennials?"

What?  Um, the same way I feel about working with anybody else?  I just went with "I like working with all different kinds of people, because everyone has something they can teach me".  Or something like that.


3.  "Thinking of yourself, personally, in your personal life, what is a shortcoming you are working to overcome?"

This one actually stumped me.  I mean, I was prepared to answer questions about what needed improvement in my professional life, but personally?  WTF?  What was I supposed to say?  "Well,  I'm a raging crackhead, but I'm heading to rehab real soon."  "Well, everybody says I'm kind of an asshole, but I actually think that I'm pretty cool."  In the end I said something about not taking small things too seriously, but I kind of lamed it because I really didn't know what they were getting at with the question.  Looking back, I'm wondering if I was supposed to tie a personal shortcoming to a professional situation, like, "I have a problem with punctuality", but why would I want to admit to something like that, esp. since I'm NEVER late?  haha.

 Okay, your turn:  How would you have answered the questions above? And do you have a doozy of an interview question to add?









Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I found a little-bitty door ...



... in a big ol' tree out in the woods ...



... so I opened it up!


Monday, April 17, 2017

The weekend


Saturday, I attempted to GIVE away the bad art I can't bear to THROW away:


and took a little walk:


then I picked up some traps from the farm and scrubbed them up:





Sunday morning, I picked up some wee kittens from the farm and took them to the rescue so they can start their journey to being housepets:


It's hard to get a good shot of wriggly kitties!

Then I met up with a friend for a walk and some ice cream.




SOMEbody forget their shoes - their horseshoes, that is!  But look, I ALMOST got a ringer:




Someday I will get a good shot of a merganser.  Yesterday was not that day:


But we did see a bald eagle sitting on its nest!  Plus, there were snakes:

 

And of course, there was plenty of time with these guys:




And this morning?  I received word that I have moved on to Round THREE of interviews for the bank job.  They LIKE me!  They really LIKE me!  haha.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

That moment when ...




... your boss, who has recently cut your hours in half because he says he can't afford to pay your full-time salary any more, calls you at home on a Saturday afternoon to ask if you would happen to know if his favorite golf putter is at the office, because he can't find it anywhere at his house and is about to play a round.