September 09, 2005

It was rather a long day

I'm posting much later than I'd care to. Sitting here with the laptop, watching the Yankees/Red Sox game, decompressing from my day.

I had a job interview today. It was with a head hunter and it was a screening interview. Mostly, those are a waste of time. Today's was little different. She met me and will "promote" me for the job. It would be cool, a career change, no longer practicing law. That would be fine with me right now. Of course, it means in the long run that I'd probably be exchanging the devil I know for the devil I am not yet on speaking terms with. But still, change can be good, right?

If I get it, I will tell more. All I know now is that there are rounds and rounds of interviews ahead of me and personality tests to take. I was worried about the personality tests until I realized that those are kind of out of my control. I mean, I am 37 years old. I kind of figure that I am who I am and if that isn't good enough, there ain't nothing I can really do about it now. One thing, I'm sure, is that they will find a personality. Will it be the right one? Beats me. Its right for me.

Also, I have that other interview coming up next Friday. I have to prepare for that one of these days. That will take some hours worth of work. All for a job I am not totally sure I want. Still, I'd rather be the one to decide that after they make me the offer. That's a better place to be, right?

Thank you all very much for the very thoughtful, cogent, sometimes penetrating insights you all left in the comments to my last post. It was the only post I've ever put up that I almost closed comments for and then, when I didn't, I almost chose not to read them. I'm glad I did. Thank you for your friendship and for caring enough to take the time to share your thoughts with me. That was really excellent.

Some updates on more important things:

*Two days in a row of the Boy Child peeing on the potty!!! Life is good. He is so proud of himself when he does it. Still having a little trouble getting the little pee-pee pushed down so that he doesn't pee all over his feet, but hey, that's what parents are for, right? That and teaching the post-pee shake. Gotta get that down.

*The nanny resigned last night. Long chat ending up with her feeling that she was torn by her family's demands that she leave. Howard's going to be bummed. He liked this one. I think that the kids are going to be upset. She was only with us for a little under 90 days, just long enough for the Boy Child to bond with her. The Girl Child remained a little standoffish, which will stand her in good stead in the circumstances.

*Anyone seen a Brooks Brothers shopping bag on the over head rack on the train? If so, can you just turn it in to lost and found? It contains two new pairs of chinos that I screwed up and left on the train. They fit really nice, too. Maybe they'll fit someone else really nicely, too, now.

*Finally, I thought about noting this but I am simply not a big enough person to let it go. The NY Times today decided to publish articles about the loss of art and artefacts on the Gulf Coast and the damage to the legal system. I believe I wrote about those things some six days ago. Is that a scoop, then? Listen, NY Timesers, if you need another idea for an article, y'all feel free to come back and browse through my archieves and swipe something else, ok? No need to attribute it, I'll know. And you'll know. That will be quite enough for both of us, right?

Anyway, have a nice weekend, y'all!

Posted by Random Penseur at September 9, 2005 09:07 PM | TrackBack

Personality test, eh? Sounds like ye might have yer eye on a government job. Jus' sayin' is all...

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 10, 2005 12:14 AM

Hey RP, anyone would be lucky to get someone with your personality. It has to be fun to have so many options to choose from. Not everyone is that lucky. I hope whichever way you go, it is the best thing for you and the family.

I am sure your Nanny will be replaced, Howard adjusts relatively well. If not, we can talk him through it.

Enjoy your weekend my friend.

Posted by: Wicked H at September 10, 2005 12:06 PM

If they determine your personality isn't a fit you can borrow one of mine.

Posted by: phin at September 11, 2005 06:45 PM

I still think you should give Norway a try. I'm sure someone here needs a person with knowledge of the American Legal system.. The only thing I know: Since I have moved here my life has slowed down... in a good way.. I actually have had the time to think for long periods of time. It's amazing the stuff I stored in corners of my brain that I forgot about. That has also been the most scary part of it... but the most enlightening as well. You'd be surprised how hard it is NOT to do things all the time.. All of a sudden you wonder who you really are..

Posted by: Dr Pants at September 12, 2005 04:54 AM

It's such a struggle, this thing called life. Never ending. Always changing. Wonder, confusion, awe, tension, and gratitude, all balanced on one fine line we walk on a daily, hourly basis.

You do a better than ordinary job of that, most days, you know. Wobbling every once and a while is a perfectly natural act. Especially when you're taking steps in new directions, and trying to get your footing.

No worries, RP. I have a little faith in you.

Posted by: Jennifer at September 12, 2005 05:59 PM

Bummer on the Chinos! Yay on the peeing! I did have to laugh at the peeing on the feet. When my son was getting potty trained he got my feet too a couple of times. He thought that was funny, I didn't!

On the nanny, I wish you better luck on your next one.

Finally on the psych test: Are YOU talking to me?
Seriously, I had to talk 2 different types of tests for 2 different jobs. For one job it was a 2hr test. For the 2nd it was a 4 hr test AND a polygraph. They never said the psych test was 4 hrs, and then at the last minute they sprung the polygraph on me, saying only people who were scared refused to take it. I was angry and thought to myself, when I pass with flying colors I will enjoy turning them down. I took it and answered everything honestly, even the personal questions (iuck!)

I did pass with flying colors and received an offer. Apparently I came across as extremely disciplined, very compliant and submissive. In other words, I gave them exactly what they were looking for based on what I culled from the interviews. Imagine their surprise when I kept turning down the same offer.

You are extremely intelligent and well balanced, so you'll be able to ace them with no problem.

I Hope you had a peace filled weekend.

Posted by: Michele at September 12, 2005 09:25 PM

Sure, I go away for a couple of weeks and the Nanny leaves. Was it something I said? Did I not pay enough attention to her? I offered to become a Mormon, but I flunked the physical. Oh well, RP, we'll find a better one. I just know it.

And Wicked is right, I'll adjust. *sigh* This'll just take some time. :-)

Posted by: Howard at September 21, 2005 04:17 PM
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