Life is speeding along and my To Do list grows by the day. The lease for this godforsaken house is up at the end of May. Hallelujah!! That means de-cluttering, packing and, oh yeah, finding a place to move to.
On the de-cluttering front, we had our first garage sale and netted a nifty $300. We will be having another one in a couple of weeks which will include the furniture. Thank goodness for Craigslist! I am being ruthless. If I haven’t used it in the past 12-18 months, then I am jettisoning the item. I’m also getting rid of my sofa and loveseat — we aren’t crazy about them and they aren’t that comfy. I’m hanging onto my dining room set for the moment because it was my grandmother’s and I’m not comfortable with saying good-bye to it. The kids have expressed an interest in it, but won’t be able to take it for about a decade. Yeah, a decade translates into forever but that’s OK.
I’ll slowly start packing over the next couple of weeks. There are other things to get done as well, but I can start packing up non-essentials soon. We saved the boxes from our move into the hellhole, so I’m hoping we don’t need much in the way of packing materials.
The most important aspect of all this is where the heck are we going to live? The Kracken is definitely an obstacle to finding a place. Nobody wants a large dog. We put an offer into one place, but when the landlords saw an adorable picture of him (it actually made him look mid-sized), they said “nope”. I’m being patient and not rolling my eyes every time we have to rule out a place over their pet policy.
The other thing that is affecting our move strategy is my job situation. I am actively looking for a real job and it may involve moving to who knows where. I want to stay in the state, but I might need to move 2-3-4 hours away for the right job.
The Hunter came up with a great idea this weekend. Let’s toss everything into storage and move to the beach for the summer. That will buy us 3-4 months of extra time for me to sort out my work situation. We would squish into a furnished studio or one-bedroom place with the Kracken. I’m thinking this will relieve our boredom either by being out and about all the time or by killing each other due to the close quarters.
I’m at a loss. I’m applying to jobs online which we all know isn’t the best way to get a a decent job for my level, but I don’t have an “in” for these companies. I need to uncover some more recruiters and chat with them. I had one informational meeting last week and have two set up for this week. Last week’s was interesting.
I had coffee with the Godfather of my profession. He is semi-retired, but he has coached/mentored hundreds. I think that meeting triggered my breakdown last week. I realized that dammit, I should have consulted with him YEARS ago. We walked through my skill set and he shook his head at my predicament which is that I have to spend 80% of my time doing the things I hate the most. That’s a recipe for disaster. Godfather didn’t have specific people to direct me to, but he’s thinking about it. We closed with me saying that the hardest, yet most important thing I must do is to tell the sharks in my tank (i.e. other professional colleagues) that I am looking for something else. It’s scary, but the only way out of my situation is to chum the waters…
The Hunter is leaving for 5-7 days on a hunting trip. I feel a distance from him. I’m not sure where we are and we aren’t having sex. I talked to him about it last week. More to come on that front. Hunter, if you are reading this, it shouldn’t surprise you. Anyway, it’s Monday and it’s been OK.