Thursday, August 13, 2009

Plan B

I haven't given up on school 100%. I've still got, say...10% of my hope left. But it means that I need a plan if this doesn't work out.

So, as much as I hate to say it, I'm returning to call center work. But I swear I will only do this as full time work for one year. After that, I may switch to part time as I go to school, but that's it.

The way I see it, assuming I get into school next year at the latest, I'm in for two years as a poor student and then about three to five years as a struggling pastry chef. So I figure that if I'm not able to go to school this year, I should bank as much money as I can. Call center work and waitressing are the only ways I know to make money fast and I prefer the one that doesn't have me on my feet all day. If anyone has any better suggestions I would love to hear them!

So I went to a couple of interviews yesterday and I got offered two different jobs. One was doing outbound surveys and one was doing inbound sales. The sales one pays significantly more, so it was a pretty easy decision. They're running reference checks on me right now, so I should hear back in the next couple of days to finalize it. I would start on August 24th for four weeks of training, and then working after that.

While I sat in their lobby waiting, I couldn't help but feel that by accepting this job I was sealing my fate, condemning myself to call center work forever, but John keeps telling me not to lose sight of the fact that this is temporary and that I have a plan, it's just been delayed. He reminded me that who I am is a baker, this call center job is just something that I will do, not who I am. So I just keep reminding myself that this will only be temporary, and of how hard John is working every single day and I vow to keep my chin up and stay positive about this.

And there are lots of positive things about it. I will hopefully be able to save up enough money that I won't need student loans after all, or at least not for both years. I'll get to meet some new people and hopefully makes some new friends. And in the grand scheme of things, when I think of how I pictured our lifestyle here a month before the move, we are actually in a much better position and living more comfortably than we had initially expected. So I have no cause for complaint and nothing to be unhappy about.

I was surprised at how easy it was to find a job here. From the time I sent out three resumes, I had two interviews within about an hour and a half, and two job offers within 24 hours. Easy as punch. The hardest part was getting around the city in pumps after I hadn't worn high heels in about a year!

We went out for sushi last night so I could tell John about my interviews. There's an all-you-can-eat place just around the corner from us so we went to check it out. There was loads of food, but it wasn't very good, but the prices were very low. I ordered a bento box for $7.99 and I couldn't believe how big it was. It contained, 6 pc sushi, a cup of rice, miso soup, a big plate of salad, a spring roll, 6 pc veggie tempura, some kind of coconut and bean sprout salad, 2 pc agedashi tofu and some teriyaki chicken. It was huge! But I don't think we'll probably go back again. There are too many other places to try to go back to one that isn't amazing.


  1. Awww sweetie...
    Sorry to hear the school plan "might" be post-poned again. I love that you're still trying :)
    Glad to see you found work soooo soon!
    Take care hun :)

  2. Thanks Ash! I wish we could be at your campfire this weekend, they're so fun!!

  3. Hey Jacki, John is totally right on this one. You'll be in school next September, this is just something to do for now. You won't get stuck there unless you let it happen, and you're too smart and driven for that. I have faith :)

  4. Thanks Erin, it helps to know that my family believes in me.