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There are free lunches–they taste great. And exciting job news!

I am now a newborn hearing screener! Well, I was hired anyway. We’re working out logistics for my training and leaving my current position. I’ve decided to move up my announcement date at work by a week and am working on a proposal for my bosses tomorrow.

Basically, I propose to work through the end of the month, because they’ll need someone to cover the office for a whole week and I’d be much better than an inexperienced person. But I do ask for a couple mornings off each week if possible. Barring that, at least the time to do some HR things like drug testing which I didn’t get to do today.

Um, about that free lunch. I had a chance to volunteer with the Special Olympics fall games today. Very much fun. Very much cold. I helped out with tennis, keeping score. It was really exciting, lots of fun to encourage the kids as they competed. It was a great atmosphere and the whole thing was well run.

Anyway, after a morning of set-up, an impromptu game of tennis with a guy from the White House who looks like Nick Stokes (CSI), opening ceremonies, freezing my butt off for two hours scoring people, and take-down, the lunch they provided was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Seriously. I didn’t know turkey sandwiches could taste so good.

Then I went, exhaustedly, to the interview and perked up enough to get hired. I should say a lot of it’s because I have a good friend who works in that department already. They love her and she highly recommended me, which apparently bumped me to the top of my list. And then the interview went well.

I’m really excited about the job, I don’t quite know how to express it….it’s hard to describe. The simple version is: I get to work with babies!!!!

The more complicated one has something to do with making sure that kids have the best chance possible and that any hearing problems are caught right away and can possibly be corrected–but something more, too.

Lessons for the day: Network. And volunteer. And hunger is the best sauce.

Oh yes, and visit this article to find out how you could win—or at least leave some quality blog feedback because you like me. πŸ˜‰

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Amanda R. November 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Congratulations! I’m happy for you. πŸ™‚

mrsmicah November 7, 2007 at 10:03 pm

Thanks, Mananda. Perhaps you’ll understand the sentiment I feel when I say FWUFFIESSSS!!!! So many FWUFFIES!!!! πŸ˜€

*looks around to see if anyone was watching* *I’m mature, I promise* *no, really* *it’s just….Fwuffies!*

Hilda November 7, 2007 at 11:00 pm

Yay!!! You did it! Congratulations on your new job!

Susan November 8, 2007 at 12:31 am

Congratulations! I have overseen a teen parent program since 1993 and the best part of the program is working with babies. There is something so magical about their presence – enjoy!

wealthy_1 November 8, 2007 at 5:55 am

Congratulations on your new job! Things are really looking up for you.

Continued success! November 8, 2007 at 8:52 am

Nice job on the new position! Good luck!

Mrs. Nathan November 8, 2007 at 9:29 am


SavingDiva November 8, 2007 at 9:48 am

Congratulations on the new job! I’m glad to hear that things are going well for you.

How did you get involved with the Special Olympics?

paidtwice November 8, 2007 at 1:20 pm


Mananda November 8, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Sweet Fwuffies!! πŸ™‚ Sweet and adorable Fwuffies!


Mrs. Micah November 8, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Say hi to the sweet baby for me! πŸ™‚

Mrs. Micah November 8, 2007 at 3:54 pm

SD, ironically it was a last minute call from my current boss because our company didn’t have enough people participating. After I committed, I got the e-mail about the interview, it was perfect.

My college used to do the Special Olympics too, so I’d done it before. But the fall games are smaller and were better organized (here).

Laura November 8, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Congrats on the new job! You’ll do great!

ms. m&p November 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm

What a cool day. Congrats on the job!

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