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Sunday, August 25, 2013

So we are officially moving. My husband gave notice that we will be vacating our apartment by October 31st at the latest. We found a really nice place that has a pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness equipment. It's a mile from where my husband works. The only problem he sees is that it has community washing machines. For me it's a little more complicated because it's 45 minutes from where I work.

I have had a couple of interviews in the area that would be 10 - 15 minutes away instead. One seems just odd. I have had so many classes on lesson planning and following what the children are interested in to understand this place. It's a nationally accredited center with many locations. That's great, but they follow a curriculum that has everything laid out for you. What books, activities, even what to say. The themes are pre-determined with no thought as to what the kids are interested in. I would have a room to myself with the same age group I'm with now, but they can't guarantee 40 hours.

I also interviewed at the YMCA. I made a lasting impression there since I showed up at the wrong one. Thatwas good though because instead of interviewing for 2 part time positions I interviewed for a full time position that hasn't been posted yet. I could probably have this job very easily and it comes with a free membership. The problem is the center is open on holidays, including Thanksgiving. My parents come over three times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The one year I didn't even try to get the day after Thanksgiving off my mom was a bit upset with me. Working Thanksgiving Day, the day after, and Christmas Eve would put a damper on things.

I have a few more applications out there and I don't want to start anew job until we're moved because I have the last week in September off to pack. I wouldn't mind staying working where I am until the snow flies, but I also have to take the job when I can.

Speaking of jobs, one of my friends used me as a reference for a childcare job and I couldn't give her a good one. I worked next to her for a year and childcare is not her thing. She's a good person, but isn't meant to be with kids. She was told she would have the job as long as her references came back good and then was told she didn't get it so I know I played a part in the decision. I feel bad for her, but I did what I felt was right.
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    Best wishes on the move. Hopefully this was half your decision also, not just following what your husband wants. (It sounds like you're not entirely happy about it.)

    The thing about jobs is that if you take one you hate, you will never be able to do your best at it, but if you wait to find one you love you could be waiting a long time. There are also trade-offs with every job. Is it possible that you can work in the morning on the holidays and have the evening with family, or after the first year(s) you can have the holidays off? If you do have to work on holidays, then explain that to your mother well ahead of time so she can understand you must do it to have a job. It will lessen the sting when it comes time for the holidays.

    As for your friend, it is irresponsible for someone to give a person's contact information for a referral without first speaking to them. There is no way of knowing what someone else will say unless you've spoken to them, so just assuming that you would give her a glowing recommendation because you're her friend shows immaturity and irresponsibility. You told the truth and that was the right thing to do, definitely. You may want to have the difficult heart-to-heart with her about what happened so it doesn't happen again and doesn't completely destroy your friendship. Talk about your reasoning and make the point you would have preferred to tell her that BEFORE you received a phone call out of nowhere.
    2476 days ago
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