I had the best day today! An acquaintance called out of the blue and invited me to lunch. Do you know how long it's been since I could go have lunch with anyone socially on a school day? (Too long, that's how long.) And if that wasn't enough good stuff, when I was getting ready to go, a prospective employer called and wanted to make an appointment for a conference call interview with her whole team. Would now be a good time? Why yes, I thought - now is as good a time as any. Let's just get it done. So I called my friend and told her I'd be a little late.
The call went great! (At least I hope it did...) When I talked to the team leader yesterday she told me that I was one of the top people on a very short list of applicants that they were considering. So that helped up the confidence factor. I felt like I answered all questions to their satisfaction - although I got a little stumped on that classic question "What are things you feel you could improve on?" Not that I can't improve in dozens of ways, but which one to pick that would be the least harmful to mention? All in all, I thought it went well, the group (which I've worked with in a limited capacity in my former job) was friendly, and when they asked me if it would be a problem to come to Minneapolis to train for a week, I took that as a very positive sign. They will make their decision tomorrow. Prayers please... multiples if possible...
Next on the agenda: lunch with my friend. We went here:
and ate this:
Mmmmmmm... Pork Barbacoa Salad... It's been awhile since I've been to Cafe Rio, and it was like going to an old friend's house for lunch. An old friend who is a really really good cook. I temporarily forgot about my diet. Don't judge me - friends and lunch are an irresistible combination for me. We had a great time talking about everything under the sun. I don't know why it's so satisfying to get out with a friend and feel so comfortable that you can talk about anything, but it is. It's good to connect, understand someone else's trials, and feel that yours are understood as well. I learned some things about her that I didn't know before, and it made me like her even more. We think a lot alike, and it was refreshing and surprising. I think we'll do it again. We may even grab the boys and have dinner.
So I've (almost) secured a job, and I made a new friend out of an old acquaintance. It was a really good day. A friend, a great interview, and Pork Barbacoa Salad all in the same day. Things are looking up, and I'm the first to say that I appreciate that.
It feels kind of like this: