Another exhausting week has gone by. It’s finally Friday. I’ve been job searching since around the end of October last year. I think that’s the most exhausting thing. It seems like a never ending search. I find plenty of jobs that I’m qualified for, but they just don’t pan out. Then there are jobs that I’m perfect for, but they don’t pan out. Right now it seems like there is no end in sight, and I’m exhausted. I want a good job I’ll enjoy. I don’t want to have to settle for something. I know I may have to. Ideally, I’d love a job in the South, preferably in a progressive city (yes, they do exist), and a job I’d enjoy. I pray that it will happen but so far nothing has come along. I will just keep searching and keep hoping. It’s all I can do at this point. The only other option is for there to be some rich man out there who’d love to take care of a 40 year old, sweet and kind, intellectual.
The interview seemed to go really well yesterday. Although, I thought the same thing about the New Mexico job, but I haven’t heard back from them. The job interview yesterday went pretty smoothly though. I totally blanked on the name of some software I use, but I don’t think that’s a big problem. They said that they genuinely enjoyed talking to me, that it was a joy to talk to someone else in the trenches of the oral history world. So now I wait and see.
I had one of my headaches last night, so I’m going to make this short. I have my performance evaluation today at work. I hope that goes well, just because I like to do well, not because it matters worth a damn. It doesn’t. I will be gone in less than six months. Also, tomorrow after work, I have a job interview with a very prestigious school on the west coast (think of a giant tree). It’s for another oral history position, but at least this time they are upfront about it being a three year position.
I was a bit lazy most of the weekend. I did a little house cleaning, but should have done more. I did go to an art opening Friday night which was fun. Some of the art was quite beautiful. I also did a little networking for museum jobs.
This week will probably be a doozy like last week. It’s the first week for our new director. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon that I’m not looking forward to. I really hate going to the dentist. Then on Wednesday, I have my yearly evaluation, with our old interim director. There is no reason to be dreading this but I am. I never much liked our interim director and he always treats me like a third wheel. Hopefully, it will all go smoothly, and like the dentist today, I can cross that off my list of things to dread.
It’s been quite a week. I have a new boss. I’ve finally finished my two online classes, at least I hope I’ve finished with them both. The museum studies class was fun and interesting. The adjunct instructor class was a pain in the butt. After all that I have gone through to teach adjunct at this college, I’d better be hired. I’ve done well on all the other assignments, so I hope I did well on the last one. I know I did well in my museums studies class. I have a 100 average in that class. I’ve already signed up for class two in my museum studies class.
There were three men up for the position of director. Of the three, my least favored got it. He’s been my coworker and now he’ll be my boss. I don’t know how all of this is going to work out. I actually advocated against him getting the position. I hope he doesn’t find that out. It’s supposed to be kept confidential, but one never knows. Anyway, changes are coming to my office. We have to also hire a new secretary. So far the applicants aren’t looking good. I hope the right person does apply for it, and they will be someone easy to work with. However, the way my luck is going, it will be the one I want least.
I still haven’t heard back from any jobs. I’m hoping that I will soon, but I’m losing hope. I so want out of Vermont. There just isn’t anything here for me.
After three days in Boston for work (and a little play), I have to go back to my regular desk job today. To be honest, I don’t really want to. I’m ready to move on from this job. The interviews are over with, and soon so will the transcription of the interviews. Next is just the aggravating website and the book. The book I don’t mind. The biggest aggravation is getting people to sign off on their oral histories. People don’t take it as the priority that it is and they drag their feet. I wish I could make them all understand that it all ends in October. I need the material now so that I can complete my job.
Anyway, that being said, here is something off subject. The restaurant that I mentioned yesterday but failed to name was Tuscano in Harvard Square.
Yesterday’s two interviews went exceptionally well. As I said yesterday, I expected the second guy to be good looking. He was gorgeous and had the bluest eyes.
The highlight of my day though was dinner. I started out with a nice Prosecco Bollicini and an insalate Tricolore (Baby arugula, Radicchio, and Endive with olive oil and balsamic). Then with my meal of risotto frutti di mare, I had Vermentino Banfi La Pettegoia, a wonderful Tuscan white wine. For dessert I had the Tiramisu with an aperitif of lemoncello. I haven’t had a meal this good since I was in Italy itself.
Thank goodness it’s Friday. The end of the week is finally here. It’s been a busy and tiring week. I’ve completed this week’s coursework for my two classes. I just have to do some commenting on other people’s work, and then I will be finished. I really only have one more week in each class and then the final project in my museum studies class. These two classes have taken up much of my week. I’ll have to buckle down and do some real work tomorrow. I’ve got several things I need to get done, because next week, I will be in Boston. Tuesday through Thursday, I will be conducting my final oral histories. Then, that part of the project will be over with. There is still a lot left to do though. Will I get it all done before my time is up? I doubt it, but I will actually do my best. So tomorrow there is some paperwork to be done and then I have to pack my equipment and get it ready to go. I won’t actually be back in the office until next Friday. Monday is a holiday for us, one of the few that we actually get besides Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyway, after work tomorrow, I have to go to the doctor for my check-up. I’m not thrilled about going. He’s going to tell me things I already know and say that I need to do better. The good thing is that I am going to ask him about the new migraine prevention medication that has come out. I’d like to see if it could prevent my migraines. Tomorrow is going to be busy.
I’m almost finished with this week’s assignments for my teaching class. I’ve finished the readings for my museum class, but I still have the assignments to do. I’m almost completely packed for my trip, I just need to pack my suit, toiletries and medicine. Just a few more things to wrap up then I’ll be off to Ohio on Thursday. It’s been a busy week. I’ve still got a few things at work to finish up before I go. It’s all about finishing things up.
And for something fun, I had a cousin of mine come up to Burlington yesterday; I was able to meet him for breakfast. He’s not a very close cousin, but he’s very cute, and he thinks he’s straight. I believe otherwise. He’s begging me to take him to a gay bar in New Orleans next time I’m back down south. There’s nothing like a “straight” boy going to a gay bar to set him…straight, or should that be set him gay, lol. Anyway, he’s a former student of mine, the only one who knew I was gay. He’s a good kid too. I’ve missed him.