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The End?

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It’s been a long time since I posted here at WSFAU, for a variety of reasons.

Such as: Last January, I was very sick. As in, the ER doctor told me I could have died. Thankfully, I didn’t die. But I did spend a week in the hospital. And I’ve had to see doctors and take drugs and lab tests regularly ever since then. But I feel much, much better now, thanks.

And after years of blogging about unemployment, I tired of blogging about unemployment. So I did other things. I worked part-time, I looked for other job opportunities, I kept going to Toastmasters and serving on the board of the Friends of the Ferndale Library. Last month, I started another blog.

Yesterday, I received a job offer from Kelly Services to be a call center representative for my favorite computer company.  I’m also beginning to volunteer my writing services for a few local organizations. They and I hope the pro bono work will lead me to other opportunities.

So this looks like it may be my final post here. I’ll keep WSFAU up and linked to my new blog, though. (After all, I paid for the domain name.)

“The staff” and I thank you for reading WSFAU and its Facebook page.

And if you’re unemployed, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.


Written by Joanne

August 11, 2011 at 5:32 am

My chance to be a rock star at work

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While we were sitting around the house and watching the Saturday night horror movie show in our pj’s (hey, we’re relaxing after a busy week), a member of our ever-vigilant staff saw a very cool job posting for us on Twitter.

So what is it? Library assistant at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum!

Sure, we’d have to move to Cleveland. But think of it: It’s our chance to be rock stars! 😉

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August 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

News I haven’t told you …

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At a party the other evening, a few friends told me they read this blog and liked it. (Thank you!) Which reminded me I hadn’t posted anything in a few weeks. Please accept my apologies for your not having anything new to read here in a while.

Actually, I’ve been holding out on all of you: I’ve been working.

At the start of June, I began a part-time temporary job. I’m working at the circulation desk of one of my county community college’s libraries. (For you non-librarians, “working at the circulation desk” means I’ve been checking books in and out and helping students with various questions and problems.) The pay’s good and I’m gaining experience I need for other library jobs. I’m happy there.

The only thing is, I just don’t know how long it’s going to last. At first I was told it would be two weeks. Then the assignment was extended for another two weeks. I don’t know if this is going to be my last week on the job or if it will go on for a while longer. Such is the nature of temporary work.

And of course, there’s another thing (or two): Since it’s a temporary job, I haven’t quite felt like announcing “I have a job!” here. Although I do, indeed, have a job. And since I’ve been working, I’ve had less time to write here.

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June 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

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Signs I may be working once again

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I woke up this morning thinking about a couple of things:

  1. The freelance and census work I have to do today, and:
  2. The fact that I haven’t made a blog post in a week/this month.

So the fact that I woke up thinking about going to work — instead of thinking about lacking work or finding work — is a sign that I may be employed once again.

Here’s some other signs that I may be working once again:

  • When I wake up, look out my window, and see a beautiful day, I think: “Great! It’s a good day to go out and take the Census!”
  • I’m only checking Facebook one or two times during the day instead of … way too many times.
  • I have early morning meetings with census supervisors, and emails from freelance clients.
  • I haven’t watched the Martha Stewart show in two weeks — and I couldn’t be happier about that.

It may be too early to change the name of this blog to “What’s So Funny About (Un) Employment?” But we’ll see. 😉

Written by Joanne

May 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

It’s been a busy week

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I have a few minutes this morning to say I’ve been very busy this week.

Going back to work, even to train for a temporary job, will do that to a person.

The first day of training for the Census job was mostly paperwork. Plus we took our Census oath of office (yes, we’re sworn government employees, sworn to keep your information private) and got fingerprinted.

Yesterday, our class practiced interviewing people. Today and tomorrow, we’re to go out into the field for some actual interviews.

Plus I’ve been working on some freelance assignments and going to Toastmasters in my spare time (what spare time, I ask?).

Speaking of Toastmasters, tomorrow and Saturday is our Toastmasters district spring conference in Southfield. So no rest then for the busy, either. But it’ll be fun. (At least I think those things are fun.)

Time for me to say words I haven’t said in awhile: I have to leave for work soon. 😉

Written by Joanne

April 29, 2010 at 8:04 am