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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

What I’ve been doing this fall

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Gee, it’s a little dusty in here. Guess it has been awhile since I’ve written. Sorry about that.

I’ve been busy this fall. I have had one or two short-term temporary jobs and some substitute teaching assignments. I’d prefer a full-time permanent job, but hey, it’s work and it’s money.

Toastmasters has also kept me busy. It’s fall speech contest season. I’m not competing; however I did organize one contest and am assisting with other contests. Until the end of this month.

Lastly, I just can’t stay out of The Apple Store. Against my better judgment, I bought another new toy there a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it and its various apps.

Written by Joanne

October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

My up-and-down week

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It’s been a busy week full of ups and downs.

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, I visited my stepmother. The visit went well, except for a few things:

  • I cracked a molar on some of her crispy — and delicious — homemade candy. Luckily, the tooth didn’t ache, and it still doesn’t hurt. But it sure felt funny at the time …
  • My stepmother’s MacBook’s screen is damaged and her Internet service was down, so I couldn’t show her my Mother’s Day blog entry.

On Monday, I had a job interview. Which went very well — no more cracked teeth or damaged laptop screens. 😉 Some signs that it went well:

  • I wasn’t nervous.
  • One of my interviewers took notes on a MacBook Pro.
  • Instead of just saying “Thank you for coming in” at the end, they said “Thank you for coming in” and suggested I walk around the downtown neighborhood (the interview was in another town) to get my bearings.

On Tuesday afternoon, after my trips back home, I started my car to go out and run a few errands. The speedometer/ information display flashed “Service Vehicle.” I consulted the owner’s manual — which said it could be anything. So I drove to the dealership. A short wait and $114 later, they said it was a loose wire. At least it happened Tuesday and not the days before.

Wednesday morning, I finally went to my dentist to see about my cracked tooth — and have my dentist see it. Thanks to modern technology, my dentist did show me the tooth — well, a very good photo of it. I don’t have a copy of it, and you don’t need to see it. I’ll just say he says, and I agree, the tooth now needs a crown.  And I’ll be eating soft foods for the next month or so until the crown’s finished.

Yesterday morning, I got up and drove to another appointment I thought I had. It was on May 13 — of last year. So I walked through the rain, went out to my car, started it up — and “Service Vehicle” flashed again. Back to the dealership. Some sensor was loose. At least they only charged me $20 more.

This morning, I woke up early and did something I’ve never done before. I knocked my glasses off the table on which they were sitting overnight. Luckily, I can — could — see clearly enough to find them.

It hasn’t just been a week of broken stuff. I saw my friends, went to my job hunting support group, and went to Toastmasters meetings this week, too.

Also, this week’s rains finally let up enough for me to get out yesterday afternoon for a successful afternoon of census-taking. Luckily, I haven’t (yet) had to take Ms. Blaferngar Blaferngar’s census:


So this morning I believe I’ve earned the right to say TGIF.

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

Random thoughts

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  • Where did our delightful spring weather go this morning? It’s cold, overcast, and even a little snowy. Could it be because it’s Opening Day in Detroit? 😉
  • Speaking of Opening Day, tomorrow is officially Ernie Harwell Day in Michigan! I’m not a big baseball fan, but my dad and brother often listened to his broadcasts of Tigers games on WJR and our hometown AM station. I remember plenty of warm summer nights listening to Harwell’s warm and wonderful voice. Summer just isn’t the same here without him.
  • My poor car was slightly rear-ended again yesterday afternoon as I was leaving a job fair on my alma mater’s campus. The student who hit me was very nice and polite about it. I’m not going to report it to my insurance company; you can barely see the mark on my (new) bumper. This time.
  • I woke up today thinking it was Saturday morning. Which wasn’t good — I have a Toastmasters meeting early tomorrow morning and other commitments today. Who says the unemployed aren’t busy?
  • I am really, really enjoying using my new MacBook. It just works in the ways that a personal computer should work. And I made sure to get Microsoft Office: Mac so I could open, use, write, and send all the Word and Excel documents I need to communicate with the rest of the world. My biggest question: How will I ever adapt to using PCs again when I finally go back to work? Or should I find a job working with Macs? 😉
  • They (“they” being economists and pundits) say the economy’s improving. As one of my underemployed friends once said, the recession’s not over until I get a full-time job, dammit! Well, he had an interview the other day ….

Operation ABLE job fair tomorrow

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Before I forget and go off to Toastmasters tonight, I wanted to tell all of you over-40 job seekers out there that there’s a job fair tomorrow just for us.

It’s the Operation ABLE of Michigan 24th Annual Job Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center (near Northland Mall) in Southfield.

So gather your resumes, brush off your suit, practice your 30-second speech, and I may well see you there.

Written by Joanne

March 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

It’s been a week

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It’s Friday, and it’s been a week.

First of all, I was in a car accident on Monday morning. I was rear-ended while stopped at a freeway exit. Of course, the other car was a Toyota. Luckily, my car and I are more or less okay. Even though my brother joked that I should get a neck brace and a lawyer.

On Tuesday, I substituted for part of the day, for a high school dance teacher who was taking most of her class on a field trip. I simply had to watch the remaining students.

Wednesday morning, I went to the first meeting of a new networking group sponsored by my local Michigan Works career center.

Last night, I went to a Toastmasters speaking competition.

And in between it all, I’ve spent a lot of time filling out and sending out job applications.  I even found a few jobs on Monster.com.

So now I’m sitting here thinking about what I need to do next.

Written by Joanne

March 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm