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My kitchen sink (and probably the drain sink for the laundry, which is right below it) is not draining.  We stayed up way too late last night trying to get it to start draining, and discovering things like the snake stored in the basement is broken.  I'm not about to call a plumber on the weekend, at least not while the toilets and other sinks are working and I remain unemployed.  So, Monday I get to call a plumber.

I haven't gotten any interviews after the several "screening calls" I've gotten in the last month.  One woman said the last time they had an opening they got about a dozen resumes; this time they had over 200.  The litigation atmosphere for personal injury is tight, so they're not hiring secretaries (the last time one of those was advertised, they e-mailed me to tell me that they decided not to fill the position) and everyone else tells me they found someone whose experience more closely matches what they need.  And the new listings this week all required (or strongly desired) stuff I don't  have, like three+ years of daily experience with contracts, or real estate.

I have a lot of housecleaning to do for a planned filk at my house next Saturday.  And taking a carload of stuff to the thrift store, to get it out of here.  Which I'd planned for, true (though without the plumber), but...

...this evening I got word that my Aunt broke her hip, she will probably get a hip replacement tomorrow, and I may be needed in Chicago on short notice.

Life is....full....


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Aug. 16th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I hope the plumbing problem is a simple and easy fix, nothing too expensive or time consuming.

Good luck with the continued job hunt. I've been told by an old manager that if you have at least 70 to 80% of the requirements in a job app you should still put it an application in. I usually look at job apps and think "I can't do that, I can't do that" but she told me to look at what I can do and concentrate on that. It's hard though, especially when an employer is looking for a particular set of experiences or skills.

*hugs* Good luck.

I hope your Aunt is ok! I'm sorry to hear about her injury. Speedy recoveries to her hip!
Aug. 16th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
I have been applying for things I know I can do, but that I don't have quite all the experience they want. In a normal job market, I'm sure that would have garnered me more interviews, at the very least. But right now is far from normal!

Thank you for the good wishes!
Aug. 16th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
I know it's hard too when there just isn't much out there. It's one thing if you have a lot of choice in what you apply for but sounds like there just isn't anything going.

I really do hope something comes along soon. Really soon.
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. At least I have more time for writing and art! I'm trying to enjoy it and make use of it.
Aug. 16th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
My best wishes to your aunt for a good recovery. I'm not sure whether you have social workers that go through all the helpful stuff with you but when she comes home someone will need to check that the chairs she will be sitting on are a little taller than the height from her knees to the floor as it is important that she not sit with her knees higher than her hip. If she has sofas and low easy chairs you may need to get her some booster cushions, foam blocks are good being nice and firm and not expensive. Also there is a little gadget you can get which will let her put on her own tights and socks without bending,http://www.cosyfeet.com/titeson-aid-p-411.html and one of those pickup pincher thingys with a shoehorn built in so she wont have to bend http://www.cosyfeet.com/shoe-helper-p-233.html
They made a lot of difference to my mother. The NHS also gave my Mom an indoor trolly with trays on that she could use as a walking aid and to carry stuff around the house, and a series of progressively lighter walkers walking aids and crutches with a nurse to teach her to use them. I am probably faffing too much but stuff like this is made easy in the UK and I am not sure how much time an insurance company would allow you to investigate options that might cost them more.
I hope the plumber is both efficient and inexpensive

and hugs
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Her mother had a hip replacement, so I'm sure she knows all these things (and more). She still has Gram's pincher-thingy; after I borrowed it one year to place Christmas lights on the overgrown bush in front of her house, she decided it was useful! She may have other useful stuff stored away as well.

My sister told me that after the type of surgery they plan, they let some people go home the same day (!), so bending may not be as much an issue as I'd expect.

Thank you for the good wishes!
Aug. 16th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
Healing energies and thoughts towards your Aunt. And that your path is clear and filled with opportunities!
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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