Wednesday, June 10, 2009

C.R.A.P.py wednesday

Catch-up Rants And Platitudes - #9

yesterday,
this "kitty flu" seemed so far awa-ay-ay,
now it looks as if it's here to stay,
o-o-oh, how i wish i could shake it today...


Sorry, I don't like to whine about my health here - especially two posts in a row, but this really hit me outta nowhere and finally seemed to be nearly gone yesterday. Then I start again with the sneezing, coughing - it's moved into my airway and is hanging tight. Oh, well - breathing is over-rated anyway.

The job hunt

Ups, downs, and crevasses so deep that light cannot penetrate. It's amazing how varied places are about whether or not they even reply to inquiries. And how. Some take weeks before they respond and then give you a name to retry with, others forward your materials and send you info back by the next day. I expected research positions to be available at a dime a dozen, but these are as difficult to scare up as residency spots. I have broken out of my box and started applying for other related positions as well. I can't believe that I cannot scare up a "training position," but I have a solid bite on a "medical director" position DESPITE my repeated emphasis on my lack of experience. That will be an interesting pursuit....

All the proper "official" training programs seem to be sopped up for now - although last-minute cancellations could swing something in my favor. In the meantime the most promising lead (which I still don't have enough info on yet) is a somewhat-equivalent training position to what I have been seeking, but for only 1 year, at an un-accredited program in a hospital that will be hell to work at (but a good educational experience).

The rest of my life

Just as I am ready to step back and see what spins from the job hunt, another set of hoops presents itself. I feel so back-logged in my other endeavors. I actually took a full week off from my volunteering activities but I'm still just treading water. Part of the whole frustration is about finding a new place to live, but since I could just as easily be moving to Ohio or Colorado vs. staying right here in Chicago, it's hard to get serious about packing and choosing some new digs. But I desperately need to do so - this place is bleeding me nearly double what I should be spending.

That "pack rat" gene isn't helping either - still have TONS of crap to go through and toss (or sell - dumped several boxes of old books, and made about $50 on the deal too!), nevermind the reading I should be doing to stay current. Exercise and keeping up on news keep getting shifted to the back-burner as well.

Politics

Again, have been on hiatus about serious topics, but hoping to get back into it soon. Was as amused as ever to see the opposite reactions to Obama's Middle East speech - with the neocons and right-wingers calling it an apology tour, and the rational Americans applauding his moves toward building unity on the national stage. Would be nice to see some positive changes over there, and I think we have a real chance... if other people and events don't screw things up. These reporters held prisoner in North Korea - hopefully the "leverage" that situation is creating can be resolved in a peaceful manner.

Glad to see that the gay marriage issue is slowly swinging the right direction - what are we at now, 6 states that have legalized it? When is "Don't ask, don't tell" gonna get the ax then? I know there are other priorities out there, but this is causing problems with availability of translators in the military, and should be a welcomed relief for our already-overused service people to get more personnel over there.

Movies

Have yet to get out to see Star Trek, but hopefully I can make that happen next week. In the meantime, have managed to sneak in some views of newer DVD releases, so I'll try to get some reviews up soon. Rotten Tomatoes seems to have overhauled the site nicely - I'll have to update my sidebar links, and will point you in that direction when I've got something to show there.

In the meantime, back to my unscheduled grind - hope to have some good news soon!

4 snide remarks:

kapgar June 11, 2009 at 6:39 AM  

You gotta remember, though, that a hell job is still a paying job.

Happy hunting.

radioactive girl June 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

I am so curious which hospital would be hell to work at and why. Any hospitals I frequent? I am about to add a new hospital to my list of hospitals I have had surgery at.

You know I understand feeling stressed about uncertainty and I am sorry you have to deal with it too. It is amazing to me how much it influences in your life when you have one little (or big) thing that you don't know what will happen. You with where you will live in the future and the job, and me with the surgery. That one little thing makes everything else confusing and hard.

My husband took my 5 year old son to see Star Trek last weekend and they loved it. I don't know if a review of "it was awesome" from a 5 year old helps anything though.

Good luck with your job and living stress, and I hope you fell better soon too. I have had this cold for weeks now and it is still hanging on. Hopefully yours will pass quickly!

bonzo June 12, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

kapgar - true 'dat. that's why i jumped at the *possibility* of taking the job.

radio-girl - don't think you would ever be referred to the hospital i'm indicating, will email ya details privately. glad your son liked Star Trek - his review only adds to the glowing masses of favorable impressions. i may even get to take a couple of my nephews (11- & 7-years-old) to see it, which will be an interesting addition to the experience. you get healthy too!!

Ron June 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

Great new format, Bonzo. Best of luck pursuing the job leads. As for us, the wife is heading back to Chicago-land for a second look at a position in NW Indiana. She might be signing as soon as this weekend. Also, spent the last week in Mexico in Playa del Carmen and did lots of scuba diving. We had a couple of videos made and we'll show 'em to you next time we get together.

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