In 12 hours I will be on the way to a temp job. That job doesn’t pay much, but something is better than nothing. I’ve worked stuff similar to it, but never have I done this particular work. It isn’t difficult though, I’ll be packing textiles. Individual pieces, and a fair number of them, making sure that no moisture gets into them, and that they are protected from UV light. The first is entirely on me, and I have a handle on, very basic stuff, the second is dependent on resources not under my control.
The job will last for only a few weeks, the latest date I will be there is August 5th, but I expect I’ll be out of there by the end of July. It doesn’t look like there is enough work to keep me there the extra week, even if I milk the job. I hope there is overtime involved. I would not mind putting in a few 60 hour weeks, just to make enough extra money during the short time I’m there so I can pay some bills.
I am temporarily halting the job search until the 22nd of July. I don’t want to send in resumes to people, then not be able to go to an interview because of an obligation I have during these few weeks. But usually resumes sent take about a week to 10 days to generate an interview, so I think the 22nd is a safe date for me to begin again.
In one hour I will be getting ready to go to bed. I will probably not be close to tired. The sleep I get before the first day of a new job is always somewhat restive and hard to come by. It’s always a big day, that first day at a new job. You’d think that I would be over ti by now, 43 years old, having started no less than half a dozen temp jobs, a half dozen first days in the 2 plus years since I got the boot from DPW. But no, it’s always hard.
I try to get myself into a sleep cycle that accommodates the job and the hours I am going to work before I get to it. But no matter what that first night is all nerves, twisting and turning, unable to get comfortable. So I do what I can to be as relaxed and happy as is possible beforehand. I listen to calm music, don’t really read the news as that gets my dander up. I try to lose myself somewhere, doing something.
Tonight for example I’m listening to classical music, J.S. Bach. But I can’t sit still, I do have things to do, I have to go pack food, make sure I have everything read for tomorrow. I do not want to be running around tomorrow doing last minute stuff before I have to leave. That is a good way to forget stuff, and not be 100% ready for that first day working.
About 1 hour after I get home from work tomorrow, unless I get my wish and get some overtime, I will be out running. Running helps clear my head, makes me forget the day, helps me wind down in my head, by pushing my body to the point that I cannot focus on anything else but my body.
I can guarantee that there will be stuff thrown at me tomorrow that I am not ready for, so I will need that stress reducer to make life just that much easier to handle.
The runs will be shorter than what I have been doing lately, there just isn’t enough time in the day for me to run 11.4 miles after traveling for nearly 3 hours and working 8 or 9 hours.
In about 5 minutes this article will be finished. Oh, wait… I’m done now. 🙂
That’s it from here America. G’night.