Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Goodbye freedom, hello cleaning weekends!

Just a few hours ago, I was sitting in an office being interviewed for a (temporary) job* at one of the (huge) multinational companies here in Basel. I was nervous…Very nervous. My last job interview took place 8 ½ years ago, and the other times I was involved in an interview, I was the one to ask the questions and sitting at the “safe end” of the table. I know that a bit of anxiety is normal in such situations and I just hoped I wouldn’t screw it up. I'm a pro when it comes to putting my foot in my mouth. Darn! Knowing me, I could probably even do two-sies (sp?)!

... And guess what? I didn’t (screw it up). I can start tomorrow morning!

YESSSSSSS!

I’m still a bit nervous about the whole thing, but I’m sure that if they are a little patient with me, I’ll do just fine. So many new things to learn and tasks I haven’t done in such a long time. It will definitely be a challenge, but, to be honest... I love a good challenge. I'll surely be totally beat the first few evenings, but it's part of the game.

So, goodbye freedom. No more doing the groceries, the cleaning and the laundry during the week whenever I want during the day, less blogging/blog reading (sniff) and hello cleaning weekends and living in a messy house during the week!

*For those of you that don’t know yet, our plans to return to Canada have been postponed a few months, so this temp job is quite appealing. Plus, I really felt the ceiling would crash in on me soon.

16 comments:

tinakala said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

The Big Bear said...

The best indicator for finding out if it 's time to take a new challenge is that feeling that the ceiling will crash in on oneself pretty soon. - So I'm sure it's the right time for you. The bear family wishes you the best for the new start! But less blogging? - Let me have an interview with your new boss! :-)

Haddock said...

Congrats on the new job! :)

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear the good news I know you will do a good Job-Congratulations and good luck.D

CanadianSwiss said...

Tina: Thanks :)

Big B: We'll see soon enough, right? ;)

Haddock: Thank you!

Dad: I'll do my best. Thanks. xox

Eva said...

congratulations, that's great news!

Jay said...

Interviews are orchestrated to be nerve-wracking...good for you for rising above!

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks, Eva :)

Jay: You're so right. Once I was there, though, I felt it would come out well.

Shelli said...

Congratulations! I hope it works well for you. I'm sure you will do fine.

christina said...

Wow, that's great news. I know you were looking around for something to keep you busy. Hey, I would have hired you to come clean my house in your spare time, but I'm sure this company will pay a lot more and you won't have to do windows! :-)

Ex-Shammickite said...

Good for you, a JOB! That'll keep you busy and out of trouble. But I am sure you'll still make time for a burst of blogging here and there. Congratulations, and I'm looking forward to hearing all about your experiences.

CanadianSwiss said...

Shelli: It's looking better by the day :)

Christina: Hmm. You have a point there. The travel is also a bit shorter, but, I do get to clean the whiteboard after meetings.

Ex-Shammi: It takes more than a job to keep me out of trouble ;) I'll try to visit all as much as I can, though.

Expat Traveler said...

Congrats! Last time I read, nothing was up and now look. You've been at work for 2 full days.

Yeah for a new job... Now bring some of that magic my way! ;-)

Mr. Fabulous said...

You must have taken my advice and mentioned my name in the interview :)

Congratulations!

CanadianSwiss said...

ET: Yes, I saw afterwards that I had posted it only about 15 minutes after you came by. I'll do my best for the "magic".

Fab: Of course I did! I would have never gotten the job if I hadn't. ;) Thanks!

Ginnie said...

CONGRATULATIONS, CS. I know you'll be a fantastic employee for anyone! Soon you'll be back in the land of the "normal" living, every-day working woman! :)