Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And Hold... And Hold....

Jeff had a phone interview with the folks in Sigonella this morning. This was the final interview for the position he has applied for. It was to be at six a.m.-- noon Italy time, so he got up at five to be all fed and fresh for the conversation. When he checked his email, he found that it had been pushed back to seven! Ah, well... He drove to a scenic lookout and hiked around a little while talked. He said it was a conference call with the four members of the medical team he would be working with (PTs, OTs, etc.) and that the connection was a little sketchy. That made the conversation a bit awkward, with little flow to it, but they got by. Jeff said he didn't feel like he really aced or bombed it-- it was all just fine. He found out that there are four other applicants for the position, and that it will be a few weeks before they make their decision. So we wait... and wait... and wait...

It's hard to know what to do in the meantime. Jeff will find out this week whether he will be transferred to another department in his current job, or whether he will lose his job altogether. We're voting for a transfer, of course. Even if we got a DoD job, it would be great to have some employment to fill the gap until we leave. And, of course, if we don't get the job we want, it would obviously be nice for him to still have one. Naturally, I don't feel like investing a whole lot anywhere right now. I'm unmotivated to do much for my business, to work hard at relationships at Amelia's preschool... We decided not to continue at the church we had been attending for over a year, but are not sure it's worth it to find a new one at this point. We have no idea what we'll be doing in a couple of months. My mother-in-law reminded me that this is actually true for everyone, all the time-- but that we like to think we know what is happening or where are lives are headed. On the one hand, I feel all giddy with excitement and possibility. On the other, I just want to know what to do. I am someone who loves moving forward and making progress. Now I am having to just sit and wait and enjoy the sunshine, and not be terribly productive. Of course it's a good discipline for someone like me, but it's HARD.

Just a note-- if Jeff doesn't get the position in Italy, we will apply for the one in Germany. The suspense is killing me.

I saw this picture of a tour bus today, and loved it because I totally identified.

3 comments:

Gypmar said...

Oh, Ariana, I can so relate to how you are feeling right now. When Shaun lost his last job we found out over six months in advance, too soon to be even looking for another position. It is so hard to invest any part of yourself in a community when it's only temporary. The waiting can make you a little bit crazy. We're all praying for the best for you guys and sanity in the meantime :)

I've never been to Sicily, but Shaun and I can put in a good word for Germany. We loved our six months there!

Ariana said...

Thanks, Gypsy. I was thinking of you guys, too. It would be so hard to know six months in advance, in terms of community and investing where you are. We appreciate your prayers and thoughts!

Leslie said...

I can COMPLETELY relate with your situation right now, my friend.
Hey, at least if Jeff gets a job with the DOD he can hang out with Nate Train! :)
Praying for you...