Monthly Archives: August 2012

I’ve Been Licking My Wounds

Hello my lovely readers,

Sorry for being MIA… I wish I had some good news to share after my last post on the job opportunity that has come up, but sadly no.  I’ve been licking my wounds ever since I learned that I did not get that position.

There’s a lot of mixed emotions that go into this. I actually made it to the final round interview and I thought I got along spectacularly well with the team. Apparently they thought so too, but wanted someone with a few more years of experience. I was bummed because if that was the issue, I feel like they should have just rejected me when they saw the resume rather than have me go through all these rounds of interviews.

Other reasons for my disappointment is that finding out about this opportunity has made me face truly how I feel about my current position. I took this position over others that would have paid much much more because I thought the entrepreneurial environment would mean I would get to do more strategic internal work. Although I have honestly tried, my boss refuses to admit that we need a strategic approach to growing the company. He also has this “when I tell you to jump, you ask how high and not why” mentality that I do not agree with. I have had nights when I stayed at the office past midnight because he had told us we need to talk about the project, only to have him never call that night. So although I am happy to work the hours necessary to put out the fires, I ask why it is a fire and whether it can wait until the next business day. Considering that I constantly work from 8 – 6 with no lunch breaks and on weekends, I do not think I am out of line to ask those questions.

Further, the labor rights in Illinois sucks and I do not have enough benefits. I have 401k and I am partially reimbursed for my HSA but I do not have short term or long term disability, which is a big deal when you are a female planning on having a family one day.  This will be a separate post because I do think joining a small start up is glamorized with folks my age and many do not realize the downsides until it is too late.

So, I’ve been licking my wounds all week at my rejection. But I know I can’t just wallow in my sorrow. I have my office area finally set up and am creating a plan of action on how I will continue to develop my skills at my current employer while seeking new positions. And that means I am going to be blogging more, too.

For those of you who have sent me good energy/thoughts, thank you so much. And for everyone, thank you for your patience with me. I hope you are having a great weekend!

Love,

C

First appliance down — Dishwasher

It’s only been a week since we have moved into the new condo and we already have our first casualty — the dishwasher! Since we are still unpacking I have been loading the dishwasher at least 1x a day to wash everything before putting them away. Today I heard the door make a funny sound and, when I went to close it, found it to stick to the bottom lip of the dishwasher and not close.

Luckily for us, we knew that the appliances were past their life expectancy (most dishwashers last 10 years and ours is from 1985) and we had the seller purchase a 2 year appliance warranty. This means that I pay $100 per incident or the cost, whichever is lower. $100 is still a lot of money for me but, it does give me some reassurance to know that this is the most this issue could cost me. And? I am hoping that this is some big issue and they will need to replace the entire dishwasher altogether. Again, based on the age of the dishwasher, I would be surprised if they still made parts for this thing.

It will be interesting to see how many appliances break in the next two years while our warranty is active. I have a feeling that the seller (a single man in his early 30s) didn’t really use appliances so they might be in shock with my family’s constant use…

Love,

C

When Opportunity Comes Knocking…

As I mentioned before, I was contacted unexpectedly by a recruiter while I was in between homes, waiting for the mortgage to close. I am sitting at a Barnes and Noble in a suburb, killing time and trying to calm myself down before the final interview.

I am nervous and stressed at the same time, being frozen by the anticipation of it. I honestly believe that things come to those who wait and it comes at most unexpected times. But when you examine your life and your goals, you wonder where it has been all along.

One of the things I have learned as I have gotten older is to always examine the opportunity when it comes knocking, to give it a chance. Because you never know where it will take you. It just might be that one missing piece you have been searching..

Wish me luck!

Life Lately…

Sorry for the long absence. Life has been moving a lot faster than I had anticipated.

The condo finally closed this week, which has meant coordinating with everyone (movers, condo management co, etc) to get the items moved in, and moving out of my friends’ place. Out of nowhere I was also contacted by a recruiter for a position that would be a lateral move but much much better work-life balance. I have been only with my current organization for a year so I had not planned on even shopping around until next year for a new position, but I give a lot of weight to things that seem “meant to be” and this is one of them. I have my first phone interview tomorrow so wish me luck.

As you can imagine, with the move, I will be MIA again for the next week or so. I still do not have my internet set up and I must coordinate more tasks such as ductwork cleaning, etc.

I am sorry for the inconvenience and thank you so much for your continued support!

Love,

C

Stock Pile Fail

Over the last few years, I have worked off and on to build a stock pile. Usually I would be more focused on the stock pile when I am also focused on couponing but, due to the amount of time and energy it takes to coupon, I realistically add to my stock pile once a month or so.  Lately some of the items I have focused on building were meat and dairy. Chicken, cheese, and butter, when on sale, would be purchased in multiples because the latest news of drought all say that it will drastically increase food prices.

This mortgage fiasco, however, has ended in an epic fail for my stock pile.

I had a decent sized fridge and a small chest freezer at my last place. The original plan was to just tape up the chest freezer from my old rental to the new place but the delay in the mortgage closing and having to move out of my rental has meant placing everything in a storage unit. Having a storage unit in the city also means the storage space does not have electricity.  I have decided that asking my friends to keep my freezer is too much to ask, which means I had to let go of the freezer storage items. I am disappointed that I had to let those items go since they were all waste of money in the end.

In hindsight, once I knew that I was moving I should have worked to reduce the stockpile. In my defense, since I was moving only 6 blocks away, I did not think reducing my stockpile was really an issue. The problem was the mortgage not closing on time and there is very little I could have done to prevent that. Once I am moved into my place, I will need to start rebuilding it again, especially since the food price hike isn’t too far away.

Have you had any issues with stock piles? Please share!

Love,

C

 

Awful Landlords

As I have mentioned before, I have had some bad experiences with my landlord. Today has been more of the same, unfortunately. I am really sick and tired of this guy and I am so looking forward to not having a landlord.

To recap that previous post, my landlord and I had signed a 6 month lease with a promise from him that it will be month to month at the same monthly rate thereafter. When the 6 month lease expired, I received a notice that I need to renew my lease and the rate would stay the same “as long as [I] agree to his terms.” He then wrote what seemed like a bullying email, trying to misrepresent the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance (LTO).  Then, when we were doing showing, he made requests that I do not cook dinner at my house on the days of his showing when I complained that he left the lights on in my unit. This was a complaint because I friggin pay for the electric bill!

Well the latest is involving the move out. I believe the unit is in the same condition as when I moved in, he does not. It is a difficult area to answer since I did not pay a security deposit and we did not do a detailed move in checklist. He told me that he has hired cleaners to come in and that it will be $100. Not wanting to argue, I told him I agree on $100 being the maximum (I found other places that I can get done for as low as $40) and will pay him once he sends me the receipt/invoice of this housecleaning service.  He is now sending empty emails telling me to “decide which direction this will go”, which is ridiculous since I believe I have agreed with him. It has finally gotten to the point that I reiterated my stance and told him the only reason he should contact me now is to send me the receipt/invoice, upon receiving which I will pay.

The whole situation is funny and sad at the same time to me. The landlord is a guy in his 50s, so old enough to know better. LinkedIn search has pulled up that he works for a local bank in mid-level management, which tells me he should know that empty emails talking about emotions without specifying actions desired won’t bring results. He also should make sure he is following the CTLO himself before misleading the tenants to believe he as a landlord has more rights than he really does.

This morning I wrote reviews on yelp, trying to make sure that others who consider renting from him know what they are getting into. I will do a follow up post on what should be considered when posting reviews, especially since lawsuits have stemmed from yelp reviews.

:: sigh :: I can’t wait until all this ends…

Love,

C