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The Life of a Temp

Life has been so busy lately.

I picked up a waitressing job, that I love.

Which means I have been working two jobs.

And I am transitioning from one temp job to a new temp job.

A lot of changes have been happening in my life, changes for the better.

As I have talked about in the past, I have had a hard time finding a job and I currently am working in a temp position that I haven’t liked since the beginning. It isn’t a position that engages me, at all. Most days are just downright boring and I watch the clock until it strikes 4:00.

I have put myself out there for so many different opportunities and nothing ever worked out. Until now.

I was contacted by another temp agency saying they found my resume online and had a position I might be interested in. I really didn’t want to work with another temp agency but considering my feelings about my current temp position, I couldn’t say no. I went through the interview process and came out on top! I got a new temp job, woop woop! I start tomorrow and am pretty excited!

The life of a temp is nothing glamorous. There is a lot of insecurity. You are literally the lowest man on the totem poll. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. And for now, this is it!

Oh, and did I mention it’s SNOWING here in Madison today?!

Wasn’t expecting that. Not ready for it at all!!


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Apartment without AC

As I have mentioned many times before, we aren’t allowed to have AC here in Phil’s apartment. The building is old and the landlord doesn’t allow it. Let me just say that it has been miserable here in Madison the last few days. Yesterday it got up to 94 degrees and the heat index was 115. The heat index dropped down to 100 degrees around the time I was getting ready for bed. How on earth can it stay this hot until Thursday?! Oy.

Because of the AC-less apartment, I created a wind tunnel to sleep in last night. It actually made sleeping pretty comfortable.

The goal of today is to make as many excuses as possible to go to places with AC.

I spent this morning meeting with a family about occasionally babysitting for them. 20 minute drive, 1 hour there, 20 minute drive = 1 hour and 40 mins of AC. I find myself back in the sticky apartment right now and can’t wait to get out the door to go to an appointment for my temp job that starts Monday! I will probably have to take advantage of the little strip mall that I stumbled upon the last time I was at the temp agency. I also see a long gym session in my future (because I’m obsessed with my gym and because of the AC). Any other (free) ideas of places to go to stay cool?! Feel free to share. 🙂

I just whipped up some iced coffee and it’s never tasted so good and refreshing.

I added a little bit of my Cinnamon Bun Creamer that I am loving. I also have taken ownership of Phil’s reusable Starbucks cup. I love it!

Have a good Tuesday everyone. I hope you are all working away in places with AC. Stay cool!

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Monday Morning Work Out

Working out was a great way to start my Monday!

After dropping Phil off at work (so I can steal his car :)) I decided to go to the gym since it is between Phil’s work and the apartment. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a work out but knew I needed to incorporate some weights.

I did 2 sets of 15 reps of biceps curls, shoulder press, two arms triceps extensions, and triceps kickback. I also did two sets of 25 reps of side bends.

Next I hopped on the treadmill and completed the following work out:

  • 5 mins at 4.5, incline 7.5
  • 10 mins starting at 7.0 and increasing .1 every minute, no incline
  • 5 mins at 4.0, incline 6.0
  • 10 mins starting at 7.1 and increasing .1 every minute, no incline
  • 5 mins at 4.5, no incline
  • 5 mins at 8.0, no incline
  • 5 mins at 4.5, no incline
  • 5 minute cool down, 3.0, no incline

I was a sweaty mess after, but that should go without saying.

I got back to the apartment and was more than ready for breakfast. On the menu was MultiGrain Cheerios with a banana, some watermelon and iced coffee on the side.

I bought Cinnamon Bun creamer and have been loving it.

What happened after breakfast is the most exciting part of the day, by far! I got a call from a temp agency that I have been working with and I got hired for a job that could last anywhere from 2-6 months! I start Monday!

While this definitely isn’t my ideal situation to be in (as I have worked with temp agencies in the past and had a terrible experience), I really feel stuck at this point and needed to accept the job. I am hoping that my process for applying to jobs can be a little more relaxed and I can have a better focus and be more picky about the jobs that I apply to. Best case scenario would be for this company to hire me full time at the end of the project, but we will have to wait and see how that turns out!! But yay! I am temporarily employed as of Monday!! 😀

I am not really sure what to do with myself this week since I don’t need to be applying for jobs all day, every day. I guess I’ll have to get creative!

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Job struggles

Applying for jobs is tough work. It takes a lot of time and effort. I have been applying for jobs for multiple hours every single day since the day I’ve moved here, minus weekends of course. I have had a ton of rejection emails saying that they have found a more qualified candidate. Okay, fine. I can take it. I’ll just keep applying for jobs until someone likes me enough to call me in for an interview.

Then, there are the interviews. Some have gone great and others have gone terribly. It hurts the most when you think that the interview went great and then find out that they didn’t like you as much as you thought they did.

SO with all of that being said, it has been a rough couple of weeks. Still no sign of a job. Ugh.

Rejection is something really hard to deal with. I know that it is part of the whole process but when you are trying so hard and all you get is rejection it is really hard to take. It has made me feel really not good enough at times. Ultimately I know this isn’t the case but every once in a while it is too much and that is when break downs can happen. This week was a particularly rough one. I was feeling good about interviews and my job search and then it all just came crashing down when the outcome of an interview wasn’t what I was expecting.

Clearly Phil gets most of my complaining so he immediately got a text when the break down started. He was traveling this week so he was traveling home when I was throwing my negativity at him. I’m sure he was really excited to come home. 😉

After a work out I calmed down and convinced myself that tomorrow is a new day and I need to move forward. Two things really turned the day around at this point. 1. Seeing Phil standing there at the airport waiting for me to pick him up. 2. The box of chocolates Phil picked up for me during his travel home because he knew I was having a rough week. 😀

What a great guy! 🙂 Rough week behind me. Yummy chocolates in my belly. Fun weekend ahead! Have a good one! 😀

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Pet Peeve

As most of you know, I am currently searching for a new job. Luckily, I have been able to set up three interviews so far after only being here for a week! I’d say that is pretty good. 🙂

With that being said, I went on an interview yesterday afternoon and had another one this morning. Both of these places struck a nerve in me.

I am a very punctual person. I hate being late for anything from meeting up with friends, to appointments, to interviews. I am always on time. I arrived at my interview last night around 4:20 and wasn’t seen until 5:10. My interview was supposed to be at 4:30. I found this to be extremely rude. I understand that people get backed up with appointments and things can take longer than expected but to wait over 40 minutes was a little ridiculous in my opinion. This kind of put a bad taste in my mouth about this place before the interview even started.

This morning I had an interview at a different place. Again, I arrived about 10 minutes early. And again, I found myself waiting about 20 minutes past my scheduled interview time before meeting with someone. I feel like this place had even less of an excuse to be late with meeting me considering I was one of the first appointments of the day.

I am not sure what to make of these unpunctual people. Maybe it is a Wisconsin thing? 😉 Whatever it is, I don’t like it! We will have to wait and see what happens when interview number 3 comes around next week.

I shall leave you with that. A little rant about my biggest pet peeve. Time to go enjoy the backyard with a book for a bit before it’s back to applying to more jobs!!

view of the city from Phil's backyard



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