Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I realize it has been quite a long time since my last post, and though I don't have anything in particular to write about, I will anyways. Just in case people still check this place occasionally. Don't want to let you all down.

I've been really busy for the last number of weeks, and have been neglecting things that I normally like to do, and things that are important to me. It's strange going from having nothing to do all day, to having no time to do anything, and all very suddenly. Just a couple of weeks after starting my job at Equitable Life, I also started my evening/weekend job at Operation Christmas Child, thus my sudden lack of free time. There were things at church too, like small group, choir practice for the Christmas production, and also the Kid's Church Christmas progam, of which Lindy and I are in charge.

Though it was a nice change of pace and I love it there, I'm glad that OCC is done for another year. And once Christmas is over, things will start to calm down a bit. I really liked working at OCC. It's a really neat place. It's neat to see all these people working together, many of them there for the first time, all having a job to do and knowing just what to do. It's such a busy place, and it's neat to think of the kids on the other end of the whole thing. Someday I would love to go on a distribution trip and hand deliver my own shoeboxes. I was a lead supervisor this year, and also a trainer. I didn't think I'd really like training the volunteers, but I kind of enjoyed it.

I wanted to make all my Christmas cards this year, but it just didn't happen. I'm still planning on buying and sending out some, but they're going to be late. I also am going to make up a bag of goodies to send for each kid at the internat, but those will also be late. Quite late. Like, maybe a couple months late until they reach Ukraine. Tomorrow I will do my Christmas shopping. I haven't started yet. Have not had the time. Good thing I don't have too many people to buy for.

Work at Equitable is going well. I like it there more than I expected. I never imagined that I'd enjoy working in an office, but it's not too bad. I was hired on a contract which was to go to the end of March. Recently one of the permanent girls quit, and I was asked if I would like to take her position. I accepted, so I will soon be a permanent employee. They didn't even post the job, but came directly to me and asked if I was interested. My team leader and also my manager told me they picked me right away, of all the contract staff, to fill her position, because I'm such a flexible worker, and I'll do whatever they ask without complaining, and I'm willing to help out wherever needed. It surprises me that people are surprised when I am like this. They just expect everyone to complain when asked to do job they'd rather not do, and to get upset when they can't do what they want to do, or think they should be doing. But I guess it's because so many people are that way. So I think it's good that I'll be permanent now. I'll get better pay, good benefits, pension, vacation, sick days, etc. I would still like to someday work with kids, in some capacity. And hopefully that will still happen at some point. But for now I'm here - at an insurance company. Go figure.

One more thing. Early this moring my brother asked his girlfriend to marry him. I'm so excited for them, and I know they will be happy together. So congratulations Colin and Amanda. Many blessings to you.