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November 12th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

DH and I got back around 9 pm on Friday. The main purpose of the trip was to buy a car.

Guess what? We didn't buy a car. We looked at a grand total of .. drum roll please ... 1 car. On the way home in Davenport, Iowa.

We even spent an extra day there than we'd planned - due to neither of us looking forward to driving back Thursday night. Good thing too, because both of us were in bed sound asleep by 9 pm on Thursday ...

We accomplished two things - DH bought a sub woofer (focal something or other) which he says he'll make 3x what he paid (assuming he ever gets around to actually *Selling* anything ...) and I had the privilege to meet one of our Chicago SA'ers. Smile (I forgot to ask you if it was okay to say we met!)

That almost made the trip worthwhile by itself.

So ... we spent a total of about $300 on our 3 day trip - 2 nights at a below average Motel 6 where we had to PAY for wifi - which only worked on ONE device, eating out, and gas.

We both started the trip out a little bit on the sleep deprived side - me due to staying up late watching the election results (gag!) and DH just couldn't get to sleep. We were both pretty fried by the time we had to do another 8 1/2 hour drive back home ...

I am so completely tired of the car search. There's no way I'm going to do another trip like this - where we're spending all our time either waiting for Craigslist people to email us back or call us back ...

And it may be that I won't be able to take any more vacation days nor sick days for 6 months or so ...

I got a call for an interview for the library office specialist position!! It's on Tuesday at 4.

Now I just have to figure out how to get away from the office an hour early ... I'm not sure if the doctor visit excuse will work because my supervisor knows that I had a doctor's appt on Wednesday morning.

Also, I really would rather not lie. I'm going to try just saying I had an appointment come up unexpectedly (which is true) - but knowing her, she's going to want more info.

This is the only day I can do it, because she's going to be out for a week and a half with her husband's hip replacement surgery.

.... If I can get away for this, I'm planning on getting a haircut at an actual hair salon and probably a manicure too. I'm also trying to figure out how to deal with my wardrobe. If I go to work dressed nicer than usual with makeup, etc., AND have a mysterious "appointment" that will be a dead give away.

If it's meant to be, it'll work out.

Anyone have any idea - if you are switching positions, but still within city government, you start a new 6 month probation. But I'm not sure if that probation is the same as when you are hired initially? For example, would I lose my health insurance for 3 months??? And my retirement benefits? etc? I obviously can't ask this of anyone I know in the office ...

10 Responses to “Chicago Trip”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    I would call HR and ask how it works when a current employee takes a new position. They should be happy to tell you without anything getting back.

    Also, you can just stick with "an appointment". If she presses for more info, just say it is personal. It's really none of her business. You're an adult and a subordinate, not her minor child. Smile
    Maybe you could pack the clothes and makeup you want to wear to the interview, then change someplace?

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I would call HR and ask how it works when a current employee takes a new position. They should be happy to tell you without anything getting back.

    Also, you can just stick with "an appointment". If she presses for more info, just say it is personal. It's really none of her business. You're an adult and a subordinate, not her minor child. Smile

    Maybe you could pack the clothes and makeup you want to wear to the interview, then change someplace?

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I think you'll get to keep your insurance. I'm sure the purpose of the new probation is just to assure that your new boss will have a chance to assess your performance before committing to long-term employment.

    Of course it's all right to say we met -- I already did! Someone was worried you hadn't posted in a while....

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Petunia - I think I will contact HR. Bringing the stuff to change into is a good is a good idea. My supervisor and I probably talk more openly than most ... which is partly why I feel so bad about even looking for something else.

    CB - I saw your post after I posted! Smile It was so good to get to meet you! Seriously, the best part of the trip.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    Exciting about the job!! & nice that you got to meet CB too!

  6. Laura S. Says:

    Good luck on the interview!

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck and what a fun trip.

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good luck with your interview - if worst comes to worst what about taking a sick day? Exciting you got to meet CB!

  9. CB in the City Says:

    Laura, you were definitely the best part of my day, too! Probably, my week!

  10. starfishy Says:

    good luck with the interview and how fun to meet CB! Smile

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