May 15th, 2007

thinky tim

Well, that could have gone better

I had a job interview scheduled for today at a company located in Wallingford, by Gasworks Park. As I discovered, this is not a bus-friendly area - I can take a bus to a nearby stop, then walk for over half a mile down streets that do not always have sidewalks or crosswalks. This walk was not helped by the 80-degree weather, when I was wearing "interview" clothing that is not conducive to either extensive walking or heat.

When I got there, I was told that they could not consider my application anymore because I'm not available until July - a fact which I noted in both my resume and the first paragraph of my cover letter.

So I turned around and walked back. This made me realize just how bad my shoes are for walking. They're not even high-heeled or anything, and they feel perfectly fine on my feet. It's just that they're a touch too long, and so my heel will slip out when I do extensive walking, particularly on uneven ground. By the time I got to my bus stop, I was in a pretty foul mood - whoever said that shoes can be the most important part of your clothing was right, because they can affect how your entire body feels.

Luckily, there was a cafe right next to the stop, so I went in and grabbed an Italian soda. Which promptly spilled on my pants and backpack, because it wasn't covered when the barista handed it to me. But! It was tasty and cool, and that's what matters.

Now, to take the time for this interview, I had to take the day off of work. Since I was only invited to this interview yesterday, it was very short notice. But I thought it would be okay; my boss is pretty flexible, and I rarely miss. Except I forgot that today was the monthly staff meeting, which means I was needed to cover the front desk. And none of the other people who usually cover the front desk were available. My boss did find someone eventually - someone who has never covered our front desk before, but was willing to volunteer - and since I got back early, I actually didn't miss too much work. But I'm really unhappy with myself for forgetting, and for failing to just say 'no, tomorrow is bad' to the interviewer. :/

So, yeah. Net result of: no interview, looking bad to my boss, and blisters on my feet. The only good thing that came out of this afternoon was that Italian soda.

Not a big deal, I know, it's just ... I would really like a do-over on this day. Or, alternately, for things to just slow down for a bit. Between classes and work and job hunting and planning the departmental graduation ceremony and trying to finish my work for C.O.R.E. and planning for London, I'm really freaking tired. It's not that these are bad things - many of them are very good things that I want happening - but I'd just like to take a break.