A Week of Ups and Downs

As many of you know my week started out with expected news, but none-the-less sad news. I and two other employees were the latest laid off from Perry Communications Group. Once I got the official notice, I mobilized my network of contacts and began to do outreach asking everyone to keep their eyes open for jobs that I would be a good fit for through personal e-mails, Twitter and Facebook. On Tuesday I got a phone call to schedule a third round interview (round 1 was an interview, round two was writing an op-ed) for Monday (tomorrow), went to a small career fair at William Jessup, got my Blackberry working and contacts synced with my Google contacts, and calendar and continued my job search. Wednesday I was fortunate to attend an informational event on stem cells and current research at UC Davis Medical Center as part of Stem Cell Awareness Day sponsored by the Northern California chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Not only did I get some great food and learn lots, I got to see what will be a very impressive, state of the art research center. Thursday, as I continued my search there was an opportunity to go to the Casting Crowns concert, sponsored by World Vision. It was a great concert and a good opportunity to escape from my job search world for a few hours at least. Friday, I attended the Jesuit High School Alumni Summit to reconnect with alumni and learn about some of the outreach efforts the Alumni Association will be taking in the next few weeks and months to make Jesuit an even better institution. That afternoon I went to an informational meeting on “how to get a state job,” which was very informative.

Over the weekend my mom, dad and I all went down to my grandma’s house in Lodi for a busy weekend. My mom and grandma put on another very successful garage sale, while my dad and I installed a new kitchen floor. Once the garage sale and kitchen floor were done, my dad and I demolished an old shed at my grandma’s neighbor’s house and took a large load of debris and garbage to the Lodi dump/transfer station.

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