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06 December 2003 @ 07:09 pm
All this talk about the blizzard...  
...on the East coast reminds me of February when Mark & I got stuck over President's Day weekend in New York City. I have to say that getting stuck there wasn't the worst thing that could've happened to us. We ended up seeing "Hairspray" a second time, got tickets to see "Take Me Out", and got to eat at Applebee's another night. :) I just hope those on the east coast are okay and staying warm (Pat, Lauren, Meredyth, Adam, etc.)

And Mark is doing much better, thanks so much for your nice thoughts for him. I have to change the dressing on his back for the next few days (which I'm not looking forward to - I hope I don't hurt him!) but he's not in pain any more so that's a good thing.

Forgot to mention that while I walking around the mall the other day during lunch I happened to run across a new photo studio. There was a "Help Wanted" sign in the window. Now, I usually pass those up because my current job pays pretty well, I have a lot of vacation time accrued and those jobs that are advertised are usually entry level jobs. But when I read on the sign "Only experienced photographers apply within" that kind of sparked my interest. So I went in and asked for an application. The first question the girl asked me was "Do you have experience as a studio photographer?" :) I nodded and she handed me an application. I've filled it out and have re-done my resume... I'm just not sure whether to turn it in.

I'd love to get out of my current job (you all know how much I complain about it), but it's taken me 9 years to work my way up to my position in the investment department, my pay is pretty good (all things considered), and I have loads of vacation time (sorry to be-labor that point - but vacation is pretty vital to me this year, especially if I want to get my CIW certification). This is possibly an entry-level position, retail hours, and true - it's what I went to school for, but am I too old to start at the bottom and work my way up again? And the bank I currently work for has been in business FOREVER, and I know from experience that these photo studios come and go... I'm not sure with my current obligations (mortgage, school, etc) if I can afford to take a leap of faith like this. :P I should probably turn in the application anyway and then see what happens - Blech... As much as I talk about liking to take risks, I guess I'm still basically a chicken. :P
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on December 6th, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC)
:( I must have missed something... what is wrong with Mark? Im sorry if I missed it. I hope everything is ok.

As far as the turning in the application... I think you should. Whats the worst that can happen, they can call you and you can find out what the job entails, the benefits, etc. and see if its worth going for an interview. :) You never know. You should give it a try!

Sherishutterbug93 on December 6th, 2003 10:05 pm (UTC)
Mark's fine :), but thanks for asking, Angie. He had a HUGE cyst lanced on his shoulder/back the other day and has to keep the wound open. :(

True enough about just turning in the application and giving it a try. My only fear is that my current employer will somehow find out, because in sales the worst thing you can do is show that you're thinking of leaving. :P I guess I'll just have to gain some courage and try though! Thanks for your advice! :)
the artist formerly known asnikki42 on December 6th, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)
I would turn it in. The application is not a committment in any way, but it would be nice to find out more about it.
Sherishutterbug93 on December 6th, 2003 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks Nikki. :) And you're very true an application is in no way a commitment. However, in sales if they even have an idea that you're thinking of leaving, they really write you off - and I'm not sure I'd want to go down that path if I'm not seriously thinking about trying for this job. But on the other hand, work's not been the greatest right now anyway, so I maybe I should see what happens. Thanks for your advice. :)
orion74 on December 6th, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
I would definitely turn in the application and go from there. At the very least, you could possibly interview for the position and go from there. It may turn out that you knock their pants off during the interview and they might consider you for something other than an entry level position. I do know how you feel though. I'm still unemployed because I also feel that I'm too old to start over in a new field of work. I guess I'll hold out as long as I can.
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orion74 on December 7th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
I just remembered how different it was when we took Cameron in for his 18 month pictures as opposed to his 1 year portraits. The studio had been completely revamped and everything else had gone digital. I remember thinking how difficult it must have been (especially for the older photographers) for them to learn how to use that complicated software.

I'm was thinking the same thing about my job situation. It just seems very bizarre that I'm not getting any calls at all anymore...not matter how many resumes I send out. Then again, I haven't applied in person anywhere recently either. I'm just going to take it one day at a time.
Sherishutterbug93 on December 6th, 2003 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks Tom. :) I'm thinking more and more that I really (with my current work situation) don't have anything to loose necessarily by turning it in and just seeing what happens. I guess part of me is scared too... I have over ten seven years of studio photography experience (both part time and full time while I was in college and right when I first came home), but I haven't worked in the photo field for eight years or so. I'd definitely have to work my way back up from the bottom. :P

And big *HUGS* to you about your work situation. I know that the right job will come along for you! Perhaps this is all happening now for a reason? Perhaps Amanda and Cameron need you more now because of everything going on and maybe it's a blessing in disguise that you're able to give them extra support for everything that's going on in your lives? I hope everything works out for you.

Sorry I re-counted and had to edit the years above... Can I use that ditzy guy icon from your post in my reply? ;)
orion74 on December 7th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hahaha!! No problem!! ;)
Carriecarrieh on December 7th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, the photography sounds the interesting thing (I did consider it as a career, but decided that it was too risky a profession in terms of job security / pay). You've nothing to lose by filling in the application and finding out a bit more about the job itself. I can understand your doubts and feeling that your job is secure etc. Even when my job wasn't secure, I stuck with the Mill, I guess because I've just got far too comfortable in that job and with the people that I work with, so the idea of moving on is scary (originally I only planned to stay at the Mill for 6 months).
Sherishutterbug93 on December 7th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
In some ways you sound a lot like me. When I started working at the bank I was still working part time at my friend's photo studio and I swore it would only be a six month job until my friend could get her business fully back on track... well, nine years later I'm still there. :P There's something to be said for security... but sometimes I also feel that I'll never know what my life would be if I don't take a few risks every now and then. :) Thanks for your comments, Carrie. :)
Sabine: Lausersabine10 on December 7th, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that Mark is doing much better and I'm sure that you are careful when you change the dressing so that you will not hurt him.

I understand your thoughts in regard to work. Actually, it's the same here - I would like to leave but everything seems to be so vague then. I don't think that you are too old to begin something new and I'm looking forward to hear how everything goes on.

Hope you had a nice weekend and take care, please. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on December 7th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine. :) I was really nervous when I had to help him last night, but it wasn't painful for him so I was glad. It looked, REALLY painful, though. :P

And thank you for your support about my job situation. I've decided to apply for it - everyone's right. I should take a few more risks in my life. :)

Hope you had a nice weekend too. *HUGS*
Care: Carecareleswhisper on December 7th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Mark is better. :)

Turn it in. What do you have to lose? :)
Sherishutterbug93 on December 7th, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. :) He was very touched to hear that everyone was so concerned about him. :)

True enough. :) I'll probably turn it in next weekend. :)