A few weeks ago I was offered a job at a wonderful hotel company as customer care case manager and accepted in hopes of working both jobs indefinitely. IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group, parent company of such chains as Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inns, Staybridge Suites, etc.) is a great place to work, has good benefits, etc. Exactly what I’ve been looking for, other than the starting pay scale. So… work 8 hours, come home, log in and work another 3-4 hours Monday thru Friday then log in for an additional 10 hours or so on weekends. Right? Uhhh no. It was killing me. Rather literally. But – do what it takes, right? Sure thing – until I was promoted at Egencia/Working Solutions with a $3.00 hour raise effective immediately and offered a 40 hour M-F position effective mid-month. Wow!!!!
As I have yet to master the art of being in two places at once on a daily basis for an extended period of time, I went for the money. We even reached an agreement on partial back pay for the month missed due to technical issues on their end. (Tomorrow we’ll know if said agreement went through, crossing fingers!)
Yes, I’ll be forced to purchase very expensive self-insurance, still squirrel away money for the higher self-employed tax rate, etc. but it was the logical choice at this point.
And – total upside, can spend some quality time doing things that I enjoy such as knit (been a few weeks since had dedicated knitting time), spend time with family/friends as soon as the car situation is finalized, and actually sleep regular hours. This is fantastic! I may even get to watch t.v. *insert cheesy grin*
Knitting time has been limited lately, obviously. I’ve finished Dad’s socks, hoped to gift on Father’s Day but lack of transportation…. you know the drill. Savannah (WRT’s newest granddaughter, scheduled to enter this world in August) has a blanket in the works and I’ve got a pair of socks about 3/4 completed.
My daughter is hinting at getting married soon so I really want to start a wedding shawl soon. Very, very soon. Whether she actually wears it as part of her wedding ensemble is unknown but she should have something from her loving mother to commemorate this milestone. But which one? I have dozens of gorgeous patterns! How do I decide? Yikes!!!!
Some of the front runners are Holden (her last name, guess maiden name will be appropriate)
Flowers of Traken is another beautiful option:
Then there is Facing Lilies:
and, and, and… list goes on and on. I’d ask her for input but kind of want the surprise factor.