So I started my new job

I got a job, guys! I just finished my second full week of work. It’s been a bit stressful but mostly exhausting, so I haven’t made a lot of room for blogging this month.

I was offered the job at the beginning of the month, which came as a total surprise. I thought the interview was the worst yet and was convinced that I wouldn’t be hearing anything back. It was so bad that I was actually in tears afterwards. But two days later, I got a call from the staffing company I’ve been working with saying that they offered me the job! I thought it over, talked with Andrew, and then accepted the position.

It’s a contract-to-hire, so I’m contracted to work for three months and at the end of that period, the company can extend me the full-time position, or I can walk away; no hard feelings. The staffing company explained that it gives me the opportunity to see if this job is a good fit for me and lets the company in turn do the same, see if I’m a good fit for them. The pay is alright – a bit lower than I was expecting for my first job, but I figure I have nothing to lose by accepting. So I did. So at least for three months, I am an Accounts Payable Representative at a large healthcare company!

The department is hiring four people total, as the company just made a large acquisition, so they have a lot more work coming in. So I’m glad that I’m not going to be the only new person! I was the first one hired, so I’ve gotten a bit of a head start on the others. I really like all of my coworkers and they’re all recent college graduates around my age.  They’ve all been very helpful and kind while I’m trying to learn all my new responsibilities.

It usually takes me about twenty minutes to get to work which isn’t bad at all, but traffic is always awful and I’m a bit of an impatient driver, haha. It’s really nice though because there are tons of restaurants nearby and my department goes out to eat each Friday, so I am excited to try all of the new restaurants in the area (though my wallet might be hurting a bit!). There’s also covered parking so I don’t have to worry about finding a spot, which is nice.

While the position that I’m in currently may not be something that I want to do long term, I at least have a foot in the door. I’ve been lurking a bit at the other open positions and there are quite a few other opportunities that I’m interested in, and my coworkers make it sound like it’s pretty easy to move up or to new positions. So even though it’s just an entry-level position, I’m enjoying what I’m doing. So I’m feeling pretty optimistic about what’s in store in the future. :)

It’s also been a bit of a relief to have structure to my days again. When I was unemployed I was so bored and unproductive, so it feels good now to have work to do – and I’m excited about being able to start paying off some of my loans. If we budget correctly (and stick to it), we should be able to pay off all my loans sometime next year!

In other news, I ran my first 5K at the beginning of the month! Blog post on that coming soon. :D

August 2016 Reading Recap

You may have noticed I skipped last month’s Reading Recap. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I only read one book last month. July was a hard month for me, so I didn’t really make a lot of time for the things that I enjoyed.

I did a little better in August, though! I only read four books, but that’s an improvement over last month! That brings me to a total of 33 books read this year, out of my goal of 52. I’m 63% done and am still on track to reach my goal!

Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman – 5/5 stars

https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1415036119l/22522808.jpgI’m a pretty big fan of Neil Gaiman. I looooved Stardust and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so this happened to be an audiobook that was available to be checked out from the library when I needed a new book to listen to.

This is a compilation of short stories, and as it’s all by Gaiman, it ranges from whimsy and fantastical to a little creepy and morose. They were all very unique and so imaginative and creative which is what I love so much about Gaiman as an author. Some are short, some are long – but I really enjoyed them all!

I also thought that it was a nice touch that he added an introduction for each of the short stories at the beginning of the book. It gives the reader a little more insight into what inspired him to write the story and some fun real-life situations that have happened to him.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – 4/5 stars

https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1470734340l/29069989.jpgI have been very impatiently awaiting for this release! My mother, so a few days later it showed up on my door step! If you’re unaware, this seventh installment is in the form of a screenplay and takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Overall, I really liked the plot. There were some little plot loopholes (due to the use of the time-turner, I won’t go into more details though if you’re planning on reading it!) that bothered me a bit, but it was all very quick-paced and kept me turning the pages.

I did miss diving more into the characters thoughts and all the descriptions that you would normally get in a novel, but I understand that this was never intended to be a novel and that’s what you get with a screenplay. All the same, it was a quick, fun read that will indulge all Harry Potter fans with a deeper look into the wizarding world. Would recommend!

The Brotherband Chronicles (#4-6) by John Flanagan – 3/5 stars
The Slaves of Socorro, Scorpion Mountain, and The Ghostfaces

https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1406246409l/21456821.jpgI finally finished up all the books that are published so far in this series. The series continues off where the third book ended, but I don’t feel like there is really a whole lot that is newly introduced in the last half of the series. The character development continues, and each individual book has its own plot which keeps it unique. But it also makes it feel a bit formulaic. It took me a long time to get through the sixth book since it really just all felt a bit stale.

I will probably read the future books that come out in this series, but I do hope that he brings something unique to them, because they’re becoming tiresome.

Anyone else read the Cursed Child? Thoughts?

Happy reading, friends! :)

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