I used to want to be a meteorologist. Not the weatherman on TV sort, though. I wanted to be the one studying with the NOAA and trying to discern what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Well, obviously I didn't go that route. However, thanks to those who did, we got tipped off that a terrible storm was brewing for all along I-40 and I-44. Therefore, instead of leaving for Albuquerque on Tuesday as originally planned, we departed at 5AM on Sunday. This turned out to be a great idea as we hit near blizzard conditions about 50 miles east of Albuquerque. This slowed us down quite a bit, but it was much better than being unable to leave Joplin altogether, as that night they closed I-40 and I-44 and didn't reopen it until sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday, in some spots.
One of the first things I did
when we got to town was call Verizon and leave a message with HR
explaining that we had got to town early due to the imposing weather. I
told them I would like to see if my assessment and interview could be
scheduled for earlier in the week. Well, Monday they called back. They
told me they had me marked as a no show for my assessment the previous
Wednesday. After a little discussion, it was determined that there was a
little miscommunication, and they got me scheduled for my assessment
that afternoon. I went, waited, took it, and passed. I thought this was
great, and that I would get to have an in person interview right then,
since it was only about 3:45. But I was wrong. I would have to wait
until Wednesday morning for another phone interview, then if I passed
that I would get an in person interview as soon as possible. I more or
less begged them to get the phone interview sooner, but to no avail.
Thankfu8lly I did well enough on the phone interview that they scheduled
me for an in person interview that evening. I drove out there and met
with one of the night supervisors. He did another 45 minute interview,
then gave me a tour of the facility. One word: Huge. Then they told me
that I had to wait until Monday for the result of whether or not they
would extend a job offer.
This waiting period (and
lengthy interview process) seemed to be an annoyance. This waiting until
Monday caused us to not be able to put in an application for a great
three bedroom two bathroom townhouse that we found. Only three miles
from the call center, it was also in a great location in the community.
Not only did waiting until Monday cause a hitch in finding a place, but
it meant we couldn't celebrate with our family and friends there.
However, in the end I think it was more of a growth period, as we had to
remember to be patient and trust that God has the best in mind. As they
say, hindsight is 20/20.
Which brings me to my next
point: Today, Monday. Do you remember that movie with the two dogs and
the cat trying to get home from the family vacation? Homeward Bound?
Yeah, well, I got the job offer! All my years of pushing through
college, getting married, and adopting our son, and I finally get to
return to the Southwest. Then, even better news, the townhouse wasn't
taken yet! So I got my little brother, Kirk, to act as a courier, and he
delivered the application, fee, and job offer letter. Shortly after
they called and said we were approved, but we had to hurry as there was
another family looking at the townhouse. I quickly wired Kirk the money
for the deposit and he speedily took it to them, for a successful
sealing of the deal! Written down, this doesn't seem nearly as
suspenseful as it did as we were putting everything together, but that
is how it happened nonetheless.
Finally, as everything
is now confirmed, we will be exiting Joplin on April 5th. If you live
here and would like to see us prior to departure, we are planning to
have an open house at our apartment two Sundays from now on March 17th.
Please feel free to contact us via any means you have (including email
or leaving a comment on the blog.)
We love you all, and
will miss you greatly. Thank you again for following us on our journey,
and thank you even more if you plan to continue following along as I
switch the URL in a few weeks to http://schriftenkarls.blogspot.com/.
Grace and peace,
PS Don't forget Casey's life and fitness blog at http://caseybrynn.wordpress.com/.