Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Hi everyone,

I spent this weekend through Valentine's Day with Lauren in Maryville and really enjoyed myself ... I spent Monday checking into the local job situation and turning in applications for one or two jobs on campus. I also spent a bit of Tuesday doing housework ... dishes, raking the lawn, etc. And having a wonderful, romantic dinner Tuesday night after I surprised her at work earlier in the day to bring her lunch and a rose.

We're doing contingency planning right now, because of a recent development: on Monday, a placement agency called me and said that a local financial services company wanted to interview me for an opening.

I did the interview this afternoon, and they seemed impressed enough with me to bring me back in for a followup next week. It's a six-month contract to hire position, which means I could be moving six months from now if they don't take me on, or sooner (i.e., later in March, as we're now planning), if they don't hire me.

Being a Quaker, Lauren sometimes has cases where, in order to determine the right course of action, she submits a situation to a "clearness" committee, composed of fellow Quakers, who help determine what the best action (or no action) should be done. I envy her right now ... it seems all I've got right now are "possibilities", and none of them, unfortunately, seem to be collapsing from probability waves into useful options.

1 comment:

Cheshirekitty said...

I have to second the "Valentine's Day was excellent" comment -- the lunch was a lovely touch! (And so was the vacuumed living room and the swept-up leaves!)

A note on clearness committees:
In the Clearness process, a committee is chosen which consists of a couple people the seeking Friend (Quaker) picks, plus one person from the Meeting's Ministry and Oversight committee. They get together and, in typical Quaker fashion, go into a few minutes of silence together. Insights, strangely, often come from the silence, or from the questions that the committee asks the seeker. By the end of the committee's meetings (which may be several), the seeker him/herself comes to the answer with the help of the committee.