Thursday, July 15, 2010



My parents baby sat for a couple of hours the other day. The kids had the sticker sheet on the right. There is one specific typo. Can you see it? It had me giggling for a long time. I'll give you a hint, it isn't the cat tiger, though heaven knows what that is.

I got the job. I got a job that isn't Starbucks. Praises be.
For the next year, at least (possibly two years if they'll have me), I will be the VISTA intern at the Mclennan County Hunger Coalition, or MCHC. As far as I can tell AmeriCorps gives beginning nonprofits who can't afford staff the opportunity to bring in a VISTA to do all the stuff that a paid staff member would do, but on the governments tab. A VISTA grant is given for three years which, I assume, is how long they think it should take a hard working nonprofit to build to the point where they can hire staff. So, ideally, if I do my job right, at the end of this there should be an organization with the means and inclination to give me a real forever job. At least, that is going to be my goal.

The more I understand the job, the more I am excited about it. It looks like there is a lot to do initially, and then the opportunity to build endlessly on the coalitions member base. This will keep me busy, which is a lot of what I need in life. And considering that a lot of the job involves working alongside the Farm, I think I will be pretty happy.

Of course, it is a government funded volunteer opportunity, which means that they looked at the average poverty-rate income of our area and decided that that is how much I get paid. It is quite a bit less than I made last year, which is a tad anxiety inducing, but I am determined to accomplish this and to do it with some flare. So if you see me digging through peoples trash or something, it is probably safe to assume that I am doing it with the aim of saving money somewhere. This will be the first time I have ever been on a set salary, albeit a small one, but I am determined to view this time as a gift, and train myself to budget. I'd like to start saving, if at all possible. I do have a savings account. I think. I also think it has eleven dollars in it.
So that is my big exciting good news. I will hopefully be working at Starbucks for the two weeks directly after I get back in an attempt to make the best of my employment there, and then I will be heading to Albuquerque, NM for a couple days of training, and then I will be a VISTA member!

I also accomplished my goal of swimming a mile yesterday. I am slow and it gets dull, but I realized that I wasn't actually tired and could easily finish. So I did. You can safely assume that pretty much everyone got prayed for. 84 lengths of the pool is a lot of repetitions. I bought real goggles today, like a real swimmer.

1 comment:

The Coles said...

glad you got the job! so great!

and i'm so impressed that you swam a mile!