Last Wednesday I got a call back from Lowes, the place I had interviewed at the week before. They wanted me to come in the next day to give me a drug test and an offer, in that order. Expecting to have to fill a little plastic cup, I came armed and ready to, well, you know. And then the drug test turned out to be a mouth swab instead. Less embarrassing, but it meant I had to sit through the whole meeting with the hiring manager pushing down a strong need to use the restroom, it was a bit distracting. And maybe this is all TMI (to much information), but darnit, it was the top thing on my mind as I was reading over the pay (pitiful), and asking if I’d be able to get weekends off occasionally (yes).
I don’t officially get hired until the drug test results come back tomorrow. Then Tuesday is orientation day, and Wednesday I’ll be working a full day on training materials. Beyond that, I haven’t the foggiest.
Did I say that the job hunt was only sort of over? Yes. Like Best Buy, this job isn’t a living wage, even working full-time I won’t be making as much as I spend in a month. But it’s infinitely better than the $0.00/hr that I was making all of January. I’m still hoping the Forest Service gets back to me about those summer positions within the next couple months, because those all would be a living wage. In the meantime, I’ll be hustling to piece together something else to start earning money from.
By the way, if you’re looking for seasonal work, the Lowes jobs aren’t a bad place to start, especially if you already have some money coming in another way and don’t need to rely on it as your sole source of income. Lowes all over the country are doing a sort of mass hiring right now to pick up people to work during their busiest time of the year. The one down in Jacksonville, FL called me too to set up an interview but by then the one up here was already giving me an offer. It is a contract type position, mine was written down as 5-6 months.
Now there is work to be done. I’m playing live-in cat sitter for Julie’s boys this weekend while she’s out of town. Tomorrow, I’ll be picking up Cas from her coworker’s place and taking it to the nearby Camping World to get un-winterized and get a couple other small things taken care of. After orientation on Tuesday I’ll pick him up from Camping World, and drive to my new home base, more details to follow. At this point, I haven’t been living in Cas for over five weeks and it feels kind of strange, it’ll be nice to be ‘home’ again.
Oh, and my new drive to work is going to take me through a beautiful wildlife refuge. It’s the little things sometimes.