Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Done Deal

I had my 'interview' today. First, the security lady kinda scared me. Wow, you would have thought I was there to steal trade secrets. I was glad when she said at the end I was allowed to go to the restroom by myself without my male escort, K. I've known K. for 17 years. When his group offered me coffee I joked, "NO, I don't dare. I might have to use the restroom and I can't remember whether I need a damn escort" to which he replied, "Oh, well... I don't have to come into the actual stall with you... " and he grinned.

It was like a homecoming. I didn't even bother to shake anyone's hand. I just hugged them all. I hadn't realized how much I missed them. And it felt so mutual. As I was leaving, my new boss gave me a big grin and he said, "I am SO happy. This is just goodness." He has handpicked everyone working for him. Only the nice people from where I worked before. And the folks who were team players. And laid back. And wonderful.

They told me they had greased the skids with the director and it was a done deal. Later on, they showed me a list of everyone working for them to see who else I knew... and they already had my name on the list. I acted like I didn't notice, but my heart grew so warm.

I walked in with the director who actually seemed like a nice guy. Very professional. He asked me what I wanted to make, I told him and he said, "OK." It was over.

One job.
No haggling over money.
Aerospace. I love military aircraft.
I'm working any hours I can work, they don't care as long as I keep them posted.
10 hours min.
A dream project.
I'm back in my field.
GREAT people.
5 minutes from my kid's school... I no longer have to drive to a swamp. (That is not a joke.)
15 minutes from my house.
It fell in my lap.

I kept saying to my Mom over and over, "This cannot be happening to me. I'm a Mom. I get to keep being a full time Mom. I get to work back in my field. For only 10 hours. I'm working on a great project with awesome people... with my old mentor and one of my best guy buddies. And I didn't even look for it... it all found me."

I'm stunned. And I feel so blessed. And I'm so happy.

And I start Monday. I will be using my brain again starting Monday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm so happy for you. Don't question, just enjoy :)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Caltechgirl said...

Oops, that was me. Hooray again!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Harvey said...


This is all because you let me talk you into blogging, ya know. Submitting to my whims brings GREAT karma ;-)

12:07 AM  
Blogger That 1 Guy said...

Congrats, Bou!!! Sounds like a sweet deal!

2:34 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

That is so fantastic. I'm ecstatic for you. :-)

8:35 AM  
Blogger Quality Weenie said...


So does this mean a shopping trip this weekend for new "work" clothes?!

Will you have to wear work boots? (hee hee hee)

8:47 AM  
Blogger Jody said...

How terrific!!! I love places that understand the importance of being a mom. Enjoy!!!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Boudicca said...

I'm going to try not to go shopping since I'm not a good shopping person. I spend all my time thinking, "10 more lbs off and this would look better". So I'm better off not shopping.

It is casual work dress so I can go in khakis.

Let me tell you, the manager (I thought he was a director) was hugely supportive of my being a Mom. EVERY single person has been more like, "You're a Mom. THAT is important." Every person. And they're all men.

I am just so happy.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally! Blogsplat is letting me post!!! Congrats it sounds absolutely wonderful. I like my job, but yours is making me a bit green with envy... sounds like fun with rocket science and I would adore to be in on the computer security aspect of it. Anyhow, enjoy! *grin*

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blast it all - the above comment was mine!
-- Teresa

7:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Fantastic! You Geaux Girl!


9:21 PM  
Blogger VW said...

Congrats {Happy Dancing}. Wonderful news for a wonderful person.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yipeee!!!! Good things come to good people! Will you still get to help with PE?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Pammy said...

Wonderful! Congrats. Sounds like it was meant to be.

1:35 AM  

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