So much for twice weekly updates huh?
I honestly thought I’d have more to write about, but I guess that was because my expectations were out of line. I thought I’d get a job in two week then I’d be able to start running around and getting myself into all of those awkward Mike Murray situations people seem to enjoy so much.
That didn’t happen though. Let’s break down what’s happened in the last 42 days into the fun and the not so fun.
When it’s a clear day around here, it is absolutely beautiful. From the living room at the house in Mukilteo you can see the the mountains of the Olympic National Park. Head towards Everett and you’re treated to views of the Cascades. My personal favorite view, however, has to be the start of the drive into Seattle. As you drive past the shopping centers on the Mukilteo Speedway you come up a slight rise and there is Mount Rainer on the horizon. I haven’t been able to get a decent picture of it yet, but it is quite the impressive view given the mountain is a two hour away.
I haven’t done a lot of it, but the hiking has been pretty good as well. There is a trailhead to the Big Gulch Trail about a quarter mile from the house. Not a whole lot of stunning vista-like views, but there are some pretty neat creek crossing and views of the woods along the trail. The Japanese Gulch trail is about a five minute ride from where I’m at. It’s a maze of trails that I’d like to explore more, but the day I went it was pretty damp so I didn’t do too much exploring.
I bit off a bit more than I could chew when I hiked to Poo Poo Point Trail last week. I had heard about it during my brief stint of work (see below) and decided to go for it. I did some research and thought I’d be able to handle it, but neglected to look at the trail conditions before I left for the trailhead that morning. There was some slipping and sliding, I didn’t bring enough water, and the trail was snow covered but the views along the trail and from the top were worth it. Take a look through the mediocre lens on my phone.
Also, shout out to Drew and Jocelyn for all the resume and job hunting advice and putting up with me as I loaf around their house trying (and failing) to not spend my limited funds while I wait to hear back about interviews and start dates.
The Not So Fun
Things started off promising on the job front. I had an interview for a review website and a restaurant out in what people around here call wine country within a week of arriving. After a phone interview and submitting a writing test, the review website decided to take a pass, but I managed to get a working interview at the restaurant. That went well and I was contacted a few days later about setting up a second interview. I gave them my availability and then never heard back from them.
I’ve had interviews since then and even accepted a job in Seattle a block or two up from Pike Place Market. I worked it for two days, taking the bus into downtown. The hours were great and I didn’t really mind the bus ride, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I was over cooking in a professional setting. I had originally thought that maybe the environment I was in when I left my corporate dining gig had soured me on the idea and that four months on I could hop back on a line and be fine. That wasn’t the case. I woke up on my second day dreading it and felt even worse than that when I woke up for my third day. I let the owner know that the fit wasn’t quite right for me and moved on. But, hey, I got to take this cool picture of the Pike Place Market sign in the early morning.
Where I’m at Now
That was two weeks ago now. Since then I’ve accepted a job in an Amazon warehouse that starts this Saturday, but I’m hoping I don’t have to start it. Friday I had an interview with the general manager of a cider taproom. She seemed super interested in having me come on board at their current taproom and then transferring or bouncing between the current taproom and the one they are about to open in Ballard, which, from what I’ve gathered, is kind of the “it” neighborhood in Seattle. I was going to wait until I heard back for sure about the job before writing this post, but decided to go for it anyway. What else was I gonna do while I waited? Play another 6 hours of The Witcher 3? Try to salvage another forgotten NaNoWMo? Enjoy the first sunny we’ve had in about a week?
Psh, I’m on the west coast now, there’s still plenty of time to do those things today.