UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In which I are hired.

It's official. The job I interviewed for last Friday is mine.

I hadn't said much about it because I've applied for so many jobs outside of teaching in the past couple years and I didn't want to get invested in the outcome of the interview, only to be disappointed again.

I was also offered an interview at a local high school for the position of math teacher, but after I stopped laughing I politely declined.

My new job title:
Study Coordinator. I'll be employed by a private medical research foundation and be working out of the VA hospital. It's a 3-year position.

What I'll be doing: at any given, any or all of the following:

  • Visiting mental health agencies, hospitals, and clinics and presenting research studies to clinicians and possibly patients, in order to recruit subjects for psychiatric research.
  • Administering psychometric tests to patients before, during, and at the conclusion of research studies.
  • Coordinating paperwork for research studies.
Things said in the interview that made me wnt this job:
  • "We really don't have time to track your comings and goings or micromanage you."
  • "The research mostly involves the more severe and persistent mental illnesses."
  • "You'll never be doing the same thing all the time."
I'll still work at the counseling center for a couple evenings a week, but I needed something a bit more dependable; that whole sometimes people show up and you get paid, and sometimes they don't and you don't thing was a little unsettling. I'm not yet at a point in my career where I can be that casual about income.

And, my record is intact. Other than a fifteen-month mutually agreed-upon break right before and after my 3rd child was born, 17 years ago, I've never not had an income since the age of fifteen.

The new job pays about the same as I was making as a HS teacher, but the raises will come more often and at predictable intervals.

I'll get to ride in, ride home, and lunch with Sweet Baboo.

Cha. I'm stoked!



  1. Congratulations!! Stable income, no jerkwad kids, new challenges, and the chance to keep doing some counseling at the center - sounds perfect for you! Hope you love it.

  2. WOOOOOaaahhhhh!! That is awesome Misty-I know you really wanted this one..

  3. Glad to hear you got the job!! Congratulations!

  4. Yes, congratulations, sounds great! My main financial incentive for taking on more work, I must confess, is to fill the gaping maw of the growing triathlon habit...

  5. Congrats! That's awesome!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! A real job with a steady income that uses your training and doesn't involve wayward kids and their effed up parents. Nice!

    I'd just like to say that I find no need to justify unemployment. I mean yay for constantly working and all that but I've been unemployed roughly 50% of the time for the last 4 years. All it means is that I will be working until I'm about 110. Just sayin'

  7. Oh, I never said that I was consistently employed, just that I consistently had my own income. And I've got the student loan payments to prove it. :-S

  8. Yay Iron M!


  9. So... you're like a Professional Crazy Person Collector now?

    KEWL! Congratulations!!!!

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  11. Er, sorry, doubleclick

    Not that there's anything wrong with being crazy....

  12. Congratulations! It sounds great and I hope it's everything you were looking for!

  13. Congratulations. Have fun with it! When do you start?

  14. Congratulations!

  15. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the new venture.

  16. Whooohoooo! Good deal!

  17. Awesome job that you will be awesome at!! I'm happy for you :-)

  18. To work is a privilege...

  19. Congratulations on the new job!! Hooray!!

  20. That's great news! Hurrah!

  21. Congrats!! It sounds great. And take it from someone that get to commute to and from work with her husband, that can't be beat!! (well, I guess unless you hate ech other :-)

  22. Congratulations!!!

  23. Congratulations!!!


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