I have a job! And other good news

Getting friendly with a glass of Viognier

It’s been an eventful week! On Tuesday morning, I taught my final trial lesson. It went better than the others, with only five children, all of them well-behaved. I got my feedback (talk with your hands more!) and a job offer the next evening. I’m still on a completely opposite schedule from China- fifteen hours behind Beijing- so everything moves slowly. They message me in the middle of the night, and I respond while they’re asleep.

Well, I’ll be on their time very soon! The hours are … less than ideal. I work from 5-9 pm my time, then a long break and another shift from 3-7 am. But the work is fun, the pay is good, and I don’t have to buy work clothes!

Ben also got a job interview with a local trucking company. It’s not until Wednesday, but we’ve got our fingers crossed because it’s exactly the kind of thing he’s looking for. Hauling wood chips out of local sawmills and delivering them to local paper mills, he’d get lots of overtime and be home every night.

We also got our car back, finally! It runs beautifully and didn’t break the bank. We’re so glad we didn’t listen to the shop who tried to sell us a used transmission for a ridiculous amount when we didn’t even need one. It would have cost a LOT more and not solved the problem. Now that we have the car back we can start the apartment hunt in earnest. This next week should see us driving all over Springfield, checking out the cheap places.

We had time for a bit of fun, too. Last night we went to Silvan Ridge winery, where a friend of my brother’s was competing in a 5k race. We met with a few other friends and had a little potluck. And wine, of course. It was a beautiful, breezy evening, and as you can see above, I enjoyed myself.

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12 comments on “I have a job! And other good news
  1. So glad that things seem to be turning around for you. It’s about time you had some good luck!

  2. Shawna says:

    Yet! 🤗💟

  3. calensariel says:

    Way to go, girl! You’ll be excellent in that job! How do you think you’ll adjust to the hours? I will SO be praying for Ben’s interview on Wednesday. You guys sure deserve a change. You’ve been through the ringer a couple times now. You look pretty relaxed in that picture! Wish I’d been there! 😀

    • Christina says:

      I’m in denial about the hours right now, though my first “shift” starts tomorrow morning at 3:30 am. I figure I’ll just drop dead after that and be up in time for the 5:30 pm one. Doesn’t leave much time for the other stuff i have to get done during business hours!

  4. Lynn says:

    You look so happy. Glad things are looking up for you and Ben. Congratulations on the new job!!!

  5. Whitney says:

    I’m so relieved! You two are tough and good examples of picking yourselves up when live knocks you down. You got this!

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