In which she remembers to thank the Universe

by DaniGirl on July 25, 2011 · 12 comments

in It IS all about me, Life, the Universe and Everything

It went something like this…

*ring ring*


Hey Universe, it’s DaniGirl calling.

DaniGirl! Good to hear from you! I’ve been peeking in on you lately, I’m surprised you found the time to pick up the phone.

No kidding! Each time I think I reach a new high in busyness, and think that things can’t possibly get any more crazy, they do.

It’s nice to see that your photography business has taken off. That must feel pretty good.

It feel amazing! It’s been an incredibly busy but validating month with five family portrait shoots just in the last ten days. And the clients have seemed to really love the results – one family bought a print of every single proof in the gallery.

Great stuff, DaniGirl. No wonder you’re feeling so busy. And I hear you had a blast at Social Capital this weekend.

Oh my goodness, it was amazing! So many interesting people, so many great connections. I learned a lot, met a lot of amazing people, and really enjoyed having a captive audience for a while, even if I was a little scattered in my presentation.

Mouth getting a little ahead of your brain, eh? Yeah, that happens to me, too. It’s been a busy vacation for you this year, no wonder you’re feeling a little discombobulated.

Ha, and that’s hardly the tip of the iceberg. I seem to be caught up in a whirlwind of change right now. Did you see that we finally found a new daycare provider for Lucas?

I did see that. She seems like a warm, lovely lady.

I think so, too. I really like the fact that some of the older kids who come for after-school care have been with her for nine or ten years. That kind of endorsement speaks for itself. And she’s literally right around the corner. We start with her at the end of the summer, right around the time I hope to be starting my new job. Cuz, yanno, if you’re going to change one thing, you might as well change everything.

New job, right. I noticed you were working on that. What’s up with that?

Well, remember back in 2007, you were up to your usual antics. The very month that the Canada Revenue Agency created that special social media manager position especially for me, I found out I was pregnant with Lucas. I managed to work in the position for about six months before I went on maternity leave, but then when I left they hired a friend of mine to replace me.

Right, I think you cursed me out for quite a few months on the timing of that one.

Um, yeah. Of course I was delighted to be pregnant because we had been trying for months, but I was truly heartbroken to lose that job. And when I came back from maternity leave, even though I was disappointed, I could completely understand why they didn’t want to just bump the person who had been doing the job for a year. So I took a position in another part of the public affairs branch.

And then you started managing the Army Web site and all the social media channels there shortly after that, right?

Yeah, that’s when I joked I was quitting the CRA after 20 years to run off and join the Army.

Thanks for the history lesson, but what does that have to do with your current situation?

Well, the person who took over for me in 2007 is now moving on to other opportunities and she called me up to see if I’d be interested in coming back.

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? Easy-peasy, right?

Ha, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? You’re such a joker, you know you pulled the rug out from under me again on this one.

Hey, you passed the hiring committee with flying colours. It’s not my fault you forgot to check to see whether your French levels were up to date.

Sigh, you’re right. It’s just painful that they were ready to issue a letter of offer, and now I have to pass my reading and writing exam before we can move ahead. I tell you, the last thing I expected to be doing on my summer vacation is spend an hour or two each day snuggled up with Schaum’s French Grammar and a stack of practice tests.

There’s a plan B though, right?

Actually, I’m calling it Plan E. There’s a chance they can move me to an English Essential position in another directorate and transfer me over. But I’d rather just pass the French test, because I’m not sure how solid that option is. Think you could help me out on that one, maybe make my rusty old brain a little more fluid for the next week or so?

Sorry DaniGirl, I’m just the omniscient overseer. I may be omnipotent, but it would be bad mojo if I rigged the outcome of your French test.

Okay, I suppose that’s fair. And besides, the reason I called wasn’t really about that anyway.

Oh really? Why did you call then?

Well, first to once again commend you for your sense of humour. You’ve got me going literally in circles again, back where I started four years ago if this works out.

It’s not like you haven’t enjoyed the intervening loop, though, right?

Fair enough. And that’s the other thing. I wanted to say thanks. My life may be so busy right now I’m breathless with the pace of it, but it’s all really quite good.

I’m glad you’re happy, DaniGirl.

I am, Universe. I know sometimes I call you up to bitch and complain when things are going poorly, so I thought it would be nice to drop you a line and let you know that aside from being a little dizzy at the pace of it all, I am really and truly happy right now. And I’m proud of myself, too. I think I’m on the right track right now, and I’m trying to acknowledge that out loud, if for nothing else than it will serve as a good reminder when I do something dumb to derail myself again!

Great idea, DaniGirl. It’s important to be grateful for the good things in our lives, the things that make us happy. Keep me posted on the job situation.

I will, Universe. Take care…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kerry July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

Okay, full circle… Dani, I had a small heart attack thinking that meant you were pregnant again. So close to full circle, but not *quite*.
(mutter. heart attack. too bad I’m the first aider on the floor. who’s gonna give me cpr?)

2 SleegsSkees July 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

Good Luck!

3 Josée July 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

Good luck with the french lessons, the new job, and the new daycare provider! I really enjoyed your roundtable session at #SoCapOtt (didn’t find it scattered at all 🙂 – I’ve signed up for flickr and I’m already impressed! I may not “take” to photography but at least I’ll be able to show off my family pics to others. Thanks for your great suggestions!

4 Tara Azulay July 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

Dani, it was a pleasure meeting you this weekend. I enjoyed your presentation and chatting briefly in the lunch line-up.

Good luck with everything coming down the pipeline!


5 Coco July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

Awesome post & I hope you ace the French as your comminication skills are second to none……except maybe K.

6 Peady July 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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7 Finola July 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Dani's Dear Universe posts are my faves! RT @DaniGirl In which she remembers to thank the Universe (and also, news!)

8 Alexandre Enkerli July 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

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9 Anonymous July 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hey, I work for CRA too! Well, I did until I took 3 out of 5 (years) of my ‘care and nurturing leave’. I’m heading back in September when my daughter starts school! Hope your fabulous new jobs pulls through, either one!


10 Amber July 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I’m glad to hear that you’re happy.

And good luck on the French test! Or should I say bon chance?

11 Valerie August 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

oh, so glad to hear about the job! Bon courage avec l’examen – break a leg, girl!

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