42 is my new lucky number

by DaniGirl on August 9, 2011 · 15 comments

in My 15 minutes

Clearly, I have done something to please the Universe, because this has been a month full of wonderful news and awesome surprises – and it’s barely begun. Do you mind if I take a quick moment to share my joy?

Last time I was talking about good fortune, I mentioned that I had been offered a job (my former position!) working in social media for the Canada Revenue Agency. I was gathering the paperwork so they could prepare my letter of offer when I realized that (gah!) my French levels had expired, and so rather than the leisurely three weeks of vacation I had been planning, I spent at least an hour each day curled up in a heap of practice tests and grammar workbooks. Then there were more misadventures when one of my two prescribed tests was delayed when the building’s air conditioning system failed. I tell you, I never manage to find the easy road! And speaking of easy, the reading test was not. At all. In fact, I was so sure that I’d missed the required grade that I was sick about it all weekend.

To my surprise and delight, I found out Monday morning that I passed with exactly the levels I required for my new position at the CRA. My letter of offer is now signed, and I start my new/old job at the end of the month. Yay!!

While I was tapping the refresh key and hoping for an early peek at my results late last week, I got an e-mail from my friends at Mom Central Canada and Fisher-Price. It turns out the PlayPanel program has been so successful that they’re extending it and even expanding it. More details will be announced at this year’s Blissdom Canada conference — and the whole PlayPanel team has been invited to attend. I was heartbroken last year when I had to sell my Blissdom 2010 ticket because the conference coincided with the closing date on the new house, and ticked off at myself for totally missing the wafer-thin window of ticket sales this year, so you can imagine how excited I am to be actually going this fall after all! (Speaking of Fisher-Price, don’t forget to sign up for their Celebrating Milestones program, where you can win a $200 prize pack of Fisher-Price toys AND a $200 spa gift card for you! /plug)

And! As if that weren’t enough excitement… I was on my way to one of the infernal French exams when I happened to catch a tweet from Andrea: “Hey @DaniGirl – I just opened up my copy of @Canadian_Living and noticed that you are ‘blog of the month’ Congrats!”

To which I said, “Whaaaaa?” I had no idea! And it took about a week before I was able to track down a copy of the September issue of Canadian Living (sadly, my subscription lapsed last fall, but I am definitely going to remember to renew it now!) And lookit that, she was right! Postcards from the Mothership is Canadian Living’s blog of the month!

Canadian Living's blog of the month!

Wow. What a month! I’ll tell you this much — 42 is turning out to be a very lucky number indeed!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coco August 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

The universe is obviously loving you……. as it should.

2 Lisa August 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Congrats. Nice when good things happen to nice people. Lovely blog. Have bookmarked to read more later. πŸ™‚

3 Amy @ Muddy Boots Photo August 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Careful, Dani. You know you’re tempting the Universe with all this talk of good luck… πŸ˜‰

Congrats on all accounts. You deserve it all.

4 coffeewithjulie August 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Hey congrats on all accounts!

5 Kim August 10, 2011 at 6:36 am

Congratulations! I was just reading CL last night and wrote myself a note to check out your blog. I will add you to my favourites to remember to check back!

That’s awesome that you liked your old job enough to want it back again!

6 Wendy [mapsgirl] August 10, 2011 at 6:56 am

Wow…lots of good things going on for you! Congrats! Your hard work is totally paying off!

(And good things for me too — the chance to meet you at Blissdom! I’m going too!)

7 SleegsSkees August 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

Sounds like you had a good vacation and some good luck recently. Hope it keeps up for you.

Saw the Canadian Living article yesterday and thought it was great.

Congratulations on all of it.

Lee-Ann, Richard and Rachel

8 Meg August 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

Hi! I just wanted to congratulate you on an awesome job! I’m new to it, but loving your blog… And I found it through Canadian Living myself. Enjoy the new job!

– M

9 jennyandtim August 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm


10 Marianne August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Awesome! Glad to hear things are going so well for you.

11 Paula August 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Congratulations on getting the job offer, getting the required grading on your French Language testing, being able to go to the conference with FP and for the lovely and well deserved mention in CL Magazine. Great number indeed that 42 πŸ˜‰

12 Diana August 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

congrats! All of this came from your hard work, not just pure luck. You’ve earned it!

13 andrea from the fishbowl August 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

All stellar stuff Dani! Looks like the stars have aligned for you! I look forward to seeing you at Blissdom! Or will you be too busy with FP stuff? πŸ™‚

14 JanH August 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

It sounds like all sorts of congratulations are in order! All of your success is so well deserved. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.

15 Jen August 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Woot! Congrats, congrats!! You totally deserve it πŸ™‚

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