July has been a really rough month for me, which is partly why I have been a bit quiet on the blog.
I had to put my dog to sleep two weeks ago. It has gotten easier each day without him, but I do miss him a lot. When we moved back home to St. Louis, he had moved into out house with us and had just started doing all the new and quirky things as he became acclimated to the house. I feel like I notice his absence most in the mornings when I wake up.
It’s very bizarre for both myself and for Andrew to not have a dog around. Both of us grew up with dogs, so Tabor’s absence feels especially peculiar. Our roommate has a dog, but she’s very mellow and not too excitable, so a lot of the time it’s like she isn’t even there.
Andrew and I talked about getting a puppy eventually, back when we were still in school, and we both agreed that now would be a good time. So while I still sorely miss Tabor, I’m ready for a new friend. We adopted Tabor through an organization called Stray Rescue, which rescues stray dogs and finds them good homes, so I wanted to go through them again.
We’ve been in contact with them the last few days, and I’m happy to announce that we are in the process of adopting a puppy! Andrew and I signed the contract yesterday, but I don’t believe we will be getting her for a couple of weeks, as she still need to be spayed and she’s still very young! We are both super excited and can’t wait to bring this little puppy into our home.
July has also been rough because I am still searching for a job. I’ve submitted over 50 applications and have gone on some interviews, but I’ve not been contacted by anyone yet that I’ve been interested in. I have been really discouraged by the whole process. I know that these things take time, but I’m so bored sitting at home and am really fighting a lot of feelings, wondering if I made the right decisions in choosing what degree to pursue and if all the work that I’ve put in the last four years has really been worth it.
Needless to say, it’s been a bit ugly.
But, as all things do, I’ve managed to find a bit of a silver lining. I was contacted by a staffing firm that had been forwarded my resume and met with the recruiter on Friday. She was very nice and seemed very interested in me and finding me the right job that would be a good fit. She praised my high GPA and my several internships and said a lot of firms are looking for new graduates with good internship experience.
I just hadn’t been able to find them on my own.
I left with several positions that I was interested in, would be great experience and good pay, and she said that they receive positions like the ones she gave me every day. I’ve had perhaps five interviews over the last month, but nothing really felt right. I’m feeling encouraged that these applications will be more of a step in the right direction.
Plus, having a puppy at home will definitely make me not want to go to work!