I know, I know... My last post was nearly a month ago. Quite a bit has gone on since then. I did get the job at Noodles... however, after almost 2 months working there, I decided it wasn't for me. The food there is great and a lot of the staff is great as well. I just didn't get along with the manager very well and it was taking forever to train me since I was only being scheduled 3-4 hour shifts. It just really wasn't meant to be. The day that I gave my letter of resignation, I was offered a job at a jewelery store in the mall where I currently work. When I first started working at Yankee Candle in October of last year, I met a guy while sitting outside on my break. He was wearing a business suit and also worked at the mall, we had about a 5 minute conversation and that was it. Occasionally when I pass the store and see him working, I wave and say hello, but that's the extent of our relationship. Well, he came into my store on Monday. I greeted him and tried for 15 minutes to sell him a freaking candle before he admitted that he was not in my store to shop, but to hire me. Woah dang. I took my break and went down 5 or 6 stores to the jewelry store and met with him (the assistant manager) and the store manager. The position is 40 hours a week, hourly plus commission. I took the application and brought it back the next day with my resume and letter of recommendation. The manager was very impressed and said I just need to interview with the regional manager so they can decide between me and one other person. It's good to know I'm in the top 2 out of 4. I really hope I get this job, one girl that works there told me that she doubles her paycheck in commission and bonuses. Sweet!
Probably the most exciting news I have to share is that after 9 years of searching, I found my biological father. I called my sister on her birthday, February 25th, and we chatted for a while. I told her I was still looking for my father when she said that she remembered he was a junior. Sure enough, after searching for the name she gave me, I found him. My mother's name was even listed under possible relatives. Crazy. Before my grandmother passed away, she informed me that she had received a letter in 1997 from my father's new wife, along with photos of my younger 2 brothers and 1 sister. I never read the letter and I have no idea where those photos could be, but just knowing that I have a whole other family really motivated me even more to find my father. All of my family members who I have asked about him tell me he's not worth the search, but they have no idea what it's like growing up not knowing their father. I don't know what he looks like, where he's from, what he does, nothing. Anyway, I wrote a 3 page letter to him that same day and sent it out immediately with all of my contact information. I was so excited. But then today, the letter was returned to me saying it was no longer his address. Very discouraging, but I do have 2 phone numbers I could try. I'm just so nervous to call. What do I say? Will he hang up on me? Will he even know who I am? So many things are running through my mind right now, so many possibilities. I guess I'll just have to try. What's the worst that could happen, right? I was really hoping I could find him before Adam and I go to Florida in September. We're planning a trip for the first week of September because my sister-in-law Debra and my half-sister Amanda are both pregnant and due within a week of each other. I'm so excited to be an aunt again. We are planning to go to South Carolina to see my brother Randy, Debra and babyface for a few days, visit our family in Jacksonville and see Amanda's babyface, meet my father and his family (who apparently lives in Callahan, FL), go to Orlando to see Adam's parents and my aunt, uncle and cousins, then go to Tampa to visit Busch Gardens theme park for a day or two since I scored some free tickets. Hopefully it all works out as planned.
Anyway, mine and Adam's one year wedding anniversary was Monday, March 5th. It's so crazy that we've been married for a whole year, I have only seen him for about 3 months all together because of bootcamp, training, field training, more training and even more training. But I'm glad he's back with me until at least May. Since our anniversary was this week and we both had to work, we're taking a trip. Adam's 28th birthday is also this weekend, so that's one more excuse to get away. We both somehow ended up with a 4 day weekend, so we're going to Estes Park, CO, the town where The Shining was filmed. We will be staying there for 2 nights before going to Denver for 1 night. We're both super excited to leave tomorrow and get away from everything. I will be sure to blog one we get back. By that time, I will have the phone call results with my whole dad situation, as well as photos from our vacation.
Hope you all have a glorious weekend (: