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The Soft Letdown

October 17th, 2014 at 01:24 pm

My former boss, who recommended me for the university job, called me yesterday to give me what I call the "soft letdown." She said she was withdrawing from the selection process, and leaving it up to the director of the department. She said there were a lot of impressive resumes rolling in, including people who had been turned down for the director position when it was filled a few months ago.

This is no more than what I expected. I knew that the competition would be fierce.

She encouraged me to continue to go through the process, whatever that means. I don't know if I'll even get an interview. If I do, I'll go through the routine, but I am not holding out much hope.

The other position, the museum job, has not materialized. My other former boss has received a promotion, so I am not sure she even has jurisdiction over the same department any more. At any rate, she has not given me any updates on whether the position was ever created.

I am curiously untouched by this. Even though continuing to work would be financially advisable (and I'll do it, if I can), I am excited by the prospect of free time, lazy mornings, and unstructured hours. I am not afraid of stringency. I've already had so much of it in my life, I don't look at it as something that is frightening. I will have enough -- just enough. And after I'm 70, when I'm drawing my full Social Security, I'll have a little more.

My plan is to intensively journal about my experience and try to produce a book. I'll probably do a lot of my journaling here, so you'll all get a preview! I'll be doing this mostly for myself; I realize that such a book won't be a hot seller, or perhaps not even publishable! But nowadays there's always self-publishing on the internet, right?

In other news, I continue to find coins almost every day, and my "found money" is growing. So are my snowflakes. I added $3 from Pine Cone today.

Following on the heels of our college president's resignation, we are now hearing that our Vice President for Financial Affairs is leaving. I'm now wondering if there is a financial scandal to be uncovered. Or if the higher administration is just seeing the college as a sinking ship. I'm glad my time is so short, and that my retirement funds are secure in TIAA-CREF.

6 Responses to “The Soft Letdown”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It was nice of her to let you know.

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I will read your journal with great interest. Smile

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Me too!!

  4. Wink Says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and I think there may be more people then you might think who would be very interested in your book. I too will be retiring on a tight budget and would enjoy reading about your journey!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry that it sounds as though both possible job prospects fell through - but it sounds like you'd almost prefer to not have them as options.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Continuing through the process is still moving forward. Smile I would read your book! Smile

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