Sunday, May 25, 2008

I got the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found out Friday! I was vacuuming and Casey ran up to me with the phone and I saw the number on my caller ID and I practically flung the vacuum across the room. Really, it did fly a few feet. Then I stood there, trying to gain composure for a moment. When I answered the phone, my soon to be boss was really happy and sweet, saying how happy they were to be able to offer the job to me, and the rest was a blur. I am just happy that this is over, because I have been a nervous wreck for the last two weeks, trying not be a wreck, but the more I tried to not focus on what could go wrong, the crazier I became!
My first day is on Tuesday! It is in a hospital close to downtown Portland, and the commute will be very easy on me. I have always worked in medical clinics at least 16 miles from my house, usually in the suburbs, so I am very excited to get a closer job. The clinic specializes in breast cancer treatment, but does all different types of surgery, and applies holistic treatments where they feel it would be beneficial.
The last job I had (besides working for my mother) was in a cosmetic surgical clinic and we had to push treatments on people who did not need or were able to afford it (such as someone most likely not seeing any difference after surgery, and us telling them that they really would before hand and charging them thousands of dollars for it, knowing full well that they probably would not benefit from the treatments) That job was very hard on me, even though I tried to stay optimistic about it, I just didn't feel good working there. When the economy started to sink, and patients stopped walking in the door because elective surgery wasn't as important as paying bills, everyday I went to work we were blamed for it. (even though it affected the entire company across the country, not just here in Oregon. ) That is when I decided to go back to college, because I was burnt out and wanted to do something that was positive. So this new job goes hand in hand with what I want to do, being part of an organization that is making a positive difference for families. They don't turn away anyone who can't afford treatment, and help people sort out their financial situations to make it easy, quite a change to what I was used to dealing with. I am happy to have a job where I can wake up in the morning and be happy to go to work, something that I wont take for granted!
I want to say that my husband was so good to me, he knows how much I can stress out about everything and he was so kind and sweet to me, Casey has the relaxed sweetness I need, he helps balance me out. My blogging friends, thanks for the well wishes, it really did mean so much to me. I love reading all different types of blogs and I really do learn a lot from everyone's different life experiences. So the feedback I got made me feel great, thank you!
I am going to take the summer off school to get adjusted to my new job and then start again in the fall, yay!

Still not much baking going on, the weather has been humid and muggy, and baked goods just don't seem that appetizing. I made this German potato salad the other day, and I loved the recipe!

I have to say, this was the best potato salad I have ever had and it has no mayo, so even though there is a little bacon, it is still not that unhealthy. I think I will make this a lot this summer. We had this with some BBQ steak and it was very good on a hot evening. The week was mostly rainy, but yesterday the sun came out and we spent the day wallowing in our good news about the job. We started off by having a big breakfast outside, I made these potato cakes, I was trying to replicate them from my favorite breakfast restaurant, The Tin Shed on Alberta Street, I love their breakfasts, but to go there it costs us about 70 USD for the two of us, so I thought about it and what I really like from there is their potato cakes that come with all the breakfasts. So I made these at home and was really happy with the results!

They are just shredded potatoes with green onions and green bell peppers, formed into little cakes and fried on a griddle. Then I sprinkled a little bit of Parmesan cheese on top. They taste really good with a little sour cream on top. In the photo, they look really burnt, but that isn't so, they are really crispy on the outside and tasted almost mashed on the inside.

Then in the early evening, my bro-in-law, Andrew, his girlfriend, Debbie came over for a BBQ, it was so much fun! We made these teriyaki steak shishkabobs, that tasted so good!

After a little food break we grilled cheeseburgers, Debbie stuffed the patties with garlic and onions, and we grilled pineapples on the BBQ to put on top! I LOVE grilled pineapple! It was a great relaxing evening, and afterwards Casey and I climbed in the hammock and Debbie and Andrew laid on a blanket and we chilled out. The weather had been so humid, it felt like you could squeeze water out of the air. It started to drizzle rain and it felt good to lay outside and get misted on. We laid outside until it started rain harder, then went inside to play video games. That is when a crazy thunderstorm started and we went outside and watched it together from the front porch. It so much fun!

I am really happy right now, I always am, but this was a great weekend, and I have so much to look forward to!


Fuji Mama said...


mushroommeadows said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm so very happy for you!!! :)

Amanda said...

Congrats, that's awesome!! I'm proud of you! :) You'll have to let me know more about it when you start! :D :D :D This will be really good for you guys.

squall said...


M.KATE said...

My dearest Holly
I always had faith that you will get that job.


I didn't get your mail but I will send one to you later and thanks for the kind thoughts, I'll appreciate a postcard from you, so dont worry about anything else :)

This is a fantastic picture of you and Casey and you are a wizard in the kitchen!! I am very happy for you and though I wanted to post the parcel out but had been so busy but I finally did it today and I sent it via registered post...just in case it got lost. You should get it in a week plus :)

I believe this is the beginning of something great and a good start of your carrier, and have full confidence you will soar above all...and that one day you'll take a trip to the far east :)

arigato :)

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

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Hey Harriet said...

Oh a great big congrats on your new job! That's awesome news & it sounds like a great organisation to work for. One where you'll be very happy I'm sure.

Love all those glorious food pics. Your blog always makes me hungry! I need to learn to always eat BEFORE checking in on your blog ;D

All the best with your new job & I hope the first day goes well! & all the days after of course!

Tizzalicious said...

Whiiiieh, congrats!

P.S. I'm SO hungry now!

Emily said...


bunbun said...

Thanks so much everyone! So sweet!

ling239 said...

Congratulations !!
have u have a great start.... ^_^

Betty said...

Yeah! I am so proud of you. You will be such a wonderful addition to all the hospitals you will be working for. I am very pleased on how Casey supported you and if I know my son he will always support you in the same way no matter what.

bunbun said...

Yay Betty! I see you have a profile set up, how cool!
i used to love watch the Thornbirds with my mom! I got a copy of the book when I was around 15 at a yard sale and I was sucked into it!!!!

Yes Casey is so great to me, I count my blessings everyday. You raised such a polite man! my mom always comments on how sweet and well mannered he is. He just ran to the store on his bike to get some last minute things for me before my first day.

I love that pic of the flowers, so pretty. I heard from glenn you got a new camera, that is really exciting!

average rai said...

Congrats! Good luck on your first day today!!!

Your food looks so delicious. I'm coming over for supper tonight. You were warned! :)

Mrs.French said...

Yay! Good for you! The waiting is the worst part...

Milkberry said...

Congratulations Bunbun!! Omedetou gozaimasu!!

kawaii crafter said...

Congrats on getting the job!

P.S. Every time I come to visit your blog it makes me hungry. All the pictures of what you made looks so good.

amy said...

My favorite part is where you throw your vaccuum. People need to throw their vaccuums more often! I'm glad you were the first to start this trend.
My second favorite part is how you got the job.

JeromeFo令狐冲 said...

The first doggie so cute! =)
Congratulation! All the best orrh!

Oiyi said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. And you make the yummiest food! I might give that German potato salad a try.

Ku said...


Wai~! o(´∇`*o)

XUE said...

konnichiwa & greetings from tokyo! such a happy post! congratulations with the job. & you cook ammazing food which certainly look so delicious here. i like german potato salad too!

M.KATE said...

Holly, where have you been? guess you are really busy as a bee :)

daydreamer said...

Hi bunbun,
Congrats and well done!