Back to Normal

For the past two months, I have been a little stressed out. It was part of the reason I took a break from the blog at the end of the year. And I am sorry if you had me becoming an alpaca farmer on the Mr. Shife mid-life crisis bingo card but it was just stress that drove me away.

The main reason I have been little unhinged is that I have been looking for a new job. And I know this is really going to shock you … it’s not a lot of fun trying to find a new place to park your butt for 40 hours a week. A few examples of the highs and lows I experienced while looking for a new gig:

·      Why haven’t they called me back?
·      Did my phone just ring?
·      Did I give them the right number?
·      Does this skirt make me look fat?
·      Should I be wearing a skirt to interviews?
·      OMG. Is that a typo in the thank you letter I just sent?
·      Hitting refresh every 12 seconds on my email account.
·      We can make it if I’m an Uber driver, right?
·      Working on your spy skills as you hope your current employer doesn’t find out you are looking for a new job.
·      Consider relocating to Alabama.
·      That interview went really well. 
One day later: I probably shouldn’t have said that during the interview.
One week later: That interview went really bad. 
One month later: I’m never getting another job.

All of that coupled with the usual stress of the holiday season and I was at maximum capacity.

Well, my stress levels returned to mostly normal last Friday as I got the call I have been waiting for. It was my doctor telling me that I didn’t test positive for Australian bat lyssavirus. I also heard from my new employer as they offered me a job. Yay!! It was definitely good news and hearing that I didn’t have rabies was pretty swell too.

At the end of the month, I will be starting my new gig. I’m pretty excited and glad I can now focus on something else to stress me out like why my urine smells like marshmallows.

Thanks for stopping by. I will talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 


  1. Congrats!
    Youngest is looking too. The Engineer is on his
    last 2.5 weeks. Deeeeep breathing. :-)

  2. I hear ya Matt, that is a very stressful thing to deal with. Especially at my age and no skills. That's why I went to the dogs :) a very big congrats to you and the family!

  3. We have a saying in Redding, but I think many can relate. "Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and getting a job in Redding!"

    Congratulations on the new gig!

  4. It's interesting that you can't blog when you're stressed. Neither can I.

    But when I say I can't blog when too badly stressed, many bloggers seem to indicate that i ought to use the blog to write myself out of the stress.

    I don't operate that way. Myt writing would suck if I tried.

    Glad things are looking up for you and it's good to see you back.

  5. Holy moly, man; no wonder your stress level was through the roof! I'm so glad you've found a new position already. My husband went 18 months once between jobs. It was scary and not fun.

    And re Harry's comment about blogging when stressed - neither can I. I can write, but it has to be for my eyes only. Blogging is best when I'm happy and fairly relaxed :)

  6. That's always a stressful time. I'm glad to hear it all worked out.

  7. Great news about the new job! And not having rabies. My partner hasn't had a job for 6 months. It's not easy.

    I can't blog when I'm stressed or have depression, or if I have too many ideas running through my head. Which is most of the time.

  8. Congrats, Matt. A new job, a new start, and at the right time of year as well. I hope that, through all the angst, you managed to have a good Christmas. Happy New Year, my friend.

  9. make mr shife great again!

    mission accomplished matt. well done!


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