Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Seven of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Job Listing

I managed to finish my brother’s cover letter and resume for the last job listing that he sent me last week. I had told him that I could help and send it to him in a couple of days but with the distraction with my house guests, I just couldn’t get to it. I finally stayed up late last night and worked on it until I was finished.

The last time I helped my brother, he got a job interview from his application. He didn’t mention how the interview went but then he never mentioned a second nor a job offer. I hope that he gets some response from this one.

Job Reference Successful

I wrote a job reference for a friend a while ago. I hadn’t heard back from either the company I sent it to or my friend (whom I had bcc’d a copy) and had almost forgotten about it. It had taken me a while to write it so I had hoped that it would help her with her job application.

She emailed me today and was so excited! She got offered the job she had applied for! She had been busy with subsequent job interviews and meetings so that this was the first chance she had to let me know. She was now going to start three weeks of intensive training before starting her new job.

I was so happy for her. She thanked me again for the job reference I had provided. She said that she was told that they were impressed with what had been written. I couldn’t help but feel proud that my job reference had helped her.

It’s a little ironic that I seem to do a better job doing job hunt related activities for my brother and my friends rather than for myself. I wonder what the difference is? Am I too close to my own job application? Maybe I need to relax more.

House Guests Leave

After seven days, my house guests finally left. Although they were okay guests, as the days went by, it became more of an imposition for me to have them. I’m not used to having anybody here. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own home.

I didn’t feel like I could do everything that I needed to do. I bent over backwards to try to make their visit as enjoyable as possible but I don’t think that they were appreciative. When they left, I was relieved.

Help Friend with Computer

After I dropped off the house guests, I went to my friend’s to help her with her computer again. I had helped her last week but she needed more help. Actually, I was happy to help her. I stayed for only an hour or so and then went home. It was so nice to unlock my door to complete silence.

Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Six of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Early Morning

I had another difficult sleep last night. When I did finally fall asleep I was a little distressed because I’d have to get up in less than four hours. It’s still fairly warm in my apartment and the ceiling fan has been acting up, rattling so I turned it off.

Cross Border Trip

I usually like to leave at 7 AM when I go down across the border. It gets me to the border in time that minimizes any wait. I had asked my house guests what time they needed in the morning for a 7 AM departure and they said that they would probably be awake so there would be no need to worry.

Of course, they slept in. By the time we did leave, we were already behind at least 20 minutes and that made me annoyed. And then, they were cranky so we had to stop for coffee at a drive-thru. By the time I went to the bank machine to get some US money and then pick up my Aunt, it was already getting late.

I kept everybody on a sort of strict schedule so that we could go everywhere that I wanted to go. And I wanted to make sure that we were back in Canada before rush hour started. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it across in time.

Waiting in Rush Hour Traffic

There is a section of highway that goes from five lanes of traffic to one. If you don’t hit it in time, you end up waiting for a long time. That’s what happened to us. We waited probably a half an hour before we could get through the tunnel.

By the time we got home, it was after five. I dropped my guests off and they rested before the free movie screening I had passes to. I asked my friends who were going to the screening to pick them up and bring them to the theater.

Free Movie Screening, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

I had to go early to make sure that we could get good seats. I got there at 5:30 and then my friends and my guests came an hour later. I had to save six seats.

The movie was okay. I was actually expecting it to be a lot more gloomy because a friend had gone to see it last week and warned me that it was all about a marriage dissolving. I think I would have preferred a more light movie, but I can’t control what movie previews I get free passes to.

There is one night left before my house guests leave. I’m wondering if my sleep problems will go away once they are gone.

Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Five of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Early Morning

It was yet another beautiful sunny day. My usual Sunday routine is running downtown and then attending a free yoga class at Lululemon. Today, I’m volunteering. I’ve been having to postpone my running and yoga lately.

Gas Expenses

I’ve really had to reach deeply into my pockets this week driving my house guests, driving to the concert and then driving to my volunteer gig this morning. We had to detour because the highway exit was closed. Because of this, we had to drive farther than I had expected.

Because of that unplanned detour, I had a lot less gas than I had expected. I had to find a gas station that was open on an early Sunday morning. I didn’t want to get too much gas because I knew that we’d be going across the border on Monday and getting cheap gas.

Volunteer Gig

I am volunteering today delivering a financial literacy program for grades seven and eight. I volunteered at this cultural center last year. I had a good experience despite the overcrowded class, so when I was asked to return, I jumped at the chance. I remembered how to get there, too.

There haven’t been too many opportunities to volunteer because of the teacher’s strike. Most of the schools that request the program are in public schools and they have been on strike since June. I was scheduled to do one in July for a summer school class but it was cancelled because of the strike.

I have delivered this program many times and enjoy it every time. There were fewer students this time so we got more participation. I really felt like these students were getting something out of this today and that made me feel gratified.

There have been times that I’ve thought of getting my teaching certificate but with the teacher’s strike, it’s sort of the last thing I’d want to pursue. I still hope that this volunteering would lead me to a job where I could educate or train people in financial literacy. But so far, it has not.

Sleep Problems Continue

I’m still experiencing sleep problems with my anxiety. I have to get up early tomorrow and yet I am not able to fall asleep. I still wonder if I will ever be able to get back to normal. I hate this feeling of uneasiness. I’m not sure what I should do to get rid of it.



Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Four of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Tourist for the Day

I took my cousins and we picked up my Aunt to go to a museum and have lunch. It was a beautiful day. I did feel a little guilty though because I have a ton of work to do if I want to start my online selling again.

It always seems like I have some excuse from getting back into my online retail. Right now my ‘excuse’ is that I have out-of-town guests. They leave on Tuesday, so after that I have no more excuses. I have a new computer now, so I can’t use that as an excuse either.

Birthday Lunch

It was my cousin’s birthday, so we went to Pajo’s to get a free birthday meal. Besides being the best fish and chips in the city, it has a beautiful view of the water. I like taking tourists to this part of town. It was busy with people enjoying the fish and chips with the view.

Birthday Concert

It was my friend’s birthday earlier in the week. I had bought tickets to Frankie Valli a few months ago after seeing The Jersey Boys movie at a time when I was feeling financially optimistic. I took her to the concert.

In some way, I was happy to be able to pretend that I was like everybody else in the audience, able to afford a concert like this. I really can’t, of course. Even when I’m working full-time, I would hesitate and think long before plunking down $260 for a pair of tickets.

Still, it was a really amazing concert and I was thrilled when my friend said that it was the best concert she had been to. She had been to other concerts where the performer only appeared for 45 minutes.

Although we had a good time, I still feel anxious about spending that kind of money on an extra like a concert. I have to really rein my expenses in. The longer I remain unemployed, the more I get worried and stressed.


Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Three of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Sleep Problems

I’ve been having sleep problems lately. I’m not sure why either. I’m experiencing extra anxiety as well. It could be that I am not used to having people staying with me. It makes me more unsettled, even though they are family.

House guests

My cousins have been here since Wednesday and have been really good house guests. They are quiet, independent and fun to have. They were here a few years ago so they are not total newbie tourists. Luckily, the weather seems to be holding up while they are here.

Volunteered for 10K East Side Race

I had decided to volunteer for this 10K race a few weeks ago. I’ve volunteered for a lot of different races and this was the first time for this one. This race started last year and got very favorable reviews.

I even toyed with the idea of running this race. Unlike most Vancouver race, this one has a route that goes through the downtown east side. This race also supports a number of local charities in the downtown east side which I also support personally. But of course, I can’t really afford to do another race.

I also felt that the 10K is not really my race. I always consider shorter distances to be ideal for faster runners. That’s how I felt when I was in school, too. In track and field I was never the sprinter. All the most admired runners were the sprinters.

Package Pick Up

This afternoon was package pick up duty. I got there early and had the orientation. This was like most package pick ups. This race only had around 2000 runners, so it wouldn’t be overly busy.

I ran into a few runners that I knew. It was nice to see them. I was surprised that they were running this shorter race since I’m usually accustomed to seeing them at half and full marathons. I guess they are a lot more flexible than I am.

It was quite busy for the hours that I was there. I loved chatting with my fellow runners, volunteers and those running the race. I saw a woman coming to pick up her race packet. She looked really familiar to me. Then, it came to me, it was a woman who runs with her son, pushing him, who is in a racing chair, Team Joshua. There is also a similar Team Hoyt in the US, too, a Father who races with his son.

She has completed races with him, marathons, half, other distances and at very fast times, a lot faster times than I could ever hope for. She even qualified for Boston. Their story is so inspirational. I was choked up and told her how inspiring her story was. I had tears in my eyes. It was a privilege to meet such a running hero.

Some people did ask me why I didn’t run and I told them it was because I didn’t think that I was fast enough. They said that some people even walked it. But I don’t enter a race to walk it! It was such a good experience that I think that I will consider entering it next year.

Day Eight Hundred and Thirty Two of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Early Morning Run

It was another beautiful sunny day when I started my run this morning. It was a little chilly but I knew that it would warm up soon. I was happy to be doing a longer run today. I haven’t had much time to run in the last three days but I was able to get back into the groove fairly quickly.

I ran past the private school close to my home and it was bustling with students. A block down, the public high school was quiet-those teachers are still on strike. I was surprised that there weren’t even any teachers picketing either.

It was still a nice day when I ran home and then ran to my friend’s house. Today, I managed to run over fifteen miles, so that’s good. I didn’t feel at all tired either. I still have to get back to long runs though. I haven’t done more than twenty miles for a long time.

Helped Friend

I ran over to my friend’s to help her with her photo book. She just returned from a trip and wants to make a photo book but her computer has been experiencing problems. She has an old laptop that does things and a new laptops that doesn’t. It’s quite frustrating for her.

We spent a few hours uploading photos and working on the photo book. We even had a chat with the site’s help section in order to get some help. The time flew by and then they had to leave. She gave me some money which was really generous of her, I didn’t want to take it, but I ended up taking it.

Ran Home

I ran home in the still sunny light. I’m glad that I got this run in today. I have been injury-free for quite a long time and I can’t quite believe my luck! I wonder if this has anything to do with not doing any longer runs?

Day Eight Hundred and Thirty One of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Last Minute Cleaning

I continued to do some last-minute cleaning this morning. I was a little tired because I had stayed up de-cluttering last night. I didn’t realize how noisy it was until I heard a neighbor pounding on the wall. It was 1 AM so I guess they heard something. I thought I was being quiet. I took that as a sign to go to bed.

Registration for Half-Marathon

I decided to register for the 2015 Lululemon Seawheeze half-marathon. Yes, I am not really in the financial position to afford it but decided to sacrifice it because they give so many things: pair of shorts, 3 free yoga classes, free concert, free haircuts, mani/pedis, massages, runners brunch, etc. It really is worth it.

I have been winning so many race entries this year that I decided that I can allow myself to pay for this particular one. I will sell the tickets that I won and pay for it with those proceeds. I have to treat myself. It won’t be until August. Maybe I’ll have a full-time job by then?!

I had toyed with the idea of registering for this year’s race but at the last-minute, decided that I really couldn’t afford it. When I volunteered for the race, I regretted that decision every day. But now, I’m happy that I’ve decided to do it next year.

Pick Up Out-of-Town Guests

I finally got a call from my cousins who arrived in Vancouver. They had been getting my calls to their cell but didn’t recognize the number, so didn’t answer. Their train was over two and a half hours late.

I went to pick them up. There are still tourists coming to the city. I’m glad that the weather is nice. We did some grocery shopping and then came back. They’ll be here until next week.

Free Movie Preview, The Drop

I went with my cousins and friends to see a movie, The Drop which stars Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini. It was his last movie before he passed away. It was a pretty intense movie and well acted. I’m glad that we got to see this movie.