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May 23, 2002
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Cici
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I haven't posted in a while. The only reason I can right now is because my supervisor went to a doctor's appt., even though I have stuff to do and should be getting to it.

I graduated a few weeks ago and went on a frenetic job search that landed me, in 2 weeks, at a small software company where I'm the Office Assistant to the Manager. I'm also supposed to be the tech writer, and I program the hardware keys and reproduce the software, which runs at about $3000 per order! We make software that monitors and diagnoses sleeping and sleep disorders. I've been so busy at my job, I stay late pretty much every day unless I work through lunch.

Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, being so challanged at work has led to a lot of mental stability for me. My Mom says it keeps me out of trouble, and I already got a raise! I'm hourly right now, but once my probationary period is over with I'll be salaried, which is (I know) the one-way ticket to unpaid overtime, right? ha ha.

So now I'm studying to get my A+ Certification so I can do hardware work on computers. I already know some programming now. Who knew? I actually interviewed to be a caseworker for SPMI clients at a mental health center here, but they offered me the job and I just didn't take it. I knew it would be draining.

I still plan to go back to college to get my Master's in about 2 years, in Non-Profit Organizational Management rather than psychology. I'd rather own my own non-profit company than open up a profit-spewing practice! har har.

The other day I was sitting in my car, in traffic, and I realized that when you're traumatized and devestated you can pick at the scab forever and it won't heal. Or you can let it heal and be stronger. So I choose, right now, to be stronger. I choose to work through lunch (ha ha).

Now I have to go install the new CD-label formatting program my supervisor downloaded onto my computer.

I'll be back soon! Love everyone!

May 23, 2002
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Good for you Cici!!!!!!! You are absolutely right on. I saw a coffee cup at Target the other day, and thought about you, it said, the hardest part of life is the choices.
Sounds like you made a good one . Take care we do miss you, come in when you can.

May 23, 2002
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Congrats Cici, so glad to hear that you are moving ahead so fast. Best wishes to you!

May 23, 2002
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Good on ya, Cici. As a counselor I can't blame you for turning that job down. In spite of having become independently wealthy while working at the job of my heart, I understand there is much more money in computers. Spew money our way, dear, as you begin to spew. 😉

May 25, 2002
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It seems like the only time I have to do things for myself is on the weekends now! I like being so busy all the time, though, and staying late at work and working through lunch. Hmmmm. My Mom is a workaholic, so maybe I'm just trading one addiction for another, but being addicted to work is not only supremely socially acceptible, its also a lot more lucrative than your run of the mill druggie. har har har.

I guess this is how things are supposed to go. Graduate college, get married, work hard, save money.

It's not like I'm not as emotional as I used to be, but I guess it's easier to handle things if you have neutral ground as an outlet. I don't know. My Mom says it keeps me out of trouble, and it does. I smoke A LOT less pot now, a weekender thing. All my friends are slowly reloacting, except those of us who are saving to go to grad school.

What a weird time in my life. I've gone to school and totally geared my head in one direction, and now it's taken a 180 degree turn!

May 25, 2002
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Not only are you a woman, but it's a rather generally recognized pattern w/ drug and alcohol use. Many students tend toward the party side of things, drinking a lot and smoking pot, some do ecstacy others get more involved in the drug scene. Generally at about 22-24, graduation age the partiers begin to do other things, like work, etc. Their ETOH use tapers or even stops for the most part, the pot smoking slows or stops and they aren't as inclined to drink gobs of coffee and take as many diet pills or other 'uppers' for all night cramming sessions (hee, hee.)

After that age, for those who go to college, the true addicts begin to be seen. Their patterns continue as before and get worse. They have difficulty holding or maintaining jobs -- Rob Lowe's character in "St Elmo's Fire."

You are right about addictions other than drugs. Many of us find work a satisfying addiction. -- I am so very happy for you and your new job. Seems they already know what a prize they have landed, wow a raise already. And you are ever so right about salary, wait'll those 80-90 hr weeks start, babe. Welcome to the new world, Cici. All my best.

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