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Monday, April 7, 2014

It's official! I'm old!

That's right..I'm officially old!  I signed up for early retirement today, and applied for social security benefits. I still had four years before I will be fully vested, but I really can't see my health staying well enough to complete another four years of full labor.

I have officially retired from nursing, even though my license is still good for another year and a half, and I have just recently renewed my CPR certification.  I have recently learned how to do the MDS+ coordination work and can still do work where I can sit and stand alternatively.  I cannot stand for more than ten or fifteen minutes without having severe pain in my lower back and hips.  I really hadn't planned on falling apart quite this quickly. What the heck happened?

I can sit at a computer and work for hours. But the jobs that allow that have already been taken.  And at my age, no one wants to hire an old fat lady to work for them.  If they do, it's at minimum wage...which is a hard drop down from my nursing wages.

I thought I would apply for a postal job this past week.  I visited with the local postmistress, and she said they were hiring. But it had to be an on-line application.  I paled when she said that, because I knew my past history with online applications.  Not good.  Nevertheless, as soon as I got home, I immediately tried to access the postal site.  Wow!  I've never seen so many hoops to jump through!  First you have to get an account.  I already had an account from shipping with my online sales businesses.  Next, I had to have a profile.  It took me two days just to get the computer to cooperate with me to get a profile set up.

There were a bunch of tests, a manual to download, and a fee of $39.95 to pay for all of it.  I've never had to pay a fee to apply for a job before! What is up with that?  The application also asks for search information, on where you want to work, what positions you want to apply for, and asks about your work history.  I'm used to the last questions, I have my resume up to date, but not much of it seems to apply here, as I am switching from nursing to postal work.

At any rate, I still have a ways to go to get this application completed, and I have heard there are three other applicants at least.  What if the job has already been filled?  All that work for nothing?

I do have my Paparazzi and Pink Zebra to fall back on, if push comes to shove.  Those are also hard on my back, when I have to load everything into the car, unload them at the event location, set them up, take them down, load them in to the car, unload them at home and put them away again.  But I can make some money, if I can handle the back pain.

My dream of having a store front property to set up my jewelry, Pink Zebra, and art and crafts seems to be just a pipe dream.  There are no store fronts available that are in any good condition, unless I drive for at least 15 miles.  I had hoped to set up here in my hometown.

Well, I have complained enough for one day.  Money is getting very tight. I have no money in the bank, and am down to less than $10 cash, with no prospects to make any money, except for online sales of Paparazzi right now.  I hope to set up my jewelry in a store downtown for an afternoon or two, to make some cash. I am sorting household stuff to sell for some easy cash.  And keeping my eyes open for any desk jobs.  I'm getting off my butt and looking for work, while at the same time realizing my physical limitations.

Wish me luck!


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