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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Monday That Was

David and I were out of town for a weekender this weekend. That of course means we got in last night since we have a Sunday/Monday weekend. Our original plan was that we’d ho to Pittsburgh to catch a couple of Norfolk Southern Heritage Units, but our hobby is so weather and railroad dependent! We ended up spending the night in the Akron Ohio area and got one of the Heritage Units and the F-Units on an empty business special train. Oh we got quite a few additional trains under some beautiful skies. No complaints!

We also got to have dinner at Eat N’ Park two nights, which meant I got to try something that wasn’t Nantucket Cod! I love Nantucket Cod and since Eat N’ Park hasn’t seen fit to put a restaurant in Toledo yet, I always get my Nantucket Cod fix when we eat there in our travels. It’s only when we eat there more than once in a week’s time that I try something new. I’ve never had a bad meal at Eat N’ Park and the Herb Crusted Chicken last night was no exception. Bonus that it was Monday, which is Stuffed Pepper Soup Day. It really was a terrific meal!

Since I have a few days that I can still post, I thought I’d try out Heather’s and Wayne’s Monday Quiz on Tuesday.

1. Who do you like to quote?

I’ve seen my personal credo: “I cannot control what happens to me, but I’m the only one that controls how I react to what happens to me,” paraphrased many different ways and credited to many people. So, I guess I like to quote them, or they like to quote me. I have a suspicion that it’s a good optimistic attitude held by many and while the idea isn’t original to any of us, it is original to all of us.

2. Have you ever made something you wore out in public?

Absolutely! I have always worn jewelry I make and in the SC I sewed most of my wardrobe.

3. When was the last time you used a telephone (not a cell phone)?

Golly, probably at Grandma’s house when we were packing things up? That would have been in 2010. Do I get extra points because it was a rotary dial??

4. What was the first recording you bought with your own money?

The first record I bought with money I saved from my allowance would have been Just A Game by Triumph when I was 14.

And don't forget to add a 5th Question on your own blog so we can answer as we hop around!

5. If you lost mobility in your legs would you still be able to do your job? What changes could you make to still perform our job duties or what skills would you build up in your resume to sell yourself for a new position?

I am asking this because I’m getting ready to rebuild my resume and start job hunting now that I will soon be able to actually get to a meeting at the Vocational, Rehabilitation Bureau and get to and from a job.

Due to the job market just before my physical condition started getting progressively worse and since diagnosis, while trying to figure out how to manage daily life, I’ve been out of the world of the employed for a while.

Honestly, had the job not been shipped to India, I can still perform all the duties of my last actual job with a few provisions made for a wheelchair and an occasional assist with the top file drawers. My job was mostly email and phone as an assistant to a group of field auditors.

I could not be a cable TV producer again, but with a few provisions and perhaps a few classes to bring my skills and software up to date, I do still have the design knowledge to do simple video editing for photo and moving video. The former is something I can put on a resume now, the latter is something to bring up meeting with a vocational rehab counselor.

What about you? What do you do really well at your job that you could use to outshine not being able to “walk” into an interview?


Flora said...

Nani, I sit most of the day, so I would be able to do my job. In fact, one of the assistants in my agency gets around on crutches and one leg better than some folks with both their legs. Excluding jobs that require climbing and the like, it would be nice to see employers do whatever they can to accommodate an employee with any disability.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Clairity said...

I'm guilty of sitting down too much also... except when I'm doing my bus runs which, I supposed, also involves sitting, in a car.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the train photos. I use a house phone all the time. I cannot stand talking on a cell phone. I hope to always have a land line.

Kansas Bob said...

I am always amazed at the things that my beautiful wheelchaired wife can do. I think that things have gotten better for working disabled folks since the ADA was passed in 1992. Wish you much success in your career aspirations!