It finally bloomed!
I strolled through the neighborhood, social distancing, of course. The swallows and chickadees flitted from tree to tree. Apple and dogwood trees in full bloom resembled cotton candy. Tulips sprung up from the ground in yellow, red, purple and pink like living lollipops. And I pondered all the good things of late:
- Still working at the ECC doing FEMA contract stuff every day. One day last week, I put together 12 (twelve) contract folders. Yeah. Feast or famine, baby.
- Every day the ECC buys lunch as everyone assigned there is on emergency status. I love not thinking about lunch every day. It should be noted that 7 people work in that ginormous building year-round. Right now, it’s up to maybe 20. All those other people are from other agencies or other departments within the County. And they rotate. Last week started the 3rd shift for most groups.
- ECC staff and others have meetings ALL DAY. We have an 8:00 briefing every weekday. There’s another at 11:30 and another at 12:30. Not everyone is in every meeting, of course. But everyone attends the 12:00 meeting on Fridays, when County brass comes by to hear the report-outs and encourage the group. Dr. Yu, interim Thurston County Public Health Officer, gives updates. Last week, she said antibody testing is worthless for the County. Our ratio of Covid cases is 1/3000, which incidentally, is about the same as Mason County. Not enough herd immunity for antibody tests to matter; also, no one knows if you can get it again. She thinks we’re about halfway through the need for social distancing and all the other protocols. Sigh. I love having the latest information, though.
- This group, these ECC-ers, are amazing. They work 12-hour days without complaint. They even meet on Saturdays. They stay on top of all the latest state and federal regulations with laughter and lots of coffee. I am impressed.
But other good things are happening as well. On April 13, I started my 6th and final quarter with Capella. Two classes again, one PM class on risk management and the other is Integrative Policy Theory, which is essentially a master’s thesis class. I need to examine an existing policy within local government and propose alterations, a cost benefit analysis, and generally solve a problem trained, experienced administrators have not been able to solve. Gulp. Prayers appreciated.
I’ve saved the very best for last. I’ve been offered a temporary full-time position as a capital project manager with the solid waste department for Thurston County Public Works. It’s backfilling the position the jail expansion PM used to have, moving him to Central Services. Both of our positions are temporary and run concurrently for 5 years. Of course, if that PM wants to come back to it, that bumps me back to the project support position I had in Central Services. But that is a very slim possibility. In the meantime it’s a 55% raise. Hallelujah! I never thought I’d get a PM position until after I graduated, and because I don’t have actual experience managing a capital project (yet!), it would take mentoring and time to get one. Even better news: I’ll have a mentor, and a great one. God is so good!
All of this makes me so grateful, and the time of year doesn’t hurt. Spring seems especially lovely this year as the sunny weather wins out more and more. Today marks 15 weeks since Mom died. I miss her every day. It has been so hard to wait for life seasons and natural seasons to change; it can feel like God is running late, yet He is faithful. What good things are going on in your life these days? I’d love to hear them.