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Stress, Stress, Stress…CRASH!

Posted Apr 16 2011 12:00am

Boy, was I a disaster when I came home yesterday afternoon.  It was movies in bed on baby MacBook all the way, until…well, bed! I think my brain might be coming back to me (TBD), but my body is floating away.  As is so often the case, push yourself too hard, then no chance for “Immune System Red Alert!” I’ve picked up some, stupid virus.  I definitely need to pay attention to that.  I MUST rest over the weekend for Monday!

Monday, you say? What’s so special about Monday? I’m getting butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it.  I can’t even think just thinking about it!

I went to the “first round,” interview for the flat with the Co-op yesterday morning.  I didn’t feel nervous (well, okay), but I was also undercaffeinated, as it was early.

Interview.  Even though the guy was great over the phone, and via email, I very much treated it like a job interview–with my application being my resume.  All went fine, application impressive enough, because of Monday!

Monday night, I have been invited back for the “second round,” to be interviewed by a couple of the Co-op’s Board of Directors. They’re moving fast! They will probably make a decision even by Tuesday? However, there are several “variables” affecting my acceptance of membership.  I don’t believe the meeting is even (firmly), scheduled yet.  One of the reasons, is that I think the Admin. (who I saw), may have been waiting for my application, and to meet me.  There were other things, too, that made it sound like nothing had been confirmed yet.  For anyone.  Not me.

There are two people ahead of me.  As I mentioned prior, everything about Co-ops is about being on a list! So, with these two, why the hold up?

So, those variables.  I am already confirmed, and was told I would be given a confirmation time (beyond an already vague one.)  Again, unscheduled? If it was all set up for the Board Members, and the two prospectives, then just slot me in!

We also spoke very openly about the situation.  In fact, MY situation in terms of getting what I wanted! I knew some of these variables, but he explained some others.  Hopefully, some that may work in my favour! And more of the unscheduled?

The meeting is on Monday, and he only works mornings on Friday.  Not a lot of notice.  Also, he said one woman has a ridiculous schedule! Should either of them not be available, not get back to him, whatever–WHAM! Automatically out of the picture.

There are actually two flats.  One is more expensive than the other.  So, it is possible that one person ahead of me could choose it.  I can’t take it.  Too expensive.  If both people show up, they each might take the both of them! I don’t get the short straw.  I don’t get a straw, at all.

But what of the “literal” application process? Someone may have a boo boo, not get a great reference, credit check not so hot.  Probably not too much to improve my state, there.

Second interview? Some kind of “popularity contest?” I don’t think so.  They may just want to see if you’re a good fit.  Being a member of a Co-op involves mandatory participation in its operation.  You need not only to be committed, but presumably more points if you have the right skills (Monday is really going to be my “job interview!”)

There is one last kernel he shared with me, though.  Applications can trump prospective members.  If they really like me on paper (and after meeting me), I could screw the others and somehow, pre-emptively, swing my own vote? *laughing*

You never know.  But I did use almost a half a page to write down all of the volunteer and community work/experience I have.  Maybe that will help?

This is really hard, though.  In my head, it feels like this is all I can focus upon right now.  But it’s not for certain, and I still have to keep working on more backup plans.  While feeling totally nauseous, and with my eyes completely blurry.

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