Thursday, August 19, 2010

in which Vivi becomes gainfully employed (again)

So yes, I got the call yesterday, I got the job!! I was so excited, I cried (after I got off the phone, bien sûr) and shook like a leaf for half an hour. Even though this job is part time, it's with a historical foundation and my job will include working with the public - but a very different public than I saw in my last job. The best part is that the contract is a CDI - a contract of indeterminate time, aka The Golden Ticket! I am beside myself thrilled!

But then, not long after, reality came crashing down. We have one more year before Fry goes to school (remember, children are accepted in maternelle when they are three years old as long as they are potty trained) so there's the question of finding child care. The foundation is open seven days a week, and obviously we won't need care for hours when Stéphane isn't working, but will we be able to find a nounou that will take him for so few hours? We don't have a crèche (full time daycare) or a halte garderie (occassional care) in Tiny Town, and apparently the assistante maternelle lobby is so strong we probably won't be getting either one any time soon, as ridiculous as that sounds. We looked into care at Troyes, but the halte garderies have a maximum of four hours and we don't qualify for a crèche because we live so far away. We are going to contact Fry's last nounou to see if she'll be willing to help us, hoping that since she knows him already she will be more likely to say yes.

So we're trying not to let the stress get to us and celebrate the fact that finally, after six long years, I seem to have found a steady, permanent job. There's a risk I might even like my job. Now there's something I wasn't able to say six months ago!

13 comments:

ielanguages said...

Congrats on your job!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!

from Kyliemac's America!

Katia said...

I'm so happy for you, hon! YAY! Can't wait to hear more about it!!!!!

SSP said...

felicitations!!! I will be happy to come be his nou nou!!!

Keith Eckstein said...

Congratulations! A CDI - you lucky girl!

All the best

Keith

Karla said...

SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

buzzgirl said...

Awesome!

La Rêveuse said...

Go Vivi! Go Vivi! Go Vivi! Go Vivi!

You are awesome. You'll get it figured out. So happy for you!

Bostanna said...

Congratulations! Hopefully this job will be better than that first one you had! (How can it be worse, huh?) Keep us posted on the Fry situation.

Sue said...

Congratulations!! When do you start?

nina said...

Oh, that's just wonderful! You'll find Fry care, I know you will. In the meantime, do celebrate! It's to your credit that you were able to find something that is so well suited to your needs and interests!

The Bold Soul said...

::doing a Snoopy happy dance for Vivi::

So delighted for you, and how interesting to work for a historical foundation! I'm sure the child-care will work out, you'll see. Meanwhile, get some champagne and pop that cork!

ourfrenchimpressions said...

Hi Vivi,

Just stumbled upon your blog...
Congrats on your new job.
And for Fry care, I am not sure if it is still the case, but you could have somebody employed by you and looking after him at home and be tax deductible...
We had a gorgeous Moroccan Myriam looking after our two kids when they were your Fry's age and now look at them here: www.ourfrenchimpressions.com!
On n'arrete pas le progres, ma chere...