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A Semester of Fortunes

IMG_5301.JPGSometimes, I can be a little bit superstitious.Heading into my job search, and a semester that I knew was going to be pretty rough, I somehow ended up with a rule that everytime it was reasonably possible, I HAD to eat a fortune cookie. I don’t know how many this ended up being, but there were a few in particular that definitely marked my semester… right up through my job news (Yes, I have one)!“Prepare yourself for a big change of events in your personal life.”This one showed up in my dessert a few days before my trip to Seattle.  Getting out of the midwest was nice and definitely a good change of scenery that reminded me that I need to get away from my job now and then. The vacation was definitely needed.“You will either be happy over a proposition offered or a new job.”This one came a few days before my first job offer… and right about when I got a call about my final on-campus interview.“A wish will be granted after a long delay.”I had this one at breakfast on Thursday (they have fortune cookies in the food court. Which means that since it was reasonably possible, I had to eat them at every visit, even breakfast).  This one was frustratingly true. I was waiting to hear from the University of Northern Colorado. I’d had a great campus visit on Monday, sought advice from mentors, and they’d checked my references-with every second, I was truly wishing that my phone would ring.Soon, it was time for me to go to knitting group (7 pm) and I had just about resigned myself to NOT going in favor of moping in front of the TV… when my phone rang. A few minutes later, I had the job offer (start date: July 1)!“Everything will now come your way.”And this is going to be the last of the fortunes… This one was from lunch on Friday. I think it means I’m on the right path. That I’ve got things figured out (for now, at least).


Comment from mel
Time April 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Well, that’s just awesome!! Congratulations – what awesome news (I tend to read to much into fortune cookie fortunes – but I only eat them once in a blue, blue moon, hence I still have a couple from years ago hanging around in my bag – but they make me happy whenever I see them!)

Comment from chemgrrl
Time April 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

The next one will read: “You will acquire an insanely cute puppy.”

Comment from Carissa
Time April 29, 2009 at 9:54 pm

What fun news!! I loved that you saved your fortunes. I have a few in Madden’s scrapbook from before she was born.

Comment from orata
Time April 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Somehow I missed this post! I just thought “I wonder what Nicole’s up to?” and came by and voila, all kinds of big life changes being announced. Congrats on the new job–you’ll be in Colorado? What is the town like? What will you be doing? And are you still coming up to Wisconsin soon for your conference thing?

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