Monthly Archives: August 2012


On Second Thought….


If you read my post here, you know that I said that while I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I returned to work, I did know that I didn’t want to go back to doing what I USED to do.  And if you read my post here, you know that I amended that to say that I might be willing to go back to what I used to do but on the consulting side.  Well, I’ve since amended that again.  I have now decided that there really isn’t a reason not to go back to what I used to do.  The money is good, I know how to do it so there’s no real training necessary and, well, I did enjoy my job….eventually despite the occasional crazy person who was pissed about their money getting cut off.

Connecticut is the Insurance capital of the US, so it’s not unusual that I ended up working in the industry.  I’ve worked in several different types of insurance…long term care, health and disability.  But it took until my last job, my FOURTH insurance job, for me to begin to enjoy it.  Long term care claims were a bit boring and working in underwriting for a health insurance company got a bit boring as well.  Handling disability claims was DEFINITELY the most interesting.  The first company I did them for was a small company whose ethics never really sat right with me.  I eventually got laid off, not long before the company went under completely (I made out better than the people who stuck it out to the end).  After that, I was hired at a major insurance company.  Imagine my surprise when I bypassed training and was taken to a locked unit on the 5th floor on my first day.  It turned out, I was chosen to handle claims for the company’s OWN employees, hence being locked away (it may seem a bit extreme but in the 3 years I worked there, I was threatened more than once). This development made me even more eager to start.

It was in this job that I excelled.  I loved my team, I liked the hands on training (though my mentor was a cocky asshole which later got him fired) and I liked the variety of things I was doing.  I was recognized after only a year for smoothing over the many feathers my mentor had ruffled.  The recognition came in the form of a handsome bonus which came directly from the head of the office.  I was given the opportunity to work from home after less than a year and worked up to working from home four days a week.  I had my second daughter and went back to the same team when I returned to work.  I continued to be recognized for my hard work and I became a mentor for new trainees.  I think it was the first time I could ever REALLY say I enjoyed my job and looked forward to going to work everyday.  If the boss I had when we moved hadn’t been such a jerk, I would have taken the job with me and worked remotely from here.  That’s how much I liked it.

So now, after MUCH thought, I have thrown my hat back into the same ring.  B’s company has a claims office locally and he submitted my resume.  I received a call from HR almost immediately and I took the pre-employment assessment and set up a profile on the company’s web site.  I will be speaking to the HR representative later today to see what the next steps may be.  Even if I don’t get the job this time, jobs open up pretty regularly so hopefully, something will come up soon.  In the meantime, any good thoughts, prayers and good juju that you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.


Back To The Grind


Well, here we are again at the time of year that I can never believe has arrived.  Summer vacation is over and the kids started school this past Monday. This is the first year that they will both be going, although Buggy only goes for 3 hours a day. It has been weird having the time to myself but nice. I’ve gotten quite a bit done and I hope that continues.

L handled the first day of school like a champ.  We had gone to meet her teacher last Friday and she even stopped in to see her teacher from last year. We usually try to park on the first day and walk her to the door but there were NO spots this year so we just dropped her off.  She was totally fine with it (sniff).  Buggy starts school a little later so we had a little time to spend with her before we both took her in.  Two kids in her class have older siblings who were in L’s kindergarten class so that’s nice.  She did fine when we left but she told B later that she had cried a little bit after we left.  And since then she has cried every morning when we drop her off.  I hope she adjusts soon because I hate leaving her like that.  And she didn’t even make it two days before we got a call that she had bumped her mouth on the playground.  Luckily, she was fine but sheesh.  And of course now she’s stuffy so I’m expecting her to get a full blown cold at any moment now.  Thank God the weekend is almost here!

Meanwhile, I am continuing my job search.  B thought he had a good lead for me but that didn’t pan out.  I’ve applied for a couple of others but no luck so far.  I did make the decision to try (at least for now) to return to the insurance business but only on the consulting side. That was I can still be doing something I have a lot of experience with but on a side that I won’t necessarily have to deal with the types of people I was dealing with before (when you get in between a person and their money they can get NASTY).  I am going to give that a couple of months and if nothing turns up, I’ll start applying for anything that looks interesting!

I also recently started contributing on a web site for families who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child.  The administrator of the site is graciously hosting my blog in return!  The site is called SURVIVING RIVER – Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss Support Community.  I will be contributing at least once a month (hopefully more once the school routine is set) and I am also moderating a few of the community forums.  I know that too many of my friends are loss mamas so please go check it out and have your families check it out too.  We provide support to anyone touched by these types of losses.

I am also going to try to blog more on ALL of my blogs and I continue to help out at Band Back Together as well.  I have more than enough to keep me busy but I do find myself looking forward to rejoining the workforce.  I’ll keep you updated!


Quick Note – Address change


The URL for this blog has changed to  For now, using the Blogger address will redirect you to the new address but my blog will be moving in the near future (More on that later).  So, definitely make note of the new address.  I Know I am on a few blogrolls so please update them accordingly!