via Daily Prompt: Bliss
I feel excited and much more relaxed than I have been in the past few weeks. I’d been anticipating a job interview at what appears to be a wonderfully-run architectural firm in San Francisco. The Principal is a woman, and the firm is made up of 25 people at this point. They’re interviewing for additional people (plural!), and so placed an ad online. I was lucky to come across it, as the nature of their work, as well as their work ethic, is “right up my alley,” so to speak.
The firm designs primarily civic buildings and nonprofit (low-income) housing. Although they’re slightly recession-proof, by nature of having a lot of government contracts, the three of us (there were two interviewing me: Principal and Partner) all expressed some worry about current and future actions of the Rump Regime, and how they may immediately directly effect public investments. We commiserated over last year’s presidential election, but expressed cautious optimism for the midterms, in which we’re hoping the Dems will slaughter (virtually, if not, unfortunately, literally) the Repugnicans. The defeat of Moore in Alabama was a clear sign of discontent, and a referendum on the Rump Regime, for the Rump clearly favored his fellow rapist.
We discussed my availability, and I told them that I would not be relocating to the Bay Area until June, when Kat graduates from high school. They understood perfectly and reassured me that I was making the right decision to wait instead of pulling Kat out of school so close to completion. They said to keep in touch, and I very much intend to do so. In fact, I’ve already sent them a message proposing that I start remotely, if such a thing were possible and practical, before coming to the office this summer. I’ll report their response, and my actions, in future posts.
Kat and I went to Kitchens for Good this morning for a Community Cooking Day. I went over an initial menu with the volunteer coordinator, Nina, and then went into one of the walk-in refrigerators to see what produce and other ingredients were available. Since Nina found corn tortillas, we decided on fajitas. Originally, I thought to make chicken fajitas, since they had tens of pounds of donated chicken, but it was still not defrosted, so we went with the a veggie meal: veggie fajitas, with mushrooms, the smallest tomatilloes I have ever seen, yellow onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. I took out spices for it, and most were used; they left out the garlic (obviously, I wasn’t watching over them to supervise their choice of spices), but used the cumin, celery seeds, salt, pepper, and chili powder. I helped to chop up yams, which we roasted with cinnamon, brown sugar, and allspice (the apples were, unfortunately, left out of the roasting pans even though they had been cubed). I chopped the leftover broccolini that was left over from a catering gig they had yesterday. The broccolini was added to very narrow (young) asparagus that Kat and one other volunteer chopped into inch- to inch-and-a-half long segments for the second side.
We packaged up the meals and completed 96 meals (12 trays holding 8 meals each). Nice weekend activity. Since it’s on Sunday, Kat said that she’d be able to come with me more this semester, or at least before the second semester begins in February.