Habitat for Humanity #6/52
I stopped by Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” display earlier this year, when I was looking for opportunities to volunteer in a meaningful way. During Memorial Day weekend, I was able to join a crew of other women in working on a quadriplex; my part involved helping install windows and window trim. I was also able to assist the crew foreman in marking chalk lines for the siding. We began the day before 9 am and worked through until about 2 pm…at which time there was a birthday party for one of the volunteers. Obviously, I picked a good day to work!
I already knew how to use a hammer, of course, but the nail gun – now that’s power! (And kind of fun…they nearly had to pry it out of my hands! ) While I was working on windows, other crews worked on framing.
I’ll be back this week to help put siding on the house, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve met a couple of the partner families, as well as some wonderful women, and it makes me feel good to be giving back to the community. Thanks to this website for prodding/encouraging me to get involved with something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Job Interview #7/52
Well, I did it: first in-person job interview of the year. This is a public forum, so I won’t go into details other than to say that I applied on a whim for a position traditionally held by a male. The interview went well, and although another candidate was ultimately chosen, I’m glad for the experience. The fact that I was even called for an interview makes me more optimistic about the future. I’ll keep plugging away!