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Hi, if anyone out there is still reading this.

So. I have graduated from college (May 19), gotten a job (May... when was that? May 27th or 28th), and no longer have that job (August 6). I wasn't fired, per se, I just didn't pass the probationary period. Which sucks majorly in the short term, but is probably better for all parties in the long run--it wasn't a really good job for me, and the hours were wreaking havoc with my sleep schedule and mental balance, so again it's better for all parties. And I was thinking of talking to them anyway and saying "look, this isn't working out for me, thanks for everything, peace", but it's one thing to ask to leave and another thing entirely to be politely shown the door, y'know? So. Fnargh.

In other news, myself plus A plus Milgroin plus The Mob are going to move to an apartment on the 15th! Out of our respective parents' or parents'-of-girlfriend's houses, and into our own place. Which will be absolutely lovely. One of my cousins is moving to the area in about a week, and it'll be really nice to see her again. I think the last time I saw her was sometime in high school? She's a few months younger than I am, but also just graduated. It'll be good to be around to help her move, and oh yeah to move all of my and A's belongings. A has a job now, which is good. She got it yesterday, in one of the striking examples of how the universe likes to toy with people. Fortune's wheel goes round and round and all that.

Anyway. I'm feeling a bit shaky, so it's probably time to go downstairs and have some lunch. Food is a good thing, and while it's quite picturesque to waste away to nothing in my parents' attic, it's not terribly practical and will not lead to renewed employment.

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Congratulations, you college graduate! That's a great accomplishment, and you should be proud of it.

And, hey, even if you didn't pass the probationary period at work, at least you got the experience, and you're now freed up for better things.

The apartment sounds like it's going to be fun.

Thank you! The end of the semester was not the best by any means, but hey--I finished, and that's what counts. Congratulations to you as well, Doctor!

That's what I'm thinking, now that I've had a good night's sleep. I've already found a part-time position at a museum to apply for, and I really hope I can get back into that world. And hey, now I officially have Retail Experience, so that's a plus.

I think it will be. Everyone else is going a bit stir-crazy, so just being able to hang out like we used to will be so nice.

Ooh, what museum? What kind of job? That sounds infinitely better than the salutary Retail Experience.

The Otis House Museum in Boston--they need a Guide, which would also entail admissions, stints in the museum shop, housekeeping, bookkeeping, opening and closing the museum, and selling memberships. Kind of general small-museum jack of all trades, but I can do that sort of thing! And it would be in a house museum, which is my favorite kind.

I just went and looked up the Otis House Museum, and it seems like a pretty nifty place. When I was in Dublin, I tried to go see a similar museum, except that it was down for repairs at the time. Feh.

Anyway, this job sounds like it'll be excellent. It'll also put some specialized experience on your CV, which means that you'll be that much more able to get bigger and better museum work in the future. Sounds like you've got your foot in the door on a pretty nifty path.

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