Thursday, August 17, 2006

Magic Pants.


I GOT THE JOB!

and now?
...LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!

Yes, it's true--I got the phone call this morning!!

When I moved down here I made a list of places where I most wanted to work. There was one boldly labeled, First Choice, at the very tip top of the page. From there the list extended into a series of possibilities.

Well, I'm excited to say that the pants worked: I got #1!

I'll work somewhere with a door within a door--where there's a purple little person door inside of a big person door. I'll work somewhere that is filled with words and art and kids and 6 cats (one, who I met, is named Lemony Snicket), 2 chickens who run around underfoot, 2 rats who live in the floorboards of the scary book section, a bunch of fish who live in the bathroom mirror (that you can only see when the lights are turned off!), a tarantula, doves, and an assortment of who-knows-what-sorts-of-mysteries-I'll-find, but am sure to meet soon.

I'm going to work somewhere that magic exists. I'll get to read stories to kids, meet authors, and write book reviews. I get to work somewhere that words and art happily co-exist. Oh joy! Oh joy! And to make it even better, they asked me if I'd be willing to do the in-store and front window art (well, uh, sure!!)--which, according to them, attracts enough attention to make me both nervous and excited!

Sound too good to be true? Well, the fact that I'll be working well below the poverty line is keeping me grounded. I'll need another job. But I can't complain. This is what I've been hoping for: a chance for language to come alive again...something to get my head out of its grad school funk.

Thank you Pants! I have a feeling that there will be much more good to come out of this than I even realize. Just a feeling, but....


...yeah, I like those sorts of feelings.

16 comments:

jeannette* said...

Jessie, I've been coming here for awhile and lately it feels like it is just too late in the game to jump in... but I just have to join in all of this excitement! Congratulations on your new job! That is wonderful! I can totally relate to this school "funk" you speak of. It really stinks out any trace of creativity doesn't it? Ugh...
anyway, you'll have to tell us all about your new adventures!

Jessie said...

jeannette*, thanks for stopping by! And thank you for you words. In my opinion, it's never too late to say hi. :)

beansprout said...

Yeah! Way to go, lady! Congratulations on getting #1 on your list. You and your magic pants, Rock!

kj said...

jessie, i feel the same as jeannette. i hope you don't mind my stopping by.

i don't know you and know very little about your background, but i am THRILLED you got this job. makes me happy for the whole planet!

congratulations. it sounds like a blast.

Kristine said...

WOW!
I am so excited for you! I feel like I got the job. That's just how great my excitement is at the moment! Talk about life taking a miraculous turn... I remember when just moving was only a thought.

GreenishLady said...

Congratulations. It's so good to hear of magic pants that work! --- No, seriously, well done. It sounds so great! Well done. Well done.

ruby said...

yay jessie!! congratulations!! it makes me so happy to hear that you'll be working in a place that inspires you and where you can do what you love...may we all be so fortunate!! i hope you & vinny will be celebrating tonight!!

Amber said...

Oh, wow. I'm jealous, and very very very happy for you.

bee said...

i was reading the description of the place you are working in (what a great name for a bookstore - wild rumpus :) ) and thinking about all the animals living among words and i thought, "this sounds magical", and then i scrolled down and you said it yourself...

my dear, i am so bloody happy that you got this job. it sounds perfect for you - a magical artist working in a magical bookstore. oooh, i'm so happy, i'm squirming.

yay for you and your lucky pants!!!

Belle said...

Hi Jessie,

So much happening in such a short time. You went after what you wanted and it paid off.

Good for YOU.

deirdre said...

Congratulations!!!! Those lists really do work. And magic pants definitely help.

swampgrrl said...

Yipppeeee!!
The power of the magic pants knows no bounds.
So glad that you're where you want to be, and you did it by being authentic! it's so inspiring.

Froyd said...

congrat-a-ulations!

melba said...

Horaay for you!!!

That sounds like an amazing store. i clicked on the link i have never heard of the store before. i want to go!!!

Jamie said...

Wooooohooooo!!!!! I'm just grinning ear to ear like the Cheshire Cat thinking about you in such a magical place! Your joy is palpable. And what a powerful thing to say out there on paper precisely what you want and then get it! Congratulations! May your instinct that there's even more magic to come be absolutely right!

paris parfait said...

Hooray, Jessie! Just got back to read your wonderful news! Congrats on achieving another one of your goals. Sounds like a great opportunity for you, which will no doubt lead to other opportunities, which will supplement the income. I'm so pleased for you - everything really is falling into place!