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He pulled his chair up to the table and began to serve the food. “Hmmm,” he said, ladling chili over the rice on her plate. “I thought we were having chili dogs?”

She visually searched the table. Then she mentally searched her brain. “Excuse me a moment,” she said, then bolted for the kitchen.

He said, “So you didn’t cook’em, huh?”

She quickly tossed four hot dogs onto a plate, stuffed them into the microwave, then sat down and smiled at him as though she meant to do that all along.


In just a little bit I have a job interview. It is a part-time gig teaching computer skills in an afterschool program. I’d much rather have a full-time job with a full-time paycheck, but so far this is the only bite I’ve received! I’m going to put on my very best and go interview. Amoeba says for me to remember that I am interviewing them and not to just leap at the job if it is offered to me.

I haven’t been unemployed (not counting the move to Hawaii, where I was without a paycheck for less than a month) since 1980 something. (And actually, I’m not officially unemployed until this Friday when I clock out!) I am a little freaked by the notion and it has been preoccupying me a lot.  Maybe, if I get a job, my attention span will actually span once again.  One can hope.

On the other hand, maybe I can just win a free vacation from one of those romantic Typically Swiss Hotels, sit out on a balcony overlooking the alps and write my dang novel!

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  1. Good luck at the interview, and with dealing with the being unemployed (as I have been for eleven years now; I just call myself a writer instead lol). YES, write that novel if it doesn’t work out—it will be the universe telling you that needs to be done!

    Nothing’s wrong with ice-cold hot dogs (one of my favourite snacks as my waistline proves); but chili dogs, yum! Or as my neighbour back home says, “yum scrum pig’s bum” … which perhaps is too literal in this case, hot dogs being who-knows-what in the meat department.
    .-= Susan at Stony River´s last blog ..Washing up glass, writing for scholarships =-.

    1. Susan — looking for work is full-time employment ….
      And as to the hotdogs, my dad used to say “Tits, lips & fingertips!”

    1. Jill, I don’t nuke hotdogs (when I am feeding them to Amoeba). And even for myself, I don’t nuke much of anything. Food tastes better cooked slow.

    1. Brooke — I bet I would. I wish the job paid decently — or at least paid for all the hours they wanted me to work!

  2. That could have been me, dooh 😉

    Hope the Interview went well and they are decent enough!
    Like you say, it might not be great, but it pays some bills.

    Who wants to go to Switzerland?! It’s cold there!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Surprises =-.

  3. I hope the interview went well and you got the dream job. It’s a dream because you get to write your novel in the morning and teach in the afternoon. No rushing around getting ready for work so early in the day!
    .-= gigi-hawaii´s last blog ..Bloody Mary Chicken Wings =-.

  4. Chili dogs? Hmmm, that’s new for me.
    Good luck with the job interview, keeping fingers thumbs AND toes crossed for you! It’s hard to walk that way though! OUCH!!
    Don’t go toç Switzerland, if you’re coming to Europe, come to my place. I have a balcony for you to sit on too and it would be much cheaper! LOL!
    .-= Jientje´s last blog ..A Thousand Words in Idioms Y and Z =-.

    1. Yesterday afternoon was the first time I even touched my camera since finding out I’m soon to be jobless. I spend all my free time reading want ads and filling out aps.

    1. Bryantics — it is a favorite meal here — and he was teasing me. My Amoeba is pretty mellow and easy going. Whatever I serve is just fine as long as he didn’t have to cook it himself and he doesn’t see the same thing too many days in a row.

  5. Well… I already know how the interview went! Good advice Amoeba gave!!! I would love to join you in one of these Typically Swiss Hotels… but something tells me that NO writing would get done! 🙂
    .-= Melli´s last blog ..And She’s Off…. =-.

  6. Melli — and we probably wouldn’t say “in” long! Did you see the contest in the sidebar? Sign up to win a free week. One never knows. My dad won a diamond ring once.

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