You are looking at the new marketing assistant for a really prestigious, world-renowned, Tony-Award-winning theatre with a huge reputation for taking risks and premiering a substantial amount of new and edgy material.  Seriously, some of their commissions have even won Pulitzer Prizes and been made into movies!

And I just (somehow) beat out at least a few hundred people for the job.  I know this because while I was waiting for the interview, I struck up a conversation with the receptionist and she mentioned just how many bajillions of inquiries they’d received.  She also told me that I was the very first to be interviewed for the position, so I worried that I’d be forgotten in the ensuing two weeks of interviews.

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, ohmygodohmygodohmygaaaawwwwd!!!!!

Interestingly, when they called to tell me, I was lying on the ground frantically trying to put my toenail back on and staunch blood from spurting everywhere.  Somehow, I’ve managed to trip and fall down the stairs for a second time in a couple of weeks, this time ripping most of my big toenail off.  This is weird for me, since I don’t tend to be particularly notable for clumsiness, or prone to injury.  I hope it’s not getting to be a habit.  I can only say that the stairs I was supposed to be walking down were no longer there.  They had been moved.  Silly me, expecting there to be stairs where there have always been stairs, and instead finding only air…anyway, I lay there sobbing, watching my toe turn black, and afraid to walk for fear of dribbling blood all over the place (I really don’t handle blood very well), until somebody came and brought me Hydrogen Peroxide and bandages.  Then I saw the missed call on my phone, and went from “life sucks” to “woohooadrenalinerushmaybeIgotjobafterallomgmustreturncall!”

So…yeah!  One of those “good news, bad news” situation.  Or really, more like “brilliant news of awesome-ness, bad news”.  When the hiring executive offered me the job, I sort of half-hopped, half-hobbled in a circle of “yay!”

I go in Monday to fill out paperwork, and then I presume I start Tuesday, or however long it takes for the background check to come back and let them know that I’m not a felonious psychokiller, or whatever.

I’m sooooo thrilled!  Things are looking up  :)  But now the adrenaline is starting to subside a little and ouch-ness is returning, so I just really need to find some painkillers and perhaps a really large shoe to wear on my right foot until the swelling goes down.

And then I’m sure in an hour or so, pure terror will set in.  This organization is a huge fecking deal. Please, please let me be brilliant at this job!!!


  1. That is so cool, the job I mean, not the nail. I’m sure you will do great at the new job, just continue to think positive. As for the nail, I lose mine every summer when I come back from vacation, something about the shoes I wear, but it always grows back. Last time I didn’t mess up the nail, no it was the blister on the bottom of my foot that ruined my trip to NYC.

  2. Bri~ This roller coaster ride of a day, definitely needs to show up in the sequel (#2) to book/movie #1 – are you journaling?

    You are a shining star, Bri, & I agree w/ Marcia, you’re gonna be BRILLIANT! Having a creative mind will undoubtedly help to make things go smoothly.

    Definitely baby that toe for the next few days (ice?heat? for sure elevate your foot), so that your first week on the job will be easier. What the heck happened to the stairs? Lucky you didn’t break something serious!

    Wishing you every possible success, Kiddo!!!

    Onward………. ;-)

  3. Hey Homeless! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. And, (as a fellow X) I happen to think that whole toe diversion is simply a omen of good fortune. ~R

    P.s. Break a leg!

  4. MotherLodeBeth says:

    Always look forward to your writings and this one almost made me cry, because I know how hard it is in these horrid economic times to even stay positive, mentally. And then to read you got the job, made me utterly happy. ~:Beth:~

  5. Yay!! I am so happy for you!!!!

    Wow — what a difference a year or two makes! :)

    Take care of your toe and embrace all the wonderfulness inside you that they saw and hired you for!

    Break a leg, girl (but not a toe or toenail)!!

  6. That’s wonderful news! I prayed for you, our kinship being I spent 4+ years living in my car, our writing styles for our blogs are uncannily similar, and I also don’t do very well seeing my own blood.

    Maybe in this new job you’ll stumble across the 32 books I’ve written, (30 are novels), and arrange to put ‘em on the stage. From there it’s a hop, skip and a jump to ten of ‘em being made into movies & I wind up outselling Grisham & Crafton with the rest!

    Take a look: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/billcady


  7. The brilliant thing about this job is that you can really grow with it! You can add your own perspective to it, while learning a great business! I’m so happy for you. This job is the first in a long illustrious career!

    God Bless You, little Angel-Baby!

  8. Excellent news honey – this is fabulous and you can now just get on with the start of your fabulous life ……..

  9. Well a few years ago you stepped into Dog crap and now your going to be a shining star. Although I am extremely happy for you, The different chapters in your life have built some character, sounds kinda corny,but hey, lets look at some of the chapters
    1.lousy Religion
    2.Psycho Mom
    3.Becoming unemployed
    4.Starting your Blog
    6.Father passing away and recieving Trailor
    7.Walmart issue
    10.The book deal and on and on
    Now these are not in order of importance,but your chapters in life and writing them helped keep me sober (2053 days)and the continuing,The hunt for a job that brings satisfaction.Through incredable odds you came up through the cracks and gave someone like me hope that the pendulum does in fact swing both ways,and for that I thank you…Chuck

  10. I’m so totally pleased for you! I know that toe must hurt like crazy, but just remember it’s just a tiny blip in the otherwise wonderful new life you are about to begin! Congratulations – you deserve this!

  11. Congratulations on the job! Absolutely brilliant! Break a leg!

    And I’ve done the toe thing. It’s horrid. But it is finite. Thankfully.

  12. Congratulations!! I knew you would get the job and this is truly amazing. I know you’ll do just fine and best of luck on your first day. Happy holidays! :)

  13. You ARE brilliant so obviously you will BE brilliant. I’m so thrilled for you that they clearly noted your brilliance and were wise enough to hire you fast before someone else did. HUGE congrats on this, Bri. Your deservance of your dream job is long overdue. (I know, that isn’t really a word, but it should be.) :D

  14. Wow! I am so happy for you! This is great news! Congrats!
    So glad something has worked out for you!

  15. Congratulations!

  16. That’s wonderful news, many many congratulations. All your readers here know how hard you’ve worked to find a job, and now all the waiting and effort has paid off. Hope your first day goes really well :0


  17. That was meant to be a :)

    :) :) :)

  18. Yippee! I hope you love your new job and I know they will love you. Go get ‘em tiger! Jane

  19. I’ve never commented before, but I just had to congratulate you on your new job! Good Luck! Merry Christmas or Happy Snowy Season!

  20. Sympathy Toe? O.k., I’ve heard of fathers-2-be getting morning sickness & experiencing sympathy labor pains, etc. However, within days of hearing about your toe accident, the big one on my right foot swelled up like a red lollypop! As much as I adore being your psychic twin, Bri, next time could the experience be a bit more fun? Sharing the 80 million $ current California lottery winnings comes instantly to mind…

    Good luck w/ the first week of your new job (just think of how much you could donate to their cause, if you hit that lottery!)

  21. Thanks, Bri – you too!!! Can’t wait to read more about the new career path. Seems like it must be seriously starting next week. Wishing you every happiness, Kiddo!

    • Thank you! And you, too!

      I did start, on Thursday! Background check came back clear Wednesday. The past two days have been amazing. I absolutely love it there, and the people I work with are wonderful. I’m so, so very lucky!

  22. HALLELUJAH, Sistah!!! Oh Bri, I’m so extremely grateful for this shift & the timing sure does seem interesting (& rather miraculous), given what was going on @ this time of the year in 2009. The winds, they are a changin’ !!! Thank you for including us along the journey. Am sure that all of your readers have been your greatest cheerleaders.
    Am wishing you every success along the journey, Bri – Onward & Upward!

    PS – have you read Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food, & God?” (do NOT let the “God” part put you off, as I’m halfway through & haven’t even seen the word or any hint of anything religious – except for a small bit on meditation- sans G-O-D). This book is amazing to me, as someone who has used food to numb out pain & boredom & leave my body for over 50+ years of my life – OMG, over half a century- (I’m 58). I can guarentee that the first 126 pages (what I’ve read so far) will alter your perception.

    • Thank you! OK, next time I’m at Borders or the library, I’ll check it out :)

      There’s a whole saga of the two days leading up to me starting the job, and then the first day…I gotta post a blog about it. It was unbelievable. The universe can’t seem to make up its mind whether it hates or loves me. But, it all seems to have worked out in the end.

  23. Bri, am now on page 161 (“If Love Could Speak”) out of 211 total pages & still no mention of a diety – lots of great insightful, “Why didn’t I know about this stuff decades ago?” info, though. Am sure it will alter your life.

    Yeh, when you are able, definitely give us an update! I’ve been in a season of discontent recently – feeling trapped & wanting to escape (this is a theme, as I’ve moved 75x in my life). So, am currently in “observation mode.”

    BTW, in the past year, GGTH is #3 as the highest number of referred hits to our website (the local volunteer site & Facebook were #’s 1 & 2). Thanks for being a vehicle for folks to find out about our work w/ people, who are experiencing homelessness & survivors of domestic violence, Bri! It is GREATLY appreciated!!!

  24. Hi:
    I’ve been homeless twice in my life and it wassn’t because I had any mental or substance abuse issues. I felt into homelessness just because I had no family to count on. I founf out shelters are rough places where people with substance abuse get help and people like me who none of that get push to the side just because our we really just have a “financial problem”.

    I came out of homelessness feeling a lot stronger as a person and with a lot faith. I held down to my faith and now I know that God loves me only if I “surrender” to his will and not mine. I learned that being homeless you got to be resourceful and don’t give up. And, to be honest with you I met the sweetest kindness people. I slept in my car and sometimes I slept in the shelters but it was hard. you had to sleep on a piece of foam on the floor and they kick you out at 6:00am.

    The Salvation Army was not a good shelter and treated the poor people so bad. One day they had no breakfast which I didn’t eat because most of time it was bread hard like a rock and no coffee. That particular day, they had hardly anything some hard bread and they starting yealling “no breakfast” and that the kitchen was closed. Remmember I was one of the lucky ones I had a car so I used to get out there and go to the “race track” gas station and get my coffee and something to eat. I am in a better situation I live in a one room apt and I feel very blessed I am no longer sleeping in a shelter or in my car. Thank GOD!!!! But, my dream someday is to have money to build afforable housing for the homeless. Apartments are expensive and with this economy who can afford them. We need afforable housing and apartments according to people’s income. I will pray for you and all of the homeless people in this country my heart goes out to them and I hope someday God will give me the opportunity to help them the way I really deserve. God bless you!!!!

  25. Deborah says:

    I’m so glad you got the job and that you like it so much! That’s great!

    I saw your story on Yahoo and did a search for you. I’ve read some of your story and blogs and planning to read more. I like your writing. :)

    I’ve been essentially homeless for a few years and have only had a place to stay through the kindness of others. The situation hasn’t been ideal at the place where I’m staying, but it could be worse, so I’m thankful for what I have. I’d like to have a place that’s mine even if it’s a shack, basement or garage. A commode, shower or bath and sink with running hot water and electricity would be nice. A washer and dryer hookup would be a big plus! I don’t have that now. I would like to have a pet, too.

    There were times when I didn’t know if I’d have a place to stay or not and considered having to live in my car. Another time, I considered having to live in a tent. An RV would be a treat.

    Several years ago, I did spend a few nights in my car. I had a place to go during the day, though.

    I do work, but it hasn’t been enough to pay for a house or apartment.

    I am sorry that you had to endure the hard demands of the church you grew up in. That is not the way it’s supposed to be. It sounds like you had a difficult family life! I am so sorry that you had to endure that!

    There are a lot of people who do not represent God well. I hope you meet a few people who do.

    I am so glad that you have good friends. That is a big plus!

    I wish you well!

    If I am able, I’d like to see you in person and hear you talk. I’ll plan to watch you on video.

    I hope your advocacy for homeless people accomplishes much good!

    I am interested in clean, safe, comfortable affordable housing for others and myself. It is most important that these homes be constructed with building materials free of dangerous and poisonous chemicals.

    I think “affordable” should take into account the cost of utilities. There are so many things to consider: The behavior of neighbors, for instance. The layout and look, especially if this is a group of homes or apartments.

    Thank you so much for telling your story!

    Love to you,
    Deborah :) :) :)

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