An Early Christmas Present!!

Life works in mysterious ways. That’s the only way I can sum it up. I got some surprising and welcome news today, and turns out the next few months won’t be what I had planned at all!! If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know what I’m talking about. But let me first show you how this otherwise seemingly normal day started…

Some mornings all I want is oatmeal, others I want nothing to do with it. Today was the latter. Everything bagel with laughing cow cheese and a couple boiled eggs.

Then I went through my usual routine of checking and answering e-mails, blog comments, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader. I got that done pretty quickly and found myself wandering around the internet. I ended up checking my old student e-mail that I never use but still have access to. Sometimes I get e-mails about events or lectures on campus, so I haven’t completely ditched it yet. Today was the first time I checked it in at least a couple weeks.

Oddly, there was an e-mail sent yesterday from an old professor, also the communications director of the university (I majored in journalism and communications). It was just a one-liner asking me to call his cell. He’d asked me to do some freelance communications work in the past, but I never could because I worked in the media at the time. I figured he wanted me to do some over the holidays or something, so I thought I’d just call back to politely decline.

Except, that wasn’t it at all!!

The communications department there is small, made up of the director, recruiting officer, and one other person who does most of the “extra work.” Behind the scenes type stuff, mostly writing for the university’s various print and online publications. Normally, this job is offered to a recent communications graduate, and is a contract that lasts for the length of the school year.

The girl who was given the job in September ended up leaving a couple weeks ago for a permanent position in another department, leaving this other one open. Last week, this girl saw me working at Starbucks and told the communications director. Hoping it meant I was no longer working at the radio station, he sent me the e-mail to touch base about the available job.

Totally random, totally out of the blue, totally right timing. I can’t believe it. I’ve said in the past that I’d be open to working in communications if I found the right company. Well, I love my alma matter. I can’t think of a better institution to represent.

The more I talked to my future boss, the more excited I got about it. I accepted the job after our second phone conversation today and can say this is a decision I feel good about!

  1. It’s temporary. I’m not getting locked into another permanent job.
  2. It pays well. My billz (and speeding tickets) be gettin’ paid.
  3. The work will consist of mostly writing, which I obviously love to do.
  4. It’s for an institution I have absolutely no qualms about supporting.

And yes, I plan on finishing my personal trainer certification on time. And yes, that is still something I plan to pursue!! I wouldn’t have been allowed to work as a PT until at least March, so being in this job until the end of April works perfectly. Realistically, I could really use the good paycheck for a while, and it will look great on my resume for any future writing endeavours :D

I’ll say it again – life works in mysterious ways. I can’t wait to see where this takes me! Goes to show that sometimes all it takes is the courage to take the first step, and the rest will follow. I left my job as a reporter way before I planned to, but I knew if I wanted change in my life, I had to incite that change. Of course, a little luck and good timing never hurts ;)

Oh yes, and did I mention? I start Jan 4th!! Don’t ask me where Starbucks fits into this, because I don’t know yet. Obviously, I hope I can get out in less than two weeks. But my boss is totally gonna hate me for leaving so soon :\ Hopefully he’ll understand.


Phew! That was alotta words. Here’s some more boring food pics as I try to clear out my fridge:

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Melty hummus + jarlsberg pita with cucumbers, tomatoes and more hummus. Polished that sucker off ;)

In all the excitement, I haven’t yet mentioned that I didn’t get to go home today :(


We got quite the dumping of snow and the roads are just awful. I decided to play it safe and wait till tomorrow to go. My sister driving from Quebec couldn’t make it today either, so I don’t feel so bad!

I did at least try a new Vega Vibrancy flavour! This time in “Green Synergy.”


vega bar


Again, my expectations were low with this bar. Especially after it got a not-so-stellar review from Heather. (P.S. how come all the American bloggers got fancy bags and giveaways with their bars??)


Okay, so here’s the deal. It tastes like grass. What else do you expect when a bar includes a “green food blend?” It was definitely not as yummy as the Wholesome Original flavour. But I still found it edible. I dare say these bars have the best texture of any date-based bar I’ve tried. I however think I rather eat a yummy spinach salad than spend big $$$ on this flavour. So I can’t give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. 


Chris braved the weather home in his man-truck and we were able to get together for a spin class date! It was fun, I love having a boyfriend who’ll participate in my hobbies with me :D

We also gave each other very appropriate gifts for Christmas. I gave him ten day-passes to my gym chain for when he’s here visiting or has spare time between his crazy 14-hour shifts in his work city. And he gave me something I’ve been wanting forever:


A cycling jersey!!!! Eeee!!! Not just any jersey, but a quality Pearl Izumi one. Isn’t it pretty? Simple black and white with just a slight girly embellishment (not to mention, lilies are my fave flower).


The reason why I didn’t buy one before is because I wanted a sleeveless jersey to minimize the inevitable cyclist tan lines. But they’re really hard to find! Or, at least ones that aren’t hideous colours and patterns anyways.

Check it out, big pockets to put my shizz in while on Scottie.


Will come in handy while training for my metric century this summer ;)


So there ya go! Two early Christmas presents!! Hopefully when I see you next I’ll be at my mom’s place. And if you don’t stop in again till after the big day – have a wonderful Christmas!!! xoxoxo

Posted on December 23, 2009, in Reviews, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. congrats on the job! :)

  2. whoohoo! congrats, I’m happy for ya :)

  3. Congrats on the job….wow, life does work in mysterious ways and soo happy for you!

    Did you know Madeline of Greens Jeans (I’ve mentioned her before) And not sure if she reads your blog or not, but anyway, she works for Pearl I. and I am going to send her this post on email b/c I bet she will be lovin’ that jersey feature!

    The Vega bar. Girl. Anything hemp based tastes like grass and dirt to me, too. I am def more along the lines of what Heather said. At least she said it! PB & Jenny just reivewed a hemp spread and I left a comment on her blog about anything with hemp in it from spreads to bars to powders just being too dirty for my liking.

    Thanks AGAIN For the Starbucks post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Congrats on the new job! Ughh I have a few of those bars in my pantry (I bought myself) and 2 people said they taste like dirt. boo

  5. Lynn at The Actors Diet

    congrats to you! i love when life gives us crazy surprises like that!

  6. Congrats on the new job! That is super exciting and it’s wonderful how life just seems to all line up at the right times sometimes.

  7. Wow! Wonderful news and congratulations. I hope you have a great visit with your family.

  8. Congratulations – what amazing news!

  9. Averie sent me your way because of the PI love! I never get tired of seeing people stoked on our gear (he picked a great one for you)! Have a great visit with your family!

  10. Congratulations! That’s so awesome! My mantra is “everything happens for a reason” and I definitely believe it’s true!

    And that cycling shirt is darling! I don’t have special workout clothes but I do have some moisture wicking shirts! haha

  11. Congratulations! I am so behind on twitter, too. Could this ever be a permanent position?

    That shirt is so awesome, too! I am totally jealous :D

    Hope your traveling ends up on schedule tomorrow!

    • Lori, it’s possible if they like my work they could offer it to me again. Or, another job could pop up in another university department that I may be interested in (like what happened to the other girl). At this point I’m open to anything!


    that is awesome, and i totally agree that life DOES work in mysterious ways. no matter how many job applications i put in, i never would have guessed i would have gotten a call about the job i currently have either! this is so exciting, and soooooooo well-deserved! yay for YOU!

    and that jersey…soooo cute!

    safe travels home…i drove home early because we are getting snow too. hope you get there safely and soundly (and fast!) :)

    lotsa love!

  13. Susan, I tried commenting on this post a while ago, and then my Internet connection went all cuckoo on me. So, I’m going to try again. :)

    First off, congrats on the new job offer. Very cool, and you’re so right. I really do believe that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes I think people use that as an excuse, just waiting around for things to change. Sometimes, WE have to make those changes ourselves to get things rollin, ya know? Anyway, so excited for you!

    The Vega bar totally tasted like grass. Agreed. Sorry you did not get the bag…that was my favorite part of the sample package. ;)

    Love Pearl Izumi. I only one article of clothing from them – a jacket, and it’s lasted me for years! Very high quality stuff. Worth every penny ’cause it will last you forever.

    Ever noticed how many bloggers have significant others that are named Chris? There are a lot of us. :)

  14. wowow CONGRATS on the job girl!! i love your new clothes too!

  15. Lucky lady! Congrats on the job working out! I am so happy for you. :)

    What’s gonna happen with Starbucks?

    • This new gig is like a “real job” in that it’s 9-5 Mon-Fri, and pays like a “real” amount :P So Starbucks is definitely not needed anymore. I’m going up to tell my Starbucks boss about it today. He’ll understand it’s a great opportunity, but no doubt will be upset I’m leaving him hanging at such a busy time of year!

  16. Congrats on the job! That’s such a perfect situation for what you’re wanting.

    I wish I could quit my job and have something like that happen but I’ve got no networking skillz, so I doubt it ;)

    And I LOVE that cycling jersey. I’ve also wanted one forever but haven’t wanted to shell out the cash yet. Do you know where he got it, by chance?

    Oh, and I love the Vega bars. I guess me and grass are just tight like that :)

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Oh Susan, hurray! That is so exciting! Congratulations :) I am just beaming for you! Merry Christmas sweet pea! xoxo

  18. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I *knew* something awesome was in store for you…so incredibly happy for you! Woop woop! :D :D :D

    Vega bars look and sound kind of gross to me. Greens and dates = ick. Though oddly, I like dried fruit on spinach salads. Just not in a bar (if I want greens, i eat greens- if I want a bar, I eat a bar…never have I encountered a craving for a salad bar! Oh, wait…I dig WF salad bar but you know what I mean, lol)

    happy Chirtsmas!

    • Bahaha, for some reason your comment just made me think of taking everyday meals and compressing them down into a bar form. Like, I don’t think a hamburger would taste very good as a nutrition bar :\

  19. I found your blog through HEAB’s – so interesting! Love it. Are you a Canadian? As am I? Congrats on your new job – so exciting – Gosh, I hope something like that happens for me soon -…I know we can’t just wait for things to happen…but what do you do when you don’t know what to do ?! sorry that’s confusing! Anyhow, check out my blog if you ever wish – or add me to your Roll – love new readers and advice always :)

  20. When I saw your title I thought you were going to say you were getting married! CONGRATS on the job though!! Everything happens for a reason :)

    I hope you made it home! Have a happy holiday!!

  21. erintakescontrol

    Awesome news on the job offer! Congrats! Hope you are able to get home safely! Merry Christmas!

  22. Could you stay “on call” at Starbucks so if they really needed you on a Saturday or something, you could do it? Sometimes that cushions the “I’m leaving you” blow. Anyway, congrats on the new opportunity! It really is amazing how things like this happen when you’re not looking for it.

    • I was thinking of saying I could do part-time hours till my official “two week notice” time is up. But I don’t really want to work more now that I won’t need the money (my paychecks are going to double!)

  23. Congrats, Susan, that’s SO awesome! I would love to work for my old university! You’re right, life works in mysterious ways.

  24. Dudette, that is badass. I am seriously so happy for you!!! When one door closes, another opens! Maybe this “temporary” position at the U will lead into something more permanent and fullfilling and fabulous!



  25. Wow… what an awesome surprise!!! Congratulations!

    Gorgeous cycling jersey, by the way. Chris made a most excellent selection!

    Merry Christmas!

  26. Congratulations! What a wonderful Christmas present :)

  27. have a great christmas eve!

  28. I got your tweeett, ahh Susan that is so crazy! Funny where life takes us sometimes. Soo happy for you.

    yayy for the boiled eggs. i eat boiled eggs on my break at work, and ahhh, sometimes that is what i look forward to in a day. love that.

    haha the grass bar. i splurged for one amazing grass chocolate bar, and i bit into it, totally NOT expecting it to be green, but it was. it wass…. weird. but i ate it.

  29. Excellent news on the new job Susan. Congratulations!

  30. oh my goodness! what fabulous news! congrats on the new job, it really does sound perfect for you right now!!!!

  31. ZOMG! wow! this is some great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 how freaking random is that story of how it came to be??? CONGRATS SUSAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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