I don't really have anything exciting to update. I have my NT scan on Tuesday, and I am anxious to have that behind me. We will hit 12 weeks this week, if everything continues to go okay, which seems crazy. I am anxious to have that milestone behind me, as well.
I guess I have some vaguely interesting job news. I finally have an interview scheduled for September for that job that I really, really want (I've been working my way through the hiring process for months). The hiring schedule is really quite extended, so I pushed the interview out for as long as I could, because I don't want them to make me an offer before I have the baby (assuming, of course, we get that far with the baby--and I guess it's time for me to get over the disclaimers, because I have no reason to think we won't, at this point, other than sheer neuroses). I would have to turn the job down if I was 8 or 9 months pregnant at the time they offered it to me. Anything beyond that, I can work with. A weird quirk of the position is that I can't negotiate a start date. But I am so completely in love with the organization and the work that I'm willing to do practically anything to make it work.
Curiously enough, I was also contacted this week about another potential job situation. It's all very theoretical, but I would have a really hard time trying to decide what to do, if for some strange reason it actually pans out. The job I really, really want is the one I have the interview for in September, but I am many months from finding out if that job is a realistic possiblity for me. This new job that has popped up isn't nearly as appealing, but comes with a huge salary, good benefits, etc, and I would be doing interesting, challenging work. In other words, if Dream Job doesn't work out, this would be a good second choice. It is definitely time for me to move on from my current job, as much as I love it. The tough part about Second Choice is that it is, well, not my first choice, and they may be looking to hire almost immediately. On the other hand, once they find out I'm knocked up, they probably will not be so interested in me. Who wants to hire a new employee for a position with a high level of responsibility, only to have that person go out on maternity leave six months later? I also can't imagine them wanting to wait around another 9 months for me to finish maternity leave and come work for them, no matter how much they might like me.
But, both jobs are highly theoretical right now. I'm doing everything I can to make myself a good candidate for Dream Job, and not thinking too much about Second Choice. Time will tell what will happen.
And finally, I wish everyone would pipe down about Mich.ael Jack.son. It's been the "top story" on my local news for days. PLEASE. HIS DEATH IS NOT "NEWS." Yes, he had some big hits once upon a time. Yes, I'm sure the people who actually knew him and loved him are quite sad that he is gone, and I am sorry for their loss. But the reality is that the world is no worse off with one less pedophile. It irritates me to no end that people are willing to look past such egregious and terrible behavior because he was a famous and talented person. There are so many people in this world who are trying to make the world a better place who are so much more deserving of the tears of people who don't know them.