So.......I'm still alive, haha. It definitely
wasn't my intention to let so much time pass by, without ever responding to you here. I'm genuinely sorry that I haven't kept in touch. This whole past year has been a constant challenge for me. I kept intending to make a new post here...but like I said back when I last touched in, some things just aren't worth remembering in detail - as much as I've appreciated your emotional support, I wouldn't have wanted to chronicle everything that happened in the pharmacy; better that I let most of those experiences fade out of memory.
That said, I didn't actually stay in the pharmacy for all that long. I transferred back to my original, retail position at CVS towards the end of March. Then left the company altogether in late May. I had been planning on returning to this thread, as soon as I could report on having a new job. But, well...I still haven't found one.
Upon leaving CVS, I had already put in a couple applications for jobs, within what they call "the sharing economy". I haven't told you about this pipe dream before, have I? I've looked back over our most recent exchanges and remember most of our conversation - but apologies if I wind up repeating myself about some things, or forget a few details of what you had shared with me.
Anyways, have you ever heard of the sharing economy before? It refers to jobs like Uber, where you work as a freelancer, typically connecting with clients through an app. I wouldn't want to do Uber specifically; driving with strangers in the car would be awfully uncomfortable, right? But there are all kinds of alternatives. The two companies that seemed most appealing to me as potential jobs are called InstaCart and TaskRabbit. InstaCart is where you basically just do people's grocery shopping for them and then deliver the food to each client's house. TaskRabbit is for more general errands and such. People who are more handy than I am could use TaskRabbit to find jobs building furniture, or say, a backyard fence. It could also be used to find cleaning jobs, or pet sitting jobs, or data entry jobs - essentially anything you could think of. I was mainly hoping to use it for doing people's shopping and running deliveries - so basically, the same as InstaCart, but for more than just groceries.
Both of these seem to offer pretty good pay - of course, the company would have taken a cut of my earnings, and getting enough hours would have been a challenge. Still, I would have accepted a less-than-reliable income, in exchange for a job that could be done mostly on my own. It can be a challenge to get one of these jobs though. Yes, it's freelance work, and you don't have to go through a formal interview process, but these companies still want to make sure that they're hiring people who can represent them well - which makes sense. For whatever reason, TaskRabbit never called me back. And even though I applied for InstaCart in March, I didn't receive a response from them until mid-Summer.
At that point, InstaCart invited me to do a test-run of sorts. We met inside a grocery store, and a trainer explained how the app works to a small group of us applicants. Then we were each given a practice list, and they evaluated our efficiency at locating the correct items. Seems simple enough...but the store we met in wasn't in my immediate town. So I didn't have any familiarity with the layout. I also don't have any experience in buying individual pieces of produce. Whenever I buy fruits or veggies, I just get a whole bag of them. The list we were given though, had items like "a single bell pepper". Of course, the company would want us to get the best possible items for customers. So, even though it was just a practice round, I spent a lot of time trying to determine which pieces of fruit to select - which is something that I had never done for myself while shopping, so you know...it threw my time off.
I didn't finish quickly enough. So I didn't get a job. Honestly though, even if InstaCart had given me an offer, it might not have worked out anyway. A lot of these sharing economy services haven't expanded outside of major cities yet. There's a major metropolitan area about forty minutes away from me, which is where we met for the training session. But I live in a mid-sized city. So I probably would have had to travel a lot.
That was back in...I want to say July. And apparently, within the past month or so, InstaCart has started up within my own city. So I might give another go at it. But I'll probably wind up just doing something else in retail. I've been unemployed for far too long and don't have any savings left from CVS. At this point, I'll have to accept more or less any job that I can get.
So yeah - that's the overview of what's been going on with me. Tons more that I could talk about, but as always, I've already gone on long enough. What's new with you? Any developments on your disability hearing? And did you ever get a deviantart account set up? I hope that at least a few things have been moving forward for you!
I don't know just how involved I'll be here going forward, but I hope to stay in touch! At the very least, I wanted to assure you that I didn't, like, die or anything - and that I wasn't intentionally ignoring you. I've just had a lot to deal with lately.