Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog of the Week

I just got home a little bit ago from a job interview.  Please, please, PLEASE keep your fingers crossed and pray that I get hired!!!  The job is for a teller position.  I started out my banking career as a teller and did not really care for it.  I didn't feel like I got trained very well and most of my co-workers were *NOT* nice.  At all!  But this job seems to be much different.  It's a small bank so I'd get to do a little bit of everything.  Because it's such a small company, they do a lot of their own work in-house rather than sending it somewhere else to be processed.  This would be an excellent opportunity to learn soooooooo much!

The interview was short and sweet.  They didn't ask me much really, I felt it was more me interviewing them.   Not sure if that was a good or a bad sign.  The questions they did ask were bascially more about my work ethic.  One question they asked was what I like to do in my free time.  I don't know that I've ever been asked that before from a potential employer!  I was glad to be able to say I volunteer for a community service type thing because I think that sounds much better than just saying that I enjoy blogging, reading, watching tv, playing with my chi's, hanging out with friends, etc.  Hopefully that might give me the edge over someone else who doesn't have any kind of volunteer activities.

Now - on to the good stuff!

You know how you look on other blogs sidebars and check out their favorite blogs?  You click on one that maybe has an interesting name and then you check out their favorites and link to another one and so on and so on?  That's how I stumbled across this one:


I originally read what at that time was the very last post.  The originator of the blog, Cari Ashford, passed on on September 22, 2009.  This was the first time I've come across a blog where the originator had died.  I immediately wanted to read her story so I started at the beginning.

Cari's very first post was in July 2005.  It started out as any normal blog.  She was a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) with two sons, Cameron and Max, and was pregnant with daughter Ella who was born in December of that same year.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her life and her family.   As she detailed the many hilarious antics of her children, I couldn't help but fall in love with them too!  She has a wonderful sense of humor and I'm sure that if we'd met in real life that she and I would be friends.

August 22, 2007 marked a whole new world for Cari; she discovered a large lump in her left breast.  She was diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma and had a mastectomy the following month.  She received chemotherapy and radiation and in late summer 2008, she was given a clean bill of health.  Sadly, the cancer returned. 

She had a brain tumor and eventually the cancer went to her spine.  She recounted her various treatments along with her attempts to keep everything normal for her children.  At the end, her mom kept the blog up to date as Cari became weaker and weaker.  The final post was written by her husband, letting everyone know that Cari had died.

I cried for Cari many, many times while reading her blog.  I had grown to love her like a close friend.  So when I got to the last post, I literally could.not.stop.crying!  Her loss touched me deeply and I miss her. 

I didn't want to forget about Cari so I followed her blog.  I wanted to still be able to come back and read her story over and over again.  I'm not sure why I didn't just bookmark her blog to my favorites, I just felt it was important to follow her and come back to visit from time to time.  In January of this year, her husband posted an open letter to Cari.  As I read it, the pain of losing her all came rushing back.  I still feel the grief even today.  I can't even begin to imagine how her husband and three beautiful children must be coping.

May You Forever Rest In Peace
Cari Ashford
March 19, 1973 - September 22, 2009


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Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

That is wonderful, I am keeping everything crossed for you. It sounds very nice with a bit of everything to do and if it is a small place, people are bound to be much friendlier.
Good answer with the volunteer work, by the way. I really really hope you get it. Good luck!!
Lynne xx

Protege said...

Oh now, this was so sad...
This would have effected me so deeply, I would be unable to get out of bed. Oh how sad... Honestly I do not even know this wonderful woman, but just the whole sentiment makes me very depressed...
Thank you so much for writing about this. I think there is so much depth in you, much more then you let on.

I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed for you and your new job, it sounds promising. Someone once told me, when I went on a job interview, that you will know almost immediately when you walk into a place if you will like it. And so far it seems you do.

Have a lovey Saturday.
What a great post...

xo
Zuzana

PS: My verification word today:

fight


How very appropriate...

Martine said...

Ok.. I know it's not all about me... but you just can't share these types of blogs with me while I'm pregnant. I went to the blog and shortly after reading I was practically hysterically crying. SO sad, and good choice.

martine

PS: hope the interview yields positive results, the kiddlets are sending good puppy vibes your way.

sprinkles said...

Thanks for everyone's kind words. Usually I can get a feel for how the interview is going so that when I walk away, I know whether or not I have a chance at getting the job. I couldn't tell this time so I have no clue what they thought of me. There were 2 people conducting the interview and both of them kept a poker face the entire time!

Sorry to make you cry Martine! I cried too, many times, so I know it's not just the pregnancy hormones. It's always sad when someone passes away.

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