The window covering returns with new leaves from our Japanese Maple, the sun shines more frequently with patches of blue above, I feel an urge to create and have been selected to help with the US Census.
That’s right, I am a temporary Federal Employee paid to walk around my neighborhood and ask people personal questions. Two of my favorite things to do! How fortunate am I?
It appears I am fairly fortunate because I was the 3.8 million-something person to apply for a Census job for which roughly 1 million people were hired. Wow! That’s a lot of people wanting work and as you may remember I’ve been job hunting for awhile but very few employers have responded to my resume. I just disappear into the vast, black job hole. Even volunteer positions are not forthcoming I’m sorry to report. It would appear that I am not a high-demand employee in today’s job market.
Makes me wonder if staying home to care for our daughter was a wise decision.
Fortunately for me appearance is not everything, that this year ends with a zero and that 35% of U.S. households neglected to return their Census forms. That’s why I get to be part of NRFU (pronounced Narfoo–Non Response Follow Up). I trained for my new position last week and was delighted to have an income-producing place to go each morning. It felt good to get out of the house and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting my team members and learning the Enumerator ropes. This week I will visit households in and around my neighborhood to learn how many people in my assignment area lived at each NRFU residence on Census Day–April 1, 2010.
While I was at work this week and because Steve is recently unemployed, he took full control of Claire Duty and did a GREAT job.
It is with pleasure that I relinquish care of our teenager to her father, my husband.
I hope they thoroughly enjoy their time together. By the way, the picture posted above was taken by Claire during her school’s focus week and a trip to Pike Place Market. I adjusted it only slightly.