On Wednesday, I was super busy with meetings and a lot of new projects we are starting. Like I’d planned my day down to the second. I had shit to get done.
I got a call on my cell phone from a New York number and I answered it, even though I was literally walking into a meeting.
It was one of the recruiters from the New York office.
“Do you have time to chat really quick? I just wanted to know your timeline of when you plan to be here,” she said.
“Sure, I have a minute,” I said. “My aim is to be there within the next month or so. Of course I have some loose ends to tie up here and other things to figure out.”
She didn’t even acknowledge what I said. “Can you tell me about your sales within the last year and how you contributed to the overall sales?”
I wasn’t expecting that question, but I pulled out some bullshit answer as I waved to everyone walking into the conference room.
Again, she didn’t acknowledge my answer. “What weaknesses do you have?”
Was she kidding? Why did she think I had time for an impromptu phone interview? But still, I answered her just as Scott stepped out of the room, obviously looking for me.
“And how do you see yourself adding value to our team?” she asked once I’d finished.
Scott gave me a weird look, like he thought I was having a personal convo, and looked looked at his watch.
“I’m sorry, I’m walking into a meeting. Can we talk another time?” I said.
“Oh,” the recruiter said, sounding disappointed. “Sure, I’ll call you back tomorrow.”
After we hung up, Scott was still standing at the door waiting for me.
“Everything okay?” he asked.
“Yeah, the recruiter from the New York office called,” I said.
Scott had the nerve to look surprised and I was tempted to say something snarky back, but there was a room full of people.
I didn’t feel like things went well with the recruiter so immediately after the meeting, I updated my resume and started saving some jobs on job boards.
That evening, Kendra was able to sneak out of the house for a couple of hours to go to happy hour with me. I was kind of nervous to hear what she’d have to say about my announcement.
“Are you happy to have Brady home?” she asked.
“Mmhm,” I nodded. “He had such an amazing time and like, had some sort of revelation. He accepted a job in New York City.”
“Oh, really?” Kendra said, not sounding surprised in the slightest. “How do you feel about that?”
“Well, I’m going with him so,” I said.
“Oh. When’s that happening?” Kendra still didn’t seem fazed by any of the news.
“He’s going next weekend. I’ll probably join in three weeks. I still have things to do work wise,” I said.
She finally seemed to take me seriously. “Wait, are you serious? Why so sudden?”
“It’s when Brady’s new job needs him. He’s really excited. And I’m excited for him. Like he never does anything and now he is. And I’ll probably get to transfer with work so I’m really excited about that too. Like, to be able to work with a different team and stuff. The opportunities are endless.” I realized I was trying to justify myself so she wouldn’t judge me and tell me it was a bad idea.
“What did your mom say?” Kendra wanted to know.
“Nothing. She’s happy for me, obviously,” I said.
“That’s amazing, Reese. You guys don’t have anything stopping you so why not? I’m so jealous.” She looked like she might cry.
I actually felt relieved that Kendra approved. Once I had her approval, I excitedly told her more about our plan, how Brady would go first and scout out the apartments we’d bookmarked – one that allowed dogs because Tucker has to come with us, the potential jobs I’d looked at, the exact day I wanted to book my one way flight for, etc.
The next day, I expected the recruiter to call me at some point like she said she would. After lunch I decided to email her, just to get a rough time frame when she might call as I had a lot planned for the afternoon. This bitch never called that day and never emailed me back. I was really mad and started “one click” applying to random jobs on Indeed.com to retaliate.
On my way home, Brady texted me asking if I wanted to get drinks with him and coworkers. Obviously I did so I had the Uber reroute and drop me off at the bar.
I was surprised to find out that Brady hadn’t made it yet, but Sydney and others were there. Totally missed her!
“Hey, Reese,” she said when she saw me. She had her hair in two Kim Kardashian-style braids which for some reason annoyed me. “You look really cute. Did you wear that to work?”
I was wearing a basic black outfit and I could tell she was really trying to be nice so I decided to play nice back. We exchanged some niceties and I pretty much spaced out the entire time. Do y’all ever do that? Like I couldn’t tell you a single thing we talked about and we talked for probably fifteen minutes. Sorry, Syd. You’re boring.
Once Brady arrived, we all sat around a big table drinking beer and wine and things were super normal and fine. I was loving the fact that soon Sydney would be left behind in Chicago, never to be heard from again. Good riddance.
That is, until I heard her say something like, “I think I found an apartment in Williamsburg. It’s with a girl my cousin knows and the current roommate is moving out…”
I was thinking, “Wait. Where is Williamsburg?”
And then I fucking realized that Sydney is moving to New York also. Immediately after my groundbreaking realization, I stared at Brady for two minutes until he looked at me back. He gave me a weird look when he noticed me staring and I rolled my eyes and didn’t say anything the rest of the time.
In the Uber on our way home, I said, “When did you plan on telling me Sydney is moving to New York?”
Brady looked surprised, but then suddenly not surprised. “Babe, she got a job there too. It’s not a big deal.”
“But why didn’t you mention that? I was obviously really caught off guard when she suddenly started talking about moving to New York,” I said.
“I would have told you, but I didn’t think you cared about what Sydney is doing,” he said.
“I don’t, unless it involves me,” I said back, matter of factly. I could feel Brady’s rebuttal coming so I added, “And it does involve me because now she’s going to be around a lot in New York also.”
“She’s my friend. I don’t see how her being in New York is a problem. At least we have someone else to hang out with.”
As if I want to hang out with that little pest! Brady is so off base sometimes. I wanted to slap him.
I finally heard back from the recruiter the following Monday. By then I’d applied to so many jobs that I was excited about, I’d forgotten all about the sales manager job.
“I apologize for the delay. Things have been so crazy here!” she told me.
We proceeded with a few formal interview questions then she started being nosy and wanted to know why I was moving and where we’d be living and stuff.
Speaking of which, Brady and I have it narrowed down to a few housing options.
1. A vintage townhouse in Greenwich Village.
2. A loft in West Village.
3. A 3 bed/2 bath mansion in Soho.
Brady is going to check them out this week while I send him additional options because there are so many amazing places and I am indecisive.
On Friday, the movers Brady hired came and packed up most of our shit. So I’m staying with Lexi for two weeks. I feel like refugee. Last night we went out for drinks and as expected, she got totally trashed. I was up until 3am babysitting her. In fact, I had only been asleep for 45 minutes when Brady texted me to say good morning. He started his new job today. I literally never thought Brady would start a new job. This is weird.
I’m sorry, I have to go. I’ll try to post again later this week. I’m busy with work, looking at apartments + jobs, planning a dinner for my birthday + going away and selling some of my things. Bye!