Cover letters are also not so fun.

B’s job hunt continues. This basically means two things: 1, that I am not sleeping so well but the time I spend awake in bed at night is spent in prayer, which it probably should be all the time, even when things are going splendidly. Praying, meditating, and focusing on all that I already have is the one thing that is getting me through this job flux and the possibility of our moving. It centers me and makes me realize that things I’m not even privy to are at work. There’s a lot of comfort in the big picture.

The #2 in my itemized list of life minutiae is that I’m helping him with all his job applications. And there are a lot. A whole lot. Like, a three digit lot. When he’s at work, I am getting all his materials together, making sure all the forms are filled out correctly, double-checking cover letters, and emailing contacts to see if they know of any openings in their area. It is tedious with a capital T. Luckily, Wee Cee has been really mellow the last few days and she has been able to entertain herself while I’m sorting all this out, which is a tremendous help. She’s pretty much the best baby ever.

Sidenote: I actually have been able to comprise a small list of New Years Resolutions. One of them is to retire the “____ is pretty much the _____ _____ ever” construction. So that is the last time you’ll hear it from me. You’re welcome.

Cover letters are not fun. They are the birthplaces of words like “synergy” and “best practices.” I don’t appreciate their dryness and all the pressure they put on you to make yourself look like a superstar when those truths should just be self-evident without you having to write about them. But whatevs. I’m sucking it up.

It’s because of all this extra work that I haven’t yet responded to your comments from my post yesterday. Honestly, I don’t know when I’ll get around to doing that or if I’m going to answer them at all, but be assured that I seriously appreciated all of them (as I always do). Giving up this kind of vigilance of my blog for a time is just one of those casualties of being busy with really, really important things. I appreciate your understanding.

I know I said there were only two things, but I lied because there’s actually one more. I seem to be playing on the Tweeter a lot lately. I like its brevity. I like that there is no pressure to write words like “collaborative” and “technology” and “experience” except in a mocking way. It gives me quick breaks from cover letter purgatory. So if I overshare or say something drunkish, just ignore me.

The end.


  1. I haven’t been here in a while. I love the new look!

    Good look with all the maximizing structural paradigms and such. A lot of future-figuring-out going on in my home too. I can relate.

    1. Thanks, Jill! Figure-outing is good for the soul but it is hard. Best wishes!

  2. Keep working hard. Cover letters suck.

    What field is he looking for a job in if you don’t mind my asking?

    1. He is looking for a college-level English teaching gig. So if you want to open up Tim Boyle Community College, he’s your guy.

  3. Cover letters are the worst things ever. If you’d like, I’m available to lend my experience of best practices to provide some collaborative synergy. Or, y’know, help with some feedback.

    1. Thanks! We actually just got off the application to your school today. Only two hours before the deadline. Ha.

  4. Keep at it!
    Despite how tedious it is now, think of how great it will be when he gets a job he wants!

    1. That’s what I keep on telling myself! Your #cubelife tweets are calling to me.

  5. Bleh, cover letters. My strategy over the last few years has just been to let it loose and write like I talk, without using a bunch of buzzwords. I think people respond well to personality, which the two of you have in spades!

    I wish our job opening were more B-suited than “receptionist.” :(

    1. Haha well at least you sent us the Illuminati list! I have faith in it!

  6. I hate cover letters, too. Keep at it. I’ll be crossing my fingers for a great job!

    1. Thanks, lady! I appreciate it!

  7. Cover letters are hard. But it’s like you are writing an application to your future. I hope it all goes smoothly and the job offers start rolling in.

    1. Me too! Cover letters are kind of the worst but at least he’s not having to write tax legislation. Glass half full and all.

  8. I feel you. Hang in there! It is awesome that you are helping B so much. I know he appreciates it, and you guys have always made such an awesome team. I love you!

    1. I love you too! Hehehe he’s so lucky to have me ;D

  9. Oversharing is what we do Emily. Feel free :).

  10. A gripping life · · Reply

    I feel like things are in motion, you and B are on the brink of something new and exciting. Do watcha gotta do. You’re in my prayers and thoughts…

    1. Thank you, sweet Lisa! You know you are in my prayers as well! ;D I can’t wait to get a spare moment so I can stalk your blog again!

  11. Ok, you can drop the construction, but sounds like C is pretty much the best baby ever…except for my kids. Wait. My son was not the best baby ever. He was, however, the cutest baby ever. So was my daughter. I think it’s so cool that so many children get to be the cutest/best/smartest baby ever. Best of luck with the job thing. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be more helpful.

    1. You were very helpful! Even if you personally couldn’t hire him to be your personal in-home English instructor, it’s extremely encouraging to know that there are people thinking of us and rooting for us ;D

  12. Prayers are totally calming and helpful during stressful times. Good for you! Cover letters are so dumb and same with resumes. I hate all work related mumbo jumbo. It bugs me. So good for you for toughing out so much of it!

    1. I am on the brink of writing a cover letter for him that only talks about how awesome his Tumblr is ;D

  13. Cover letters are a drag, Em. You have to try and evoke some sense of who you are, your talents and all that into a flat piece of paper, highlighting all those wonderful talents you have in the hopes that someone who can make that decision will think to themselves, “That’s the person I want!” But they will — the more you put out there, the better your odds, right? I know that’s not comforting but anything worth having is worth working for. My good thoughts and prayers are with you, your hubby and of course, sweet baby C.

    1. Thanks, Brig! You are more comforting than you know ;D It’s truly amazing to me that you and so many other people care about us and our tedious existence right now. Thank you for being so thoughtful, my friend.

  14. I would never ignore you. I would retweet to everyone in the world. Because that’s what friends do.

    1. I’m so glad we have a common understanding of the stuff our friendship is made of.

  15. Keep at it! Something will turn up.

    1. Thanks! Until then I will eat all the Dill Triscuit crackers.

      1. Oh! And Ramen Noodles!

  16. Ickkk. Cover letters have never been my thing. I always want to crack a wordy joke and hope some guy in a very stiff suit will love my humor. Good luck to you, lady!

    1. Y’know, that’s not a bad idea. I may slip a joke in during one of my proofreading sessions.

  17. Oh, I went through a terrible terrible unemployment spell last year – I can totally relate. I started to hate cover letters and resumes like they were the devil. Sending you all the good thoughts!

  18. Cover letters are evil. Good luck! Something will turn up soon:)

  19. bellissimom · · Reply

    Hang in there! I know something is on the horizon for you guys.

  20. Writing cover letters are as arduous to me as searching for a new job — probably why I’ll leave this gig I have had for going on nine years that pays a potato and health insurance in a pine box. I wish you and B the best of luck. Glad to hear that Wee Cee’s been behaving for The Cause.

  21. I am really liking your burst of wit on the twitter!

  22. sorry to hear that, job hunting and dating are probably the two most anxious things, because of the likelihood of rejection!

  23. As I have recently lived this/will soon live this again, I feel your pain. I feel your pain so bad – and it’s so awful. I’m throwing good thoughts your way!

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  25. I just read this – you were helping him with applications and cover letters? Best. Wife. Ever. You’re awesome.

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