You all missed a great dinner last nite – Christian made lasagna, we opened a couple bottles of wine, and had a small mob over for a pleasant evening of fine dining, specifically Carrie, Robin, Jason, Julia, Annie, Christian, Josh and myself. It had been awhile since we were all in the same place, and it was nice to catch up a bit. Of course at some point it all degrades to trading stories about MT and playing the do-you-know? game, but at least for a while we had some dinner conversation…
Meeting with a career counselor f/ the state employment agency tomorrow, will let you know how that goes. Also found a few more things on the web this week, job-wise, that i’m applying for. Cause i just don’t get enough rejection already, so i’ve got to seek out more.
Happy tax day, all! Personally, mine have been done for like 4 months, but for those of you (slackers!) who are just thinking about it today (Shane, Irina), good luck! Had a lovely weekend with Erin, Katie and Lauren in town – hope it washes off, Erin! ;D Come back any time, you three.
So, i’m kind of considering moving to California. It seems like the job market is much better there. I’m considering getting my own apartment, among other reasons so that if i decide to relocate to SoCal it will be easier to move. Don’t get me wrong, i love Seattle, but in three more weeks it will have been a year since i graduated, and a year since i was working in my field. My student loan payments start this month (today, actually) and it really sucks to pay every month for a useless degree. That’s it for my news today.
Christian is moving to Germany! He accepted a position today with the department of defense (!) to work on their hospitality staff in Germany for a year. He’ll leave Seattle the second week in may, and be in Europe before june. Is that totally crazy or what? How does he find these things? Did i mention that travel and board are paid? Really! It’s going to be difficult to decide whether to congratuate him for leaping at a great opportunity, or hating him in a bitter, jealous rage. Hopefully somewhere in the middle 😉 So, i guess we all know where we’re going for Christmas!
My friend Tyson passed away this weekend. He was way too young, and way too cool to die already. It seems so unfair that someone with so much potential, and who gave so much back to everyone around him would be taken from this earth when he still had so much left to give and do and be. I will miss him a great deal, and will never forget his friendship. Tyson, I loved you, man. I hope to see you again someday; enjoy heaven in the meantime.
“Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.” — Ludwig Van Beethoven
Sorry i’ve totally left you all hanging as of late. Not a great deal to report, i guess. Either that, or i’ve got to start doing this from home at 3 in the morning when i’m wide awake and funny, instead of from work after lunch when i’m tired, depressed and apathetic.
I did have a really great weekend, despite my lackluster verbalizing ability this monday following. Spent saturday afternoon helping Steph move into a great new apartment, which mostly involved helping Kristin and Joe tease Steph, and helping Joe drive a really, really large moving truck thru downtown and on the freeway. Also, we moved some furniture and stuff. Then saturday evening Libby and i hung out on Queen Anne, where she introduced me to my new favorite coffee house, “El Diablo Coffee Co.” Saturday was a completely gorgeous day, sunny and awesome. I probably could have gotten a tan, but then i’d look out of place in Seattle, wouldn’t i? Sunday Sara and Paul came thru town, so i met them at the train station (after some minor parking fiascos – union station garage is NOT very well labeled!) and we spent the day touring the city. Lunch on Alki, coffee at El Diablo (of course) and a walk thru Queen Anne down to Kerry park. Also, a trip up the Needle (i’m thinking i might get an annual pass – i’m up there all the time) and then a great dinner of fresh seafood at our house with a small assortment of friends. Dropped them off at the airport last night – they should be getting home to NH sometime today – and then went home and stayed up until 2.30 watching tv and pretending i didn’t have to work in the morning. I’m a very good pretender; unfortunately, however, the alarm clock is a staunch realist. So here i am, pretending to work while staring at my cell phone, daring it to ring. C’mon! Just call and offer me a job, already!
Speaking of that, the contract gig fell through. Gee, what a surprise. Maybe i don’t interview well or something. Actually, this one never got that far. We decided over the phone that i couldn’t devote the time he needed (due to allstate) and he couldn’t give me a computer to do it on (he wanted me to use a win2k machine – where am i gonna get one of those?). So, it’s probably for the better – i wouldn’t have been able to do as good a job as i would have liked. But it still sucks to lose YET ANOTHER job. Although i’m getting pretty good at that, too.
So, it’s Wednesday – the week’s half over! – and it’s snowing like crazy again. So, the first time it snowed i was all excited, cause it was such a novelty and whatever. Now it’s just snowing again, and i kinda wish it would just give it up and be spring already. Since it’s like officially spring and all, what, tomorrow? So that’s weird.
Had lunch down in the U district w/ Jason & Julia today, so we could talk shop. I have a meeting with a guy named mark tonite about a possible contract project, which would be very cool – building an intranet and some databases and stuff. I’m way excited about getting back into the biz. Then tomorrow nite i have a meeting down in bellevue for a software testers organization i joined (thanx Peggy! you rock!). Which reminds me, i probably should go pre-read some of the material. It’s so great to be a little busy again! Had a pretty slow day at work, what with a long lunch downtown, and helping Kylie all day, with her phone, her headset, her computer, whatever. That, and pondering all the snow, watching webcams all over the city (since we’re all trapped up here in nowheresville all day). And only two more days until the weekend! Hey, if any of ya’ll are not busy saturday, you can help me help Steph move. Pour soul, she’s leaving capitol hill and moving into the suburbs. But i think she’ll survive ok, despite that. Okay, work’s over, getta go home!
Doing the work thing today. Bleagh :-Q <- (That's me, sticking my tongue out and making a "bleagh" noise) Not really into it today. How is that different from every other day, you ask? Well, ... you have a good point there.
Christian got back from Whistler, BC today, after spending all weekend skiing and living it up in Vancouver. What with the exchange rate, the great spring weather, a posh room at the Westin, all that Canadian beer… boy, he has a rough life, doesn’t he? Wish i was unemployed so i could party all weekend and go skiing in exotic places. Now it’s back to the grind for him (welcome back, sucka!) and i’ve got two more days until i’m home for a week for my “spring break.” Yah, i know it doesn’t make much sense to go to frigid, winter-type Montana for spring break, but i’ve got a place to stay for free (can’t argue with that!) and it’ll be really nice to see the family again. Plus, Grama Fran is making traditional st. paddy’s day dinner, which i wouldn’t miss for the world (corned beef, irish soda bread). I’ll still keep updating while i’m traveling, though; don’t you worry your pretty little heads. I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that!
Geez, it’s already March. Wow. So, what did I do today? Well, I had the day off work (gotta do something with those vacation days, since I can’t get any of the holidays I wanted off, and yes, I am bitter about that, thank you). I visited Vince at Adobe, and although he doesn’t have anything for me right now, we still had a nice chat and then I had coffee in Freemont and walked around a little. Sigh. Also stopped at U of Washington and dropped off my application materials for staff positions there. Just gotta get the resume finished to accompany them and send it over by Monday. It was great just spending an hour or so walking around the U district – I really miss the energy of a college campus. I would totally love to find a job at UW, it’s a great area, seems really fun. If … only … they … would … just … hire … me! Sigh.
In international news, my friend John McAllister posted an update on his news site, detailing his latest adventures in Tanzania with the Peace Corps. He’s got some cool pictures of African stuff and is journaling his adventures teaching in Tanga. Wow, my life is so boring.
Went rollerblading today on Alki w/ Carrie and Steph – the weather was awesome! We had a great time, and – hey, got some exercise, too. Talked to Sara on the phone today; she’s doing great in New Hampshire, and doing an awesome job as an RD (um, duh). She’ll be here in a couple more weeks on a layover which means we’ll (you guessed it) have coffee. Have some follow-up calls to make tomorrow on a couple resumes, and a few more contacts I haven’t totally driven crazy yet. Oh, and I’m getting three fillings at 8am tomorrow morning. Argh. Must be a Monday.