It’s finally Friday! Are you excited? I know I’m excited! It feels like this week has been a month long and that I haven’t relaxed since November. Despite that, however – lest anyone accuse me of being socially dormant – this very night we’re grilling a salmon and serving fondu for a small gang of friends. I just can’t get enough, can I? Can’t take a break when there’s an occasion to party! What exactly is the occasion this time, you ask? It’s finally Friday!
Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! New year’s is fast approaching – where are you planning to be? I’m going to be watching the space needle fireworks from the water and dancing the night away on the deck of a cruise ship. Not bad, eh? I got ambitious yesterday at work and cooked this up – now that Josh, Robin and I all work at the same place we can do something productive during the day 😉
My parents and Danielle left today, after being here since before Christmas. I’m sorry to see them go; it was great seeing them and doing fun stuff with them all week, although it will be nice to have my bed back 😉 Christmas with them was awesome, and a freakishly beautiful day in Seattle, 50 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Actually, the whole week they were here was like that. And then they left and the sun went back into hibernation… I’ve got some other news (I’m sure of it) but I’m supposed to be working right now, so maybe I should get back to that. Photos of Chicago are forthcoming.
Weekend in Chicago was awesome, now we’re back to the grind, as it were. Reading and discussing and running around this big warehouse with a torn-apart house inside so we can learn what a lintel is and why metal lathe is better than wood. (exciting, eh?) Our weekend on the town, however, was quite nice – saw 4 states from the 102nd floor of the Sears tower (it looked like more than that – this place is flat!) and had a few drinks on the 95th floor of the John Hancock. Shane headed home today (bummer!) but Lindsay and I still have plans to paint the town.
So, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? Mine was really good; visited the family, ate a lot of great food (including many, many slices of pie), trimmed the Christmas tree over a glass of hot spiced wine… and now I’m back at work. Josh got a job today – guess where? Yup, same place as me. We’re going to save a ton of money on gas. 😉 Took the Max in today for it’s 30k mile service – actually, it has 34k on the odo. Augh! Where have I been driving? Oh, well, at least the only maintenance I’ve ever done on it is scheduled checkups. On the subject of the Max, I’m pondering getting “Maxed” on my WA plates – it’s available, I checked. Whattaya’ll think? If you’ve talked to me in the last 6 (unemployed) months you should catch the double meaning… Any opinions? Is it worth the extra 40 bucks a year?
Augh! This was not a good year to graduate. I just heard that RightNow Tech. laid off half of my friends. Tim: buddy, hang tough. Elliot: don’t give up, at least you still have the model. One of them probably would have been me, had I stayed there. The madness is not just limited to Montana; in eight more days, Josh finds out if Boeing still wants him for the rest of the year. If no pink slip shows up, he’s in the clear for a month or so, and then he’ll roll the dice again. Anyone who says America is a land of opportunity is wrong, baby, wrong!
To all my friends that are facing tough life changes (especially the involuntary kind): hang in there! Stay positive, be confident despite your discouragement, and have faith. All things work for good (I really do believe that, and I’ve been unemployed for 5 months).
In the words of the Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” That’s been my mantra this summer and I want all my friends and family to know how much I appreciate their generousity. One of these days I will get a job and I will have all of them – all of YOU – to thank for getting me there. I still have some leads and I’m broadening my horizons beyond IT work, as that market seems so stagnant right now. In the meantime, summer in Seattle is beautiful, even without any money to spend!
I’m back in Seattle this week – it’s good to be back! It’d be even better if I had a job, but… I had an enjoyable Tuesday; went to a career fair with Jason and had some great chinese food with Josh. My fortune cookie at dinner had two fortunes in it that were both the same – which I assume means I am meant to take the fortune twice as seriously – which said “Remember to share good fortune as well as bad with your friends.” I guess that’s a hint that I’m not keeping you all in the loop enough, so I’ll work on that.
I still don’t have any job offers, but my promising possibilities are not totally exhausted, and hopefully I drummed up some new ones at the job fair today as well as with all the resumes I sent out last week. So far all the interesting ones are in downtown Seattle and not the suburbs (that’s a good thing). When I’m not thinking about jobs I’ve been exploring my future neighborhood, West Seattle. I’ve already got an apartment building picked out and I’ve pinpointed at least 5 coffee shops in less than a quarter mile radius… 😉