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You could say that I haven't had the best kind of year. That kind of understatement is always diverting.

I'll try to sum up the main points:

Changes in my health status and job collided messily during the first six months of this year. My employer and I tried to come to an accommodation. It didn't work. I didn't feel like I could take another day of it and quit with my doctor's blessing. I am now engaged in a full-time investigation of other, more suitable endeavors.

That last part's not easy, but pretty excellent, actually.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (reach4)
We have mice in our office now.

And I don't mean the kind you keep in cages.

We started seeing them scurrying between the cubicle dividers about two weeks ago.

The building maintenance people called in an exterminator the day after the rodents' first appearance, and they supposedly laid out traps. But the sightings have continued.

Several of us have been entertaining ourselves with the idea of having a "Bring your cat to work day" ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (tie)
I'm sorry for any conversations I've left hanging, for the past several days. Seems that I strayed too near the event horizon of My Job, earlier this week.

Theoretically, my digital energies should re-emerge into cyberspace around Sunday.

(Although, that still seems like an eternity from now ... )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (tie)
So there's this career meme that's going around:

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top umpty results.
5. Bold the ones you've done, and italicise the ones you've considered.

My Results )

Well, at least the first few are pretty accurate ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (Locas)
What follows is a transcript of some former coworkers and I trying to organize our friend MJ's birthday Happy Hour, via email. Names have been altered, 'cuz, y'know ...

likemarypoppins )

[Three-Day Pause ...]

madplanz )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (reach4)
My company had a swanky reception for our clients at Seattle's Columbia Tower, a few weeks back. Staff were paid to show up, eat, and mingle with the guests, so it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us. My one regret was that I didn't bring my digital camera, so the only images I managed to capture of the view from up there were via my cell phone. Still, I like this view of the Smith Tower seen from high above:

itty bitty skyscraper )EDIT, 07/30/07: As with seemingly every other building in Seattle, there's currently talk afoot of turning it into condos.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (wirewear)
On Wednesday, I turned thirty for the tenth year in a row. Woo-hoo! (It's a nice age, really; I decided awhile ago that I'd keep it.)

So, um, what are you guys trying to say ...? )

Ell-Jay Par-Tay )

Feelin' the LOVE ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (jackponders)
Visiting my old office for the first time since I left the job, last year, I kept thinking how small it all looked. You know, like going back to grade school, years later.

Except that I'm definitely not any taller, in this case. (Instead, the looking glass I've walked through consists of the shiny doors of a big ol' downtown skyscraper.)

Later on, while some former coworkers and I were nattering away over happy hour at Toi, the whole scene reminded me that I met some of my favorite Seattle people, in that dimly-lit little Belltown office suite: Jen M, MJ, Sandra, Randall, etc. Sigh.

Not that I would ever work there, again.

Anyway, looks like a bunch of us are going to hang out again, on Friday. :)
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (tired)
Now, if I could just get my body to adjust to getting up early in the morning again, everything would be copacetic ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (yeahright)
So I'm back in Dilbert-land, sitting in a cubicle shuffling virtual paper: I started the new job, Monday.

The biggest changes that this has entailed in my day-to-day life: I have health insurance, again--for the first time in a couple months. Next week, my income will take a nice, comfortable bump upward--enough to permit me to start saving money, again. Our office has lovely 360-degree view of downtown; my coworkers are energetic and fun; and the hours are predictable--people rarely stay past 5:00. I have a free bus pass, again, for the first time in years.

Alas, my former employer doesn't seem to have accepted my departure, yet. They called me this morning, asking if I "missed" them, and suggesting that if I came back they might be able to whip up a job involving more financial security, this time.

I suppose that this might have seemed more tempting if they'd mentioned it before I left ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (frank)
Everyone showed me a lot of affection and respect on my last day at the organizing job, Friday. The office's Canvass Director made yet one more play to keep me, but I underlined my urgent need to save money (to, for example, visit my family, who haven't seen me in a year-and-a-half, and quite probably to replace this computer), and he understood.

At the Canvass Director's request, I also put in some extra training with the newbee canvassers, Friday, and was (to my embarrassment) generally held up as a paragon of everything an organizer should be. That might have been laying it on a bit thick, but I appreciated the sentiment.

I told everyone that I wanted to stay in touch and continue hearing about how the campaign goes: we talked about getting together Friday nights at the Café Metropolitain--and it certainly would be nice to see everyone, there.

A few things I'm going to remember about this job:
Read more... )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (sherlock misery)
Alright, then: I've now been offered another political job that won't support my extravagant Capitol Hill lifestyle:

The Offer )

Still no word on that IRB job I applied for, time back; but, as a sort of consolation prize, I did receive a call back from a clinical research company that I applied to, last week. I interview with them on Monday morning.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (mmmyum)
That political consulting firm offered me a job, today. The Specifics )

They seem pretty excited about hiring me: they've called me twice, today. I told them that I would get back to them with a decision, tomorrow.
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (ideas)
Last week, I submitted a version of my résumé to a political consulting firm that does grassroots organizing. Remember When I Used To Do That? )

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from them, yesterday, which led to an hourlong phone interview, earlier today. How It Went )
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (mmmyum)
Yesterday, the company I work for decided to grant me a temporary reprieve from the planned layoff, because of several specific projects they need my help with.  They now want me to stay until May 5th.

Since I don't have another job lined up yet, my first reaction is "Yay!  Full pay for another 3 weeks!"  (Plus 3 weeks' vacation after that ...)

My second reaction is, "Oh my God, I have to work here for another month...?!"  (It says something about how much I dislike this job that I have even the least mental hesitation about accepting another 3 weeks of paid employment ...)

So my farewell party may have to double as a Cinco de Mayo event ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (stormcoming)
I've felt for a long time that I needed to change jobs; well, this is about to become less of a fond wish and more of an urgent necessity:
Read more... )

In an interesting side note, three friends have recently left my old company (which shares an office suite with my current employer): we've had a farewell Happy Hour for every one of the past three Fridays. Pretty soon, it'll be my turn--I'm hoping that by then I'll have more to celebrate than just getting out of a bad situation ...
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (all things)

I think I had a few too many ambitions for this weekend--I spent too much time running around, not enough enjoying any one of the things that I set out to do:

On Saturday, I did manage to put in an all-too-brief appearance at [livejournal.com profile] sarrabellum 's birthday celebration, where of course I got to see [livejournal.com profile] sleepwhenimdead , Haven, and a whole lot of mutual friends and acquaintances who, always last to learn, I discovered were on LJ--like [livejournal.com profile] ketina, [livejournal.com profile] ronelyn, [livejournal.com profile] differedfrom, [livejournal.com profile] ladyavalon42, [livejournal.com profile] pinky_ki, and [livejournal.com profile] spoomeister.  OK, OK, I knew about the latter two, already--but it was amusing to find myself at a party full of people I already knew to one degree or another and only then discover that most of them were on here, too. Still sorry I missed out on the cake.

Other things I crammed into my weekend: )

saavedra77: Disorder, confusion everywhere. It's a jungle, out there, Monk. (pixelbeeconfusion)

Sorry I've been out of touch, y'all.  I was on the road doing focus groups for work, most of last week, with only intermittent internet access.  Since then, I've been recovering from jet lag and trying to transcribe and table the reams and reams of data I brought back. We have to draft a report summarizing all of this by next Monday, so I'm going to be working insane hours, all week, too.

a quick rundown of my week... )



saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (zorro)
So, looks like I'm going to be in Houston from Wednesday through Friday, observing focus groups.  I've actually never been outside of the airport in Texas, before.  Anyone out there have any Texas travel tips ... [livejournal.com profile] sarrabellum?
saavedra77: Back to the byte mines ... (fdr)
I managed to get down to Washington, DC to sightsee a little one night during my recent Bethesda trip. The sun was already going down by the time I reached the National Mall, so I decided to walk out along the Tidal Basin to see the monuments--which I think are more impressive at night, anyway. Read more... )

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