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I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I tossed a few words up on LJ. It's not as though I've been blogging extensively elsewhere, really...a dozen or so on MySpace in the space of a couple years. I guess I've had more people to talk to about stuff? Yay for good friends. Also yay for friends who I don't see but don't seem to have given up on me yet. And finally, yay for this kickass new chair I got for my desk today. After 5 years and countless splashdowns, my old chair cracked at the welding and became a rather amusement park-like ride for a week or so. My new one is incredibly comfortable, which will serve me well.

Let's recap the last 10 months, then, shall we? The contract job I was working with the City was terminated at the end of the year and I was subsequently unemployed for 2 months, towards the end of which I began to question my worth. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find work. Then Pitney Bowes, the mail meter people, called. I've been working at a Sprint billing site for the last 5 1/2 months as a Systems Customer Service Representative - basically, when one of the machines Sprint uses to process their bills breaks, I fix it. It's a good job with which I have not gotten bored, because there's a lot to learn. It's a real company, finally, a huge company in fact that takes good care of me, financially and otherwise. I'm still at the proverbial bottom rung, but while I do not intend to make this a career (and many folks do), it will serve me well for a while. The best(?) part is that because they are so big, there are sites basically everywhere in the country that I could transfer to, i.e. Seattle. I think I have to put in a year before making the request, though, so hopefully an opening will exist next March. If I could get out of here before another summer, that would be sensational.

Being relatively new (though my seniority rapidly increases at this site..there's significant turnover), my schedule blows to an extent. I work swing shift, which I really don't mind, but I have terrible days off - Wednesday and Thursday, which means I hardly ever see people. Today is my Saturday. I start my week when everyone else is ending theirs...it's just weird. Hopefully soon I can get one weekend day off. To keep me busy during the daytime, I have been working as the head writer for the Dallas Venom, a franchise that is part of the Championship Gaming Series, a true professional video game league jointly put on by DirecTV, Mountain Dew, and Microsoft. It's a paid writing job! :)

I moved to Roseville in December with my very good friend funnyz0r, which has been a good experience. I've learned to be somewhat cleaner and plenty about the female psyche. Maybe more than I wanted to. However, I do not think I will stay once the lease is up, as it's just too far away from work, my friends, and so forth. There's no reason really for me to be all the way up here. It is a really nice place, though.

I know not what the future holds. I harbor dreams of working towards a PhD, either in literature or linguistics, and actually did begin to study for the GRE. For now, though, I may temper those ambitions, as while my company offers tuition reimbursement, it extends only to Master's programs, which I had intended to skip over. In the meantime, then, I may tackle something else; I took some networking classes in the spring, but nothing in that section is offered this fall so it may not come to pass.

I suppose that is a suitable update. Any questions?

Currently Blasting: Allegretto from piano concerto no. 2 in G minor - Prokofiev

3 pity screws or Do me
missingkeys From: missingkeys Date: August 22nd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
No questions, just hello! :)
suffocated From: suffocated Date: August 22nd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello! Are you well?
missingkeys From: missingkeys Date: August 23rd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I am, thank you. :) Still technically recovering from surgery--I had a son while you were away. But I'm feeling great and everything's good.

You know, I don't think I would have updated my other journal in a year had I not had a baby. Go figure.
3 pity screws or Do me