I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.


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I don't think I'm supposed to be bored yet...

Posted at 12 Feb 2007 11:01:42 AM

Recap of the last couple of weeks, since I've been conspicuously silent --

Dan's visit last week was great. Really, really good. We mostly just knocked around the apartment, did the Breaking Benjamin concert at Magic City (whee!), watched some movies, played some chess, avoided playing WoW, and slept late. Once things settle down here, I'll probably take another trip out there for a little while... And I am not going to devolve further into mushy girltalk, so you'll just have to be content with that. :)

During last week (while I was off from work, yes) I got a series of calls from my manager asking whether I'd be interested in a different position, within my own company this time, doing embedded C/C++-type stuff. I said sure, why not, and figured he'd send my resume down and they'd tell me that I had nowhere near enough experience but thanks anyway.

Well. Turns out, they like me (the fact that I don't have any kind of real-world C experience still holds true, and makes me quite nervous in fact). To the point where last Friday, Feb 9th, was my last day at my old contract. Yesterday the other two new members of the team (both older guys from Lockheed) and I drove on down here to Virginia to start a rollicking week filled with handshaking and meetings. Pretty sure that my old company still hasn't quite realized that I'm gone... I didn't really bother to tell them, since Friday would have been my last day on the PSD team anyhow - theoretically that's when I was transferring back to the dev team. The problem would have been that there kind of wasn't a whole hell of a lot of work ready for the dev team, so my solid year of sitting on my ass doing quite literally nothing would just have continued, from what I can tell.

I wish I could be sorry for leaving, but honestly... aside from the people who are Ensco people themselves, there's noone left there that I actually like. They've fired almost everyone competent and certainly everyone good-humored and geekily cynical, and replaced them all with management bots. *shrug* It's good that I'm out of it. Too much longer and either they would have fired me or I would have quit.

The only downside is that I have to give my laptop back tomorrow - my Ensco manager's picking it up here at the VA office and will run it back for me - so tonight's my last chance to get all my remaining crap off of it. My MacBook isn't here yet - should be arriving on Monday - so I'm just throwing everything randomly on my main computer and figuring that I'll sort it out eventually. This is probably a lie, but it's well-intentioned.

Yesterday was a travel day, and we got to our hotel around 6pm. Did a quick supply run at the local Giant, and then I went back to crash in my room while the guys went to find something to eat. Given that they picked this hotel, I am thinking that they're the type to eat out while on business trips. I prefer my hotels to have a fridge and a kitchen >_>

Today has been mostly meetings. A meeting, to be precise. Just a truly long one. The project could be neat, I think, it's just still so far from them saying "Here's what we need, this is what we need it to do and this is the box that it'll be running on" that I'm mostly useless and am just sort of hazily listening in and interjecting comments whenever something strikes me that way. I'm not silent, I'm just sleep-deprived. Did I mention that we got to the office at 8am?

Oh - the one shining spot in all of this? My new iPod works fabulously. I loaded it from my old laptop, and I don't really swap songs all that much, so that'll work until I get gtkpod actually working (it doesn't want to compile, for some reason). It's purty :D

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