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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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Job hunting


Posted at 06 Sep 2007 04:16:09 PM

I quit Ensco. I'm kind of sorry about it, but it was time, and honestly... I tried to quit before I left, and they wouldn't let go (as Mom so accurately phrased it). So my sympathy really isn't that profound.

Especially since the tech market here's doing quite well indeed, judging by the number of phone calls, emails and interviews I've been having. And especially since the interview I had today was unexpectedly amazing, and I seriously, REALLY want this job! I'm not going to post a lot about it now, 'til I know whether or not I get it, but suffice to say I'm incredibly enthused.

Dan and I have settled in really well - I've got my stuff (can't remember whether I've said that yet or not) with minimal breakages, everything fits, and we get along surprisingly well together. Without devolving into unbearably mushy stuff.... yeah. Things are very good.

The heat's finally broken, and it poured most of yesterday and this afternoon. It was 77 degrees as I drove back from my interview, and I nearly jumped for joy (in the middle of traffic. Yes..). I can't tell whether my plants are ok with this or not.. the peppers *look* better, but they still don't have any actual peppers on them. It's so weird. I'm theorizing that maybe the window box isn't big enough for them, and maybe they want something deeper... the only garden store I've seen so far turned out to be closed, though, so I'll try to find another one and see what they offer in the way of deep (but not wide) planters. The balcony can't take much more on it...

Drew was here last weekend, over Labor Day! We had a lot of fun - met up with Lindsay (Shadakul ;) ) a few times, went to dinner with Brian, Quin and Matt, hung out at bowling. Relaxed quite a bit, too :)

Made a really great ziti and sausage, with peppers and onions in a blushed crushed tomato sauce the other night. Whole 28-oz can of tomatoes and a whole box of ziti, though, so leftovers ahoy. I'm thinking mexican next, though my spanish rice and burrito skillz are a little bit lacking.




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2 o'clock, and allllll's welllllllll!


Posted at 06 Aug 2007 10:49:50 AM

I made it into town about 2pm yesterday (well, 1pm local time, and I swear I will adjust to that at some point), after driving all night and being unable to find a hotel AT ALL and generally being unshowered and cranky. Dan, dear that he is, didn't mind a bit. And I admit after getting here and getting unpacked, uncramped and generally as hugged and kissed as anyone could be, the world started to look quite a bit brighter.

So.

The apartment's great - living room, bedroom, spare bedroom/office-y type place, bathroom and kitchen instead of shoeboxed-sized hole in the wall - yay! Most of my furniture is still en route (or given to a very appreciative handful of chinese kids from the apartments downstairs), but Dan's is here and I do think that everything will fit without too much of a fuss. There's less counter space in the kitchen, esp. once a microwave is occupying a not-insignificant chunk of it, but there's a whole table in it now, so really I don't have any complaints.

(Ok, one - the septic system in the front yard apparently decided to collapse yesterday, so everyone in the building is sharing the bathroom of an open apartment in the building next door. It brings a remarkable feeling of dorm life to the whole situation, which oddly enough I don't mind but which isn't really helping the feeling of impermanence which I think I ramble about later on. (Chronologically-written, this ain't.))

I don't have a desk yet, and since I'm only going to have one this time 'round (instead of 3, which really was a little absurd unless you're me and don't mind falling over furniture), it's going to be a decent-sized one. The couch has got to go in the office here too, so space is a bit limited that way, but even though I rehomed/threw out something like 5 desktops, 2 CRTs and a few old laptops I still have (pause for counting...) 3 desktops, 2 LCDs and a CRT, and the laptop. Pretty sure that the rose computer and its CRT are still going to live on the floor. Nevertheless, space is definitely still called for...!

Just noticed that the boy has a printer for his computer. Glee! This means that if necessary I can get stuff printed, but that *I* don't actually have to fuss with the dratted thing. Printers hate me, and I enthusiastically return the sentiment.

Mental note to actually get wireless working on that rose computer. God, I suck at networking sometimes.

Mental note #2 to set up the wireless router after posting this.

We did some basic grocery and appliance shopping yesterday, and the next few days will probably yield a decent ToDo list as well. I have to keep remembering that I'm not just visiting, which is trickier than it sounds. We went out to dinner with Dan's parents last night, and I can't get it through my head that we'll probably see them some time this week again - I'm so used to having to cram everything into a couple of days and then it's over that the realization that this won't end is occupying more brain power than it probably should. Even though I looked around my bare apartment, waved goodbye and locked the door for the last time, it still feels like I can go home, if that makes sense. Intellectually yes, this is home, and I like it - it's just ... a weird mindfuck for awhile. Which luckily Dan, as he's moved more than I have, is understanding about as well.

Plus, none of my stuff is here, and since home tends to be where your stuff is, I think technically home's probably in the middle of Ohio at the moment. I hope they can get a hotel... ;-)

I don't really have terribly much to do at the moment, either, which is a little odd. I could continue playing WoW for days straight (about 3 days before I moved, interspersed with last-minute packing and endless trips to the dumpster, but my wrists are about ready to mutiny as it is. This morning I stayed in bed until really early, but which felt like about 10am to my still east coast-centered body, got up, had a bagel (glee) and read The Nine Tailors until I got restless again.

People think that not having a job is great, and really it is, for about half a week. Then you're just bored to tears... Desk. I seriously need a desk. I'm off to Staples.com - my cell number will be the same, as far as I'm planning at the moment. My server's down for the time being as well, if anyone cares.




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Update


Posted at 02 Aug 2007 07:57:15 AM

It occurrs to me that having written this thing, I ought to update it once in awhile.

Moving proceeds apace, temporally. Geographically, I'm still in Binghamton (and up before 9, you might note). Apparently Nationwide is having issues locating a "local carrier" for me, which roughly translated I understand to mean "Well, you didn't expect us to move your stuff ourselves, did you??" Anyhow. The deal seems to be they're looking for someone (and still optimistically aiming to have them here today...) and will call me whenever they find them. So, (and I always feel like I'm talking about someone going into labor here, instead of a moving van) updates may be expected at any time, and I'll keep ya'll posted.

'Til then, I'm leveling mining. It's no good even reading, since I only kept out Belgarath and The Nine Tailors, aside from Dune and Many Waters.

Oh? Also, I have no food. Fridge is pretty bare right now... I think it has Mt Dew and the obligatory ketchup. It's 9am, I want orange juice, and I can't have any.




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Update - moving


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:54:41 AM

I realized this is probably due for an update, albeit a quick one.

My nice neat apartment is currently covered in boxes, and what I have left to do should be doable today. Still need to call Nationwide and find out conclusively whether they're coming the 1st or the 2nd.
Feeling rather overwhelmed at the moment, frankly. I'm hitting this point where I just don't want to look at another box, and where the more stuff I put away the more it stops looking like my space. It's not just the contents of closets and drawers and cupboards anymore, it's posters and paintings and bookshelves and dressers. And while saying that I've got cold feet isn't accurate, this weird half-empty feeling is bringing this whole idea home pretty effectively. It's that I'm excited about being there, but the process of getting there is less than enthusing. Without necessitating the addition of "mushy stuff" to the tags on this post, Dan makes me incredibly happy, and I'm looking forward to being with him. And I think we'll do ok. I'm not naive enough to think that there won't be some rough adjustment at first...with any luck it won't be too bad.

Ah well. If I stick to doing only things that I'm comfortable with, my life will be pretty damn boring.

My job... we'll see where Ensco shoves me. It's true that I'm not happy about having to work from home 90\% of the time, as that leaves me just a bit housebound in a new area, etc, and yeah... I'd rather work with people than just know that they're there on the other side of the internets.

Which should be getting hooked up this afternoon, incidentally.

After the movers are done, I'm more or less going to jump in the car, take care of any last-minute errands that need to be done, drop off my keys and ... hit the road :)

Erm... any last incidentals... I have no food in the house, which is proving entertaining. Making it even more of a party is the inconvenient fact that Skylark is closed 'til Saturday for repairs or somesuch. Boo! Their spaghetti and meatballs can keep a person going for days (and had, in fact, been my contingency plan post-refrigerator-cleanout).

This computer is being a pain in my ass. There's a bad memory leak, somewhere, which is giving me surprise!kernel segfaults leading to an inevitable hardware reset. I'd worry about it more, except what it seems mostly to mean is that I shouldn't play WoW on it, as where it's only surprise!segfault with only other applications running, I can pretty much guarantee it'll hit when WoW's up. Slack 11 is officially out, so during my downtime this coming week I think I'll have a good time backing up and reinstalling this box. It's about due anyway.

False got her Big Bad Wolf's Paw last night! We spent some time wiping on Opera the night before last, finally called it, and last night went back and one-shot it. I was thisclose to being there on Bron, too, and nearly had a heart attack when it dropped. Gleeee! And I hope I have mats for Mongoose.

I've been mostly farming lately, clefthoof leather and cobra scales, so that I can build up a decent stockpile for armor kits and whatnot before I switch to Mining. I don't really sell that stuff, and when I do it's not really a reliable profit, so I'll just keep around what I need to make occasional shit for friends and guild. I really, really need a profession which gives me stuff worth selling, so rock-picking had better be it. I can send the lowlevel incidental stuff to Winter, anyway ;)

My poblano pepper plant has a li'l pepper on it! Nothing yet on the little mystery chilis that my manager gave me, but they look like they should be getting blossoms soon. Hope they enjoy a ride across the country in my car.

Ok. Time to shower and start to do this systematically. The rest of my room, the rest of the closet, the rest of the kitchen, the rest of the books. Should be down to only the stuff I'm keeping, with some incidental exceptions I'm sure, so all this is now is elbow grease.