Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cleaning House at an old job.

So one of the things that really caught me off guard when I had an internet connection again was to find out there were job layoffs at my old job. All my old co-workers had received pink slips and were now counting down the days until the end. It is funny since when I left they had offered me a promotion if I didn't leave for more schooling. When I turned that down they let me know that a job would be open for me when I was done with school. I really liked working there and probably would have looked into getting a job there again if my internship hadn't turned into a job offer so fast. So the way I looked at it was I would have got a lay-off notice a month after starting work after the big investment of moving back there. Man, I was lucky it didn't happen to me.
I was still in contact with quite a few of the people there. They said they got pretty good severance packages and they must not have been that bad since a lot of them were going back to school or just taking a break off work for a few months. I am not sure I could do that. The first thing I did when moving to Oregon was try to find a job. Even when it was a low paying job it gave me an income to budget it with. To not have something lined up for my next source of income would have made me to worried to not enjoy any vacation.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Training for a Marathon

Back while living in Oregon when I first got the news that I got a job in New York I was looking around at the information about the area and found the NYC Marathon. I signed up for the lottery thinking I would never get in (Only 1 in 10 do). Of course that is the kind of thinking that leads to getting in. Great, with everything else going on I had no time for training.
I was very out of shape from doing so much desk work for my thesis and such. I went to the doctor for a physical to make sure everything was OK. He said I had hip problems and should only do low impact exercise. So I asked, "So I shouldn't be running a marathon?" He chuckled and said no. He thought I was joking about a hypothetical question, then he rushed out and never came back. Yea, over-worked medical system.
So my answer was to do low impact training for the marathon. I decided on roller blading. I was good about training regularly. (Like taking them with me to Arizona.) There was an old train track path near my house that they had paved for use by bikes and runners called the North County Trail. It was perfect for training and beautiful since most of it was shaded by trees that changed color. I did have some problems blading on wet leaves when they fell.
My enthusiasm for blading got my friend D. and his wife excited and they bought their own set. My wife L. had to many bad experiences from the last time we had inline skates so she would ride her bike when we all went out.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

My Wife Arrives

My wife had decided to go to a family reunion. She spent a month with family and visiting friends before making her own cross country trip. Now she was back and we had time to spend together.
With both of us being in school together we had been together a lot of time without spending time together. Out of the 9 years we have been married, 8 of those years were spent with both of us in school between Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Now we had every evening together, no homework, no projects, and no idea what to do with our time. In some senses we have to get to know each other again in a new context. Being away from each other for a month just accentuated being back together.
Both of us feel that after working on our brains so much we need to devote more time to working on other parts of us such as our talents and relationships. Our relationship with each other fits right into that category.