Thursday, January 29, 2009

Circular Motion

Then: I was feeling trapped in a job with no immediate career path out of it, with little to no direct supervision or direction from my boss, trying desperately to get rid of my company laptop, thinking that the only long term solution would be to pursue a Certified Associate in Project Management or Project Management Professional designation and move into the Project Management field, but not feeling overly excited about it.

Now: I am doing a job that I mostly love, although it has no immediate career path out of it. My supervisor sits in an entirely different building, so I talk to her every couple of weeks or so, and get very little direction from her. However, when I do get a chance to talk to her, she's awesomely supportive, and freaking hilarious. I have just requested and received a company laptop, so that if it snows like crazy, I can still get my work done instead of calling it a day and going back to bed. Finally, I have just been approved to take an intro to Project Management course, 'cause I think that's the career direction I want to go in.

It's interesting how sometimes the more things stay the same, the more they change.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good things

My friend's brother is out of ICU, and is now in Stepdown. He's on some blood thinners, and will likely be released from the hospital on Saturday. The doctors think that a large clot formed at the site of his recently badly broken leg (like, he's got pins and stuff in it bad), and smaller clots broke off of that clot and travelled to his lungs. It was a wake up call for many of us that we need to get healthier; while his weight and smoking weren't the primary causes, they sure didn't help. Also, they used clotbusters to help break up the main clot, and his mom has already said that she's making a t-shirt for him that says "Who ya gonna call? Clotbusters!" That whole family has a wonderful sense of humour. I told my friend that I'd mentioned her brother here, and she said to say thank you to anyone who sent good stuff their way.


Recent conversation at my house:
Him: I'm thinking I'd like to try going to school instead of going straight back into the work force.
Me: Ok, cool. What kind of a career are you thinking about?
Him: Well, I'd like to do something that isn't dirty, and doesn't hurt my knees.
Me: Um. I think you need to get a little more specific than that.
Him: I could be a nine to five desk asshole!
Me: Well, you've got the asshole part down*, now all you need is a desk.
*Please note that this is said with much love. Learning to live together again is going to be interesting though.
Tonight is knit night at my LYS, and I am ready to drop some stitches on my Clapotis! Woo!
The weather is crazy cold here (-26 C, I know it's -53 C in Regina, but I'm not there!), which is normally a little cranky making, but the sun rose today, and it was beautiful to see it shining off the snow. I love the sound of sqeaky snow, and the crisp smell of morning. Also, it was very cool to see steam rising of a river this morning because the water is actually warmer than the air.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Maybe he really is serious!

In addition to the pro-life preacher who will be giving an address at Barack Obama's inauguration, there will be a LGBT band playing in the parade prior to the ceremony, along with the usual military bands and other groups.

He's also set up a meeting with a group of women so that he can listen to their personal stories about abortion, and has said that he's going to repeal the don't ask - don't tell rule for the US military.

Hopefully he won't be hobbled by the rest of the American political system, and he really will be able to bridge gaps and bring about that change of which he speaks so eloquently.

*fingers crossed*

Monday, January 12, 2009

Light a candle, say a prayer

This year was going along swimmingly: I learned to drop spindle, I got to visit with my cousin from B.C., we finished paying off a loan.

Then, wham, bam, not even a thank you ma'am, in the past 24 hours a friend's beloved kitty has died, another friend's brother has wound up in ICU with a blood clot in his lung, and my husband has been laid off.

So light a candle, say a prayer, stand on your whatever it is you do to send out good vibes to anyone you know who needs 'em.