So it’s been a wacky few days. My laptop’s death kind of threw me for a loop and I was shopping around for a good deal on a new one over the last weekend. Work has been nuts. Got some excitement on all fronts, though.
I did find an OK replacement laptop at a decent price with my discount from work. I’ve liked the ThinkPads that I had, and I stuck with Lenovo when buying a new one. I’m sure I’ll be happy enough with it. One thing I DEFINITELY wanted to do this time is get a brand new machine, instead of muddling around with a used one. I STILL have a bad taste in my mouth from a really poor ebay experience like 4 years ago…
Lorch also came into town last weekend and crashed at Casa del Bocko for a couple nights. He had to fly out of Mitchell at the crack of dawn on Saturday because he was shooting for a documentary on the Honor Flight. It’s a really cool program, and all three of us (me, Lorch, Michelle) all agreed we wished we could’ve gotten our grandfathers signed up when they were around. So hey– if you know or are related to a WWII or Korean War vet, check it out. Seriously.
Anyway, it was nice to hang out with Lorchie and watch the Brewers together. We had some beers at The Harp, and we grabbed a pizza at BBC. We talked about getting ready for attending Wordy’s wedding this summer. I am looking forward to the vacation, for sure.
So, later in the week here, I got a call back from my old boss up in Oshkosh. She had a good reason to call, as I had been in there on 4/23 for an interview. I got offered a job as the Assistant Director for Operations back at the old UWO FAO. It’s a really good professional opportunity, so I took it. I didn’t say much about it to many people as I decided to apply and go through this process, for a variety of reasons:
- It was the least qualified I felt going in to an interview in quite a while,
- I knew I’d have to field a lot of questions about my plans for the future, as I just moved down to Milwaukee about two years ago, and I didn’t feel like addressing those until a new job was a sure thing,
- I thought I might jinx it.
So, it turned out well. Here are the answers to some of those commonly asked questions that immediately come to everyone’s mind:
- Yes, Michelle and I are doing just fine. I think we’re really good, in fact.
- Having stated #1, no I’m not in a big hurry to move back to Oshkosh.
- Having stated #2, yes that means I’ll be commuting for a while.
- Having stated #3, yes I’m OK with that.
- Having stated #4, yes I’ve thought about what it will cost.
- See #4.
- This doesn’t mean that I’m “giving up” on any creative aspirations that I’ve had related to my English degree. It just means that I’ve recognized that I have a strong base of knowledge and experience in this area, and I might as well use it to my advantage. It’s a stable, well-paying vocation for the time being. I can work on other things in my free time.
- I’ll be starting there June 1.
Anyway, I appreciate your interest, and I look forward to speaking with you soon. I’m going to do the books for the month and finish watching this ball game…