Monday, June 23, 2008

Random Observations on Work

Things have been busy, busy, busy recently. But good. My friend Miss Independent is coming into town this week, and I'm really excited to see her! Pictures will be coming soon thereafter. Yes, I know that I'm lame for not posting pictures in a very long time. But I'm taking an intensive class right now (legal issues for library managers - interesting stuff!), and that's what I spend most of my evenings doing. So do you really want pictures of me doing homework? I didn't think so.

So I work at a well-respected law firm, and I have to admit, I like working for self-important people. Not because it strokes my ego, but because you get a lot of perks when working for "important people." We get fed all the time. Not leftovers like my last job, but my firm has days at least twice a week where it feeds all its employees good stuff to keep its important people happy. Oh, and we have random meetings (which I get paid to attend) frequently where important people's friends come and talk about themselves, give us free copies of their books, and feed us fabulous lunches. Interesting meetings, mind you, but still, they don't really have anything to do with my employment. Love it.

OK, back to homework. I promise I'll write a real post one of these days!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Getting the day off isn't as much fun when you're an hourly employee...

... especially on a day that you were going to get taken out for lunch by your boss, but hey, at least it gave me time to blog! I've really been slacking on my blogs. The biggest reason is our landlord needs to bring us some cords for Rob and I to be able to simultaneously use the internet, so I'm focusing entirely on homework when it is my turn. But anyways, things are busy but good. I've started my new job, and it is going really well. The people at my office are truly wonderful, and I really like the atmosphere. :) Something that I find funny is that there are very distinct cultures for men and women in the office. The women's culture is all about complimenting each other. I personally love it. But I still crack up imagining a 50 year old man saying to another, "Jon, I love that blue shirt on you, it really brings out the color of those lovely eyes of yours." The men are all about joking around with each other, from the little bits I've seen. Anyways, everyone is really friendly to each other as far as I can see.

I'm loving being in a city, even with the metro problems that have been going on all week (at least I've got to read a lot!). I swung by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History after work one day to revisit the dinosaurs that I loved as a kid. They were fun to see, although things were a lot more crowded in there than I remembered them being. Still cool, though. But even though the dinosaurs were fun, my favorite thing I saw there was the bones of these crazy-huge ice age ground sloths. I had no idea sloths could be 20 feet tall! Anyways, sloths are one of those animals, along with goats & tapirs, that I find inexplicably funny, so seeing an enormous one was fun.

Yeah, that's all I've got. Back to homework!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Life is good!

Things have been a little crazy the past few weeks, but things are finally slowing down. Things are going really, really well for us. My big news is that I landed a job in a law library, and I am absolutely stoked about it. I start on Monday. The people there seem absolutely wonderful, and I am thrilled to have a job that directly relates to my career goals (crazy, I know!). I've been able to catch up with some old friends, which has been wonderful. It is amazing to me how with some people, you can move away, maybe send one or two emails in the process of a year, and just start right where you left off when you see each other again. Our neighborhood is lovely. There are some great walking trails near our place that I have been taking advantage of. I'll put up some pictures when I get Rob to come along, so it won't just be trees. Our congregation is really good with us transient types (I had visiting teachers 5 days after moving in - how awesome is that?). We haven't even gotten terribly lost, and a big thanks goes out to Pretty Mahana for that one for the fabulous map they got us as a welcome present! Life is good, and I'm really grateful.