I apologize for using a seventeen year old commercial as my subject line, but it’s kind of appropriate. It feels like it’s been at least that long since I really posted anything, not counting that one post with the yummy cinnamon rolls.
I’ve tried to come back to the blog numerous times, but each time I do, that blank post box just stares accusingly at me, asking why I haven’t fed it. The further you go between posts, the more difficult it is to wrench yourself back to regular blogging.
So getting back to where I’ve been and what’s been going on since my last truly informative post, let’s start with the stuff that’s not changed: My relationship with Amelie is still great, and we have loads of fun together. My family is all pretty much the same as they were before. My dad is doing a little bit better, actually- he was diagnosed with some form of Parkinsons and the medication they gave him specific to that has helped his mobility quite a bit.
For the changing things, though- my apartment lease ended on December 9th, and I moved into my brother’s spare room as a transitional thing. I’m still there. My job ended on December 15th, and the following Monday I took a six month contract doing pretty much exactly the same thing I had been doing previously. The difference is that now I’m working from home instead of an office, except for that one time that Dave and I tried a Regus co-working space. That was kind of neat, actually, and maybe I should have used that experience as a blog post.
Although my departure from Mr. Company was in December, it’s not until the first of April that the company that hired me in 2002 is really and truly dead. The last few people left at the office have their last day at the end of this month, and there’s going to be a final happy hour near the old office- I plan on going, but I suspect it will be a fairly somber outing for a happy hour. The death of my fourteen year career with my former Mr. Company might be an entire separate blog post in the future, because there’s a lot to unpack there. I’m still waiting for the actual realization that it’s truly over. I suspect I’m in some form of denial because I’m still doing more or less the same work, at least until the end of the contract.
The biggest thing happening in my life at the moment is that I’m relocating. You may have noticed that most of the concert dates in the sidebar of this blog have started to be located in Central Florida. That’s because Orlando is where I’m heading. I’ve already moved everything that was in my storage unit here up to Orlando, during a surprisingly fun day with Amelie, a fifteen-foot U-haul truck, and the assistance of several friends and family members. Most amusingly, my Orlando digs turned out to be on the same street as my friend and fellow blogger Jenn. The universe is full of very silly coincidences.
I’ll be spending time flipping between Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale throughout April and into May. My Orlando residential address is a temporary situation- once I’m up there full time, I’ll be looking for a new place of my own. There’s all kinds of great little apartments for rent near Lake Eola and downtown, and the rental rates are way lower than they are in South Florida.
As for the jobbyness, Amelie and I are both hunting for new gigs in Orange County as my contract starts to wrap up. Looking for something new before the month of April is sort of pointless for me, because the contract doesn’t end until May 30th. Amelie could start something new much faster than me, but it would be pretty convenient if we’re starting new things at roughly the same time. In the interim, I’m trying to learn some new things and perhaps get a certification or two to make myself more appealing to employers.
So that’s what I’ve been up to… how about you? Whasaaaaaaaap?
6 thoughts on “Whasaaaaaaaap?”
Okay, I’m gonna go totally pedantic and say that commercial was more like
WAAAZZZZUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP??? I’m pretty sure it was.
You seem to be landing on your feet after fourteen years with the same employer. It’s wrenching. But your wheelhouse, so to speak, seems to contain a lot of very useful and transferable skills. Maybe you can go to work for The Mouse Orlando will be a nice change of pace. Things seem to be looking up for you. Good hunting!
The House of Mouse would be a great employer, but I wouldn’t live near downtown then, I’d go a little further west. Someone told me that Universal is a Red Hat shop; that might be a good place for me to look also!
Good Luck on the move and enjoy the new digs. I totally hear you about the blog thing. I think I wrote 6 posts last year. Busy good, but also sometimes feel like there is nothing new to say. Have I run out of excited blog worthy moments? Only time will tell. 😉
Is that commercial really 17 years old? I’m still stunned by Buffy’s 20th anniversary. When did I get this old?!
Enough about me. Good luck with the move.
Best of luck in Orlando, Steven. Maybe you’ll run into Randy up there. He moved up there just a couple weeks ago.
Good to see a new posting. Must be the season for looking for new employment, as I find myself in the same boat after 9 years. Good luck in your search and in your moves. You have a wonderful support system and network of people around you.
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