Monday, September 15, 2014

Survived My First Month End

I don’t remember if I’d mentioned it before or not, but my new job closes in 9 business days.  That put the close for the first month on Friday.  And it turns out that days 8 and 9 are crazy busy.

Up until that point, I was doing pretty well, or at least I thought I was.  There was nothing too bad happening, and I was on top of things.

Then I got hit by the tidal wave.  All my centers took a look at their preliminary statements and started requesting changes.  It was a crazy 24 hours when I had to get all that stuff researched and journaled as needed.

In fact, by noon on Friday, I was feeling very overwhelmed.  However, my boss told me that afternoon that I was doing about as well as most new people they brought in.  Obviously, I was hoping for above average, but I will certainly take it.

Now the trick is to figure out how I will improve so that next month they’ll see the changes.  Because I really want to keep this job.  The commute is awesome, the pay is good, and the people are nice.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Day at the Beach

Saturday was a nice, fun, relaxing day.

It all started because of getting together with friends for brunch.  The original group was supposed to be bigger, but it wound up just being Sue Ann Jaffarian, an author I love, and Heide.  Instead of our normal trip to Disneyland (part of the group who was missing is the reason we meet down there), we met up at a restaurant in Santa Monica.  We were a few miles from the beach, but it was still cooler than at home.  We had a grand time eating and just talking.  In fact, we were there almost four hours.

But I couldn’t be all that way down there and not go to the ocean.  I managed to find a parking spot a few blocks away and went down and enjoyed the beach.  I started out heading a little south and looking at the stores in Venice right on the beach.  Then I headed back up north and went out on the Santa Monica Pier.  I hadn’t been out there for a couple of years.  Granted, there isn’t a whole lot of excitement there, but I enjoyed it.

And yes, I jumped in the ocean twice while I was walking out there as well.  The water was a little chilly, but it always is, and I enjoyed it.

All told, it was a very pleasant day.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Word Association for September 4th

I missed last week's word association, so let's be sure I get this week's in.

  1. Brownie :: Chocolate!
  2. Randomly :: Exclaim
  3. Congratulations!  :: New job
  4. Curls :: Biceps
  5. Lipstick :: Red
  6. Memory :: Happy
  7. Tea :: Drink
  8. Bulletin :: Church
  9. Fragrance :: Pretty
  10. Pace :: Run

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

You Can’t Fool Me

There is no way that was a long weekend.  I feel like it was just Saturday, and then I was back to work.  Imagine how I would have felt if it were a normal weekend.

Maybe if we review why it was so busy.

Saturday morning, I went out and bought a new laptop!  And a printer!  I haven’t had a printer at home for years.  I’ve been limping by with the library, but I’m going to like having a printer at home again.  Of course, that was a lot of money.  I’m really banking on this new job working out between the clothes I’ve bought and the new computer.  Of course, that did then take up time transferring over files and the like.  My old computer was from December of 2006, and I was running Office 2003 on it, so it’s nice having the latest software and the same stuff I’m using at work.  Heck, if I need to figure something out, now I can spend some time at home playing with it.

Saturday, my second new roommate moved in as well.  That really didn’t take much of my time other than helping him actually move boxes into the condo when he arrived.  He seems really nice, and since the other roommate and he are already friends, they’re getting along great.  They are both nice guys, and I think this is going to be a fun year with them as roommates.

Sunday was church and ultimate Frisbee, aka the usual.  I had to go buy an external CD drive on my way home from church; turns out many computer these days don’t come standard with them and yet I had software to install from my printer.  Spent some time playing around with that, but otherwise I pretty much lazed around between church and ultimate.

Monday, I buckled down and did all those things I intended to do earlier in the weekend.  Three reviews to write?  Wrote them all on Monday.  Reading?  Did that on Monday.  I got half of a book read – I was hoping to be close to finishing it by the end of the weekend.  And the movie I was going to watch?  That didn’t happen either.  I did go out to lunch with my roommates, which was nice.  And I spent a couple of hours hoping to play ultimate, but that fell through.  Heck, if I’d stayed home and read….

And here it is Tuesday and back at work.  So far, this crazy close seems to be rather slow.  I have a feeling the process will speed up toward the end of this week and most of next week, but I guess I’ll find out as it progresses.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day Two Report

So, I've now finished my second day on my new job, and I really like it so far.

Admittedly, yesterday was a very slow start.  I didn't get a computer until part way through the afternoon, so I was sitting and reading procedures.  There's only so much I can absorb without actually doing it.

However, today has been much better.  I've been working on some analysis and budgeting, and I feel it's been going well.  And my co-workers all seem nice, which is a huge step up as well.  Plus there's the flexibility of schedules, which means I don't have to stress if I'm running a little late.

Traffic yesterday was perfect both ways.  Of course, I started at 9AM and left at 6PM.  Today, aiming to arrive at 8:30AM, there was a bit more traffic.  Still, it was less time than I was commuting to my last job, and that was without the school/college traffic that has been building back up.

So far, I'm very happy.  Hopefully, they are, too.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Job!

So, it’s been obvious to me since week 1 or 2 that the job I started at the end of June wasn’t a good fit for me, and I’ve kept looking.  That’s paid off because I am now officially done with that job!

I’m starting a new job on Monday for a bigger company.  The pay is better, and it’s in town, so I won’t have to get on the freeway.  Considering those colleges start up on Monday and my commute was about to get much, much worse, that’s a very good thing.

I’ll still be doing accounting, but on a much bigger scale since I’ll be responsible for a bunch of branches of the company.  Sounds like it is a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to tackling it and learning more in the process.

I’ve known for a week now but was keeping it fairly quiet until I knew for sure my current job knew I was leaving.  That happened yesterday (finally).  And that’s when it felt real, and I’ve been celebrating.

The only down side is that I have to actually dress up, which has meant buying a new wardrobe.  The hardest part has been dress shoes, but I think I’ve finally found some that will work.  Going to try to buy a second pair tonight after work, in fact.

This new job is temp to hire, but that’s what I was still doing at the job that just ended.  I’m sure I can do it and get hired on there, so I’m very excited overall.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Word Association for August 20th

And here we are at the word association post of the week again.

  1. Chocolate :: Yum!
  2. Spike :: Dog
  3. Puppy :: Cute
  4. Corner :: Bakery
  5. Charcoal :: Grill
  6. Game :: Over
  7. 28 :: Divide by 7
  8. Summitt :: Mountain
  9. Tuxedo :: Wedding
  10. Winner :: Game

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mostly Quiet Week

It's amazing how quiet my week gets when I don't have an ultimate Frisbee game in it.  Heck, my blog had pretty much become an all ultimate blog anyway, so what do I have to talk about?

Thursday, I went to hang out with some friends.  We hadn't all hung out in a couple of months, so that was nice.  That did mean I missed my mid-week ultimate Frisbee game, however, which was a bummer.

Other than that, I stayed home.  My new roommate was able to fix my garbage disposal and I finally got him a new facet for the bathroom sink.  That dragged on longer than I intended.

Saturday was a work day at church.  I showed up late, but they were still able to use me for a few hours.

See what an exciting life I lead outside of ultimate Frisbee?  Heck, my next mud run isn't even for a few weeks.  Not until the 20th of September.

Well, there is one thing, but I'm going to wait until the end of the week to blog about it.

Yes, a blog post with a cliffhanger.  Now you've seen everything, right?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer League Tournament 2014

I will admit I found myself looking forward to Saturday starting on Tuesday.  No, it wasn’t because I was looking forward to the weekend that much, but I was looking forward to the Summer League ultimate Frisbee tournament.  I’d missed it last year, and I really enjoy it every year.  It certainly helped that my team was the #1 seed going into the tournament.

Unfortunately, we were missing several of our key players, which meant we were down excellent players and down men.  We only had three subs all day instead of the normal six we’ve been having all season.  But I was ready to dig and do my best.

Since we were the top seed, we started out playing the eighth seed and immediately went down 2-7.  I’m not sure what was going on that first half, but we battled back to win the first game 14-12 in overtime (these first two games were to go to 13).

Semi-finals proved to be the easiest game of the day.  We won that one 13-6.  Again, I don’t know why exactly, but the other team just didn’t seem to have it together when we played them.

Which put us in the finals!  I honestly thought we’d be eliminated in the semi’s.  But by this point, most of the team was exhausted.  I probably should have played more, but I got plenty of playing time in the finals.  This game was to 15, and we wound up losing 8-15.  No one on my team was mentally in the game and we were making some pretty basic mistakes.

However, I was 100% for the day.  With how little I played, I really only got open once.  They threw it to me, and I caught it and successfully passed it on.  No drops.  No turns.  No throw aways.  (If only I could say the same about my pickup game on Sunday.)

Honestly, I am still very happy about the outcome.  My winter league team finished in 5th, and that’s been my best finish for years before this.  Remember, my beach league team didn’t win a game this last spring.  To go from that to only losing two games all season is wonderful.  And this was my first time in the finals for a while, too.

Can’t wait until next season.  Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the glow of this finish for a little while longer.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

We’re Number 1!!!

Tuesday night was the final regular season game for my ultimate Frisbee team.  It was a rematch against Green, the only team we’d lost to so far.  Since they also only had one loss, we were in second because of that loss.  However, if we beat them, we could take over first since they’d have two losses.

We beat them handily.  It helped that we had even more subs that normal – 9 of them, instead of the usual 6.  Only seven play at a time, so we had over a line of subs.  They had two subs.  Now that is not a guarantee of who will win or not.  I’ve seen teams with no subs beat teams with as many subs as we had.  You have to keep your head in the game at all times, and it is easy to do if you are playing quite a bit.

But in this case, it was an indicator of things to come.  We started out on a 4 point run.  They got 2, we got 1, they got 2 more to make it 5-4.  But then we went on a 4 point run again to take it to half at 9-4.

I didn’t keep tabs on the score quite like that in the second half, but we came out on top 17-11.  Not only does this get us top billing going into the tournament this weekend, but it also means that we don’t have to be there until the second round starts at 11AM.  I’m much happier about that than 9AM.

I only played two points during the game, one each half.  But I’ll get more play time on Saturday since at least 5 people won’t be there who were there Tuesday night.  Since they have all been key contributors to the team over the course of the summer, it will be interesting to see what this means for us come Saturday.  Not only that, but no team that is ranked first going into the tournament wins (at least I don’t think so).

Either way, it’s been fun to be on a winning team again for a change.