Posts Tagged 'job'

Latest updates…

Update #1:  I am seriously bored at work – some days there’s a lot to do (which is actually kind of nice) – and then the next day there may be nothing to do.  But thus far, I keep coming in…just waiting for when a project comes my way.  And b/c I am still waiting with no work to do at the present moment…I post random updates on my blog.  Nice.

Update #2:  I just got back from meeting up with Micah for lunch.  He works about 9 blocks away from me. We try and meet up at least once a week for lunch – we like to call it “heat and meet” – since the majority of the time, we just bring leftovers from home (rather than eating out).  We take turns of who has to walk to the other person’s building, but again (see update #1) I’ve been doing more walking recently.

Sorry – back to the update.  I can cross off 2 more “best desserts” off my list.  I took a detour to Dahlia Bakery on my way to Micah’s building.  I picked up a Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie and a Coconut Cream Pie (relax…it was just a small two-biter…not the exact one described in the magazine, but it will suffice).  I, of course, shared with Micah.  Both were delicious.  The PB cookie was like a Nutter Butter on crack (I say that in a good way)…and the coconut cream pie was light and delish.  Thumbs up.   Sorry, no pics of the desserts – they were gobbled up too quickly.

Update #3:  I played basketball last night…1.5 hours of basketball.  Each Thursday night there is a women’s open gym.  It’s nice, fun, and it’s exercise!  A relaxed, non-competitive environment where we can just play ball with other ladies (sorry – not that fun playing with guys who are most of the time, just ball hogs!)  Anyways, I was exhuasted!  I am SO glad I did some playing yesterday, since the winter basketball season starts in about 2 weeks.  I need the practice! 

Update #4:  I haven’t been so good with book club lately.  I did not read the current pick for my girl’s book club The Road.  Honestly, I heard it was really boring – yet it was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 100 books of the last 20 years.  I probably should read it…but I won’t even be around for book club in January b/c of the Sister’s Getaway trip (i.e. probably won’t read it). But I am almost done with the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I have found it to be quite interesting and fascinating.  If you read Freakonomics and liked the concept of taking an idea or a statistic and finding alternative ways of explaining it through research – then you would like Outliers.  One idea talked about in the book is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of something.  And this idea holds true for sports, musicians, businesspeople, chess players, etc. etc.  If that little tidbit has intrigued you…then read the book!

Update #5:  This isn’t really an update, more just news to share.  My friend Martha (who I’ve been friends with since my first day of setting foot on the WSU campus) is getting married!  And she not only asked me to be a bridesmaid, but her maid of honor!  I was really surprised and very touched by her request.  I, of course, said yes!  I did tell her I was a little worried about being able to fulfill all the MOH duties because of Micah and I potentially living abroad when she gets married.  But no worries, one of the other bridesmaids will help out, and has such, been promoted to Matron of Honor (sunce she’s married already)!

Job update…

Thursday, Nov. 20th was a very surreal day.  I came into work early to finish up some last minute things for a project I’m working on.  I also had come to work knowing that later in the day, we would be officially hearing that our dept would be laid off.  That information – is really no surprise.  We have talked openly about it around the office, but nonetheless, we still wanted to get the “official” word. 

What did come as a surprise was – that morning – I was asked to stay on as a “transition” employee until April 1st.  Five of us were asked.  I, of course, said yes.  It means that the five of us continue to do research and work – but it also means that there’s about 20 others that don’t get to.  I had really mixed feelings about it.  I accepted the offer, but not without feeling really bad about everyone else and wishing that it wasn’t just the five of us. 

I am really grateful for the opportunity.  It should make for a very interesting work environment for the next few months.  It’s going to be quiet and lonely.  We are a pretty tight group, and it’s sad to think of people going their own ways – but it’s also something that inevitably has to happen.  I hope everyone lands in even better jobs and that we don’t lose touch.

All good things must come to an end

I will continue my Year In Review postings shortly.  But recent events with my income stream source (aka JOB) are in peril.  I have recently learned this evening that Washington Mutual (my employer) is no more.  Chase bank has bought them.  Really, I’m not surprised.  Anyone following the news knew something was to happen – but when it would was the question.  So I am not sure what is going to happen to me and my job, that will ultimately unfold in the following days.  Undoubtedly, I (and all my research friends) will go someplace else.  It’s quite sad.  I’ve really enjoyed my job quite a bit.  On Oct. 14th, I’ll have been there for 5 whole years.  And I truly have loved my time.  I work with incredibly smart, awesome colleagues, the best manager ever, and do really cool work (shocking I know, given that I work for a bank).  But all good things must come to an end.  Including my blog postings for the night.  I’ll resume shortly.

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