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December 2022
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find a dream

I haven’t blogged in agessssssss. Oh goodness. I promise I won’t turn into someone that only talks about work, but I worked over 10 hours today. For two weeks I worked straight through, working around 10 hours or more a day. Tomorrow might be just as bad. Considering I stayed up WAY too late last night, I’m probably going to have to crash soon too. All of this is to say that I’ve been working a bit lately. Bear has been aces while I’ve been working my tail off though. It’s been the most awesome thing about having to work this much is seeing how amazing of a partner he can be.

I’ve also got family stuff going on. Bear and I are going to visit his mom next month and I’ve been playing an online game with my mom. She’s very attached and plays almost every night and asks me to play with her. So I do very often when I’m not working or telling her I can’t so that I can spend time with Bear. I’ve also been knitting again (YAY). Currently I just have a lot of test squares, but my grandmother has also asked for a turtleneck/scarf thing. I’ve ordered the yarn, it’s just taking a bit to get to me. I’ll post pictures once I figure that out. In the meantime, enjoy my new favorite song:


The Strokes – One Way Trigger

echoes through me

This was supposed to be a wordless wednesday post, but whatever. This week has been so work-related busy. It’s also been awesome because Bear has been driving himself to work all week. I’m very thankful today that my husband can drive. That we can afford a second car and the spike in insurance for a new driver. I’m very thankful that my new looser schedule has meant more time to talk to Rainbow Oreo and my brother and my mom. I’m thankful for my very inquisitive mind preventing me from buying something I didn’t need that I wouldn’t have liked once it got delivered.

So here’s my picture of my poor car tire. I’m very thankful this saga is over as well.

(Rainbow Oreo, the title is from a Death Cab for Cutie song that is stuck in my head. “I’m swallowed in sound as it echoes through me” I really really love that lyric which is why it is often going round in my head.)

sunny side of the street

I’m going to try that post every day in November thing for Linda. Because we both have new jobs and we don’t get to talk nearly enough anymore and I miss and love her.

I’ve had a really crap week, but the hugest highlight has been that Bear got his driving license and got a car. It’s a white 2010 Acura TL. It’s so pretty and it drives so nicely. I’m almost jealous, but Bear is really awesome about sharing his toys with me.

It’s a little pricey, having a new driver on the insurance and a new car payment and a car that takes premium gas, but it’s such a HUGE HUGE improvement in terms of quality of life for Bear and myself that the cost is the tiniest blip. I’m usually the one that worries about finances in our family, but Bear is worrying more than me.

Bear also drove on the freeway to his work this morning. He did a fantastic job and we were at his work in no time, obeying all traffic laws and safety precautions. I love Bear driving. He’s so serious and concentrated and the more I get used to having someone else drive me, the more I relax. Recently I think I’ve been annoying him just because I want to chit chat with him while he’s driving but he’s still new enough that he needs me to not distract him except for navigation stuff like “right turn coming up”. Today he’ll drive us to pick up his new car and we’ll eat dinner with our very awesome neighbors and tomorrow is Friday. I can’t wait.

Something inside you

Hi. I’m back. I’ve been working for about 4 months now? Omg. So long since I’ve updated. It’s been WAY too long since I updated, so there’s no recap about life or anything. Just hi.

Actually I will give a little info about my job. We use the Agile process at work, which isn’t too bad except how it sets up every third week (for us) to be hellish. The idea behind Agile is that you have internal periods of work called sprints. So each sprint is a period of time in which development happens and the end of sprint is a deadline in which you should have some kind of tangible progress. You demo your “feature” or whatever on the last day of the sprint and on the first day of the sprint you pick new work for the next 3 weeks. So all of this is fine and dandy, but that third week (sprints are highly configurable, my team works on 3 week sprints) is this huge push to get all our stuff done. It means that as a team we are pretty productive, but it also means that this week I put in 30 hours in the first 3 days of this week.  I slept more like 6 hours or less each night and on Thursday when I came into work and stuff was breaking all over the place, I ended up with a huge very painful headache and slept for about 10 hours straight that night. That was fun.

Then today I went out to lunch with some of the better people I’ve found at our company to this really really awesome lunch place. It is a total hole in the wall, but the food was so tasty and cheap. Apparently it’s very authentic and there are menu items that aren’t on the board. I had the hand pulled noodles.

Not bad for a camera photo! I should have taken the picture before I ate most of the lunch, but I was hungry. I hadn’t had breakfast and it was already 1:30 by the time we got our food. The noodles were plain but at the bottom of the bowl was a lot of chili oil and on top of the noodles was a ton of ground chili flakes and garlic and cilantro. LOTS OF GARLIC. When I picked Bear up from work he was like “WOAH. Enjoy your garlic?” But that’s just part of what made it so good. It was not very spicy at all. Apparently sometimes it’s VERY spicy and sometimes… not so much. I’m sad I didn’t get it on a good day.

I’ve been journaling in my paper journal for the last few months and writing love letters to my Rainbow Oreo and snuggling Bear to keep myself sane in the transition between grad school, unemployment and now fulltime employment. It’s been a transition. I think I’m going to try and set up the ability to email the blog posts in the hopes that would make things easier and make posting more frequent.

(Rainbow Oreo: The line is from the Nightcall song.)