Thursday, April 29, 2010

Goodbye Comfort Zone

I came home very anxious about sharing some very uncomfortable information with JR. I was worried mostly about the info itself, but almost as much about helping JR deal with it. To my absolute delight, he responded with only LOVE and SUPPORT - thank GOD, because if he'd put out even an OUNCE of bad vibe I might have lost it! He listened well, responded appropriately, gave me a hug, and started working on a plan - can't ask for better.

So... Short Version: I have been unable to get + remain sufficiently engaged at work since CDR Brougham left, for a variety of both personal and professional reasons. It was a slowly deteriorating situation, nothing sudden. About six weeks ago I was asked to basically get more fully engaged again or risk my contract not being renewed, which is not a very effective means of me getting more engaged, so of course it didn't work.

I am editing this in fits and spurts as time allows, so I'll leave this paragraph so you'll know it's a work in progress until I'm done.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Move Back to Northern Virginia

So, I mentioned to Tommy today that JR & I are starting to consider returning to NoVA. Tommy is mostly my COR, but also my friend, whom I trust to both keep my plans private while it's prudent to do so, and to help me develop and present those plans in a most favorable manner. My current contract expires at the end of October. Now I need to figure out how, when, and exactly where. Job first, hopefully still Dell. This summer if possible? Or next. And probably either Fairfax or Loudon County, still needs further research.

Let me start w/the pipe dream: I'll take a modest pay cut to facilitate the job search, and to leverage a signing bonus or relocation reimbursement. I will find a RENTAL and be glad to be rid of the maintenance associated with home/yard ownership. It'll be a non-breed-discriminating, pet-friendly, garden style, ground level condo, with great amenities.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Poor Phoebe :(

Aw, poor Phoebe threw up in the shower, a lot, but then brushed her teeth and washed her face, but then complained of weakness, couldn't even hold her own towel, then she asked if her arm and leg pain had anything to do w/the throw-up, and then FELL ASLEEP when I started w/my answer! And I mean whole-body-twitch, gently snoring, asleep! Fresh from the shower. Wtf.

Friday, April 9, 2010

I Want a Sabbatical

I wonder why sabbaticals are most common in academia, where they already typically get summers off? I want a sabbatical! Wikipedia says academic sabbaticals typically run at seven-year intervals of full-time employment, with the most common arrangement for a half-year at full pay, or a full year at half pay. I WANT THAT!! I'm a big fan of "it never hurts to ask" so maybe when I'm ready to make my next career move, if it's still w/Dell, I'll ask for a sabbatical to coincide w/the transition. Or maybe I'll follow Phoebe's suggestion and get into academia so I can at least get summers off w/her!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My GTI's Been Puked In :(

Poor little Christopher projectile vomited in the back seat today, ALL over himself, ALL over his car seat, and even INTO the nifty air vents for the back - which are mounted on the rear end of the center console! OMG yuck. Christopher is so lucky to have someone who will immediately pull the car over, clean him up, rush him home, bathe him thoroughly, and give him something to settle his tummy. I am so lucky to have JR who, like Serve Pro, will clean it up the carseat and car "like it never even happened"! The poor dude had two teeth extracted at 1100, and was cleaning stinky puke from my car at 1500, before I could even get his pain Rx filled! What a day.

Monday, April 5, 2010

My GTI :)

I'm off to an 0930 appt @VW to get my new{ish} GTI all checked out!