Friday, April 22, 2005

So far so good!

So I had my phone interview yesterday. I think it went really well. I felt really comfortable talking to them (two guys on a conference call), and they seemed really pleased with the skills I already have. They said the job is aimed towards students just out of school, so my lack of practical experience doesn't bother them. They were really happy to find out that I know ArcView 3.3 and Visual Basic too. For all the trouble that VB was to learn, I'm glad that it seems to be paying off now. At the end of the interview, they told me I should hear within a week whether or not they wanted to do an in-person interview with me, and I thanked them.

My phone rang at 9:10 this morning. It was the company, asking if I wanted to come in for the in-person interview. So much for having to wait a week to hear, hehe. Of course I said yes. I have to figure out how I'm getting to Vermont of course, but right now the tentative plan is that my interview will be May 4th at 10am. That's the Wednesday of the week after classes are done, when I'm supposed to be staying with my uncle in Kingston. I think what I'm going to do is rent a car, drive up Tuesday, stay the night (they said they'd pay for the hotel), do the interview Wednesday, and head back to Kingston that day or Thursday.

So that's my big news! I'm really happy about this, I was so pleased after the interview yesterday because I could tell that it had gone really well. To get the phone call this morning just made me feel even better. They wanted me to come in next week, but I can't do that because of school, so I'm glad they were ok with waiting another week. I really hope this works out :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Finally!

So Monday I got an email back about a job I applied for the week before. They wanted to learn more about me, and sent me a Word document containing a "Virtual Interview". So I filled that out, and faxed it back to them this morning. When I got home from school today, there was a message on my machine from the company, asking if I wanted to do a phone interview tomorrow at 2pm.

So I have my first real interview!

I am very excited. The company does 911 GIS applications, which is something I wouldn't mind working in, and is a good, marketable background to have. It's located in Vermont, which is a beautiful state, at least the bit of it that I've seen. It's also close enough to home that I could still get back for vacations and Christmas and such, so I'm happy about that. It's definitely a place I could handle living. It's a very small town, less than 8000 people, but I'm getting used to that lol.

Wish me luck, and I'll keep you posted about how it goes :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Thank you

Both today and yesterday, I came home to find a package waiting for me. Yesterday it was a care package from my best friend back home, with a note saying she knows I'm stressed, and she hopes this makes me smile. Today it was a book from my sister, with a note about how the book was about sisters, so who better to share it with. Thank you to both of you, you've both made my week happier.

These random acts of kindness have made me think about how very lucky I am. I have a boyfriend who loves me enough to have spent weeks of his life driving to see me, and to put up with the horrid distance without a word of complaint. I have a mother who welcomes me back home, even at the age of 26, because I don't have another place to go. I have a father who will drive halfway across the country to pick me up and take me home. I have an aunt and uncle who are happy to let me stay with them for a week while I wait for my father. I have a sister who has sent me care packages and little gifts just because she can, and thinks I'll like them. I have generous and loving grandparents. I have an aunt who has always been like a fun, close friend, even when I was a kid.

I adore my family, and I have always felt that I have been given the best of all worlds with them. I have always been proud of the family names I bear, and to be a part of the bloodlines I share, no matter how humble my grandmother may tell me our beginnings are. I have laughter and fun, I have generosity and support. I have had a kick in the butt when I needed it, and a shoulder to cry on when I needed that.

I have wonderful friends, as well as family. They have always been a source of support, laughter, wisdom and advice. They have always forgiven me my often poor communication. Our differing philosophies do not prevent our friendships, only spark interesting conversation. My friends have gotten me through more hard times than I can ever tell them. My Epic Mess, no matter whether your initials made it into the name.

I am truly blessed, and I am so thankful for the people in my life. I thank you all for everything, and I love you all dearly.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Being a geek is fun

My level of geekiness went up a few points today I think. In one of my classes today, we started learning Linux. It is my understanding that only nerds really know any Linux.

I am pleased about this.

I spent many years trying not to be a geek. I really did. I tried to hang out with the cool kids, do the cool stuff, say the cool things. I failed miserably. In high school I finally came to terms with my geekdom. Being a geek is fun. It means I get to know things that others don't, and they need me to fix their computer. It means that not only can I play video games, watch Star Trek reruns, program HTML for fun, read comic books and all sorts of other geeky things, but it means I'm allowed to admit it! My boyfriend thinks my geekiness makes me the coolest girlfriend ever.

Being a geek also means I get most of the jokes on Think Geek. That is the greatest site ever, it truly is. Check out the motivational posters in the Cubicle Goodies category. The one about meetings is my favorite. Sweet, sweet Think Geek. Learning Linux means I'm one step closer to getting every joke on that site.

Another thing about Linux - the different shells crack me up. The normal shell is the "Bourne" shell...a later version is the "Bourne Again" shell. I love that...I love it even more that it's abbreviation is "bash". There's also the C Shell. My prof said that the shells talk to the kernel...and one of the shells is actually the "Korn" shell. So the Korn is talking to the kernel. lol. The people that write Linux are obviously having fun. I like that.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Going Home

Much has changed since I last posted. I apologize for the lack of updates...school has been stupid busy, and the boy was up this weekend :)

Returning to New York is a complete bust. I'm welcome to go back if I want, but they've gone from 6 month terms at almost $12/hour to 3 months at $8.50/hour. Yay for budget cuts. As much as I'd like to go back and do some field work, I can't move to NY for 3 months at those wages. The chance of having my visa rejected, and the $500 US that I'd have to put up front to get my apartment is just not worth it for $8.50/hour. For $12 I'm willing to take the visa risk, but I can make more than $8.50 at home.

Then there was the generous offer of my boss here. It was really good of him to offer, but for retail wages, I could go home and not have to pay $350 rent, plus groceries and utilities. Lindsay also isn't the most happening of towns, and I'd be bored out of my skull. All my friends from back home would be elsewhere, and all my friends here from school will have moved.

So, given all that, I'm returning home at the end of my course. Dad can't get me right away, so I'm going to Kingston to stay with my aunt and uncle, and visit the friends I have living there. I'll be home on May 10. I'll be out of residence on May 1. I'm going to find temporary work at home, and live with mom again, while I continue the hunt for permanent work. This is all assuming I don't find a real job before the semester ends, of course.

I can't wait to get out of residence. The morons set off the fire alarm at 12:30 last night. I had class at 8 this morning. That was not fun. Oh, and by "the morons", I mean everyone in this building except for my suitemates (and one of them is a moron too). Anyone who is too stupid to know to keep their door shut when they cook in the middle of the night so as not to make EVERYONE in the building have to go outside, doesn't deserve to breed. Most of the people in this building are good arguments for mandatory sterilization.

3 weeks to go.