Job is going okay. The days I'm at my home base on the North Shore are way better than the days I have to go to Point Breeze, I've noticed. Unfortunately, I'm at Point Breeze at least once a week. Yesterday, I happened to be there at a rather inopportune time, whilst my hormones conspired to make me a freaking emotional wreck who wanted to just crawl into some corner and cry all day. That was bad. Yeah, definitely very bad.
I'm starting to get an idea of what it is they eventually want me to do here, at least for the foreseeable future. I think I'm supposed to be some sort of "tough," wrestling information out of clients who don't want to give it to us simply because they are dickheads. Now, anyone who knows me in real life knows that I have a hard time asserting myself in any way, shape, or form, despite the Iranian blood in my veins, so this is going to be interesting.
I still don't understand the "language" around here, if you know what I mean... English words get grouped into sentences that make absolutely no sense whatsoever, and don't get me started on the acronyms. It's a struggle to stay awake during meetings; I often resort to pinching and clawing myself (discreetly) if coffee is not otherwise available. Oh, it was bad... during a meeting on my first day here, I came this close to falling asleep outright. I did one of those things where you're asleep for maybe a second or two, then realize with alarm that you're asleep and need to be awake, so you force yourself up- and jump like two inches out of your chair doing so. I'm sure someone saw me do that.
Anyway, this past weekend was great! I spent the night at Mihoko's in Squirrel Hill, which is a neighborhood that kicks more ass than I previously thought. We got Japanese candy at a Korean store (the Tokyo store in Shadyside was closed), and I got some books at Barnes and Noble (including the latest installment of the unabridged Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa manga) and a shitload of CDs from this great little store that sold used titles for $5 at the most. For dinner she made a stir-fry of all kinds of seafood (shrimp, clams, octopus, and squid) with cabbage, which was really good, and I managed to do pretty well with my chopsticks. I'd never had octopus or squid before, and they weren't bad- chewy, but not bad. Then after that, she made rice with marinated eel (unagi). I really liked the eel; I just wish I wasn't so full by then. We topped that off later at night with some Rita's ice. =9
Fireworks extravaganza in Nick's backyard this weekend, hehe (three days long, woooo)! I invited Mihoko down for the festivities, in part to say thank you for such a good time.