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09 February 2005 @ 06:16 pm
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Albany was awesome. Just, awesome. The weather was great, and the company even better. Thanks everyone, for everything. You all rock, and I had a great time! =)

Remy, especially, rocks. Had to say it. ; )

It was definitely sad to see Remy go on Sunday- off to Harrisburg on business- while I remained at his place 'til Tuesday to give the teaching thing a whirl (also different to be on my own in a city that's still unfamiliar in some ways- remember folks, I didn't even leave the 'Burgh for college- but it went quite well). And oh gosh, the teaching went smashingly! Funny thing was, a year or two ago, I would've been all freaked out and nervous leading up to it, but I didn't get nervous at all. I also didn't need to review the material all that much- it was all stuff I either knew cold or could figure out after just a few discreet moments of fiddling, heh. The students seemed to like me, and I really liked being there to teach! No word on whether I'll be asked back for something more permanent, but a gal can dream!

Such a marked contrast, working there and then coming back to my current job today. A let-down. A true bummer, if you will. When I was teaching, I felt... appreciated. Alive. Like what I was doing actually mattered and made a real difference. All things I haven't experienced at work in a long time, and especially since we moved to the other location.

((note: I had four meetings to attend today. You know what one of the grand conclusions at the first of them was? That to be more productive, we need to arrange for more meetings. *facepalm*))

I remember wanting to get out of there the moment I heard about the move- back in September, which was some time before Albany was in the picture. I remember proclaiming in LJ that I wasn't going to stick around for it, that I'd find me a new job and be outta there first. I looked, and got nowhere. And now all I can think of is that line from Office Space where Peter predicts that he's going to get called in to work the weekend: "And I'm gonna end up doing it, 'cause I'm a big pussy."

Yeesh... I've come to notice that almost all the posting I do anymore is related to my Albanyian comings and goings. In some ways, I do feel like my life is there, and I just come to Pittsburgh for that paycheck, the one thing that really keeps me rooted here for the time being.

Do you think it'd be utterly stupid of me to quit and leave even though I don't have another job lined up? Or would it be one of those grand carpe diem, not-taking-this-shit-anymore, life-is-too-short, young-hearts-be-free-tonight pursuit of happiness things?
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Jonathan Coulton - First of May
Ellieellie on February 10th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Well Darling, as much as I'd love you to come to Albany permantly (oh, I'd have a Barry-friendly crashable place when the weather decides to be all fuckity of the frozen things), but I've got to say that it's perhaps a bit of a dangerous move. It's expensive in Albany, well, everywhere nowadays. And without work, that's just not something I'd beable to do.

Of course that doesn't mean it wouldn't work. But I don't know, I'm a bit puritan when it comes to working. I work hard, constantly, and I come in on days when the roads are bad or I'm sick for the most part. I get upset when I'm not the best at what I do. Damn type A personality!

I'm sure you're looking at timesunion.com's classified. There's plenty of work in there! Scoring interviews with that is awesome.

Personally, I'd wait awhile or see if I could work from home at my current job and make home Albany.

But then, that's me.
Miusheri: Feliciamiusheri on February 10th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
That's a thought- working from home is permitted on occasion where I work. But I'm not sure they'll let me do it on a permanent basis, from another city besides. Ah well, it might not hurt to ask!

I've been applying like mad for several weeks now, hehe- haven't been hearing much back, though ^_^*

karenlynn00karenlynn00 on February 10th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Well, the good news is that we've had some changes here and I'm pretty sure things are looking good for you to come down.... I know I'd love it! We may be able to hire two instructors and that would be really good. So, I'm thinking that you'll probably be hearing from Jim soon... I'll ask him tomorrow, I'm still kind of in shock from earlier... Bruce is leaving if you didn't see my journal. So, it's looking good for you! Yeah!!!!!
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on February 10th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
There is not much to say to that, aside from...

SQUEEEEE!!! ^__^

Here's hoping I get to see you again soon! =D
thedemonprist on February 10th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
So, let me get this straight: You need to be more productive, so you need to have more meetings, am I rite?

...Did you get that memo, btw? I'll send you a (another) copy. XD >;)

That's so great that you're 'coming into your own', so to speak! I hope it works out great for you. *hug*

As far as making Teh Big Jump, I'm hardly one to give advice lol *conveniently pushes own crap history aside*...although I will say that yeah, what passes for my pragmatic side argues for erring on the side of caution as far as making any future plans goes. Considering how shitty the job situation and economy is right now (and looks to be for the long term - *cuts self off and mutters "iwillnotstartanotherdumbyarantiwillnotstartanotherdumbyarant"*), suddenly jumping ship without a good lifeboat could prove potentially dangerous, especially if you wind up without the job you want and unable to go back to the one you had. Carpe diem looks good on celluloid and all, but movie-life rarely transmutes to real-life - otherwise I'd be livin' it up under some stranger's identity in their billionaire mansion and spending their dime, lol.

OTOH, you want to be happy: I can tell you from personal experience and observation that nothing quite shrivels the spirit like a soul-sucking job. ("Initech is soulless and evil and all that is wrong in the world!!") A better plan would be to store up as much income as you possibly can manage (hard, I know), and depending on how your Better Job goes, *then* make the move when you're pretty sure you stand a solid chance of nabbing the spot you want (unless they come to you first and say "we'd like you to stay on on a more permanent basis" of course) - you may even want to tell them upfront that "I really enjoy this and am good at it, would you consider a more permanent tenure". That financial cushion could very well mean the difference when you least expect it or most need it.

We're facing a similar situation with my brother right now. Much against my dad's advice (and to his ire), Brother is starting the process of selling his house out west (and they haven't even lived there a whole year yet!) so he and his family can move back to Illinois (which is probably more from pressure from SIL's family, methinks - nevermind that they've *not once* gone out there to visit them). Last I had heard, he said - or thinks - he can get a job with a public works department, despite no concrete word yet that he's a shoo-in. Not a smart move IMO, considering that he's the sole moneymaker right now and they're trying to pay their bills as it is. But, like I told my mom, he's (my brother, that is) gonna do what he's gonna do, and ain't nuthin' and nobody gonna change his mind, so... *shrug*

In any case, I hope it all goes in your favor! *hugs*