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Thursday, June 30th, 2005

half-way, or better

After I decided that I would no longer work where I am past September 2nd, I gathered up enough time sheets to record my hours until that day, and stapled them all together. Shortly after doing so, I realized that that deadline would mean that I had more time yet to come than time I had already put into the place. Not that much more, but I hadn't reached the halfway point... until today.
MrSka @ 09:26 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

and the panic starts....

The game is afoot, and it's winning. One e-mail can really light a fire. First, my Masters program is nearing capacity, and thus admissions are closing next week. This means I have to scramble to get my two other letters of reference in to them. One SHOULD be on its way, but the other I'm going to have to push a little. Item the next, I've also been informed that this program is not eligible for OSAP. That really sucks, as that could have been nearly $20k that I wouldn't have to pull out of my butt (or pay dearly for by taking a bank loan). I still have to confirm that, as there could be one item that is confusing the situation, but it's kind of scary nonetheless.

This could be it. I could know one way or the other inside of a week. Yikes.
MrSka @ 09:16 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

two nice pick-me-ups

Ah, there is a God. While it's not a trivial task to rely on faith that I'm going to get in the Masters program (and be able to not only pay for it but still own my home and eat and all that), today has been a good day for feeling better about my whole situation. My letters of reference are coming along quite nicely (extremely nicely in one instance), and a plan of action is now in place that numbers the days I have to put up with the mess that I call a contract.
MrSka @ 09:33 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

should I stay or should I go?

I just can't help it.  The longer I work where I am, the less incentive I find for me to stay.  The only reason I can see that the coffin hasn't been firmly nailed shut for a few weeks is that there is the slight possibility that the president (the one who actually hired me) may have plans for me above and beyond the mundanity that I'm currently immersed in.  I somehow doubt it, however.

Thus, the question must be asked: Should I stay, or should I go? It's audience participation time - my wife wants your opinion.
MrSka @ 09:31 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Sunday, June 19th, 2005


Last Monday I sent a bunch of questions to the department that is offering the Masters degree that I have applied to. The response has been slow in coming, so I was happy to finally see an e-mail from their office in my inbox this weekend. (It was dated Thursday, but for some reason I hadn't checked my e-mail until yetsterday.) The pleasure of receiving the e-mail lasted only until I opened it.

The program's been canceled.
MrSka @ 10:25 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

no thanks, Uncle Sam

Recently my wife and I had a good sit-down to talk about some of the issues surrounding my current professional situation, and thereby our collective livelihood. One such topic was the issue of moving for a job, which we've agreed for a while is a good idea for the right job. However, it needed some clarifying, and when we did that something fairly major dropped out.
MrSka @ 10:55 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, June 17th, 2005

the issue that solves itself

Remember that opportunity that I was having trouble deciding on, whether I should leap into the automation industry or stay where my experience is? It solved itself. They want someone with more experience. Of course they'll keep me in mind if they get busier and can use someone with less experience, but for all intents and purposes that one's off the table. Oh well.

On a positive note, I did get my performance review today...
MrSka @ 04:43 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

gotta get back to the positive

Geez, I was so focused on venting about the state of my current contract that I entirely forgot to mention the positive stuff. Namely, I had an interview last week (Friday, to be exact) that went very well. Nothing's guaranteed at this point, but at least the opportunity is nice.
MrSka @ 10:47 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

the jury's back

No, I'm not talking about the whole Jackson trial thing. I'm talking about the metaphorical jury that has been judging the company that I am currently on contract with. An opinion has been formed, and backed up by fact, and it's not terribly pretty.
MrSka @ 09:23 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

a book, a pig, and letters for letters

It feels as though I haven't posted for months. That's not because it's been just over a week, but because of what's happened in that week. Nothing earth-shattering occurred, but my father-in-law's 60th birthday party was headquartered at my house, which made for 4 days of routines out the window, and general mayhem. It was a good time, but next time I'd like someone else to host it all.
MrSka @ 10:04 PM EST [Keep reading...]




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