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So I'm about six months in on the new job, still super happy. Life is generally great. Recently went to Seattle and Vancouver (where Vancouver almost tried to keep me) for a professional conference. That was interesting... I need to start actually reading blogs to know what the industry is talking about at the moment, because there's a whole shared vocabulary I'm not aware of.

Over the summer I've done a fair bit of name change paperwork stuff. I now have updated name with Massachusetts and Social Security as well as some of my banks. There are so many banks. So many. Why so many?

I'm thinking about a couple of ongoing learning things I could do with myself now that I finished my degree. I may take a class on French Idioms from the Alliance Française of Boston, particularly since it's been ages since I've kept my French in practice and I don't want to lose it. (Also because I feel like idioms are one of those things that keeps you from following what's going on when you aren't native, and I'd love to specifically learn some.)

Also considering a graduate degree, but trying not to rush into things. I may want to look at some Data Science related classes (statistics, analysis of algorithms, maybe other things) to figure out if that looks like something I may want to do with my life. I think in particular I should be trying to do some online learning in a few topics to get a feeling for how good a fit any of the options I'm considering are.

I dunno. I'm happy, not stressed, and have accomplished most of the aspirations I had previously, so I'm spending a lot of time thinking about larger questions. It's a good thing, but I feel a bit adrift and floating on the wind.

I'm going to join a community chorus again this fall so I can keep something musical in my life. If I do that and the French course, then fall will have my Tuesdays and Thursdays busy, which might be a nice thing, actually. Having too little to do seems like a problem for me.

Feels harder to have much to update when it's like, "well, life is pretty good. Okay then." I am not complaining that this is a problem. :)

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So with some of the recent life changes I've had, I've actually fallen off the wagon of even following LJ or DW. I don't feel this is actually optimal. I will try and change that, though I acknowledge part of this issue stems from the fact that I actually have work to do at work, it actually has any level of challenge, and I'm actually happy to be here.

So that's a great problem to have.

General life updates:
I have a new job! I'm a QA engineer now. It's not at Whole Foods. I am never going back there. My boss here is pretty great, and certainly an amazing improvement compared with my last boss. The company is cool and has a good office culture, I like the folks I work with, the team I'm on, and generally what I'm doing. Oh, also I got a slight pay raise to go from a leadership position at WF to being a junior engineer here. Oh, also also this job has zero on-call component, as opposed to the last one where I was basically level 2/3 on call for my entire life. So yeah, that was a change that had to happen.

Also, I will be attending commencement this weekend. I've finished my last class, so now I have my BS in Comp Sci and I'm graduating cum laude. Woo.

(Honestly I still look back and don't understand how I kept up with classes while working full time and doing music projects. But I did, and rather successfully.)

Still in the same house with the same housemates (yay), and I don't think there are too many other large changes in my life at this point?

Anyhow. The upshot of this is - I suddenly have more free time than I've had in three years. I'm looking at what I want to do with that. I've made some lists, because of course I have.

Weekly goals:
Read a book
Call mom
Email a friend I don't see often (there are a distressing number of people in this category)
Cook something healthy
Do my nails
Sing something
Catch up on LJ/DW
Catch up on the XKCD fora

Monthly goals:
Create something (like a piece of jewelry, clothing, or music)
Organize something (like putting my music collection in order (or digitizing another bunch of it), neatening my desk, backing up computer files, etc)
Write a journal post
Practice flute (yes, monthly. Mostly I want to make sure that I don't fail to pick up the instrument for a whole year)
Go out to eat with friends

Yearly goals:
Update my resume (I don't want to leave, but it's always easier to do this cumulatively than to try to remember what happened in the past and when)
Take a vacation
See a new place (ideally a new city or country)
Learn something new (take a class, attend a conference, do a web training, or similar)
Play a game I haven't played before
See a classical performance (opera, concert, whatever)
See a pop concert
Invite some friends over

Anyhow. So far since school has wound down a bit, I've been doing a reasonable job of cooking things, reading, and doing some amount of creative work. (I made some earrings earlier in the month, after having spent an entire weekend at the office working on my last paper and presentation.) I do want to try to be consistent about it, though.

In general I'm so happy with where my life is right now.

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That catchup meme

I'm not getting a lot of time to update in detail, but at least this'll be something.

Major life changes?
Nothing really major?
Fall semester has started (I'm taking Discrete Math and Web Application Development this semester)
I'm sort of house searching sort of at the behest of my mom


What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
Probably Dragon Age right now. But I'm also not terribly active in either - most just consuming it.


Where do you hang out online?
Twitter is probably the most common, then Slack and LJ/DW.


What are you reading?
I had been on a kick of taking out scads of eBooks from the BPL (mostly romance novels), but since class has started that's basically stopped. Also, work is being ridiculous right now. There's just no time. Oh, and aside from BPL stuff, I got the first three or four books of Annie Bellet's 20 sided sorceress stuff, which I've been quite enjoying.


What are you watching?
Nothing. Um. Occasional episodes of You Suck at Cooking on YouTube? Basically nothing. What is time?


What are you making?
Hopefully pupusas this weekend! In a crafty sense, not much at the moment. I'm intermittently working on an Ursula cosplay, but it's very intermittent right now.


What are you squeeing about today?
It's Friday. We're having a game night. I'm extremely excited to do some cooking and possibly figure out the Rojo sauce one of the local restaurants our house loves.

In a general way, I'm also really enthused about my Discrete Math class. My prof for that is great, and it makes me happy.


If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
Well, I do basically want to enthuse at everyone about Dragon Age. Entertainingly, our house is likely soon to have three copies of Dragon Age: Inquisition. But I think there are a lot of folks already in that fandom, so I don't really need to rope people in.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
I don't even know how to answer this. I want to get into Steven Universe so I can talk to everyone else in existence about it, but time. Time is not a thing in my life.

What else is on your mind?
Work is a giant disaster area and I'm drowning and I've been coughing for weeks and all my friends are sick and I am stressed out of my gourd and I can't keep up...

But on the plus side, I'm going to see the symphony this weekend with a work friend, so that'll be really, really nice.

Oh, also I'm pleased about making progress on our Stranger Ways album. And we have videos from our summer concerts up now! They're here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djj1qvh_0Vo&list=PL27VSS-Ph9fecEoX5mg5WrDQUyiuFXo6Y

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3 Questions Meme

So I haven't posted in a while, but got a meme hit that sounds entertaining, so here goes! This is via slipjig. If you'd like three questions of your own, please feel free to tell me so in the comments and I will do my best. :)

1) If you could travel through time and space at will, what one concert would you most like to have attended?
Hmm. I would want to hear a concert of works of either Alexander Borodin (Polovetsian Dances), Antonin Dvorak (Symphony 9 (the obvious choice)), or Luciano Berio (Sinfonia) at its debut. Not sure if in all cases I could track down when and where that'd be.

If I have to be more specific, I'd go with the concert at which Depeche Mode recorded their album 101. (June 18th, 1988 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.)

2) What one object, out of all those you once owned and no longer do, would you most like to get back?
What I miss most from the past is really more experiences than things... time spent with my sister and my dad trying to get lost while driving or going to Tower Records and looking through their miscellaneous bargains for weird things, time spent with my best friends from my teenage years talking endlessly about stupid SFF books or playing terrible video games at late hours, time spent with college friends...

Given those aren't objects. Uh. Oh, here's one that's actually relevant. A functioning copy of the computer on which I actually have some of my prior compositions. I've been thinking lately that I'm not sure I still have stuff I wrote in high school and college anymore, because of how many computers I've been through, and whether or not I was good about transferring *everything* over.

3) Stranger Ways has just thrown out its entire repertoire and refashioned itself as a 70's, 80's, and 90's cover band, using the same voices and instrumentation you've always had. You're in charge of choosing the music. Name one song from each of the three decades that you'd definitely put on the playlist.
70s - So I immediately thought, "favourite 70s band? Blue Öyster Cult!" except that I don't think I'd go with Don't Fear the Reaper, which everyone thinks of when they think BOC. I'm actually partial to Astronomy (original release in '74), and I think Stranger Ways might be able to do an interesting version of it.

80s will be hard, as I love the 80s to pieces. Hm. I have several choices I'd be tempted by, but the winner? Taking a note from Murder Ballads' book, Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion. Doing some of the vocal parts would make me so happy.

90s - oh oh! We just talked about this on the car trip to Confluence. Bruce Dickinson - Tears of the Dragon. This would be *so much fun*.

BONUS: Since most people come on interview shows to pitch their latest project (book, movie, CD, etc.), pitch your latest project (anything fun you want people to know about).
We're nearing completion on Iron and Rust, our Stranger Ways concept album about a conflict between the humans and the fae. We actually did some more recording for that on Wednesday, and we're hoping to have most or all of the album done by the end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to having a version of some of those that people can listen to, 'cause some of them have the most fun flute parts I've ever played, or really fun vocal lines, etc. :D

Just wish I already had a link to share. Well, I will soon enough, I hope!

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Yay, vacation :)

I am off to sea. Hurray! See you all in a week. :)

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I am on a boat and will be out of touch and having fun for a week! Have a good week. :)

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It's funny...

I used to think I was busy. I totally did not understand or appreciate what that really means. I now laugh at my former self.

But all I really want is more time to be able to catch up on reading my Java book. And to do more Java tutorials.
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State of the Sandry

I never post often enough, and I know there's constantly Stuff ongoing, so I thought I'd take a moment.
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On the whole though, I'm happy, I'm well, and things are going just fine. And I keep being so pleased with the new house. Hopefully we will soon figure out when we want to do housewarming stuff.

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Housing situation is resolved, new apartment we've signed a lease for is great, we're all super excited about the planning and moving (and no longer having our totally unhelpful landlords)... I'm extremely pleased and excited, and I think it's going to work out wonderfully. It's not 1-1 in terms of space, but it's an entirely reasonable space, it has central air and off-street parking, free laundry on the ground floor, AND the landlord seems to be responsible. So it looks like it's going to be pretty great.

Our initial performance of Sundown happened weekend before last and went fine, with a minimum of mistakes and drama, and a maximum of audience satisfaction, as far as we could see. Very pleased with it, even though it wasn't perfect. (Stop dwelling on things, self.)

This past weekend we had a small celebration for Bethface's birthday, then got the keys to our new place, took a bunch of measurements, planned things, and I did a ton of laundry.

I am no longer sick (and got well in a very timely fashion for dress rehearsal and performance), I have had enough free time in the past week to start packing and moving some clothes over, even if nothing else as yet. So many work things have been coming together fairly successfully in the past week as well.

Basically I seem to have descended from stress mountain and on the other side turns out to be this pleasant little meadow of reasonableness and satisfaction.

So by and large, life is good, even if we're all going to be doing quite a bit of packing. :)

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May. 16th, 2013

Aie. So life continues to be busy, and I continue to not be handling it as gracefully as I would like.

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