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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.

This entry was originally posted at http://sandrylene.dreamwidth.org/14635.html. Feel free to comment here or go there and comment at http://sandrylene.dreamwidth.org/14635.html?mode=reply.

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ladymondegreen
May. 12th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
So many good things. Hooray!
tyopsqueene
May. 12th, 2016 06:59 am (UTC)
woo! it's good to have you back. I am glad to hear all this positive news. LJ has continued to be quite quiet recently so it shouldn't take too long to catch up :P
slipjig
May. 15th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yay, job! Yay, commencement! YAY, POSTING!
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