Friday, May 25, 2012

The Latest...from Washington!!


Aside from a couple of book reviews and a picture of a pig wearing a Whopper® (don’t ask), I realize I haven’t updated my blog in over a year.  So, let’s try to rectify that now.

I started working for a new company on Halloween last year.  Things weren’t going so great for me at my previous job, and I was contacted by a headhunter who got me an interview during the summer in California for a regulatory attorney position.  As I talked to the recruiter while at an aquarium on the Oregon coast, he let me know that I didn’t get the job in CA but that he was going to be on the lookout for an in-house counsel position for a company up in Washington.  I didn’t think much of it, and continued our Oregon trip (with my in-laws), never imagining I’d be back in the Pacific Northwest so soon.

Not long after I returned from the trip and got back to work, things progressed, and I found myself interviewing in Lacey (suburban Olympia) Washington with a little company called Univera at the end of September.  Things must have gone really well, because next I knew it, I was given a fantastic offer and had no qualms about accepting an excellent position up here.  Throw in a couple of kidney stones suffered and operated on in between my jobs and again in April, and although things have been rough physically, I’ve never been in such a great place emotionally in regards to work.  I’m the sole in-house counsel for our company, which I think is a pretty awesome thing for a young 35-year old like me.  I’m also part of the Executive team, so although it’s kind of nerve-wracking, it’s also an honor and I love the people I work with.

One of the things we’ve had to deal with ourselves lately is our impending company move to downtown Seattle.  I knew we were moving there eventually when I got hired, but decided to live in the same town as the company in the interim so I could be closer to my growing kids.  We’re looking at moving downtown mid-July, and our lease on our current home (we’re renting out the Eagle Mountain place since after owning it for only 2 ½ years, we were already underwater on it) doesn’t end till the end of October.  I’m going to try to rough out the commute (63 miles each way, but over a fairly crowded I-5 corridor) until the end of the Holidays in January, so Kyle and Zach at least get a half a school year in before they’ve got to go to new schools.  Just hoping I can make it.  I get tired really easily due to my depression, so it will be hard.  However, it’s going to be very exciting at the same time to be working in the downtown of one of America’s coolest cities, so I’m really just humbled again to be working here.

Laura loves being back up in the Northwest where she was born and raised, and I’m enjoying being here again after going to law school in Portland.  Kyle doesn’t like school here as much as he did in Utah, but he recently tested into the school district’s gifted program and has that to look forward to in the fall (another reason we will probably try to stay in Lacey till after the holidays).  Zach has been going to preschool, just turned 5 last month, and is really excited to start “real” school in the fall, and Sarah, our little princess, is 2 ½ and alternatively hilarious and crazy.  Typical 2 year old.

It was hard to leave Young Living and Utah, but the benefits of the move far, far outweighed the negatives.  Those negatives were pretty significant, like being away from my family, moving away from the dear friends we had and were making in Utah, and still paying a mortgage on a house we no longer would live in, but it’s all been working out pretty swell.  The increased income I’ve been getting has been helping us dig out of debt (like I talked about here) even faster, and we’re so close to being down to just our mortgage and student loan.  The cars are paid off, we’ve almost cleared the credit card balance we’ve had since Kyle was born in law school, and all around we’re doing great.  We’re so blessed.  I hope to be able to stay here in the Northwest and with my new company for a long, long time.

There.  That should keep us caught up for a little bit.  Now, to make sure there are no more year-long gaps in the future…

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Extremely Obnoxious and Incredibly Cloying

Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I read this because my brother (an English major) got it for me for my birthday.  He said he and my sister (also an English major, now pursuing a Ph.D. in, you guessed it, English) adored it.  I was not an English major.  I did not like this book much.

Oh, it's got a decent story, and I did want to see what happened at the end, but man, is it pretentious.  I don't even know how it manages to do this...I mean, some people think it's inappropriate to write about September 11th.  I don't think that's a problem at all.  People can write whatever they want to.  It's just the main characters (the 9-year old kid and his grandparents) are just so unlikeable.  It drove me crazy.  The writing style is more avant-garde than your typical novelist's, and maybe that's part of the problem.  It just crams "I'm better than you" down your throat.  I may be the only person in the world who feels that way, but for what it's worth, that's my take.  I will certainly be passing on the movie.



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