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Year 2017 in review

Ah, the year 2017! An interesting year! (just apparently not interesting enough to write about)

Year 2017 | 2017 to 2018

First and foremost, yes, I know that I haven’t been really using this in the year 2017. I think the same issue came up that I mentioned in the previous (non-guest) post. I really didn’t have that much overall to report. But as I like to do, here is my year in review.

So let’s go down the list.

Firstly, Ashley moved here from Utah after getting a job as a revenue manager at a hotel in Denver. She moved to an apartment on the north side of Greenwood Village (though technically it’s Denver). Needless to say, I am quite happy because of this. It was difficult maintaining a relationship with someone in a different city. Now we are twenty minutes from one another (if there is no traffic) and we meet up at least once a week (though often times more) plus we both get Sundays together due to my work schedule.

Speaking of work, while I am still with Trustwave in the year 2017, some things have changed. I don’t fault my previous boss, but he and I really didn’t gel well. I know he was trying hard, and with my constant need to change my schedule, I am sure I wasn’t the easiest to manage. However, he has since changed positions and has even changed countries so I hope he is happy with his new role.

Needless to say, my stress levels went down at work and my performance metrics have gone up. I get along great with my current boss and, while I may change jobs in the future, I am content where I am now. I am even getting along with people who hated me from day one. Not really sure what happened there, but I can’t complain about this new development.

Health-wise, I still have my cough that the doctor says is nothing to worry about. I am changing insurance in 2018 and will have a whole new crop of doctors so I will get a second opinion from the new doctors. Ever since changing bosses, my blood pressure has gone down. Additionally, thanks to a new diet, I’ve lost more weight. I plan on losing more weight in 2018. So far, I’ve lost around 30 pounds.

I did get a new vehicle. My old Honda CRV needed a lot of work to keep it driveable. However, I decided that it was time to get a new vehicle. To that end, I purchased a year 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Year 2017 | 2017 Toyota RAV4

I do like the gas mileage and the features. Firstly, it gets about 35 MPG which is 15 higher than my old car. It is also a hybrid so it functions off electric motors and, in traffic, can do 40 MPG or higher. I have had some minor issues with it. For example, the nav system locks up sometimes, but a reboot fixes it. I did have one critical issue where it refused to start and I had to have it towed to the dealership. Here is hoping that doesn’t happen again.

Overall though, I’ve mostly been doing what I usually do. I’ve done a few new experiences with Ashley and said goodbye to old friends. For example, in year 2017, Julia, a former girlfriend whom I’d become quite close with ever since we broke up, moved away to Michigan. She wouldn’t know this as I tend not to let things like this show, but I nearly cried at her going away party. I tried to keep things light and happy though.

I did go and visit with Ashley’s family in Utah in September. We spent the weekend at a resort and I got to spend more time with them. The last time, I was there for Christmas and got to meet them briefly over an evening. For Christmas this year, we are doing it again, so that will be interesting. As a result of that, I will be doing Christmas with my family a week early, but it works out for both myself and my sister so that we can go see our other families.

In 2018, the plan exists to move in with Ashley. Once my lease is up we will move in. Not sure where yet, but in February-ish, we will start looking and see if we can find a place we like. My lease isn’t up until June so we have a little while.

Anyways, that is the basic happenings of year 2017. It wasn’t a majorly eventful year, but I will honestly try to do even more in 2018 as far as blogging. Just had too many irons in the fire this year.

Here is to 2018!

Year 2017 | champagne

Canada Days 4-8

Canada Days 4-8

Nothing too much to report for these days. I mostly worked and went back to the hotel. On day 7 I attended a hiring fair for my company. Sadly, most of the people there were Developers and not operations. We might have 1-2 though to fill the security operations center here. Did also spend day 7 with the recruiting team (after the hiring fair). If you are looking for a job in the Waterloo, Kitchner area though let me know. We are looking for Developers and Operations people.

Canada Day 4-8 | Interviews

Canada Day 3

Canada Day 3

Canada Day 3 | AGO

Today is the day that I pick up my Co-Worker. Yay, no longer “alone” here. I decided that rather than drive up there and then drive back, I’d go to Toronto and just goof off. Went to the Art Gallery of Ontario, it was interesting. The basement had model ships. The remaining floors had what you’d expect from an art gallery. I was excited about the photography wing, but it was all photos from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Still, the museum was interesting. Then it was time to pick Robert up from the airport.

 

What I learned today:

  • Toronto Airport has 2 arrival areas, good to know.
  • Baseball a big thing? I went downtown originally to see the aquarium and ran into a Toronto Blue Jays game that was jamming up the city. Apparently it’s not just hockey. I suppose the Rockies do the same thing.

Canada Day 1

Canada Day 1

Canada Day 1 | Downtown Cambridge

Today was spent with going to work. One nice thing though is that I work 9-6. It’s a relaxing time to get to the office, and there is no traffic. The two guys I tagged out left today to go back to the States so for Friday and Saturday I am alone (my counter-part comes in on Sunday). Not really sure what I’ll do with my time, but I’m sure I’ll find something to do.

 

It’s weird, even though I can expense my lunch, and I’m entitled to USD$50 per day in food, I didn’t feel like leaving the office. I suppose it’s because I get that hour of overtime. Maybe I’ll just have a big dinner instead. I forgot to get a receipt for breakfast this morning, a mistake I hope doesn’t happen often.

 

I’m debating trying a pizza place around here for dinner, it seems there are a great many of them.

 

What I learned today:

  • Cambridge has a good Ocktoberfest that apparently everyone says I should go to.
  • I need to get a credit card that ISN’T Discover

Canada Day 0

Canada Day 0 | Canadian Flag

So today I begin my 45 days in Canada. I shall call it Canada Day 0 because I just flew in today, Needless to say I was nervous. I don’t like leaving my comfort zone and going to a foreign place really by myself was a bit terrifying.

 

On a side note, the great lakes really are big. It was interesting to fly over them.

 

Had a few minor hiccups at the airport with customs, and again with the rental car, and again with the hotel. However, all of that is taken care of now. I met my co-workers at a restaurant in Kitchener called Lancaster Smokehouse. (menu)

It wasn’t bad. Admittedly, it has nothing on Nonmacher’s, but it was good for the price.

 

Went back to the hotel since I went to the restaurant from the airport, and just crashed.

 

What I learned today:

  • They use chip and pin a lot here
  • No pennies

31 years of age

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Another year, another time for recap.

First and foremost, I found a very good job. It pays well and challenges my skill set somewhat. My co-workers are also very nice to work with. Admittedly it was a bit unnerving at first when people got laid off within a few weeks of me coming on, and then again when we were acquired by another company. However, I made it so far through the changes and it would be difficult for them to cut any deeper.

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By June/July, I’ll be moving to Denver. I’ll be moving in w/ my GF of a year and it seems like it’s the time. Plus I’m in Denver most of the time anyways. The misgivings I mentioned in this post have been alleviated. Now it just a matter of when I move. It will be sometime in June


 

School goes.

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I’ve lost some drive but I’ve found that taking a break for a few months restores it. I want to get it done and while I don’t expect to enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore like it is. I return in the fall and if the pattern holds, I’ll do two more groups of two classes and then want another break. In the end though, I only get charged when I take classes so I can do this at whatever pace I want.


 

As for health, I think I’m ok. Admittedly, my drive to be active just isn’t there. I want to play DDR more but I just don’t have the energy or lungs that I used to. I’m going to play at laser tag nationals in the fall so I need to at least get my sprinting up or I’ll be unable to compete. Hopefully, when I move to Denver, I’ll be able to run in the park near her apartment.


 

Honestly there isn’t a whole lot to report. But I’m here.

 

Moving to Denver

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So I spent some of this weekend touring possible apartments in Denver. While I do work in Fort Collins, all of my friends are in Denver (with a few exceptions). Me actually moving to Denver doesn’t mean that anything changes except for my daily commute (which will be twice as long ( 30 mins -> 1 hour)). Truthfully, it will be nice not to have to drive home on the weekends.

 

Regardless of all that, we went and looked at apartments. My major concern is the cost. It is true that we can afford some of these places with ease, but it still seems like quite a bit to drop per month. Perhaps I am just spoiled by when I lived in Cheyenne. Up there, my two bedroom cost me 670 a month. Admittedly, that was difficult on EchoStar’s salary but it was doable. The place that we are looking at will be around 1,330 a month which for Denver is fair. Still, it will put a massive expense in the budget, not to mention utilities and such.

 

Again, all this is completely doable so I’m not that worried about it, it is just a change. However, it will be nice to get a space and go to Denver. A number of my friends have expressed a desire to spend time with me but are unable to do so because I am an hour away. This should remedy that.

 

Here is hoping this all goes well. We think we’ve found one but we are going to look at another floor plan in the same complex on Sunday.

Man actual work is hard.

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I suppose I’ve been spoiled for the last few years. Actually having to do work makes me tired. So tired that I don’t really want to play games when I get home (which is different). I actually passed off guild leadership the other night. I still plan on playing occasionally, but not nearly as much.

Still, there is nothing wrong with IT work being challenging. Otter’s buildings are so spread out that doing a service call requires a lot of walking. Still, I hope this pans out to a more permanent job.

Well… I got it

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I got the job I wanted. Otterbox here I come! Now for the question, does anyone know if I can still file unemployment for being underemployed? I was told I could, but the “help” line for unemployment hangs up on me.

So long 2012

2012-2013-2It has been an interesting year for sure. Lots of changes in life. Lots of new friends crawling out of the woodwork, putting some good friends sadly to rest. Loss of a job yet new vistas opening up before me and some promising prospects in sight for 2013. Relationships ending, but new people entering my life. Acquaintances choosing to become a larger part of my life and become inner circle friends. All in all, a very good year if taken as a whole.

We shall see if this trend continues into 2013. I sure hope so!

 

Now for those of you who don’t know the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne