Monday, March 17, 2014

Learning new things

So I've been spending a lot of time during my new job learning new things. I don't know when I can stop calling it my new job. I've been there almost as long as my office manager job. I'm been trying my hand at learning basic html, CSS and JavaScript skills. For some reason a lot of what I'm handling is web development based and knowing how to do some things will make stuff easier. I'll be heading Stateside for a conference in the spring! Bummer I can't bring the girls. I could have flown with Boo on my lap, but she turns 2 just before the trip.

I had my bi-weekly meeting with my boss and as always coming out of those meetings is awesome. Boss makes me feel like I'm the best person ever and it really puts some pep in my step. I have been working on a few projects that are coming together and through my other studying, practicing and watching a lot of youtube how-tos I'm doing things that most people in the department can't get their heads around. So that's definitely a cool part of the job.

The girls were one of 2 kids celebrating St. Paddy's Day today at school and we made cupcakes last night to bring it. Everyone really liked the cupcakes, although they were a little confused as to why we bought them. I know that next year I'll need to go all out and make sure the nursery knows ahead of time, so we can plan an activity.

Z is her usual talking a mile a minute self and Boo is trying to catch up quickly. She now calls me "Mommy Mommy" for some reason, there is never just one Mommy. Since Z has gotten into a school the search will hopefully be easier for Boo, which will start in oh....6 months...grrrr.

My second job search is still on. I had my 3rd interview with 1st choice company and a rejection from 2nd choice. I'm hoping to hear something soon from 1st choice. We are also gearing up for summer airline ticket purchasing, which means loan payment are down to half of my crazy pay off amount. I'm hoping that 2nd job will help me off set this reduction and get me on track to have it all paid off by the time I'm 30! At least the year I turn 30, I'll even settle for before my 31st birthday at this point. I want them gone so badly and I'll deprive myself of sleep for a while to work another job to make it happen.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Second Job Interviews and Z got into a school!!!!

I have two interviews for 2 positions this week. I'm super excited because both of the companies are so amazing. I could actually see both of these positions being something that I really loved and could grow into due to the nature of the company. My current job is also going well. The boringness of it is something I'm coming to enjoy. Codeacademy is my friend. It's just that so much of my work can only be taken so far without input from others. And the input isn't a day or two turn around, it's a month or so before feedback can be expected. I had my bi-weekly meeting with the Director and that was the advice I was given about checking in with people about my big projects, "check in with them in about a month"...alrighty then. I'm just going to hang out and chill for a bit. My side projects move along slowly, mainly flowcharts and step-by-step instructions. I'll have some trainings that I'll need to put together, but again, not for a while. I've been approved to go to a conference in the US this spring, which should be good.

The girls are good and Z made it into my first choice school, but the wrong campus! The school is great and her assessment went really well. She's super comfortable leaving my behind and listening to the teacher, but I wasn't sure how she would do in relation to the other kids. Our friend who we found out worked at the school said she was a STAR and rocked the assessment. We haven't heard back from any other schools and we have to put down almost $4,000 by next week to reserve her spot. I wish it was the location right next to our house, but I don't think I can give up this spot although it's probably going to take me an hour to get her there in the morning. We will have to arrange for a car service to pick up Melody and have her pick up Z after school; work will reimburse that expense, thank god!

Liam is working like a crazy person and studying for a big certification he's been shooting for for a while. This means I have tons of time to search for more job opportunities, look at things I would love to buy once my loans are paid off and pinning craft things that I probably won't ever actually do.