Thursday, November 15, 2012
I do NOT even know where to begin...it's been a wild month. Between being on vacation, a spur of the moment trip to Vegas where I won a packet at blackjack, the delivery of my couch after 6 aborted attempts, the hurricane and subsequent snowstorm, and cap it off with finding a new job!
Had a great vacation. Really relaxed and got some stuff done around NYC. It was great. I read tons -- discovered a new author I'm really enjoying (Steve Berry) -- walked tons and worked out like a demon, until I got to Vegas that is.... The week before I left for Sin City, the sofa company I'd ordered my new couch from back in Sept, called to say that the couch was in and they could deliver it Wed. Then they called back to say no...not in the warehouse yet. Then the called Tuesday to say they could deliver it wednesday, then ...nope not in warehouse yet. Then they called Wed and said they could deliver on Thursday. Then they called to say...nope didn't make it on the truck. Then I got a message a 1/2 hour later saying it was coming. By the time I got that message they were closed so I had no idea if it was coming or not til Thursday morning! 10 guesses? Yeah you're right, it didn't come. But it would DEFINITELY be ready the folowing week. OK...one problem.....I was going to be in Vegas! So we arranged to deliver it on the 31st. I figured that was my mom's b-day so I could work from home and have diner with her and all would be right with the world with me on my new couch!
Vegas was great! I went hiking 2 days -- once to red rocks and once to Mt Charleston. The weather was perfect. Cool mornings and not too hot days. One day I walked the length of the strip geocaching. You'd be amazed how many caches are hidden up and down that one road. LOL I stayed at the Venetian, and had a great room. The only thing I didn't like about the hotel was the gym. I think I almost killed myself when I was doing my running intervals. The bloody treadmill had a mind of it's own and at one point it ramped up to 10mph. REALLY??? was the stupid thing trying to kill me??? So muh as I liked the room and the casino, I will think long and hard before I stay there again. Speaking of the casino, I think I had my best trip ever to Vegas as far as winnings go. After losing my pre-allotted daily gambling allowance the first night after a respectable 2 hours of play. I won every night after that! It was awesome! Now the one down side of Vegas is that you can't turn around and not be surrounded by FOOD! There is food every where!! Although it's not the healthiest routine I ended up eating breakfast and dinner. Trust me an early morning breakfast was MORE than enough food to last me the entire day! Now the plus side of Vegas is the walking. I was logging over 10 miles a day of walking alone.
Back in the City, the same day I'm supposed to go back to work, a hurricane or frankenstorm or nor'easter, or whatever you want to call it hits!. Really??? Irene, last year was supposed to be a hundred year storm. Now this one was a hundred year storm....I know time flies but seriously...noone ever said it travelled at light speed! Compared to many in the area I got off light. No damage, no power outage, just watching my picture window bow every time it got hit by a gust of wind. At least the office was smart enough to close Mon & Tues before it struck, so noone was out in it. My assistant and everal people from the office lost everything. So I was lucky. Very lucky! Monday the sofa company also called to reschedule the delivery of the couch. LOL Now it was going to be the following Tuesday -- 8 days later. OY! The rest of the week life slowly returned to normal as transportation was restored and the mess was being cleaned up. Some of my friends only got power back this weekend. A few are stil out.
Anyway....before I'd left for Vegas a friend of mine who knew I was looking to change firms, called me and hooked me up with a head hunter who had a position available at another firm. Apparently their head of QC is well past retirement and they need to do some succession planning. That's where I come in. So I met with them last week....twice! The first interview was 4 on one. The 2nd was 6 on 1. Nothing like a little pressure. This Monday I got the verbal offer and tonight I got the the formal written offer. So...Deember 3 I will be working for a new Firm. Those of you who know me, know that I've been unhappy where I am for a while. Well, time for a fresh start! A lot of fresh starts!! The best part....they're bringing me in as a Principal. That's the step below Partner! It's a huge message that this firm believes in my potential!
I think that pretty much brings me up to date. Been a helluva month!
Oh yeah...the couch arrived and it not only looks great...but I don't get any back pain when I sleep on it!!!