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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I posted on my photography blog about some art we saw this weekend. It seemed more relevant to photography, so I posted it over there.


Monday, February 21st, 2011

I had a fantastic weekend.

Saturday: 47 miles of mixed terrain with RCCS.

Sunday: Photography.

Sunday evening: Birthday dinner, cake, presents (my birthday is, in reality, today).

More coming later, once I have a chance to work with the photos. I plan on experimenting with some Photoshop techniques. I think I’ll get good results (see first photo above) but it may take a while.

Everything is changing

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

My wife, Sarah, started a new job on Wednesday. She had been looking for a new job basically since she got her old job, over a year ago. It’s already clear that her new job is a huge improvement over the old one, in every way. She now has better pay and benefits, but most importantly, her new employer treats her much better. Sarah will no longer have forced overtime, or constant worrying about meeting arbitrary metrics that make no sense, or her boss constantly looking over her shoulder. Her new employer treats her like the professional she is … with respect. I can’t fathom yet what a difference this will make in her daily lives.

I’m so thrilled that she finally found a good job, one that suits her well, and will put to use her variety of talents. And I’m proud of her for keeping her chin up when her old job was getting her down, working through it, and never ceasing her search for something better. The search has finally paid off, and she has earned every bit of her newfound success.

Somehow, things have a way of changing for both of us at the same time. Back in October of 2009, we both started new jobs … on the same day. Last month, before Sarah’s interviews for this job, I commented that Sarah would probably find a new job, and I guessed that she would start work at the same time I start classes, in keeping with our major-changes-happening-simultaneously trend. My guess was off by less than a week.

Which leads me to school. As I’ve mentioned, I am starting classes at Indiana University on Monday, my return to college after dropping out of Northwestern back in 2001 or so. It’s hard to believe that this is actually happening. I always wanted to finish my degree, but it never seemed quite within reach. But I applied, and got accepted, and then I got a scholarship, and some help from my mother, and now I’ll even get a bit of tuition reimbursement from Sarah’s new job. I can even keep the job I have now, and simply cut back my hours. Everything, it seems, has  aligned to make this possible.

I am thrilled, scared, giddy, and excited, all at once.  My first-semester classes will be the perfect combination of technical, academic, challenging, creative, and fun.

So, for Sarah and me, it’s time to start the next chapter in our lives. I have no idea where this will lead us, ultimately, but we are both ready for whatever life throws at us next. And I feel so grateful that I get to go through all this with my wonderful wife. We’ve had some setbacks, but I think are about to improve drastically. It’s going to be a wild ride!

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