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all alone
Seth left for Aruba today. I hope he has a good time, even though he abandoned me in my time of need. ;) Seriously, though, his timing couldn't have been better. I'm finally starting to feel human today and even managed to drag myself to work this morning (though two hours later when the world was spinning, I realized I needed to go home... still, it was a start). Plus, by leaving for Aruba today, he missed all the storms we had this afternoon. That was some exciting thunder, let me tell you!

I was surprised to find out that his flight was only about 4 hours from Charlotte. It's a 4000 mile trip (give or take). Sheesh! California is 3000 miles and takes 5 or 6 hours. Though as Mrs. bodnej and sethcohen independently pointed out, flying to CA is against the jetstream. what kind of nerds think about such things? Oy. Apparently the flight to Aruba would be much shorter if they didn't have to circumvent that island 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Go figure.

I have big dreams of having a fully functional kitchen in place by the time Seth gets home late Monday night. Hah. Realistically, I'll be lucky if I've got three boxes unpacked. But hey, we've all gotta dream big, right?

I'm enjoying my job (though I wasn't enjoying the week I had to take off for this damn ear infection...you'd never think that something that small could cause that much pain...but it knocked me flat on my ass). I was intimidated by it at first, but I decided that a small amount of discomfort at first is fine. It's all part of the learning curve. At orientation, we were told by the Chief Learning Officer that we should give it 2 years to really know if we're cut out for Consulting. It sounds high, but I think it's fair given the vast amounts of information overload that we're given in our first few months. What's really expected of me in my first year in return for my completely reasonable (!) salary is getting to know and understand our clients, their needs, and our solutions as well as BearingPoint methodologies and practices. I think it'll take nearly that long just to learn my way around our intranet. Heh.

I miss Lauren. She should be back from Kansas City now. I think she was getting in this afternoon. I hope she got in okay. We'll see, I guess.

I should finally be getting my living room furniture this week after much tantrum-throwing on my part. Jerks. Hopefully it will arrive this week and I can wash my hands of them forever. *Sniff* I just want a comfy place to read in the air conditioned part of the house! Is that so much to ask? Hopefully not.

This doesn't seem so newsworthy, but I finally joined Netflix. I've only gotten my first three movie picks, but I already love Netflix! It's so nice to just be able to queue up the movies I want to see and have them come to my door. Then I don't have to remember in my head which movies I said, "Oh, that could be interesting, I should get that next time I'm here." I'll be able to watch tv series that are out on DVD without spending a bazillion dollars if I don't want to. I can keep my movies as long as I want!! Rock on. Again, I know it seems silly, but just the queue alone is reason enough for me to want to belong to Netflix. Yes, I could set up a queue myself on my computer, but that takes WORK! Netflix does it for me! I think I should call them and offer to do a commercial for them, since I'm clearly a poster-child for the satisfied customer. ;)

Anywho, I guess that's about it. Things have been busy, but they'll iron themselves out at some point. Someday...

Oh, and for those of you that keep asking, no, we have no idea when we're having a housewarming party. Probably sometime in August. We're not certain. It depends on when the living room furniture arrives and how much we get unpacked in the near future. We'll keep you posted.

Ahem. Okay, NOW I'm really done. Honest. No, seriously. I'm in full-shut-up mode. Shutting up now. No more typing. Really. This is the last sentence. Or next to last. Well, okay, so goodbye!

Current Mood: chipper chipper

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: July 14th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear the house stuff is coming along, even if slowly. (Do you know it took me at least 5-6 months to get all of our wedding gifts & the random containers-o-stuff from Walt's old apartment away? Don't be hard on yourself. In my case, at least, unpacking always takes muuuuuch longer than I think it will.)

>> I just want a comfy place to read in the air conditioned part of the house! Is that so much to ask?

No way! I say keep throwing tantrums if that's what you have to do to get this!

Enjoy the new job & glad your ear infection has lifted. Those things really are pernicious and painful. (I thought I had one earlier this week -- turns out it was just fluid, but it still kept me from sleeping, and it made chewing painful.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 14th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure if I get unpacked before the new year (take your pick), I'll be in good shape. I just want my darned kitchen unpacked! That will be bliss. As long as the parts of my house that people have to see when they visit look nice, I'm happy. I'm just not there yet... But at least I'm feeling well enough to do some unpacking finally! :)

The ear infection (infectionS, actually) SUCKED. But thank heavens I seem to be feeling much, much better!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: July 15th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
InfectionS? No wonder you were feeling terrible ... glad you're feeling better.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 15th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, both ears. It sucked. Big time. I was less than thrilled. Woke up this morning feeling terrible again. I'm hoping I get that renewed energy again later in the day.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: July 14th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though as Mrs. bodnej and sethcohen independently pointed out, flying to CA is against the jetstream. what kind of nerds think about such things?

I guess I'm a nerd too since I immediately thought of that before reading the next line in your LJ :-)

I'll be lucky if I've got three boxes unpacked.

Good thing you called the Glazer house 'eh? hehe
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 14th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nerd. ;)

Good thing you called the Glazer house 'eh? hehe

Heh. And you know? The darndest thing... I haven't unpacked another single box since I got off the phone with you guys. Of course the heat in the kitchen could have had something to do with that.
From: cecerose Date: July 14th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear things are going well...and heck, a little time alone, is always nice!

And yes. Netflix is like...cinematic chocolate....YUM.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 14th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Netflix rocks!

I actually don't begrudge Seth the time away. I wouldn't have wanted to go to the convention that he's at anyway. If I wanted to go to Aruba (and mind you, I'm not saying I don't want to), I would prefer to go when his attention is on ME!
From: cecerose Date: July 16th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is true. Why go to an exotic, beautiful locale and have you hubby's distracted by ... his fellow pharmacists. Feh. Truly underated. (In my case it was a rah-rah high tech company, but we got to hang out in Chicago in the early spring, so that was nice.)

Pharmacists run amuck in Aruba. There could be a story here....

sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: July 22nd, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

There are 100,000 stories in the naked Aruba

There are many stories of Stupid Human Tricks as a resulf of pharmacists running amuck in Aruba. None of them are especially interesting compared to the total number of available Stupid Human Stories.

It was a good convention, and a lovely vacation. It could have been better, though, so next time Karen will come along and we'll leave the pharmacists in the US.
From: cecerose Date: July 24th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: There are 100,000 stories in the naked Aruba

Whoa. I see a new reality TV show here: "RX: Behind the scences at a Pharmacist convention" Drugs. Sex. Rock n' Roll. How can it miss?

I'm glad you had a great time and that the convention was good. And yes, I see a trip to an exotic place with Karen in the future. Without a boatload of pharmacists...

I love your icon by the way!
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: July 24th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: There are 100,000 stories in the naked Aruba

All the good stories are already gone. The fraternity used to be a lot larger, and when it was a non-coed fraternity there was a lot more drinking & debauchery. I was once told by one of the older fraters that he was in charge of "procurement" for his chapter. That is, he knew where the girls were, and was in charge of the catch-and-release program prior to big dances. There are some videos of conventions where you can tell they worked hard to drain the hotel dry of all available booze.

Glad you like the icon! I take no credit, for none is due.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 15th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
so tell me about netflix.

i also wanted to sing to you:

aruba, jamaca oooo i wanna take ya to bermuda bahama come on pretty mama key largo, montigo ooooooooooo i wanna take ya to the kokomo
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 15th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can read about netflix at: http://www.netflix.com

you pay $22 per month and get unlimited DVD rentals with no due date, no late fees.
They mail you up to three DVDs at a time, when you mail one back, they send you the next one in your queue. Blockbuster movies cost about $4 each, so if you only rent one movie a month, netflix isn't for you.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 16th, 2004 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
blockbuster dvds are $4?! i thought they were $2.09 like tapes!?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 16th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
They're $3 and change. They're not quite $4, but they're close enough and it won't be long before they're more than that. I'm not sure if all blockbusters have the same rates, but I think they're pretty close to universal at least within a state.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 16th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
wow! i never realized! we only just got a dvd player!
From: have_inner_lady Date: July 15th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your company has a chief *learning* officer?!

I'm impressed!

I wish I could help with those boxes. Hm... actually, do you want help?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 15th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. Chief Learning Officer. He deals with (ahem, actually, his STAFF deals with...) all the training and education programs for BearingPoint Employees, including orientations and such. We have a couple thousand computer based training courses in our intranet database that all employees can access, as well as a large variety of internal classroom courses we can take. Someone's gotta coordinate all that somehow or another.

As for wanting help, OF COURSE I want help. But if you came all the way down here, no way would I be putting you to work. I'd be sitting down with a cup of tea and catching up with you!
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