Starting the Year with a Bang

Eight days into 2022 and I can proudly announce: I’ve completed my data analytics course!

Did I keep to my original timeline? …No. Initially, I wanted to be done by New Year’s Eve, but for once I don’t feel any self imposed guilt. I mean, I still finished ahead of the course’s schedule and now I can start applying to new opportunities.

It’s weird because when I started this post I thought I’d have so much to say. Instead, I’m just content and ready to pursue the next professional chapter.

A First: Owning a Place

As of 20 November, 2021 I now live in my very first home!

We started up at 7 a.m. and with the help of some amazing movers, were fully moved and unpacked by 5 p.m.!

This year I have moved about…three times. Four if we’re counting the two weeks we stayed with my mom before moving across country. Knowing I won’t be packing to move anytime in the foreseeable future is such a relief. I really don’t think I could have handled doing it a few more times.

Now that I have my own place I finally understand what I never understood about my mom as a kid: seeing possibilities in a place. Growing up, my mom always had an eye for what she wanted to change in homes and I never really got it. Now- I am fully aboard her train and have brainstormed with my partner on how we would change just about every room.

The one thing my partner was most looking forward to was being able to sleep with the window cracked now that we’re on the top floor. So of course, for the first night we did just that.

Let me tell you something about that.

It went down to 34 degrees Fahrenheit.

I had fleece sheets, a duvet, and two comforters.

This morning I stayed in bed for an extra hour and a half because I was waiting for them to get up and put the heat on.

In the end, they couldn’t get the window to close, so I had to do it.

All in all it was a pretty good laugh and I’m looking forward to making this place our own.

artist: @artoshtu

One Week

You know those weeks when it feels like all the heavy hitter items are happening at once? Well, this was one of those weeks.

I’ll go in order of what happened.

Firstly, as of last Tuesday…I’m a homeowner! Well- condo owner, but you get the idea. My partner and I were beyond lucky in getting the second place we put an offer on. Especially with the way the market is. I mean, our house hunt only lasted maybe two weeks? Now as someone who LOVES House Hunters (yes, I know how they actually do it and don’t care because I’m here for entertainment) my biggest concern was being “house poor”. When we initially started our search, we budgeted our monthly payment to be about what we pay in rent. When all was said done though, it turned out our payment is actually less!

Next, I am officially halfway done with my course and that much closer to getting certified! My system of completing this course is definitely erratic, but at this point I’ve come to terms with it. By erratic, I mean: spending days where I do nothing except the course followed by periods of not even looking at it. I’m still ahead of schedule though, so it’s A-OK in my book.

Now on to the last heavy hitter…

Today I booked the venue for my wedding next year which means IT. IS. HAPPENING.

SIDE NOTE: I don’t think I ever made a post about it, but my partner proposed to me last month.

Artist: oshtu

***this post’s title is inspired by a What We Do in the Shadows episode***

Jumping Back in the Learning Pool

So I finally did it. I started my data analytics course!

After spending the last year and a half collecting, managing, and preparing data- I’ve learned I really enjoy working with it. The way I see it, data is data and it all comes down to honing skills in how to efficiently manipulate it. Mainly to answer managements’ questions.

When I was preparing to move out of state it was decided I would take on a final project of cleaning/preparing the company’s data for a systems change before being officially phased out. It was pretty much a win-win for everyone since I knew the data the best, I’d been helping create the new system, I could work from home, and I wouldn’t be stressed needing to get a new job right away. I was pretty stoked, but as I worked through the project I knew there were definitely quicker ways to get certain tasks done. The only problem was; I didn’t know those ways.

I looked into a course and realized I simply wouldn’t have the time to enroll on top of the overtime I was already working. With that in mind I figured I’d just start once I finished the project. Simple enough, right?

Well…things don’t always go as planned. The final stage of my project was ultimately put on hold (pretty recently, too) and I was given my original duties.

As soon as I was back in the swing of things I knew it was now or never and signed myself up.

As of right now I’m two weeks in and have finished about an eighth of the course (grossly ahead of schedule). Initially, my goal was to try and get through it as quickly as possible- maximize my time. But between a tendency to burn out and wanting to really get this right…I’m planning to go in moderation.

The goal? To finish by the end of the year then see where it takes me.

Artist: oshtu

Bird Mechanics : Hitting the Nail on the Beak

Season 2 of Tuca & Bertie has finally premiered meaning I had my partner log into Adult Swim, just so I could watch its Eastern Standard Time showing. Why? Because I had work the next day and EST gets everything first!

It’s actually really wild how late I would have needed to stay up to watch it in my time zone.

But back to one of my favorite shows because this episode hit like a brick.

The episode starts with Bertie looking for a therapist. Coincidentally, I’ve actually been trying to find a therapist for several months now, but between my own mental barriers and moving halfway across the country…well…I think you get the idea. So watching Bertie scroll through endless options with the question of are they a good fit?’, looming overhead truly made me laugh. It’s so true though! There are so many therapists all specializing in a bunch of different things and you end up staring at the screen like, “.…so am I supposed to just go off a picture and paragraph? If they even have one?” The idea of shopping for a therapist isn’t new to me, but seeing Bertie’s speed date version (wackiness abound) really clicked with me.

Around halfway through the episode I’d pulled up my insurance and was scrolling through options. There was one in particular who’d stuck out the last few times I’d tried this, so…I finally bookmarked their information.

My partner was in the room and I eventually showed them what I’d found. Similar to Bertie’s long-term boyfriend; Speckle, who supports Bertie when she’s spiraling- my partner has supported me through some very deep lows this past year. They had gently made it clear they wanted me to see a professional and were quite happy to see I’d taken a step. Being observant as ever, my partner also noted the very obvious parallels between the episode and our current situation, but since they’d only heard the episode they didn’t get to experience the full greatness…I’ll make a fan out of them yet

Fast forward two days and I have made the call. Of course it turned out they were now doing a text system, but I sent the text!

Special shout out to Adult Swim for putting the first episode on YouTube, so I could watch it again while drafting this up!

Also, my birdsona would probably be a goose.

Photo by alex shapoval Unsplash

Mounting the Camel

Hasn’t it just been a TIME, lately?

Don’t worry though. The last thing I plan on doing is rehashing everything going in the world over the past several months as well as within my own ‘personal sphere’. I’ll keep it sweet and say that for me this time has been akin to riding the Tower of Terror except it’s broken, so you never exactly reach the top and might hang out a bit, but always drop dramatically without fail (is anyone surprised? probably not). For the time being though I’d say I’m taking the stairs back to the ground level…but I’m prepared for a Room 1408 twist at any moment.

In other news, I’d like to thank past me for scheduling re-posts from my old blog because seeing notifications pop on my screen was a cool surprise that brought real pep to my day- after initial confusion. I ended up spending my lunch reading through previous posts and was reinvigorated to- you guessed it! Mount the camel.

SIDE NOTE: I’m a huge fan of camels to the point where my partner surprised me with camel feeding…I’m about them.

Results Are In: Back to Work I Go

Guess who’s test results came in today and were negative?!

That’s right! Me.

This means two things: a) I’m full time again {praise the gods} & b) I’m required to go into the office starting Monday.

While I am beyond grateful for remaining employed during all this and getting full time again…I’m a bit concerned about going back. I mean, as of now I’m the only one in the company who’s been tested meanwhile everyone else has been required to go into work like normal.

Back in March when I was first put on ‘work from home’ notice it made more sense since I’d just returned from Washington state and my area wasn’t on lock down yet. Fast forward almost two months though and we’re in an entirely different realm now. So for them to still have everyone coming in is…jarring? Bonkers? Confusing?

It’s strange how before my results came in I was looking at it from the perspective of: well, I don’t want to put anyone at risk; but now my perspective has become: aren’t they putting the entire staff- including themselves at risk by having everyone come in to such a small space?

Wary that I might be a bit biased, I spoke to my father and partner to get their opinions. My father was particularly annoyed, saying it didn’t make sense to have me be the only one tested under guise of “not knowing who I’ve been around” when the same could easily be said for the other employees. My partner also agreed, but added I should wear a mask into work.

So at the end of day there really is only one question: am I planning on going back into the office?

The answer? Of course I am because I need full time hours. Is the job something I could realistically continue to do from home? Yes and the past several weeks have proven that, but they want me in the office so into the office I go.

Photo by Damir Kopezhanov on Unsplash