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Happy Bonus Day to me!

So from this point onwards, I definitely do not give a shit what happens at work.

I'm on vacation the next two weeks! :)

And I paid off all my credit cards!
Though, sad story. I forgot about residual interest after you paid off a card, and I paid off my citicard a while back. And on a whim logged on yesterday, and there was past due by a month for a balance of $2. The residual interest. And I was so excited about having my one ding from a banana republic credit card going away soon. (Similar thing, forgot I had a $12 balance on it.) What sucks is that citicard didn't email me a reminder, and I'm used to my chase cards emailing me a reminder. Gah. And another 7 years for that to disappear.

Anyways, it figures just when I'm leaving the industry, the competition for CS majors is heating up just like bubble time. Google, Zynga, everyone is like.. hey... software engineer? Apparently more money is going to venture capitalists again, and they're desperate for good programmers.

But whatever, I get my break from the corporate world for a while, maybe I'll even rediscover my love of coding when I don't have to do stupid Agile.

Yesterday my wedding photographer took me out for sushi and drinks at Maiko, as a thank you for the offbeat bride feature. That was pretty awesome. And we had this awesomely awkward conversation: "I thought you didn't like me?" "I thought you didn't like me!" And we figured out we liked each other. Which reminds me not to give up on friendships too soon. I do though, because I feel if people don't put the effort in a relationship with me, after I've put out several feelers, then they're not that into me. Friendships are like relationships, they take time and effort to blossom. And I don't like being the one that's always initiating.

But right now I've several opening for austin friends, having been vacated by Miriam and soon-to-be Peter. So please apply! ;-)




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Apr. 1st, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Dude software engineer is the career to have. Everyone I know who is one is in a job that makes bank. And they are always in demand!

Also YAYAYAY for paying off your credit cards! Isn't it the best feeling?
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
it is a great feeling.

hahaha, i'm going to miss all this money that shows up every two weeks when i quit.
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
So is now a good time for me to move to Austin? :) I'd have to find a job there somehow...
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)


You would love it here, it's like... you can find any people group you want. the geeks, the hippies, the music lovers, etc.

Dude, here's the new york times article:


"In Silicon Valley, along the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California, and other tech hubs like New York, Seattle and Austin, Tex., start-ups are sprouting by the dozen, competing with well-established companies for the best engineers, programmers and designers. At the same time, all the companies are seeking ever more specialized skills. "
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
CS grads make 80K on average starting out?? Is that really true?! (Too bad I don't have a CS degree...)
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
well i was getting 60k offer from Goldman Sachs when i graduated, and that was a decade ago!

And you're a better coder then me! :)
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I enjoy being your friend. I would love to get together with you more, but I have a feeling my life will be insane soon (more insane!)
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm wondering now if people with kids just naturally tend to only hang out with people with kids. It's a bit sad though, esp since multiple friends of mine are expecting or just had babies!
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
This is one of my parenting goals--to not only hang out with people with kids. It should be pretty easy in the Bay Area since only two of our friends out here have child(ren).

I miss you!
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
miss you too :(

definitely visiting CA for cheap vacation next year or the year after!
Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Based on my observations of friends with babies, I think people with kids just don't get to get out much (depending on how old the baby is. I think 6 months is when it gets a little better.) When they do get to go out, or have people over, it has to be scheduled around the baby's eating and sleeping times. So it gets much harder to hang out.
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
do you video game at all btw?
Apr. 1st, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Depends on the game. FPS make me motion sick. But I <3 games like Rock Band and I promise to always come in last at Mario Kart.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Call the credit card and ask that it not be marked as past due. If it's a one off occurance, they normally will. If they push back, mention things like you did not notify me via mail or email.
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
yup. I've done this. (multiple times)
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
I called and she didn't seem to know much about it and she said something like: "I can't speak on behalf of citicard, but only after the account is past due by 30 days do companies report it to the credit card agencies."

It's no longer marked past due on citicard.com since I paid it yesterday, but I was only about 14 days overdue, so hopefully I stayed under the radar.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
What bastkitten said.

Also yay for no CC debt!

More demand is really good for you. It gives you flexibility to pick up contract projects during slow wedding photography time to help ease the transition... Don't burn bridges at Dell--they may be able to send you some work when you need it and the connections can help you find other contract opportunities if you want them.
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
You should add [Bad username: crunk_caitlin&quot;] to your flist (don't let her username put you off). She's living in Austin right now and is always talking about how she wishes she knew more people in the city. I know that she likes Doctor Who and crafting, though I'm drawing blanks on her other interests right know.
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't do the tag right, but anyway. crunk_caitlin.
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Also, yay for paying off your credit cards!
Apr. 2nd, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Woohoo! I got a spot! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I wouldn't give up too soon on people, because sometimes when you put out the feelers they might be particularly busy for those few weeks, or have lots of out-of-town visiters.

There are a few friendships that have just budded that I need to tend to soon, because I might be giving them the impression that I'm not into them, when it's just that I have too much going on.

OTOH, for certain activities I plan, if I never get the impression that the people I invite are into that activity, I may eventually drop them off my list (ex: craft night).
Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Well, then they should initiate when they're free :)

If I'm always the initiator, then they don't really care about me, and are hanging out with me because it's convenient.
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