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June 26th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I hints at something in the air last week but was waiting for some things to finalize before I let you all in on the news. Well those things have now settled so now I can share with you what the latest the winds of change are bringing my way:

I’m changing jobs. Again.

There I said it. This time, like the last, is also by choice. Initially I really liked this company and my job. That changed when I was traded to a different team, without consultation, to do stuff that I just don’t like doing. This is a team of consultants working on a huge new product with a few token employees. Well I was cherry picked by them to replace another employee who’d been fired (some political nightmare) as a new token employee. Add in that the corporate environment has changed considerably since I started here and a global reorg was announced last week that I predict will have trickle down streamlining effects.

So in the setting, my fired former coworker and I have been in contact over Skype since he left. A couple of weeks ago he said hello from his new spot. A spot in a location 8.9 miles by car from my home. I casually inquired as to whether they were still looking for senior developers. Oddly enough they were and after he verified with his superior, I decided to update my resume and give it a shot.

A week later, my buddy skyped me, could I be available for a tech phone interview the next day. Thanks to a number of Starbucks locations (can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Starbucks) I had my screen call. I had very mixed feelings over my performance. Always hard to tell.

Two days later I get an email, they would like me to come in for a face to face panel interview and write some code. This meeting was last Tuesday, starting as 9am. Three questioned me for an hour and then I wrote an web app. I left there at 11, home by 11:23. Phone rang at 11:56, they would very much like me to join them. However since they only use consultants on this open ended indefinite contract, did I have a company or would I like to be in contact with one of their preferred vendors, I went the vendor option, worked with them to set my hourly rate, which was approved. I gave notice on Wednesday after getting a countersigned contract. My last day is 7/3.

So there you have it. I’m divorcing NJTransit, whom I’ve been married to since 1997. I will miss the knitting/reading/detox time but I won’t miss being on their schedule. Not to mention, I’ll jut be closer to home! And working as a consultant, hours are going to be fixed, anything over 40 needs approval, I’ll have more me time. My hourly rate has time off built into it so I won’t resent holidays and can still take a sick day or vacation or two.

Oh and my boss fist-bumped me when I handed him my resignation letter!

So taking advantage of the remaining train time, I’ve been knitting and reading, sock one just about done. Actually I finished last night at a baseball game, but I took this picture on the way in yesterday with the intent of writing this post yesterday.


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Constants

June 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The only constants in life are that there is always change. As much as I’m not a fan of change, it is there. The last year or so has had more change than I am used to and there’s more on the horizon that I can’t publicly announce quite yet. Soon. I can highlight one change though (the eagle eyed among you might have picked this up from the spindle picture on Sunday).

This…


Became this…


Please ignore the stopes “smile” on my face. I had margarita at lunch that day ūüôā

It was time. The hair was totally annoying me. Was long enough to get tucked into my waistband, the cat was always laying on it. Ugh. Loving the lighter feeling too.

And yes I still knit:


June 2012 into the whirled yarn club offering.

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Cuddles

June 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Cuddles

Try this with a spinning wheel..or even a drop spindle!

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Tags: Spinning

Sunday Scenes

June 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Breaking myself away from watching the Cornell Red-Tail Hawks, I thought I might try and re-establish somewhat regular posts. ¬†Or at the very least, catch up what’s been happening recently.

First up is another pair of socks:  Sox Socks.

  • Pattern: ¬†basic sock pattern over 56st on US0
  • Yarn: ¬†ITW¬†Pakokku Sock
  • Colorway: Serenity
  • Started: ¬†May 11 2012
  • Finished: ¬†June 4 2012

I frogged the collar and hem on Featherweight. ¬†If it hadn’t of taken two hours to get those two parts out I would have frogged the whole thing. ¬†Instead I got the needle back in and decided to make it longer. ¬†This time instead of a 1×1 rib, I’m using garter for the borders.

I do realize you can’t tell squat from this picture, but there it is anyway ūüėČ ¬†Trust me I’ve made the sweater body several inches longer than it was, then added some 2.50″ inches of bottom border. ¬†Now I’m working on the collar again. ¬†I’m ready to be done with this.

But then again, if want to finish it, then I should quit working on other things like this golden oldie.  Anyone remember what this is?

I pulled it out of its hidey-hole last night and actually added a row!  Oh my.

I’ve also discovered that I really can use a support spindle and actually enjoy them.¬† I lucked into this Spanish Peacock Russian spindle on Ravelry. ¬†I’m spinning some Cupcake Fibers Merino/Alpaca/Silk in Copper Penny on the spindle. ¬†Love it.

You can spin some might fin yarns on a support. ¬†Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but that’s a dime with singles from the spindle criss-crossed over it. ¬†Totally enjoying it.

Now to decide what to spend the evening with… decisions decisions decisions

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