One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady


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.

Craft on!

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Tags: Geek Stuff · Socks

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dorre // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    one word for ya dude, YAY!!!!!

  • 2 Liz // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Thats great news. Congrats!

  • 3 --Deb // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Congratulations on the new job and the fantastic commute!

  • 4 Jessica // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Congratulations on your new job! Sounds like everything worked out splendidly for you with the change. Seems like you’re already really looking forward to it (and I envy your commute!).

  • 5 Elsie // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Good for you! Closer to home is always better.

  • 6 Donna // Jun 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’m so glad it all worked out for you. It’s going to be so nice to be close to home!

    If you swing that dead cat up here all it will hit is a Dunkin Donuts. No Starbucks to be found 🙁