So I know I rarely update my webpage but I did want to at least do a little 6 month update on Abigail. She’s doing great and growing, learning, and is a character. Being a dad is even more amazing than what I imagined. And even though things can be a little stressful at times she and my beautiful wife make all the hard work well worth it. Talking about work, I did get a job shortly after Abigail was born and I’m really enjoying it (I’ll talk about it in another post later). But today is dedicated to Abigail and sharing with you her first six months.
This is all I can really think about Dodgers Baseball right now. Don Mattingly needs to go!
So it’s taken me a couple of weeks to finally post this on my personal blog. Not because I’m embarrassed or because I didn’t want to share (since those of you that know me on Facebook already know I announced this) but just because I tend to forget about my blog. After 15 years of service my employer decided to part ways with me. As some of you know last year it was difficult enough in my department because they announced restructuring of the training team, my entire local department (including me) was told they no longer had jobs and we had to basically reapply for the positions we already held to stay employed. Fortunately myself and the rest of my team (except for my supervisor) were all retained. We thought we had made it through everything unscathed. But then they announced another change in my department in December, we were going away from the regional and corporate structure and taking a one department structure. We honestly didn’t think much of it and figured if anything it would be those in the more prominent upper management positions would be the ones that would be affected. On February 15th at 8:45 AM I found out differently. I was called into my HR Business Partner’s office, she closed the door, called my manager, and I was notified that my position had been eliminated. I would be paid out through February 28th, but my services were no longer needed and I had to go home. Being that I’ve had a job since I was 17 years old and in high school, this was a pretty big blow to my ego. I’ve never once not had a job because of the decision of my employer and here they are telling me they don’t want me to work for them anymore. I called Kelly to tell her the bad news and stopped by her work to say hi. As soon as I got home I checked the company careers site and located some prospects for continuing my employment with my company, but it’s going to take at least a couple more weeks to see if things pan out.
I’m staying positive throughout it all. I mean I understand at the end of the day it’s business and due to the work load they had decided to let someone go, due to my skill set up against my coworkers in the field that I train I can understand that I was the one let go. It’s still frustrating, when you’ve busted your balls to learn everything you could to continue to stay relevant. On numerous occasions my director specifically told me that I was one of the few people in the department that was actually taking advantage of the education assistance that the company provided, assistance I was using to further my knowledge and help solidify my understanding of our products to better serve our clients.
In the past two weeks I’ve had both a phone interview and a 2nd interview for a position back in with my company. I’m keeping my hopes up that things will work out and I’ll be bouncing right back into the company with all my benefits in tact. But in the mean time I filed for unemployment on Thursday and am continuing to look for other opportunities outside of my comfort zone. In addition to the look for work I’ve been working a lot on the house this past week. I did a bunch of painting and finally completed our master bathroom project that had been stalled for a couple of years. This week I’ll be working towards getting Abigail’s (that will be the name of our girl) room done. We are moving the office to the spare bedroom and will be turning the office into Abigail’s room. We’ve picked out the paint and I’ve patched the walls, all that is needed to be done now is get an Ethernet line ran into the spare bedroom and then I can put the desk and computer in there. Once the computer is moved I can sand the patches and get the room painted and start getting some furniture in to make it complete.
Here are a couple of pictures of baby stuff we have already!
I might as well put this time off to good use!
Thanks to anyone that read this, typing it all out and sharing it helps with the frustration of the whole thing.
I realize no one reads my personal blog anymore. I’m going to assume that is because I never write anything in it anymore. Well I would like to announce the biggest news in the life of DanGarion since he got married to the love of his life in 2006.
We are going to have a baby!
Yes you read that right. Kelly and I are expecting and will be the owners of a brand new spanking baby in and around mid June. How did this happen you ask? Well when a man and a women really truly love each other a stork comes to their door and knocks on it. A stork that looks much like the one one from the Vlasic Pickle jars. He drugs the happy couple and gets them to play patty cake. A couple weeks later the female feels like something is different, she pees on stick and viola pregnancy! From our calculations the stork drugged us around 16 weeks ago, which means the baby pop out right around June 20th. It will be a Christmas Miracle!
Holy shit that is only 6 months away?!?!? Honestly I knew that already but typing it out makes it even more real. I’m excited, for a long time there I wasn’t sure whether or not I really wanted kids (this after always wanting to have kids). But I had been thinking a lot about extending our family this past year, so this was great news to find out.
Other than that big news there isn’t really much more going on. We haven’t seen any movies in the theater since Looper. We’ve been watching some great TV though; The Walking Dead, Homeland, Game of Thrones, and Burn Notice have all been great thus far. I’ve got a number of new Board Games this past year, most recently for Christmas I got, Arhkam Horror, Elder Sign, Confusion, The Resistance, and I’m waiting for two Kickstarter project board games to be delivered Tammany Hall and The Great Fire of London. We’ve been doing monthly game nights on the first Saturday of the month for nearly a year now and it’s been going great.
All of our crazy animals are doing well, Buster, Milo, Rowlf, Elvis, and Sassy are characters in their own way. Sassy is finally starting to come out of her shell after a year of being anti social and she even walks around the house while the dogs are inside, although she still hisses at them, but we’ve come to accept that she will always do that.
I’ve got my garden area expanded with the fence I built in the summer, and now we’ve covered the ground with a layer of cardboard, mulch, and leaves. Now it’s time to wait for the grass to die there and start really growing veggies. Of course time will be limited once summer comes around with the new baby, but we will make it work.
That is about it for now. As always I’m going to promise here that I will be writing more in my blog, and I honestly mean I will try. I’m going to stop focusing on my food blog and start focusing on my personal blog with the coming new year. We will have lots of things to share as things get closer to launch.
Over the weekend we went and checked out the movie Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I hadn’t really paid attention to the trailer. I knew it was a sci-fi type movie with time travel that focused on people killing other people sent back in time. Levitt plays a Looper whose future self is sent back to be killed (Willis). The movie starts off pretty quick with the killing and doesn’t really ever stop. Although it’s not a necessarily gory movie there are a lot of people getting killed, mainly to setup the darkness and grittiness of the future. The movie did seem to drag on at times and there were some confusing parts that I had to put some thought into and figure out what was going on, plus there was one major topic in the movie that seemed out of place till it was approached again near the end of the movie. The story was good but it’s hard to cheer on the protagonist. If you are a fan of dark sci-fi with a side of action this movie will do it for you.