Traveling – Continued
The trip to Pace was okay. It was great to see my family again. Something in my mind was affirmed by this trip. People have asked me if I miss Pace and the Pensacola area, and I had said no. After visiting, I am now sure. I do miss my family and the dwindling number of friends I have that still live there. Other than that, and that there are some areas where you can have decent stargazing, I miss nothing about the area. There are hardly any decent jobs in Pensacola, especially in any field technologically beyond around the 1980’s. Pace is just a boring little place where people generally act nice but far too many are way too in-your-face about their religious and political beliefs. When we got to Pace, we had to drop off the cats at a boarding place. Ethan is allergic to cats. We were very sad to leave the cats to themselves, but the boarding place was pretty nice. They had more than average space, and they got to be in the same cage together. We did visit them everyday, though. On new years eve, Julie and I went to the “Very Odom New Year” party at Johnnie’s place. We invited Nick and Diana, and they both came, but to my surprise, David (my study buddy from undergrad) came too. It was pretty cool to see everyone there. We again watched the horrible Star Wars Christmas Special like we did last year. I think it was actually worse the second time. Johnnie explained to us that he shows the movie at the end of every year because after you’ve watched that movie, things can only get better. Brother and Stephanie got a new Wii, and I got to set up a wireless router for them. Sister, Jeremy, and her kids visited the next day, and Brother and Stephanie visited the day after that. Brother had apparently been working insanely large amounts of overtime.
One of us didn’t come home from Pace. Geikka had not been eating on her own for a long time while she was developing eggs. We had been force feeding her calcium and high protein food, but her eggs never passed. Geikka died of egg-binding and was buried in my parents’ backyard. It was very sad, and we miss our scaly friend.
I started work today at Fidelity National Financial as a Jr. SQA Engineer. My job is [basically] to program automated test cases on software. However, I won’t really be talking about work in much detail on this blog, now that I have a real job. I woke up this morning at 6:00AM, and it hurt. I hadn’t woken up that early in a long time, but I have to get used to it. As soon as I woke up, I got on the treadmill and ran a little more than a mile. I used to run all the time, but I got out of the habit when we moved in with Brad. I’ve gained quite a bit of weight and lost a bit of tone since then, and I want to fix that. It has been a while since I’ve had to work 8 hour days (back to when I had work and classes back to back). After I got home, I got pretty tired. I hope that gets better soon. I don’t want to just come home after work only left to be tired. I want to have enough energy to stay up a while after work and have hobbies and other activities! Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get used to 8 hour days?