Archive for April, 2006

It’s Official!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Today I accepted a position with Sensis as a Manufacturing Engineer. My main focus will be split between circuit card producibility and dealing with RoHS issues. I’m pretty excited about the positon, and was the one that I wanted. I did get another offer for a little more money, but just wasn’t convinced that the job would make me happy. Yay, I’m excited to go back to work!

On another subject, to answer the question from yesterday, yes, the Chocolate Sorbet receipe was from the Ultimate Ice Cream Book. We learned last night that you should not eat it with in four hours of going to bed. We had some about 9pm, and had no problem staying up to the end of the Red Wings – Oilers game last night, which ended about 1:30. That was one very potent shot of caffine!

So you want to know what’s going on

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Well, I was waiting to post again until I had some more information about my job search, but hasn’t really happened yet. Here’s where is stands at the moment. I have a job offer from company #3, and supposedly another one coming from company #2. I had told them that I had an offer I needed to respond to, and that if they were going to make me an offer I needed it by yesterday. They called at 4:57pm last night to tell me that they were still working on it, and could I hold on until today. So I should receive the second offer today. If I don’t, then they lost their opportunity, as I’ll be taking the offer from company #3. It’s the job I wanted more anyway. So by Thursday I’ll know where I’m going to work, and fill you all in on the particulars of the job.

The weather here has been pretty rainy since Saturday. I wish the sun would come back out, because my job for the week is to spread the 8 yds of mulch that was delivered yesterday. It’s not much fun to do in the rain. Ok, I’ll admit that it’s not much fun to do at all, but much worse when the dirt and mulch stick to you. I was completely filthy after working for 3 hrs yesterday, and I’m pretty sure I brought more of it inside than I left in my garden. It’s going to take me forever to finish this project, cause I’m putting in edging and landscape fabric as I go. But it will look much better when I’m done.

Just finished a batch of Chocolate Sorbet in the ice cream freezer. Yummy! Chris was in the mood to make ice cream last night, but we didn’t have the necessary ingredients on hand, so he settled for Sorbet. But he didn’t start it until 9 so there was no time to freeze it last night. So that meant Chocolate for breakfast for me, and I’m not complaining! For Christmas he got the Ultimate Ice Cream Book (which I recommend if you have an ice cream freezer), but we’ve only made sorbets out of it so far. That’s better for me since dairy doesn’t agree with me. I love ice cream and will eat it if it’s around, but I always regret it later. I’ve got no self control.

In other news, Chris decided that he wanted to improve his photography, so he’s taking an online class thru the local community college. Don’t know if it will help him or not since he doesn’t have to submit pictures and have them critiqued or anything. But we’ll see. If it works, then I’ll have better pictures to scrapbook, since he’s the primary photographer in the family.

Nothing but Monkey Business
And last but not least, I leave you with the latest layout I’ve done. I just loved this photo of my nephew hamming it up for the camera. Wish I hadn’t used the flash though (this is the reason Chris is the photo-taker of the family). Ok off to mulch while its not actively raining. Have a good day!

Pictures!

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Hope you all had a happy Easter! We went down to the Poconos to visit with family. Saturday we went horseback riding, played games, and had a fabulous Easter dinner, an color eggs. Chris had great fun suggesting places for the Easter bunny to hide eggs, like on top of the ceiling fan and duct taped to the skylight. The kids were very impressed. Sunday we hunted for eggs and played more games before heading home. Ended up being a quick trip but a nice one. Took lots of pictures, so I’ll have plenty of scrapbooking material for a while. Here are a few of my favorites!
Emily Finds and Egg
Matthew Shows Off For the Camera

Waiting Waiting Waiting

Monday, April 10th, 2006

That’s the point I’m at with my job search. Waiting for someone to call with an offer. I’m tired of waiting. Hopefully someone will call soon.

A new look

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Hope you all like the new look of the blog. I was never really happy with the old look, but was too lazy to try and figure out the code so that I could make it look the way I wanted. And I had a hard time coming up with a blog header image that I was really happy with. Anyway, I spent a lot of time this weekend fixing code and getting things to work. (the LiveJournal one was much easier to update) I’m not completely happy with it, so I’ll probably do a little more tweaking with some of the font colors. I’ve just stared at the code for way too long tonight to understand what it says any more. It’ll be better with fresher eyes tomorrow.

caffine buzz

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Chris and I went out for dinner tonight to do a little celebrating. We even splurged and had dessert afterwards. I had a cup of coffee with dessert, and even though I asked for decaf, I’m pretty sure she gave me regular. I love coffee, but am not supposed to have caffine for multiple health reasons. So I’ve been pretty much off the caffine for about 2 years now. When I do splurge and have some, a little bit can keep me flying for hours. I’m so jittery at the moment. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able sleep tonight. sucky…so not what I wanted.

You’d think it’s still February

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

by looking out the window at the snow that’s coming down right now. I was out running errands this afternoon, and on the drive home I was kinda glad I hadn’t taken off the snow tires yet. Yuck…this is not April weather. This is the second day in a row that it’s snowed. It’s very hard to deal with after the very nice warm weekend we had.

My job search is progressing. The first company, which I was supposed to hear back from last week, still hasn’t decided who they want to hire. They’re thinking maybe sometime early next week they’ll know. The second company wants to have me back for a second interview, and that’s tentatively scheduled for the 19th. Finally got an interview with the third company, and that interview went very well. It’s pretty much the same job I had in Tucson, except with a short term focus of figuring out how the company needs to be dealing with the European RoHS lead-free directive (which probably doesn’t mean much to most of you). They’re supposed to get back to me by the end of the week. I’m not gonna hold my breath though…it will probably be more like late next week when I hear from them. I’m finding it very hard to deal with this job search time line. Now that I’ve decided to go back to work, I want to go back to work now, and sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring is very frustrating. Doesn’t someone need my help right now?

Not much else going on in Schiererville. There’s lots more yard work to be done, but that can’t happen until the snow melts again. Now I must go and try to repair a fingernail that’s starting to break. If it breaks off where it’s starting to, it’s going to be very painful. Hopefully I can prevent that until it grows out some. Highly doubtful though.

Busy day

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Wow, the phone has been ringing off the hook here today. Mostly it was the recruiter for one of the jobs I’ve interviewed for. I’ve been busy all day, but feel like I haven’t gotten anything accomplished. Did get the kitchen cleaned up and all the dishes done, which I guess is something. Still feeling pretty tired from working in the yard all weekend. Will probably go to bed early since I need to be up and functioning early tomorrow morning for an interview. Got more work to do tonight in prep for it. Yuck. I hope this whole process is over soon.

I did manage to get the elements that go along with my paper pack zipped up and uploaded today. Hope you enjoy them. If you use them, leave me a comment with a link to your layout, I’d love to see them!

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more on the job search

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Thursday’s interview went fairly well. The job was completely different and much more interesting than I had expected it to be based on the limited job description I had been provided. I keep wavering on whether this is a position that would fit me or not. Their long term goals for the position and my long term goals don’t seem to be lining up. Their definition of long and mine also didn’t agree. I’m not sure any of that matters. Must do more thinking about that. In any case, they’re supposed to call me back by Tuesday if they want to bring me in for a second interview.

Didn’t hear anything last week from the first company I interviewed with. I’ll poke them Monday and see what’s going on. They had told me that they were planning on making their decision by the end of last week.

Still haven’t gotten an interview time from the third company. I’m not really sure how to handle this. At this point I’m leaning towards leaving them alone, and letting them call me if they’re truly interested. They knew I had other options I was pressing, so if they can’t get on the ball and do something to make this happen, then it’s their own fault.

So that’s where it all stands at the moment. Hopefully next week I’ll have some more news to report.

A little gift

Saturday, April 1st, 2006


I’ve had these papers sitting around on my computer for a while now. Always meant to share them but I haven’t gotten around to it, until now. I originally made them for a morning show prize at Scrapbook-Bytes about a year ago. I hope you enjoy them. it’s titled Warm & Fuzzy becuase I was inspired by the colors of a blanket I had recieved as a gift. I have some coordinted elements and a alpha that I’ll post a little later on.

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