I've never been so alone, and I've never been so alive

Traveling for work is an unusual challenge. Much of my business is done on the west coast, which means that while most of my co-workers have 2-3 hour flights to meetings, I have a whole day of travel. Last week I was in Redmond, at HQ. The facility is amazing, the people were incredible, and…

West coast family and friends

So this week was Redmond, the company HQ, for most of the week. More on that later, maybe. But before my sister gets her knickers in a bunch, I have to get up this post about the people I got to see along the way. We’ve never really found the west coast all that aluring,…

Five Phones

I wish, I wish, I wish that Google Voice worked in Canada so we could consolidate our phone numbers! We now have 5 phones. 3 cell phones 2 US phone numbers 1 VoIP handset 1 digital phone This is complicated….

Things I did today that I've never done before

Today I strolled through the Commons at the MS corporate campus. The atmosphere there is comparable to academia. We have a couple friends who are PHD students, and probably life-long scholars, and when you reach that level of academic pursuit, there’s a great deal of freedom and resources available to you. The campus here is…

On The Road

Well I talked about how much I love to travel, and how I didn’t get to do it very often with my old job. I guess you should be careful what you wish for! In the next 4-5 weeks I’m going to be in Seattle, San Francisco, somewhere in Europe and in Los Angeles! When…

Thanksgiving Weekend

So Friday was my last day of my old job, and Tuesday is the first day of my new job. That means that for 3 blissful days, I am unemployed — “between jobs”, if you will. We’re trying to make the most of it. Yesterday we enjoyed our annual family fall walk and photoshoot in…

Sideblog Archive – October, 2009

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is: Love others as much as you love yourself. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full…

A New Job – Conclusion

So here the previously written blog posts are done. Once the interviews were over, I had too much to think about to be doing much blogging. I’ll try to pick up where I left off, but now that I have the job, there’s obviously some confidentially issues to respect. The flight to and from Seattle…

A New Job – Part 3

Originally written August 27, 2009 48 hours, almost to the minute, the call came in. Could I fly out next Monday for a full day of interviews on Tuesday? Well, that’s a fine question to ask me on a Wednesday! We have a church camping trip this weekend — leaving Friday morning, returning Sunday night….

A New Job – Part 2

Originally written August 24, 2009 From what I’ve understood so far, having had only one phone call with my potential new boss, where I suspect he wanted to get to know me as much as I wanted to get to know the job, the position with MS is one where technical skills are important —…