OMG sooo many things. ALL the things!! Clearly we need lists.
- Cowboy and I went to New York for the first time ever for three days.
- We planned the trip in an hour over the phone, less than a week before we where leaving.
- Because he had been away at work for about six weeks, and had one week off, and we missed each other, and just needed to do something grand, because sometimes life is pressing down on you so hard, and you are constantly looking on the bright side even when it’s fucking hard, and you just need to run away together.
- it was 100% the right move to run away together. I still can’t believe we did it.
- We saw EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!
- We paid for Hamilton tickets, a Yankees game, Subway passes, and to go up the Empire state building.
- Otherwise we walked around and saw everything else for FREE. Staten Island ferry that drives by the Statue of Liberty = FREE!!! New York Public Library = FREE. Central Park = FREE. Times Square = FREE!! The Flat Iron Building = FREE. Selfies in front of Carnegie Hall and Juliard = FREE. Trade Centre fountain memorial = FREE. Brooklyn Bridge = FREE. The Bull and Girl = FREE. For More of my New York Adventure I suggest Instagram.
- Everywhere is within walking distance on the Island of Manhattan.
- Coblestone are nothing like interlocking driveway stones. They hurt.
- Try the Subway, because you will feel super accomplished that you did something like a native new yorker.
- I started a new job, and it pays better.
- I was offered this job two hours before I planned the New York trip.
- It was a crazy overwhelming day of awesome things happening.
- It is a one year contract.
- I don’t know what happens after that year to the job, but if it isn’t extended or permanent, I go back to my old job. So I still have job security.
- I was practically recruited for the position. It was to the point that if I didn’t apply, they where going to have my manager ask me to apply, because I was wanted for this job. When I did apply and the job posting closed, they cleared it with HR to ensure they could offer it to me, without an interview. However, let’s consider my years of work in the office, and job performance as the interview, because I have been busting balls and doing amazing things, I swear.
- I am learning so many new things in this new roll. SOOOO MANY THINGS! It is both overwhelming and immensely satisfying.
- I am thankful for all of my transferable knowledge, otherwise my manager going off on sick leave for surgery would be even scarier than it already is.
- Except that I have solid notes, and resources, and I at least know where my fire extinguishers are now.
- Have I mentioned that I had a week of training, and am now left to figure it out for the next 6-8 weeks. It’s going to be okay. I’ve got this. I LOVE the challenge.
- Another job came up that I could apply for.
- I did not apply for it.
- It would have been permanent at the same pay as this new job, which is slightly better pay than my old job.
- I could have slid into the position easily, having already covered a leave in that department it January/February.
- I didn’t learn anything new though on that leave. I stepped in and rocked it. But I didn’t feel challenged. I need challenge in my life.
- I decided I liked the learning opportunities and the challenges of the new position more, despite the fact that it’s not a permanent job.
- I also have a strong sense of loyalty, and it would be a real shit thing to do, to apply for the other job, while my manager is away on sick leave. I let her know before she left, that I would not be applying. It felt like the right decision.
- And if I regret it, I know that someone else is looking to retire in the next 5-7 years.
- If this writing thing doesn’t make me J.K. Rowling rich (and let’s face it those odds are not ever in my favour), I know I’m here for the long haul and that there will be plenty of interesting things that come up, that I could apply for.
- I feel really really good about this decision. It feels right, no matter what happens at the end of this year.
- I am not going to be an ML for NaNoWriMo this year.
- Being ML at the level I like to be ML and doing all of the extra that I like to do, is like working a full time job for free, on top of my full time job I get paid for, on top of trying to write my own novel. It’s overwhelming and exhausting and crazy making.
- I really really really wanted to focus on my own writing. I really really want to get published some day. The only way that happens is if I do the writing. I need more time to write.
- It looked for a bit that no one was going to step up to ML this year. I almost caved, but then I had to remind myself that while I love the event, and love everything NaNoWriMo has done for me, I needed to let go, and let the community pitch in.
- It might actually be better if everyone got to vote on the events they wanted, and had a hand in planning them. It would create more of a personal investment and ensure more participation.
- Someone stepped up to ML.
- I may have a wish list of things I hope get done, but I’m also trying to be okay with whatever balls get dropped or demolished under the new regime. Sometimes we need to tear down before we can build up.
- I will be handing off the ML boxes tomorrow. There should be a ceremony.
- NaNoWriMo is where I met all my current friends. I am forever grateful for the connections I have made, and since made from doing this. I would never have my writing group, or my best friend, or gone to Ad Astra, or met authors at Ad Astra if not for NaNoWriMo. It is a snowball of change that has worked it’s way through my life.
- NaNoWriMo will always be a special magical month of writing. This year, I can do that, and focus on that, and not have to worry about all the details. Learning to let go, is good and healthy for me.