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September 30, 2005

Yep, I'm one of em...

I am definitely a sci-fi geek. I just got back from the midnight showing of Serenity. It's the movie based on the series Firefly. Did I cheer when it started like the rest of the people in the theater? Not out loud, but I did in my head. I laughed out loud during the movie, I think I might have even yelled at the screen once with everyone else.

So I'm a geek, but not as big of one as some of the people there. The two to the left of me spent the 1/2 hour before the movie discussing the ins and outs of Harry Potter and some guy behind me was talking about Star Trek, Star Wars and Darth Vader being a nerd.

All in all, a most enjoyable night, and I have Blingo to thank for my movie ticket, so it didn't cost me a dime. Those are the best nights out!

Posted by Jenny at 02:35 AM | Comments (1)

September 29, 2005

Something new

So I just got a promotion here at ye ole job. I am now the team lead of our group. What does this mean for me? Only a couple of new responsiblities and not much of an increase in pay. What else does this mean? It's another step in the right direction for the advancement of my career.

Who knew 7 1/2 years ago that I'd be working at a bank and enjoying it? Who knew I'd me making my career here? If you would have told me then that I'd be working here and moving up, I would have laughed in your face. Math has never been my strong suit, but I didn't know that working at a bank wasn't just about math. Yes that's a part of it, but only a minor part. I can create formulas in Excel that will do that for me. I've always seemed to end up doing the problem solving here. Even when I first started, it was more research than production.

For me, it's about gathing as much information about an error or open item as you can and figuring out what happened. It's following the logical progression of events, tearing the problem apart and putting it back together to get the right answer. And you know what? I love this shit. When I go on a trip someplace, the first thing in my carry-on is a logic puzzle book. I never thought that it was for anything other than my own amusement, but in retrospect, I can see how solving those logic problems has helped me to advance my career.

That being said, I suppose I should get back to work now. I don't want to blow this on the second day of my new job!

Posted by Jenny at 11:05 AM | Comments (1)

September 19, 2005

It's almost time...

Well, my sister-in-law has finally been put on bed rest. She's been working 1/2 days for the past few weeks and after a series of 3 doctor appointments last week, they told her it was time to stop. Provided she doesn't go sooner, the doctor has scheduled the delivery of the twins for October 5 (two weeks shy of the official due date of October 18). So within the next 15 days, I'll be an aunt!

Both she and the twins are in excellent health, and almost everything is ready for their arrival. The nursery is done, the carseats are just waiting for little babies to fill them, the bouncy chairs are put together. The only question now is, are my brother and sister-in-law ready to have two babies to take care of. I think they are, but regardless, the little ones will be here soon enough. And believe me when I tell you they've got volunteers lined up to come in during the week to help them out. My mom works 4 10-hour days, so she has Monday's off. My aunt works the same and has Tuesday's off. I'm pretty sure there will be a steady stream of people there to make sure my sister-in-law gets a nap every now and again. :)

Posted by Jenny at 11:28 PM | Comments (1)

September 05, 2005

Wow.

Just got back from an awesome weekend spent in Wendy's home town. Got to see her family and meet a bunch of the friends she's told me about and now I actually have faces to go along with them.

Not a bad way to spend a long holiday weekend.

Went to a KC Royals game on Saturday with Wendy and the fam. It was dollar night, so hot dogs, small sodas, malt cups and peanuts were just a buck. They didn't win, but it was still a good time. Being from Minnesota, I never realized how much fun an outdoor baseball game could be.

Sunday was spent visiting with Wendy's friends and some of her family and today I got to meet grandma and grandpa.

Yep, it was fun, but I'm glad to be back home again. Nothin' says happiness like sleeping in your own bed.

Posted by Jenny at 11:07 PM | Comments (1)