The Job Hunt Grind


The people who say looking for a job can be a full time job in and of itself are right. I’ve been at it pretty diligently this month and I feel good going into February.
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The biggest challenge of looking for a job, in my opinion, is that suddenly life becomes all about what you don’t have. You know, the lack of job. And that’s especially true in my scenario where I’m probably gonna relocate. Cause then it gets harder to find non-work things to get involved with since you can’t make a long commitment.
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But I totally dislike the idea of defining life by what you don’t have. I have a lot of great people in my life, an adventurous spirit, and a few secret projects up my sleeve I haven’t announced yet. I decided earlier this week that I would try to be the ‘Best Unemployed Person’ out there. How you even define that, I’m not sure, and the competition’s steep with Barack Obama and Chase Utley also on the job market.
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I figured one way to start would be to not use up all my time tweaking my resume, but to also use portions of the day to do things I don’t get to really do when working. I gave the house a good cleaning to make Deanna happy. I sent a letter getting in touch with South Africa. I’ve also made it my most well read year so far- January and I’ve read five and a half books. If these are the cards I’m dealt, I’ll wanna be sure to play all of them.

Snowy Millennium


Good morning, my peeps! How nice does a quiet morning seem right now?
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One thing I’ve been intent on doing while I have more time on my hands than usual has been to start to archive a lot of my past writing and other work. Since I’ve written some in book chapters that were never used, blogs that went long abandoned, and in other memos here and there, I’ve been trying to piece together work that I once spent quite a bit of time on.
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So far it’s been a wild ride looking as far back as 2010 and getting to remember all the places life took me so far. Study abroad stints and impulses in idealism and postgraduate odd-jobs. The early days of being married, thoughts on world events that now count as historical, and all the travels. I’m thankful to have written things down while they were happening.
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It’s also been a nice reminder that I never could’ve predicted all the places I’ve wound up so far, which is reassuring, since I also have no idea what comes next!

The PNW


It’s crazy to think that my days in the PNW just might be numbered. Maybe not… we’ll see where this job hunt takes me, but since we’re hoping to be closer to family, a lot of the opportunities we’re considering are back in California.
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I’ve long thought of the northwest as my favorite part of the country, and there’s a big part of me that hopes we don’t leave it. I like the simpler approach to life, the lower cost of living, the work-and-make-things spirit, and the seasons. Oh, and it’s crazy gorgeous.
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We’ll just have to wait and see… but at the very least, it’s been an amazing 2.5 years up here.

Drive to D.C.


Spent the second day of the year driving through several East Coast states and the giant Burger King freeway exit that is New Jersey.
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We did it to get to Washington, D.C. to hang out with @ev_dorner and @kellyrosendall for a few hours and even though we weren’t able to hang out for very long, it was well worth it.
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I’m not always madly in love with Washington D.C., which is kind of a shame because in my field that’s where almost all the jobs are. But it does have its sweet spots. And hopefully next time the Stranger Things themed bar won’t be closed.

Top Golf


When I was 13 years old- I took a trip to Chicago with a friend of mine from middle school. Somehow we talked out parents into this and I should’ve gone into law with those persuasive skills.
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My cousin Al hosted us for the week. We helped pay our way by wallpapering his house and he treated us to the most epic week in Chicago there ever was… at least by the standards of a thirteen year old. We raided White Castle, saw the Blue Man Group, hung at ESPN Zone, ate 14 types of meat at a Brazilian place, and watched the Cubs from a Wrigley rooftop. (Okay most those things still sound pretty fun to an adult.)
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Now, visiting at age 26 and married, Al’s hospitality skills have not changed one bit. He took Deanna and I out to feast at Portillo’s, to walk around Naperville in the snow, to get fancy hot cocoa, and to go hit golf balls at neon targets in 20 weather from a triple decker driving range.

None of my Business


Bet you’re totally impressed by my celebrity impression of that Kermit the Frog meme.
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But that’s none of my business.
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Here are a few things making me happy this week:
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I’ve been working my way through This Is Us. So far, I’ve been loving what I’ve been seeing.
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I’ve had so much time to read since the year began, I’ve already made my way through three books. Trevor Noah’s memoir was even better than I expected.
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Another good one: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. It’s been on my list for such a long time, I’m glad to have finally read it.