I'm standing in the Spokane Airport on my 3rd trip to Boston this year. I arrived here at 7:30am. My flight has since been pushed to 1:30pm. If I were to say it's one of the most relaxing mornings I've had this year, it wouldn't be much of an exaggeration.
|Boston Harbor in August.|
I work in the tall building on the left.
I don't have good travel karma for business trips in December, but I make the best of it. One year I flew from SFO to Chicago, headed for a meeting in North Carolina. Delayed in San Francisco, I wrote all my Christmas cards. I eventually made it to Chicago, spent the night, and, with no possibility of making my meeting, I flew back to SFO the next day, after sitting next to a window for most of the morning watching the snow fall. It was probably one of the most relaxing days that year too.
So, back to 2017. The job drama from previous years continues. I started the year in Utah. Job eliminated in March due to a merger. Bye bye Utah. Headed back to WA to be near my parents, who are hitting 80.
|Playing with Mom's new tablet|
|With Star in my new backyard|
I quickly landed a great job at a company I had first interviewed with 6 years before. Neither of us was ready for each other at that time and of course things worked out for the better. If I had gotten that low level accounting job way back when, I would never have been qualified for the job I got this time. It was the experience that I gained in the years in between that made it possible to get this job. I also would never have gone to Utah and made some more friends, mostly from agility. Maybe my life is just about moving around the west and collecting friends.
Paddle boarding on Liberty Lake
with Donna from Utah.
Maiden voyage of campers
with Laura from Washington.
My next order of business was securing housing - always a challenge with 3 dogs. The market was pretty dry, but I had been doing my research for 3 months already, and had identified a new home neighborhood that might work. There was only one lot left in the phase that would be completed this year. Only 2 models were allowed to be built on that lot. Of course one was the one I had already had my eye on. My life just works that way (except when flying for business in December).
|Bonus - it was a corner lot!|
Sunny, Star and Xander in June on the Centennial Trail
just a stone's throw from the apartment.
I kinda miss the challenge of walking the herd,
or juggling the herd when traveling.
I just realized the order of things stated above is not correct - in fact it is completely reversed. I had identified the job I wanted but due to the travel schedule of the Greek hiring manager who was in the process of moving from Rome to Spokane, I didn't get the interviews or the job offer until after I had made the deposit to have the house built, and I had lined up the apartment as the first order of business. I knew I was going to move here and planned it all so that the home was modest enough to manage regardless of the job I got. And there is that good move/job hunting karma that I enjoy and, for better or worse, have come to rely on. Now if only the job-keeping karma would kick in.
Here's the tissue paragraph - we lost our dear Sunny in July. He never made it to the new house. You can read all about it in the previous post, The Empty Dog Bed.
Sunny in June at the apartment
Despite the long hours at the new job, I enjoyed monthly trips to visit my parents 100 miles north at their lovely place
and agility competitions approximately monthly as well. Our results weren't spectacular as our training time was minimal, but Xander is awesome and . . . oops, we're not there yet.
Things started heating up in August. The temperature. The final touches on the new house. And a new toy for agility - a little popup camper.
Had to look twice, didn't you?!?
I took a week off work at Labor Day, but it wasn't any more relaxing than the time I was off work in March and April. We were finally moving into our new house. A week later, we took the new camper on its maiden voyage.
Xander in the doorway, singing his hound song.
All the pieces were finally falling into place. I discovered I still had too much stuff, despite my best efforts to get rid of stuff before leaving Utah. As I write this, I still have half a dozen boxes left to unpack, and a few items in storage waiting for spring when I can get a shed built. But the little camper and the van are both in the garage for the winter, and the dogs are cozy in front of the fire.
And that super awesome agility dog I hinted at earlier . . . he stepped it up a notch in mid-October and was brilliant at the last trial of the year (for us) in early November. We got one of the two titles that were on the line that weekend, and only missed the other by a hair due to specific skill gaps, the solution for which was already waiting in the wings in the form of an online training class that I had lined up for the winter break from classes.
Weave pole entry training in the hallway
Only one other thing to mention as I wrap up the year is my darling little girl. She is still healthy and photogenic at 9ish. She didn't love agility, so I let her slip quietly into retirement so I could focus all my attention on learning a completely different handling style for Xander. Star is now an agility support sibling and enjoys our monthly mother-daug-ter trips to see Grandma and Grandpa while Xander stays at home with the sitter.
My most precious girly doing a little pretzel twist with her legs.
Xander and Star distracted by
Grandma on the porch, fortunately,
as I wasn't getting the shot I wanted.
Xander watching me work (except
probably not because I must have been
taking the picture) with Honey the Horse
in the field outside my home office window.
Xander showing what he thinks of Star
taking HIS seat while I work.
Mind Meld? How can we get Mom to
stay home with us more in 2018?
You got your wish, kiddos, kinda. For the 4th time in 4 jobs in 5 years, there was major upheaval within 6 months. The latest merger has me reporting to the accounting team in Boston now. The team there is great and I'm enjoying my frequent cross-country trips.
And when I'm in WA, I can work at home a couple days a week. Here's to a good 2018 for all.