Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Freaking Out For Tomorrow!

I am starting on a new job tomorrow, 1 October.

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I'm excited, nervous, happy, and just plain freaking out. Can you tell?

Anyway, I'll be doing more of the same things, but the new company is in the manufacturing industry, so many things are gonna be new to me. And none of the messiest joint venture ever created to boot! (Y'all in [insert name of my former employer here] know what I'm talking about. *Wink wink*) I think I'll be more involved and busier here too.

The best parts? It's about half an hour away by bus - probably less if I get a ride from my bro-in-law since he works a block away. What's more? I'll have earlier hours, so I can get home much earlier! When I get home from work, I can focus on my writing/blogging. Yay! Also, there's a Subway, Wendy's, and Tim Hortons nearby.

The worst part? I can't be a night owl anymore. I have to get up every morning at five, and be at the bus stop by 6:40.

Why did I leave my previous employer? Well, it's laying me (and practically the entire finance department in the Burnaby regional office) off in the new calendar year, and I didn't want to wait until then. I know how much it sucks to go job-hunting in the middle of winter. That's the main reason anyway. (Harhar)

My last day was actually kinda sad. Even if I swore not to cry, I still did. I was so emotional that night. Thank God for the white wine that one of the district managers gave me last Christmas.

But in the end, I was glad. About a week after I got the news (a day later than the rest because I was sick on the day TPTB broke the news), I felt... kinda relieved. After the shock of getting laid off, I began to feel free. I had been unhappy since the beginning of this year (don't ask me why; it's too painful to remember), and I was itching to get the heck out of there. The news of the layoffs gave me a very good reason to go job-searching.

It was pretty quick too. Two weeks after I got the news - early morning of 27 August, to be exact - I sent out resumes for three postings (those posted by recruiting agencies on behalf of the companies) I saw on Monster.ca. By afternoon of 27 August, I've gotten a response from two of them: one was a more senior position that I didn't get, and the other one was a junior position that's similar to what I've been doing in the past two years. I spoke with the recruiter two days after. Ten days after, the recruiter e-mailed me to say that the controller wanted to interview me. On 11 September, I spoke with the controller. The interview went great, with a bit of bloopers (that never runs out in my life). The recruiter e-mailed me four days after the interview to tell me that the company was offering me the job. I had some reservations about the proposed start date, because I wanted to finish my major obligations to my previous employer. I accepted the job offer later that day - 15 September - and gave notice to my former boss. I got the official offer letter three days later.

It only took 22 days, from sending the resume to faxing the signed offer letter back to the recruiter. Wow.

Anyway, I hope this new job works out for me, and that I'll stay in this company until my retirement.

Pray for me, y'all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When Life Starts to Overwhelm You...

... Sometimes, writing/blogging has to take a back seat.

I've had to sort out some things in my life ("career," finances, et cetera). I will start writing again soon. Hopefully over this weekend.

Ciao for now.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

2008 Emmy Awards Watch: Creative Arts Emmy Update

Out of six Creative Arts Emmy categories LOST is nominated for, it won only one:

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One-Hour)

Lost • Meet Kevin Johnson • ABC • ABC Studios
Robert Anderson, Production Mixer
Frank Morrone, Re-Recording Mixer
Scott Weber, Re-Recording Mixer

Congratulations!!!

I'm glad that the Best TV Show Ever won one Creative Arts Emmy award this year. This is much better than last year, when it lost both the Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing - Drama award to Dexter and the Outstanding Sound Editing award to 24.

You can look at all the Creative Emmy Awards winners here. The ceremony will be aired on Saturday, 20 September at 8 PM EST on E! (in the US).

This year's Primetime Emmy Awards will be aired on Sunday, 21 September at 8/7 central on ABC. The Red Carpet presentation will be aired on E! at 6 PM PST that same night.

Let's hope and pray that either Michael Emerson (for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama) or LOST (for Outstanding Drama Series) wins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Numbers Popped Up In Fringe!

I was semi-watching Fringe last night when I heard a few instances of The Numbers (i. e. 4-8-15-16-23-42).

  1. Flight 627: 6 + 2+ 7 = 15
  2. Four: At some point I heard a character mention the number 4
  3. One hundred and eight: The Steig guy was passenger 108 on the plane


Wow!

Anyway, the 90-minute premiere was good enough for me to tune in next week. Yay.

Just pointing out the Mysterious-Numbers instances...

I gotta get back to my job-interview preparation. (Please pray that it goes well!!!)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Vote for DarkUFO!!!

One of the best and most comprehensive LOST sites, DarkUFO received four nominations in the 2008 Blogger's Choice Awards, including Best Entertainment Blog. It is also nominated for Best Blog About Stuff, Best Blog Design, and Best Pop Culture Blog.

To vote, register here and click on the confirmation e-mail. Go to the DarkUFO page and click Vote.

If you need proof that DarkUFO deserves to win any of its nominations, go to the site and explore its many sub-sites. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay there.