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I am not even going to look up the date of my last post, because I know it's been forever and confirming that would probably depress me. So I'll just pretend that I haven't been a stranger here, okay?

So yeah, we got a puppy! She's actually a foster-puppy. My wife came across a place near us that trains service dogs to assist disabled people to be more independent, and the girls loved the idea, so she applied to foster and I guess we impressed them because the whole thing moved along pretty quickly. We got the puppy last Wednesday, so today is one week. Her name is January, I guess because she was born early on January 1st, and her Mom's name is April so I think there's a theme there. So that makes her about 3 months old. Ignore the green tinge to her ear--they get an inside-ear ID tattoo, and the ink stained her fur a bit and it's taken a while to fade. So far she's a very good pup. The first few nights she whined and yipped a lot at night, but for the past few nights she's been nice and quiet, and has even been going the whole night without needing to go out. So that's nice! She hasn't interacted much with our dog or the cats, but that's probably good. Our dog is pretty shy and skittish, so we're hoping her getting used to being around another dog will be good for her too.

Otherwise things have been going along pretty normally. Work has been a bit of a madhouse since right after Christmas, seems like, so that explains my LJ-hiatus. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though it may be a train: I've been told my current position is temporary and will end by the end of June, most likely. My current boss is in Connecticut and wants his managers to be located there too, which I guess makes sense. I'm not really able or willing to make the move, so he'll have to find someone else. I'm going to look around for another opportunity within the company, of course--I happen to know my old boss is opening a few manager positions, one of which I actually already put in for, so we'll see how that goes. I wouldn't necessarily be averse to leaving this company on general principle, but it is nonetheless a scary thought, for a variety of reasons. But there's still some time on all that, so we shall see.

Better keep this short for now and get my nose back to the grindstone. I hope you've all been well!

Date: 2017-03-08 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nick-101.livejournal.com
That puppy is cute.

Date: 2017-03-10 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
I suppose most puppies are, but we certainly agree in this case. :)

Date: 2017-03-09 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theidolhands.livejournal.com
Great pic and thank you for the explanation! Perfect use of the blur to put focus on the subject at hand.

She's going to get lots of practice being around a family, what a lot of adjustments for such a young thing. I did not realize dog tattoos were a thing, so that was educational.

Sounds like you're going about everything sensibly on the job and how nice to have those options open to you.

Thanks for the excellent rl update!

Date: 2017-03-10 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Thanks! And yes, I never considered the idea of tattooing a dog either, though I guess it makes sense. Gotta think the inside of the ear is a pretty sensitive spot, though! Hopefully that wasn't too painful.

Date: 2017-03-09 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liquidmistletoe.livejournal.com

I hope everything works out with the job situation - not knowing what the future holds is always scary! But I believe in you and know that you've got a good head on your shoulders and will figure it out somehow, even when things are so uncertain. Life is always an adventure! :)

Date: 2017-03-10 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Isn't she just the KYOOTEST widdle snugglebug dumplin? :) I'll admit I'm leaving the tedious stuff to the wife and girls, since the whole thing was their idea. So I just get to pet her, which means I get the full-body tail wag whenever she sees me, which is nice. :)

Date: 2017-03-09 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewayne.livejournal.com
Man, sorry to hear about your job! You are the second person in a week in the LJ/DW world that I've heard is losing their job. Me: unemployed 9 months, last interview was at the end of January. I've kinda given up hope, but I'm still searching boards as I have to file two applications a week to get unemployment benefits.

Date: 2017-03-10 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
I suppose I always knew the job could be unstable, since I can't really relocate to where the boss wants his people to be. I'm not writing the company off just yet, anyway--there are lots of divisions and positions so I'm pretty sure I can find something internal. Whether it's something I'll want is the question! At least if not, I should be offered a severance package to tide me over while I job-hunt, which hopefully wouldn't take too long. Seems like a decent employment market around here, at least for my particular set of skills.

Date: 2017-03-10 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewayne.livejournal.com
A severance pkg might require you to train your replacement from India....


I'm glad you have a decent job market over there, can't remotely say the same over here.

Date: 2017-03-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] re-vised.livejournal.com
January is adorable!

I'm sorry your position is temporary. It sounds like it could lead to some better things? Fingers crossed for you!

Date: 2017-03-10 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Thanks, she sure is! :)

Yeah, I hope so! The good news is that job market around here doesn't seem too bad--several colleagues have recently left the company after finding gigs elsewhere. But I'd like to stay with the company if I can, I suppose, since I have a good bit of tenure (and PTO) built up, and the benefits are good. So we'll see if I can land something else internally that will be enjoyable.

Date: 2017-03-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] re-vised.livejournal.com
That is very good news. Being able to keep PTO and tenure is a good thing, and I hope you're able to slide into something else at the current company. Who knows? Maybe it will be great/better!

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