April 20th, 2008

Fiona and me in the snow

breaking a record

I don't know if it really is a record, but I know it has been a long time since I've written. The sad excuse as to why I haven't written is that I really haven't been doing that much of merit here at home. I'm sure that if I actually took some time, and forced myself to "come up" with something to write, I could do it--I think I'm a reasonable writer--but this journal is really for me, and I don't think that it would be too exciting to read later on if I wrote about my days watching The Discovery Channel, CNN, listening to talk radio, and of course hanging out with the animals. In short, that's all I've been doing for the last month.

Nothing new has been going on job wise. I interviewed for, and didn't get, a job here in Arkansas working at a plant that deals with bromine. I have an outstanding job application at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. I'm still trying to decide rather or not I *really* want to work there as the pay isn't hugely large compared to what I should be getting as a graduate level chemical engineer, but I'm thinking that it might be a good job to at least start out with and go from there. The job would involve me writing permits for compliance with Clean Air Emissions. It's not a chemical engineering position, but does require an engineering degree of some kind. I think it could be a possibility, but I'm waiting to hear from them. They say that it might be a couple more weeks until we know something officially.

I finally did hear from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ, and I am officially leaving to get a new dog guide this Saturday. I'm understandably I think dreading the whole proposition as I'm not looking forward to getting to know the quirks of a new dog. It will also be interesting to add another animal to the Romey Menagerie. We've been having issues with Zim (our little dog) interacting with the dogs in the neighborhood, and introducing a new dog into the mix may aggravate things. I can definitely promise that while there, I won't be watching Discovery Channel--and probably won't have much time to listen to talk radio--so my life will cease being boring, and I'm likely to write quite regularly while I'm there. If you have no idea what happens when a visually impaired person gets a new dog, you'll probably have an idea by reading my descriptions.

My Dad and I are travelling to Fayetteville on Thursday so that I can finally defend my thesis. I still need to write my acknowledgments page, but that shouldn't be too difficult though I have lots of people to thank so it could take a while to write. Actually getting done with something and progressing will be really awesome.

Today is really a warm Sunday. It's not a day that requires me to put pounds of ice in my drinks, but when I sat outside to eat lunch, I was glad to be away from the sun when it emerged from the clouds. It's definitely a welcome change from the deluges we've experienced here over the past month.

I played Poor Wayfaring Man Of Grief, one of my favorite hymns, at church today. I haven't played anything at church here, so it was nice to be involved in the music today. People seemed to enjoy it, and though that's not absolutely necessary, I'll take it :). The rest of church was good--it was even good enough to keep me fully awake throughout after not being able to fall asleep until after 11 last night.

That's about all that's fit to write. I'm hoping that by writing this, I'll have caught up enough to feel like I don't have to write volumes to catch up. I tend to get behind, and then I stop writing, and then I get further behind because I don't want to take the time to update this thing.

It's been a tough time this past month ... I haven't been able to see Holly for a long while, so I hope I can see her after I return from NJ. It's also tough not having much of a prospect for jobs. I'm learning as I go through this thing we call life that it doesn't always go the way you want it to every time. At least I'll be done with my masters this week. That is one huge good thing :)! Counting the good things and being positive has kept me going.