May 29th, 2008

Fiona and me in the snow


It's really sad to hear the gas prices right there up with the prices of oil and the stock market. Today the price has inched to 3.95m and whether you drive or not, the prices do effect.

So I've got an effective or "report" date for Richmond. They usually want you to be there 30 days after they officially give an offer, but since my Mom's going to Australia and will be back on the 2nd of July, and since I need help moving, we got it moved to July 21. I'm kind of excited. We're still working on salary details, mostly because my masters hasn't posted officially yet, and because since it's not official, an official transcript won't work to prove my masters, How's that for bureaucracy and redundant systems. Holly and I are planning on visiting Richmond in the middle of June to scope things out, and hopefully find a place to live for a while. Lots of decisions, lots of things to do, and lots of stress. But I think I can handle it.

Velvet's now completely off leash in the house now. The cat and Velvet sniffed each other a bit yesterday, and I think they're getting to know each other. Gabby is still very wary, and Velvet has to hold her water, fire, and brimstone to leave the poor kitty alone, but I think wee're progressing.

I'm not planning much today but watching some of the Deadliest Catch episodes I had the Tivo record while I was away at The Seeing Eye. I've also got some form of marginally nasty crud which I'm trying to shake. If I can get all the negotiation and craziness done with DLA, I get to process myself into federal government service. Signatures and letting of blood for signature and soul transfer most likely happens when I report to Richmond. It's a nice day outside, so I might hang out on the porch for a while too. Just trying to enjoy my peace and quiet before my job.

Days until Job -- t-53 days give or take
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Fiona and me in the snow

Graduate school flashing by my eyes, Velvets new technology

My life flashed before my figurative eyes when the director of the chemical engineering graduate school and my advisor called me today.

"Noel, are you sure you have enough classes to graduate with your masters?"

Here I was, job in hand, and I didn't have the required classes? What am I going to do? At least the job doesn't require a masters but still.

Turns out I was co-enrolled at the end of my bachellors degree. I filled out the paperwork to get it processed as my masters degree and the graduate school lost the forms. Luckily, copies of the forms were made and so we'll wave it in their faces and make them make the changes so that I can get my degree. All that counts is that I got the letter from the department head confirming my GPA and MSCHE status. That will ticket me with some meager leverage to increase my pay scale. I feel like I deserve more than I am probably going to get, but it is a start, and as I stay there, my salary willl mushroom appreciably.

Got the today, and all of the TV claims are correct. I never gbet much hair from Velvet with the grooming implements we got at The Seeing Eye, but with the Furminator, I had a ball of fur with a packed diameter of about two inches when I was done. It just kept coming off and coming off in really fine little clumps. The way it works is that it catches the undercoat in it's fine little--bladelets???? (I can't think of any other word for it), and you just take the fur from the tines and go through the coat again.

Also got a Kong Xtreme for Velvet since she tries to kill everything that she gets as far as toys, and she's putting it to its test right now. Wiat a funny puppy. She makes all kinds of noises when she chews that thing. I just hope she's not able to get any chunks from this undestructible one. She's very posessive with it, and won't let Zim get her toy which is good. Fiona lets the little dog dominate. There's definitely a pack order that's forming with Velvet being off leash.

That's all I've got now. I'm glad things are coming together. Now if I can just convince them to help with moving expenses, things will be golden and I'll be in my happy place. More soon.