?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

2008 in review (Second quarter)

April began with Anime Detour. Flew up on Sun Country, did dinner and shopping with thaadd Thursday before the madness began, and wound up getting my badge Friday because long registration line was long. The convention itself was a good time; it felt a little weird not to be on staff for the first time in five years, and I'm sure it was weird for a lot of folks as well, but there was more good than weird on the weekend. A+++, will attend again. :) Later in the month, Obama stuck his foot in his mouth regarding rural white Pennsylvanians, the Canadian Human Rights Commission went after Kathy Shaidle, Ezra Levant and Kate, the Pope came to town (but I didn't go), and after a one-day assignment at a local realtor that was supposed to be temp-to-perm (but wasn't) I started temping at what would be my new job just before the end of the month. I also got a large check from unemployment, which helped with the cash flow.

May started with the arrival of my pension check, which was put to good use paying rent, HMO premiums, and other bills. After much refusal to even consider it, I got into Stephenson's Baroque Cycle by reading Quicksilver, which was as full of character & plot goodness as Cryptonomicon but less full of mathematics. Also got into Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels by reading Altered Carbon, which was also outstanding. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I went to Balticon where I was annoyed with the Programming staff. Sadness was experienced at the Wal-Mart, but otherwise Balticon was full of enjoyment. The same could not be said of John Ringo's The Last Centurion; my disapproving review drew outside reaction. Speaking of outside reactions, my post about Rachel Moss also attracted attention and eventually moved me to be more strict about moderating comments.

In June, I was notified that I was now permanent with the truck equipment company I now work for. Mom went into the hospital on the 16th and didn't come out. Perhaps coincidentally, there was a humongous storm that afternoon and the power failed in Foxchase. Most of the rest of the month was spent dealing with heat and learning the new job. Legs became infected about a week after Mom died, I changed the LJ's skin to funereal black a few days after that, and a couple days after that, it came out that the temp agency had sold me to my current employers as a full-charge accountant. OMGWTF? On the bright side, the Heller decision came down on the 26th and a bunch of us bitter, clingy types celebrated by eating sushi. Shortly after that the antibiotics and heat kicked in and I ran out of energy to do much of anything except eat, sleep, work, and do routine maintenance connected with those things. Thus ended the first six months of 2008.