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We're snowed in.

It's awesome. :)
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Spent US thanksgiving in Iowa visiting John's family.

Of course, I got this song stuck in my head on the way there, and it's been stuck there for days. Here's a youtube embed:



Let me tell you, it is a terribly awkward song to have in your head while hanging out with your boyfriend's parents, his brother, and his brother's fiancee.

So you can all be proud of me for not breaking out into excellent lines like "What is love/Where did it get me?/Whoever thought of love is no friend of mine."

I did not, however, manage to conceal my outright disgust at the diamond commercials on TV.

"But I'm sure you wouldn't object if someone bought you a diamond."
"Well, actually, given the dubious human rights practices of the diamond industry..."

Anyhow, had a lovely time in Iowa, but I am glad to be back home where I can sing songs that aren't entirely hot on the subject of love and not accidentally cause an international incident. ;)

That makes it sound like I spent all weekend trying to not be me, but that's totally not true. There was also moments like an entirely hilariously awesome whole family dinnertime conversation about fecal transplants. They are fun people. :)
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After all the chaos of surgery, recovery, job offers and moving, today's the first day I don't have anything planned. Which sadly, is not the same as not having a todo list, but at least most of it's not urgent?

Settling in

Sep. 6th, 2013 11:14 am
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John and I have made it to the Portland area, after a lovely long weekend in Denver and a few audiobooks to keep us from going crazy driving across the more boring bits of America. We picked up the keys to the new house yesterday morning, unpacked the car, found some pho, bought groceries, got internet as a surprise (their techs showed up several days early, but we're not complaining!) and hit up ikea for some bar chairs so that we have a place to sit other than the floor. Since we're basically in an empty house with internet and bar stools up against a tall kitchen island, I feel like I should make some coffee to complete the Bridgehead/Starbucks/whatever effect. I've settled for cookies and milk instead.

Our stuff arrives on the 10th, the heavy stuff gets unloaded on the 11th, and the containers get moved off our driveway on the 12th.

I'm still waiting for a work visa before I count on a work start date and make a public announcement of my new job. We're hoping for Sept 16th as a start date, but there's always risk of delays. Or outright refusal on the part of the government, which would send me back to Canada indefinitely. Not that it's a terrible fate to go home, but I am really looking forwards to this new job, as anyone who's interacted with me offline lately knows! In theory, I'm expecting an email from the law firm on the 13th, which doesn't give me much time to leave the country and re-enter on the correct visa, even if I am a lot closer to the Canadian border than I used to be.

Still, even with nervousness over work, I'm confident enough in this working out that I'm feeling like we can start settling in. Meeting hpa for lunch and then maybe I'll go check out the library and see if we can get library cards so I really feel like I belong here.
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First some me-related updates:


  • I got to help staff a table at roborave on Saturday. fun! I was too busy to take pictures, so don't ask.

  • GSoC ranking continues apace. It's actually less busy for me than it was, since I don't need to interact with the students as much until selection is finished, so I've gone from over a hundred people potentially wanting to talk to me to something closer to 20-30. (project admins + mentors with melange trouble). I expect there'll be some wrangling to make sure the Systers and Mailman don't have any overlapping project ideas, but that can wait a few days.

  • To save people from asking me: I'm not expecting to hear about the Portland job for another couple of weeks. This is actually pretty convenient for me since it means I can focus on GSoC during the selection period; horray for good timing!



And then some links that amused me:

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