I’ve been gently reminded that when my loyal readers visit my blog every day or so, they expect to find something there to engage their eyes and delight their minds… well, that is to say, it’s not that I was reminded in quite the same words, but I was reminded nevertheless.

In my defense, I’ve been busy… looking for a job. I appear to have found one, though it might be equally true to say that it found me. It meets most of my criteria for a perfect job – it appears interesting and challenging, I can work from home, and it pays well. I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, so celebrations are probably premature… but what the heck, I’m celebrating anyway.

The last week or so I’ve been absorbed in the job. I haven’t actually started work yet – I’ll probably start in full flow on Monday – but I’ve certainly got more than my toes wet. Because I’m going to be handling a project that is just starting up, I’ve been involved with a lot of initial thinking and set-up work, and that’s been fun. My mind has been at work, even before the rest of me actually got employed and it feels like a part of my brain that I had forgotten about has suddenly sprung into action again. You know – like when you go to the gym one day out of the blue and muscles you didn’t even know you had wake up and start clamouring. Like that.

Meanwhile, we’re also looking for a new residence. We are quite fond of the existing one, really, but it’s going to be awfully cramped as the kids grow up. We’ve already completely run out of cupboard space and shelf space, so the thought of something big, spacious, and new is quite appealing. Of course, the footwork that goes into actually getting a new place is not even half as appealing. Plus, it’s a strange time to be buying property, what with the global recession and all that.

And then, just when things are finally hotting up after months of sitting at home, we’re doing what all sensible people do when the going gets tough – we’re going on vacation. Yes, again. What do you mean, we just went, that was last month. And this is going to be next month. See, two whole months in between? This time we’re going up North, to a remote hill-station where they don’t have electricity and when they say you get running hot water, they mean it literally (yes, a boy comes running with a bucket-full). Oh and, we heard, there’s every possibility that it might snow up there in mid-February – that’ll be another first for the twins.

So yes, there’s lots going on, and not much to blog about.

14 Responses to Working

  1. entisar says:

    Oh, theres going to be lots to blog about, only no time to blog 🙂

    First of all, congratulations on the job!!!! It seems perfect for you. You need to tell me how you manage to go on vacation to places with no immediate running hot water and manage with twins and toilets. Seriously, because I am going to need all the advice I can get.

    Keep us informed on the job and keep the blog posts coming, if you can! Have a great weekend.

  2. Supriya says:

    You’re back! Good to see. Great to hear about the new job. Hope they give you time off to go holidaying…or are you likely to dole out your work to unsuspecting associates? 🙂 Anyway, new job notwithstanding, it will be great to get back to being economically viable.

  3. Arun says:

    but i believe you are writing a lot these days than earlier! ..and it seems like recession does not affect you people from getting a job or touring! 😉

  4. doug h says:

    So, wait.

    If we’re 10 and 1/2 hours ahead of you, then when it’s six o’clock on a Monday morning in Chicago, then it must be 7:30 pm Sunday night where you are….
    Another way to think of it is that we’re 13&1/2 hours behind you, discounting the human invention of “days of the ‘week'”.
    Hmmmm, but then you don’t have daylight savings time. Ok, so, during daylight savings time most of the planet turns their clocks forward an hour. Thus, when it before the start of DST it would have been 6 a.m., it’s now called 7 a.m., which results in everyone having to get up an hour earlier. Because if you have to be at work at 9 a.m., it’s not being accepted that the previously called 9 a.m. is now, the clocks having been advanced an hour, 10 a.m.. So if you go to work at your usual time, you’ll be an hour late.
    Furthermore, if we’re 10& 1/2 hours ahead of you on Standard Time, then on DST we become 11 & 1/2 hours ahead of you.
    So that if it’s 6 a.m. here on a Monday morning, it’s now only 6:30 p.m. on a Sunday night where you are. (Or, discounting the human invention of the 7 day week again, you could be considered to be just 12 & 1/ hours ahead of what time it is here.

    I hope that clears everything up for you. See how simple that was?

    Actually, Mika, about60% of the American population gets confused twice a year as to which way to turn the clocks.
    So, we have a little phrase to help remind us. It goes like this: “Spring ahead, fall behind.”

    But I like to juggle that around a bit, just to make my poor fellow citizens a bit more confused, so when they ask me which way to move their clocks, I usually say “Just remember the phrase, “Spring back, fall forward.”

    Then someone off to the side corrects me, and the poor confused person generally winds up in a straight-jacket.
    We have to find SOME ways to amuse ourselves, don’t we?

  5. doug h says:

    Oh, and congratulations on your new job! 🙂

    (Sorry, I just had to get that time thing straight – my mind has been stuck on it since your last posting.)

  6. poupee97 says:

    Doug: Thanks for the thesis. Just one little thing… I think, seeing as we’re to the east of you, you know, in the direction of the rising sun and all that… I think that we’re maybe, possibly, even probably whatever number of hours ahead of you. :d

  7. doug h says:

    That’s what I thought, Mika!
    Somehow I thought you said that you were behind us, but I haven’t been able to locate the spot. (Maybe I imagined it.) And then I couldn’t remember if India was closer to Chicago from the East or the West…And then there’s the International dateline to consider…

    I just hope your new job is simpler than figuring all this out!

  8. doug h says:

    Aha! In ‘Silver glasses” you said: “Regarding time zones, Chicago is 11.30 hours after us.”
    So, in actuality, we’re not after, but before you.

    Ok, I’m finished with this topic. All I know is you’re a long way off. And that’s good enough.

    It’s good to know one hasn’t completely lost their senses. Not yet, anyway.

    Have a good whatever day it is! 🙂

  9. poupee97 says:

    Huh? No, you’re after us. It becomes Monday there well after it becomes Monday here.!?!

    I dunno, but today’s my birthday over here. 😀

  10. doug h says:

    Oh, by “after”, I thought you meant we got to a certain point in time “after” you did.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:d:d:d

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  12. doug h says:

    (The way I understand it, we’re 10& 1/2 hours ‘behind’ you, ‘after’ being interpreted by moi as meaning ‘ahead’ of…..) However you want to put it, I understand it now.

    Hope you have a good one!!!

  13. poupee97 says:


    It’s 10.30 at night now, so whether you’re behind, after, or ahead of… I’m confused!

  14. doug h says:

    Hope you had a great birthday. Do anything special? Is it impolite to ask a lady from India how old she is? (You’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve forgotten.)

    It’s considered to be an out-of-bounds question around here. However, if you do ask and get an answer, the general rule is to add about 10 years for the purpose of greater accuracy. It’s just another curious fact of American life: Women seem to stop getting any older after their 39th birthdays. Quite the mysterious phenomenon.)

    (I re-read my comments on time zones, and it seems I wasn’t making any sense at all and on a continuing basis. Chalk it up to too much work and not enough sleep. I have a hard time sleeping at night, but all day long I could fall asleep in an instant. I think my body-clock set itself to Indian time zones.)

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