February 11th, 2008


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It was a good day today. I finished another job application (probably my 12th in two weeks, a botany job in Cottage Grove, OR), got a lovely phone call from bluemoonshark and MSN conversation with shrike30, and a surprise phone call from shaylith, so we really felt surrounded by friends today, which was wonderful. We miss having friends to chum around with.

Best of all, bluemoonshark and shrike30 are coming to visit this weekend, so YAY. We're excited. I'm planning meals already. Interestingly, one of Tyler's coworkers asked us to housesit for him again (we did it for a week a few months ago when I was in the last throes of my thesis), so we'll be there for a lot of the time. It'll be nice, since they have a big pretty house with a gorgeous view and a comfy gas fireplace. The catch is that our biggest responsibility is taking care of their two cats, Mia and Maggie, and their dog Toby. They're all nice animals, but the coworkers don't know we have a cat of our own now and it wouldn't be fair to the other pets to bring an intruder along with us, so Pan may have to spend a night or two alone at our apartment (we'll visit him during the day so he doesn't feel left out).

I'm a little nervous about it, because I don't want him to feel abandoned or stressed. We've left him alone for hours before, like the day Tyler had his surgery, but never a whole night. It's not too much of a change because he doesn't sleep with us anyway, but still. I don't want him to freak out and poop on stuff.

It's a bit of a hassle for us to do the housesitting because of Pan, but we need a change of scene, and we could also use the extra money. We didn't expect money last time, but we were given some thank-you cash at the end of our stay before and if it happens again, it would be very welcome.

I'm starting to be really curious about where we'll end up. I've applied for jobs in Seattle, Enumclaw, Colville, and Olympia in Washington, and Portland, Corvallis, Klamath Falls, Cottage Grove, Chincopin, and Eugene, Oregon. I've looked at jobs in Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, and even Hawaii. I wonder where we'll be a year from now.

A number of my job applications closed just this weekend, so I'm hoping to hear something soonish.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot to post about this. I woke up late on Saturday morning, drove like a bat to Seattle, and ended up missing my precinct's vote at the caucus by 10 minutes. SUCK. However, the disappointment was mitigated by the fact that I called my parents before I left (their house is still my registered voting address) and they ended up deciding to go (they weren't going to before), and they both made the voting decision that I would have made (Obama), so I still feel like my vote counted. I saw an old high school acquaintance as I was leaving and didn't go over to say hello. I'm still not sure why I didn't.

Then I bought cat food and a new toilet brush, visited with my parents, and drove back.
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