So, quite a bit has happened since I last wrote. I can’t believe it has been almost a month. But – I am in a new job! I accepted a position as an analyst at the E-ISAC, which stands for Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center. I’ve been here three days and am learning all I can, although a majority of my time has been made up of just doing the reading and introductory items. I think I am going to like this new position though – essentially we are working to increase the physical security of the power grid by monitoring incidents and analyzing trends.
I know a lot of people were surprised to hear that I had taken a new job since I had never or rarely expressed dissatisfaction with my previous job. IT is true, I really liked my previous job; however, the travel was becoming a bit much, I was getting bored, and I had reached the top possible position with no room for promotion or even a raise, so it was only reasonable to move on. This new position is with a private company -which will take some getting used to after working with the government for so long – came with a raise, additional PTO, and plenty of promotion potential. I am also now working in DC proper, which has both its benefits and lack thereof. While I hate the metro and commute, it will be kind of fun to be in the city and able to take more advantage of the museums and restaurants and other things.
Daniel and I are also starting to look at the possibility of buying a house outside of the city area. It will be a longer commute to work, obviously, but we are both about ready to own our own place, so I am pretty excited. We are going with our realtor/friend to look at several houses on the 4th – while we aren’t quite ready to buy yet (have to save a down payment), she said it will help us figure out exactly what we are looking for, which is probably much needed since we have already discovered we had different perceptions of what we wanted.
I’ve not even thought about NaNo, which starts tomorrow and hope that doesn’t come back to bite. 😛 I am sure it will be a little difficult getting back into the mindset of the fantasy I am hoping to finish (remember Ethrill?), but I am also excited to see what happens with it since the characters are taking on lives of their own and I seem to have no control over them whatsoever.
Anyway, that is my lunch break and my updates!