Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chapter 1: 001

The wind is whistling across the fields as I drive the back roads making my way to Houston. I'm listening to a good book, so I don't mind the drive so much today. Of course, I'm only thirty minutes in and still have another two hours to go before I arrive at my apartment.

I'm already rethinking my new year's resolution to go home every weekend, however. I love my home in the country, and miss my husband, of course. And it's not so much the drive that annoys me, although some days are worse than others. What really bothers me about the round trip drive is the fact that five hours are lost in the process. I'm so overwhelmed with work and the two classes I teach in the evenings, and feel like I'm getting further behind each day. My weekends at home never seem as productive as my weekends in the city, but I am already pushing the bounds of what is "normal" in a relationship and feel as if I'm supposed to go home. After all these years of living apart I should probably have gotten over the guilt of it all by now. Leo doesn't seem to mind too much. So I guess I'm the only one who really feels any amount of guilt about the living arrangements. Or perhaps the problem is that I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. It may be my deep, dark secret, but I have to admit to myself that I still really like living alone.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I've Got a Job!

In spite of my concerns about spending time looking for a job, it turns out I had nothing to worry about. I've got a job!

I start on Monday working for one of my old clients from my consulting business. I'm working for a mid-size ($38 million) HVAC company, which is in the industrial environment that I really like. I've known many of these guys for a number of years, and at least one of them for most of my life. This is not going to be an easy job, especially since it will require me staying at a hotel several nights a week, but I think it is going to be a good one with just the right kinds of challenges and activities that satisfy my cravings for challenging work.

The thing I like most about it, however, is the ties that it has with my in-progress research. The research I am currently focusing on has to do with "identity" creation and meaning-making in the workplace, but particularly in industrial workplaces. I am hoping to analyze data from the TWL workforce in Papua New Guinea as an example of an extremely diverse, but still not multi-national, workforce. But the things that I am reading in my research efforts, the things that are on my mind as I go through the day now, are all things that are useful to this new work environment as well. Synergies in work, study, personal interest and work history? What could be better than that?

Although I was hoping for another overseas assignment, Leo and I both think that this job is a better "fit" for me and what I have going on. But the biggest plus of all is the fact that I will get to spend time at home and with friends, family, and especially Leo, every week. If you guess from all of this chatter that I'm really excited about this, you're right. I can't WAIT to get started down this new path!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Job Hunting and Dissertation Pursuits

I'm thinking the honeymoon is officially over now. I've been home a little more than 2 weeks and have enjoyed my little summer vacation, but it's time to get back to work again. Leo and I took my sister and 17-yo nephew to a concert on Saturday. (The photo was taken before the show started.) We saw Huey Lewis and the News followed by Joe Cocker at the Woodlands Pavillion just north of Houston. It was a beautiful day, great entertainment, fabulous company, and a whole lot of fun. We will DEFINITELY do something like that again, and SOON.

I've done some work for Rebecca (Amaya Consulting stuff for ExxonMobil) but am trying to leave her in charge of all of that while I look for something more, well, steady. I'm heading to Houston tomorrow to visit an old friend and perhaps even talk about a job. I'm trying not to get too excited about it all, but there's a chance that working full-time for this company may be something I am ready for now. I guess we'll know more later this week.

As far as the dissertation goes, I've [finally!] begun investigating something that might be both interesting and doable. There are a lot of hurdles to cross first, but at least I've got a good start on it all. Thankfully, I have 3 really good friends that keep in touch weekly and won't let me fall down on this. We cry on each other's shoulders, laugh, celebrate, growl, pout, but always support each other. I'm thinking it is the main thing that is going to get me through this process and all the way to the end. I'm trailing behind the others, of course, who will all have their PhDs long before I am ready, but, thankfully, they don't mind me tagging along!

The swimming pool decision has hit snag after snag, primarily the fact that the pool we want and the bids to put it in are still a long way away from each other budget-wise. I've had to give pretty much everything up to Leo to handle as I don't have the time, nor the mind, for those details right now. Thank goodness he knows what he's doing! He's such a life-saver on this one and I am fully counting on him to come up with a solution for us soon.

We have friends coming for a visit from Australia in early August and are so looking forward to them being here with us for a bit. We were introduced to a "proper English Christmas" at their house last year and are going to return the favor by showing them how we live in the country in Texas. As you can see our plates are full right now, but it's all good. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Home Again, Home Again

I returned to the USA on July 5 and have spent the past 2 weeks getting "settled in" at home again. Leo and I haven't lived together, every day, for a number of years now. But so far, adjusting to life with my sweet hubby hasn't been such an ordeal. Perhaps we are both mellowing out a bit? :-)

Gosh, I loved my time in Papua New Guinea. Almost 3 years of it, and I was very comfortable there. But now that the job has come to an end and I am back home, I am slowly getting re-acclimated to life in a developed country. I miss my friends, the work, and the beauty of PNG, but I'm also happy to be home again.

My sleep patterns are not quite back on target yet, but are definitely getting better. I was asleep before midnight last night and up at 8am, so I'm getting there. I've counted this two weeks as my "vacation" time, although Becca and I have worked on some projects together and made some good progress, but Monday I'll start back with more of a "work" routine and schedule daily time for both paid work and dissertation work.

I hope I'll be better at posting here on my blog again, now that I am home. I got in the habit of using Facebook as it is so much easier to post snippets of information there. But, there are a lot of people who don't use FB, and a lot who just don't like it, and I'm always worried about what I post there as it is such a public space. This space is more my own, so I feel much more comfortable sharing things here with people who are wanting to know about me and my life.

For my "summer vacation" I've scheduled a couple of events for Leo and I to attend. The first of these is coming up on Saturday night and I am VERY excited about going. I bought 4 tickets to see Joe Cocker in concert and Leo and I will be taking my sister Ginger, and nephew Tyler, with us. Can't wait! I'm providing a  link to one of his songs here, just in case you don't know who he is. Enjoy!


Monday, June 07, 2010

New Blog Post

Although I don't use this blog any more, after Leo and Jess reported problems with being redirected to other sites, I do keep it up for those folks that check in now and then. If you want to see my most recent blog postings, go to My PNG Life blog and check it out. I just posted photos of my new apartment there, in case you are interested.