Friday, June 20, 2008

Then We Came to the End

Yesterday was my last day of work. Today is our last day living in this apartment. Tomorrow we’ll move into a new apartment, Monday I start school, and Wednesday I start a new job. As you can guess, between the new baby and all this, I’ve been a little stressed out and exhausted lately, which is why I haven’t posted anything in the last few weeks.

Quitting my job was kind of strange. My last few employment experiences have been so unpleasant and ended so abruptly and painfully that this time came as quite a surprise. I never really loved this job, but it was certainly the best job I’d had since graduating. Of course, that sounds like it’s damning with faint praise, but I don’t mean it that way. I had three job offers at the same time, and I feel like I picked the right one. And even though the job could be pretty boring, working with Cicada again was a lot of fun.

It’s weird to think that I’m finally doing it. I’ve wanted to go to grad school for three years now, and I never thought it would happen because the timing was always wrong. But then I looked back and saw in retrospect that it would’ve worked out, except that I kept chickening out, and I realized that now was as good a time as any. Of course, maybe right now wasn’t the best time—I kind of wish I’d waited for fall semester just to reduce the level of stress in my life a little.

I don’t know where I’m going with all of this. I’ve got a lot on my mind, but I’m kind of exhausted, so this probably isn’t the most coherent post I’ve ever written. But on a final note, the title of this post is the title of a book I read several months ago, and it’s one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a while.

I didn’t think it was as funny as the reviews said, but that’s alright, because I don’t think it was really supposed to be the same kind of office spoof as The Office or Dilbert. It’s just about work and life and changes and why we hate our jobs even though we need them so badly, emotionally speaking. Anyway, as LeVar Burton always used to say on Reading Rainbow, “But you don’t have to take my word for it.”

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Jonathon Owen



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    I think it’s awesome that you’re going back to school now. You are a brave, brave man. Just like LaVar.

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