Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Job!!

The written offer has been signed and returned.  I'm soon to be gainfully employed as a public health modeling/simulation scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in (part of the Tri-Cities area).  The group of folks I'll be working with are a high-energy, driven, fun bunch of folks. Apparently they're as excited about my joining them as I am.  The group manager has told me a couple times that she's pretty convinced that I'll be setting the lab on fire shortly after I join them.  We're aiming for a mid-April start date.

The relocation folks at PNL will make the arrangements for me to get packed and moved by an actual moving company, so that will simplify this whole Move Across the Country thing quite a bit.  I'm hoping that Sis will join me for the driving part, but she's having her ACL fixed at the end of March so may not be available.  I've already put a deposit on an apartment in Richland, so that's all taken care of too.

Needless to say, the pace of the Olympic Painting session is picking up a wee bit.  I've got three bedrooms and a garage to paint, plus the 42 miles of trim to touch up and 18 doors. Then there are the miscellaneous small repairs/fixes.  I'm hoping the weather will warm up enough in the next couple of weeks that I can get the deck stained. That'll make a huge improvement at the back of the house.  Some nice flowering annuals at the front of the house and we'll be in good shape.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Knitting and Painting

Although the Knitting Olympics are officially underway, I'm only half-heartedly participating. My intention initially was to knit myself a sweater.  Unfortunately, I don't think I actually have the time to complete such a critter, so have cast on a pair of socks instead.

What is taking up my time, you ask? Painting. (Can I still call it Olympic Painting if I'm using Valspar paint instead of Olympic paint? I used Olympic paint on the walls if that makes a difference.)  I'm painting the baseboards and trim inside my house.  The previous owners had a dog, which apparently had a penchant for chewing on door frames and corners of baseboards.  Saturday I scrubbed the baseboards and Sunday I spent over 6 hours masking off the baseboards and trim.  I began painting on President's Day.

I have discovered that my small house contains approximately 19.8 miles of baseboards and approximately 42.3 miles of door frames.  I hadn't really considered the detail involved in painting door frames either.  So this job won't be quite as quick as I had hoped  And then there are the doors which will also need to be painted.  Textured, 3-panel and 6-panel doors.  I think I can get the baseboards all done in one day. Needless to say the rest of the project will take a while longer.  Perhaps by the time the closing ceremonies roll around I'll be nearly finished.

Monday, February 08, 2010

It Never Rains, But It Pours....

Spent most of last week in Washington state for a job interview trip.  I think it went well. I've been advised that I might hear something this week.  Hopefully that means I might hear GOOD news, not that they hired someone else. I did hear today that they're commencing the background check (which I must pass before they can make me an offer), which I'm taking to be a good sign.

To make things more interesting, while I was away for the week, I got a phone message from the Assistant Commissioner for Health asking if it was true that I've been looking for a new career challenge and to call her if I am.  *Someone* has been talking about me.... O.o   Of course now with the prospect of a really cool job in WA, I'm not sure what to tell the Asst. Commish other than "Please stand by" and I'm not sure how well that will go over. 

White Death 2010 v3
So the morning started with about an inch of snow which was gone by lunchtime.  Then it started up again just before quitting time.  Right now there is about an inch of snow on the ground with continuing flurries.  The snow on the way home was half snow and half freezing rain. The roads in the morning could be rather dicey.  Not really looking forward to that.  Maybe it'll be slick enough that we'll get another snow day.  At least I have plenty of food to last the next ten days, so no trip to the grocery store was needed today.

Holiday Weekend Plans
So during the last long weekend I finished painting the trim in the kitchen.  Of course, I didn't get the trim around one of the doors painted.  Can you tell which one?

Yep, the one on the right.  I really like how the bright white looks against the green, though it also sets off the cream colored walls too.  I'll see about finishing the garage door trim this coming weekend and probably also the baseboards and trim in the master bedroom and bath.  I've been talking about doing that for a while now and it's time to just get it done.  Mostly what I've been avoiding is taping off the baseboards as it's a bit tricky to do a good, straight job on carpet.