My favorite kind of fern (if you live here long enough, you get such favorites). #oregon #forestpark #pdx

My favorite kind of fern (if you live here long enough, you get such favorites). #oregon #forestpark #pdx

All that green - why I’m a PNWer for life #pdx #forestpark #oregon

All that green - why I’m a PNWer for life #pdx #forestpark #oregon

Balch Creek, Forest Park. Aaaahhh my idea of heaven. #forestpark #pdx #balchcreek

View from the Pittock Mansion #pdx #pittock

View from the Pittock Mansion #pdx #pittock

Beautiful way to start my Saturday!  Free Barre3 class in The Fields park #newbie #pdx #barre3

Beautiful way to start my Saturday! Free Barre3 class in The Fields park #newbie #pdx #barre3

On feeling angry and vulnerable.

And disappointed in a person. And an outcome. And one’s own self.

I interviewed last week for an internal position.  Not necessarily a promotion, but it was to do work I really want to be doing & is within another part of the organization I have been trying to get back into for the last couple of years after a previous project ended.  It is the kind of work that stokes the fire inside me, and hours pass without it feeling like work. The job would be still be work (I mean, we all want to win the lottery but…), but it would be interesting at its worst moments and challenging at its best.

The story starts earlier this year in the spring.  My coworker, who I have  considered both a mentor and a cheerleader and a friend over the past 9 years, came up to me and basically offered me a position.  I mentioned this briefly in March(5 months ago!) when she was working on the funding. Later she made a verbal offer, we talked about the work, the pay, even that maybe I could even start within a few weeks if it all came together.  (more after the cut as this gets long)

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Sometimes a case of the Mondays requires silly selfies.

Sometimes a case of the Mondays requires silly selfies.

Do you live without a microwave?

So annoying - the start button on the panel of our microwave decided to quit working this week. It seems like everything else still works - number buttons, etc, but no way to start it.  I kind of miss my family’s first microwave in the early 80s that had a dial (!), but it did last for years and years because of the lack of fancy electronics. 

I’m guessing with how appliances are made these days, that it’s useless to even try to get it fixed.  So annoying and unsustainable to have to totally junk it.  It’s probably 7yrs old, I’m guessing.

It’s an over-the-range unit, so it seems like they automatically jack up the price by $100 for that.  The problem is our kitchen is pretty small, so it is pretty nice to have it off the counters. 

In the meantime, I didn’t realize how much I take it for granted - heating up leftovers in the oven/stovetop seems so annoying now….

Any tips or recommendations on brands to buy/not buy? (This one’s a Frigidaire so I’m thinking nope on this brand as reviews for their current model mention the faceplate dying on people within 6 months!). 

My long weekend camping in the San Juan Islands was awesome (pics to come), but my vacation high was quickly snuffed by a terrible, no-good, awful day. I’m hoping tomorrow is a little better, but I still have leftover bad stuff to deal with.

This girl interviewed (& kicked butt) at dream job interview. Now donuts then pdx>seattle>sanjuans. #bluestar #redletterday #winning #lifeisgood

This girl interviewed (& kicked butt) at dream job interview. Now donuts then pdx>seattle>sanjuans. #bluestar #redletterday #winning #lifeisgood

Old friend, we meet again. #betterthanvoodoo #pdx #bluestar

Old friend, we meet again. #betterthanvoodoo #pdx #bluestar