Monday, April 5, 2010

Sick cats and new jobs!

The last couple of weeks sure have been interesting. I've left my job of 5 years for a brand new position at a new firm doing all new things and I couldn't be more excited about it. Today was my first day and I'm exhausted, full of all kinds of questions and insecurities, but so glad that I took the plunge. I'm now doing proposal writing for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, an engineering firm based here in Waltham (can't beat the 1.5 mile commute... I see a beach cruiser as primary means of transportation in my future!) and it's totally got its act together. I am just bowled over by what an amazing job the HR department has done to make me feel welcome and to help orient me to the firm, its culture, people, and my position. While I've only just begun, I already have very high hopes for what's to come.

In other news, our cat Hemingway has had a tough go of it in the past 2-3 weeks with some mysterious illness which has totally had him under the weather. He's got a big lump on his neck and the poor bugger had us in the kitty cat emergency room on Easter Sunday looking for some relief. The vet swears he's going to be OK, but I'm both chagrined and relieved that he's showing some interest in food... relieved because he hadn't been eating all that much in the past 2 weeks, but chagrined because the thing he seems to like the most is that dreaded English spread Marmite. I have a cat that loves Marmite. Sheesh... It tastes to me like burned poo, but Mark loves it and so does Hemingway. Apparently he found the right family after all. Hopefully he turns the corner soon!

Updates pending on the coming swim season-- (a few more of these beautiful 70+ degree sunny days strung together and we'll definitely be out in the lake soon)-- so far I'm definitely doing a brand new race on July 10th- a 2.4 mile race around the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. I am very much looking forward to this race not only because I love swimming in Maine, but also because Mark and I got married there just over 2 years ago. It's a lovely place! I'm also a definite swimmer for the Kingdom Swim, a 10-mile event in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont. I have a few other swims I'm thinking about, but nothing firm just yet. More details to come...

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