Friday, August 26th, 2016

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So I'm about six months in on the new job, still super happy. Life is generally great. Recently went to Seattle and Vancouver (where Vancouver almost tried to keep me) for a professional conference. That was interesting... I need to start actually reading blogs to know what the industry is talking about at the moment, because there's a whole shared vocabulary I'm not aware of.

Over the summer I've done a fair bit of name change paperwork stuff. I now have updated name with Massachusetts and Social Security as well as some of my banks. There are so many banks. So many. Why so many?

I'm thinking about a couple of ongoing learning things I could do with myself now that I finished my degree. I may take a class on French Idioms from the Alliance Fran├žaise of Boston, particularly since it's been ages since I've kept my French in practice and I don't want to lose it. (Also because I feel like idioms are one of those things that keeps you from following what's going on when you aren't native, and I'd love to specifically learn some.)

Also considering a graduate degree, but trying not to rush into things. I may want to look at some Data Science related classes (statistics, analysis of algorithms, maybe other things) to figure out if that looks like something I may want to do with my life. I think in particular I should be trying to do some online learning in a few topics to get a feeling for how good a fit any of the options I'm considering are.

I dunno. I'm happy, not stressed, and have accomplished most of the aspirations I had previously, so I'm spending a lot of time thinking about larger questions. It's a good thing, but I feel a bit adrift and floating on the wind.

I'm going to join a community chorus again this fall so I can keep something musical in my life. If I do that and the French course, then fall will have my Tuesdays and Thursdays busy, which might be a nice thing, actually. Having too little to do seems like a problem for me.

Feels harder to have much to update when it's like, "well, life is pretty good. Okay then." I am not complaining that this is a problem. :)

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