Wednesday, July 28, 2004

All in a day's work

I'm not sure how many jobs there are out there that afford you the opportunity to sample silicone (the consistency of honey) out of a 50 gallon drum using a foot-long metal spatula. Certainly not boring around here today!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Random comment

Isn't it great when you get some new information on the job that completely nullifies all the work you did the day before? Ah well, I guess there's something to be said for unnecessary practice.

Partay, and some other stuff

Saturday's shindig was quite a succes. Below I've documented the party preparations, so you can check that out. I think we figured out there were 34 or so people here, all told, and we didn't even run out of food. It was a lot of fun.

Sunday I finally saw The Bourne Identity, in preparation for seeing The Bourne Supremacy. We didn't quite make it to see the sequel, but I thought the first one was quite good. Certainly entertaining, and from what I've read and heard about Supremacy, that one's even better. Yay for sequels that are better than their predecessors.

The weekend was, of course, far too short. Going back to work today at least wasn't much of a drag. Now if only I didn't have to get up so early to get there...hehe. It's disturbing that it's not even 10:00 yet and I have to get up in 8 1/2 hours. Grr. Well, on that happy note, I'm going to get to bed. Have a good week, all.

Oh come on, boys, we just de-haired that chair! You're lucky you're so darned cute. Posted by Hello

Many tasty veggies, ready for dipping. Posted by Hello

Agnes hard at work on a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. Mmmm...chocolate. Posted by Hello

Here we have photographic evidence of the day Tom made peace with the food processor. He came to see the value in the device when he made a huge bowl of fresh salsa in record time! Posted by Hello

And here we have the product of Tom's collaboration with the food processor...big vat o' tasty, tasty guac. Posted by Hello

Max & Agnes wrapping pigs in blankets. Oh so many blanketed pigs. Posted by Hello

And thar's the spread. Posted by Hello

And here's a picture of a bunch of people's backs...also, it's the only photo I managed to take <i>during</i> the party. Silly me. Posted by Hello

Friday, July 23, 2004

Week one is done...

Well, I made it through 4 days without anyone deciding I'm unworthy to work here, so that's a good start. I've been basically thrown into the pool, so to speak, and expected to figure out that swimming business on my own. There's been some flailing on my part, but I haven't drowned yet. The reality is that there has been a big backlog of quality control tests that haven't been done (since the guy I replaced has been gone for almost 2 weeks and he was the only one who did that job), so I've had to jump in with very little training and just figure out how to get the stuff done. There's only one other guy who really knows how to do the tests, and he's always busy with other stuff, so as bad as I feel about bugging him for help all the time, I don't really have any other options. There are some things that are just completely unfamiliar to me...instruments, materials, etc. But I'm figuring it out, and by Monday afternoon I should be caught up on all the tests, so that's definitely a good thing.

Looking forward to a nice weekend. We're having some folks over tomorrow night for a little shindig, so that'll be fun I'm sure. Need to get caught up on laundry, etc. etc., but that's about it. Have a good weekend. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

New comments, and day one on the job

Myles pointed out to me that he had to get a blogger.com membership to comment on my posts, but this is no longer so. Anyone can comment freely, and should therefore feel free to do so.

My first day at work was interesting. My supervisor apparently didn't know I was coming, so he wasn't at all prepared for me to be there today. It was okay though; he got me set up in my office and showed me where my lab benches were located. I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning and reorganizing (the guy I've replaced left only a week ago, and there was still a lot of his stuff sitting around), and then another chunk of the day reading about what I'll be doing for the company. For the time being, I'm a QC (Quality Control) chemist, which means I'll be performing lab tests on materials to make sure they are of an acceptable quality. I begin training tomorrow, and there are already lots of tests waiting to be done. According to my supervisor, I eventually will get additional training in some specific area or other, and later I'll have one or two minions of my own to supervise. So that's pretty durn cool.

And now my belly is rumbly, so I'm going to go eat something. Hasta.

Callooh Callay!

Well, at long last, I seem to have found gainful employment. I received a phone call this morning that culminated in a job offer at an aerospace company. I start tomorrow! Looks to be an interesting job; I'll add more info here when I have some. Currently all I know is that I'll be assisting a senior chemist at the company, working on proposals and experiments related to new materials used in transparencies (which is a fancy word for airplane windshields, essentially). So that's all very exciting. And now...off to bed, since I must get up very early tomorrow to beat the traffic and be at work on time! More in a few days.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Sun Teeth and the Job Hunt

Well, both summer and the job hunt seem to be in full swing, here. I had one interview on Wednesday--it went well, but they were interviewing 5 people for one position, so I'm not counting any proverbial chickens--and I've got another next Tuesday. Hoping I'll get something reasonably soon, though I have to admit that having a month's break from work and school has been rather lovely.

Though I'm glad to have a reprive from the Mojave Desert summer this year, it hasn't exactly been chilly here either. The sun has teeth, as Tom is wont to say, and it gnashes them often. It's nice that Torrance is a pretty short drive away...I think it's consistently about 10 degrees cooler there than here. We've also got a pool here in our complex, which I've already taken advantage of once. Hehe.

Not a lot else going on. Just waiting for the employment gods to grant me a source of income. Here are some more sleeping cat pictures for your amusement. Til next time...

Yes, I know I'm cute.  Posted by Hello

Aaaaahhhhh....this is the life. Posted by Hello

Loki passed out on the cat condo. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, July 07, 2004


Loki giving Leo a very dedicated grooming. Posted by Hello

You will not escape a thorough ear-cleaning! Posted by Hello

Beach Day

Yesterday I visited with Auntie Jean and Aunt Julie. We made sandwiches and went to the beach (photos below), where we saw a seal playing in the ocean. Afterward we returned to Aunt Julie's place and swam in the (heated) pool there...much warmer than at the beach, though I did take a bit of a dip in the ocean as well. When we were all swum out, we went to Yaya's for dinner. By the end of the day, I was pink in the face and worn out, but it was a nice visit.

Auntie Jean, Yaya and me (with my pink cheeks and nose...) Posted by Hello

Aunt Julie burying me in the sand. Posted by Hello

That black blurb at the lower right of the frame is a seal! He was very close to shore, surfing and fishing. Posted by Hello

Monday, July 05, 2004


Leo earning his keep, working as a bookend. Posted by Hello

Loki having a nap. Posted by Hello

Max winding up to give the frisbee a good toss. Posted by Hello

Left to right: Scott, Agnes, Frosso, and Piyush. Posted by Hello

Fun in the sun at Griffith Park. Tom, Max and Matt playing frisbee. Posted by Hello

View out the window of our apartment. Posted by Hello

Post the first, July the fourth...

Well, I've been in Pasadena nearly 2 weeks now. Things are good, the cats are getting along, and I figured it was about time I emerge from internet hibernation.

Today was a good day. Tom, Max, Agnes and I went to Griffith Park for picnicking with some friends. There was football-tossing, soccerball-kicking, frisbee-flinging fun, and a lot of food. All in all, a good way to spend the 4th.

I'll have some photos up soon (courtesy of my snazzy new camera), and when I figure out where the content from my old site will be up permanently, I'll of course post a link. And until I have more stuff up here, I shall direct you to the blog Tom and I share, located here, which has lots of interesting links to check out.

Until next time...