A Week in the Life: March 27, 2022

This week the big news is I accepted an offer for a new job! It feels like I just did this because I’ve only been in my current job for five months. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a week because I interviewed on Tuesday, on Wednesday they asked me to formally submit an application (since I had only interviewed based on the recruiter finding me) and they sent me information about the benefits they offer, then they sent me the official offer on Thursday.

The new gig is pretty similar to the current one and it’s another contract for a government healthcare program, which is good. I want to do a job that is actually accomplishing something worthwhile for society, even if just a little. The position is a senior technical writer and I’m getting a solid pay increase so I’m feeling good. Plus, I get to get away from my manager who definitely does not know what he’s doing and doesn’t seem to understand that you have to ask more than yes or no questions if you want to understand your employees. He told me he was surprised to hear I was leaving. Well, yeah, that’s what happens if you never talk to someone for more than five minutes at a time.

The new company asked me to start on April 4, which, you may note, is quite soon. I put in my resignation on Thursday afternoon and gave them one week’s notice. At-will employment works both ways!


Here are some things I’ve recently read, watched, or bought.

Books and Other Words

I read half of a book this week. That’s not much but it’s better than what I’ve been doing so I’ll take it.

Meanwhile, on the internet:

Rampant Consumerism

the cords that support the hammock, chewed up and ruined by squirrels
hammock carnage

I was forced to buy a new hammock thanks to the destructive behavior of the squirrels that frequent our backyard. Over the winter, they took to gnawing my hammock and scavenging its fibers. This, unfortunately, made the hammock useless to me and I had to buy a new one. I’ve sprayed this one with a squirrel repellent (apparently they hate peppermint. Unfortunately, so do I). It’s working so far but if these damn squirrels rob me of one of my few joys I will go on a rampage.

Making Things and Doing stuff

There are some things I’ve made and stuff I’ve done.

Moving It

my garage with a cleared area covered in a small amount of rubber gym flooring. There is a weightlifting bar a nd a rack with a small set of weights
garage gym phase 1

We finally have a little garage gym set up! We’ve been gradually cleaning and making space for this. I finally bought some floor mats (and discovered I will need more of them) and we got it set up. I’ve been deliberately under-estimating what I think I can lift since I haven’t lifted anything for a while and to help me build up the habit of lifting again. We also don’t have that many plates so, frankly, I couldn’t go crazy even if I wanted to. But I’m happy about being able to lift weights again. The next phase is going to be to get a squat rack because right now, I can only squat the weight if I can also clean it, which will eventually be limiting.

Kitchen Witchery

I got in a couple of new recipes this week, which I always enjoy. For dinner tonight I made Alba’s tagliatelle with ragu from the Pasta Grannies cookbook. I’ve discovered that pasta isn’t that hard to make but still it seems like a minor miracle when it works out. I also tried a yeasted cake recipe from the Nordic Baking Book. It’s called brunviger. Before baking, the instructions call for dimpling the cake like you would a foccacia then topping it with a cinnamon and brown-sugar mixture. It’s delicious. It’s something about halfway between a coffee cake and cinnamon rolls.

Cat Therapy

This week Fritz turned one! He’s been alive for a whole year and is technically not a baby anymore (he’s still totally a baby though).

Finally, here are some cat photos for your nerves.