23 February 2011

The Job Hunt

Finding a job reminds me of dating. This is NOT the sort of association that makes me love job hunting. Of course I'm talking about the kind of dating that led nowhere; dating Annette led to the most blissful years of my life so she's excluded from all future derogatory comments in this post.
Parallel #1: It seems hard to even get an employer (girl) to give your resume (me) more than one quick glance up and down and once they do, 90% of the time, it's all over.
Parallel #2: Once an employer actually takes a little bit of time to get familiar with your resume, they find ALL SORTS of imagined things wrong with you. One of the things most common is they say I don't have enough years of experience which also parallels my dating at one point when a girl thought that she would have dated me except I didn't have enough "years of experience" being a boyfriend and she didn't want to train me. Funny how girls think they can train their boyfriends/husbands, isn't it? Annette knows better. She doesn't even try to train this old dog new tricks. Good thing she loves dogs unconditionally...
Parallel #3: Every now and then when the stars even begin to align, you get a job interview (date). And just like every first and second date, it's just one big exercise in talking about the weather. I mean, come on! Are you really going to get to know truly important information about a person in the first interview? How do I convey to them that I work hard by sitting there chatting about work experience? How can I show them them that I'll bend over backwards to be friendly to everyone and not perpetuate office gossip while I am talking to them about computer programs I know? How do I prove to them that I won't steal their proprietary information by mentioning that as a BYU grad, I am sure glad that Jimmer Fredette was born? And just like your resume, they can still construe anything you say against you if they so choose.
Parallel #4: The costs are huge! Both monetary costs and opportunity costs abound during the job hunt. The cost of gas driving to SLC and back. The cost of certain job hunting sites. The time spent in professional networking seminars, webinars, career workshops, and looking at countless opportunities you're under or overqualified for. (I know those weren't complete sentences and I would only care if I were to send this to a potential employer). And in the end, you could end up single...I mean, jobless.
Parallel #5: You really don't know if you're going to like the job after you get it. The overall compensation might be meager and you can't even guarantee that they won't breech their contract or dump you. Luckily, I ended up with Annette who overcompensates me to the tune of trillions of dollars per year, and I can only hope and pray that I'll be that blessed in the world of employment.

That's more than enough. You've probably all passed out by now and are slobbering on your keyboards. Thus it is. The End

16 February 2011

Married Life

Annette thought I should share this story. I was awakened the other night in the wee hours of the night/morning by Annette slapping me in the face. I was, as you might expect, jolted awake unlike ever before. To make things weirder, she was saying, "Say something!" It seemed as though she thought I was somewhere in the Land of the Living Dead. So I probably said something like, "What!? What's wrong?" In my mind I was saying, "Stop slapping me! What the devil!" She asked if I had been awake and I told her I had been sleeping like a baby (or better than a baby since most don't sleep very well) until she started slapping me. Apparently, she had awakened and looked over at me. Even though I was sleeping, she thought that through the darkness she could see me staring at her and just smiling and not saying anything at all. She thought that eventually I would say something, but since I wasn't it was creeping her out and she commanded me to say something. When I didn't, she started slapping me and that's when I woke up as though someone was experimenting on me with automated electronic defibrilators. I told her that I didn't know how she could think such a thing since I'm not a smiler during the day (I'm happy, but don't smile as much as I should) so why would I be at night? Anyway, we both think this story is kind of funny. Just one of those quirky fun things that make marriages cute--REALLY cute when someone as cute as Annette is involved. :-D

Speaking of cute, here's a picture of my beautiful wife (and me) at the American Fork East Stake Valentine's Day Dance on Friday.

10 February 2011

Baby Boy!!!

Here are two pregnancy photos so far.  I think that I might be slightly bigger now, but not too much.

The ultrasound was a fun event.  I didn't know if Charles would have a job by the time it came, so I invited my mom and my mother-in-law to accompany me.  It was such a fun experience!  The sonographer was very nice and thorough.  She explained what we were looking at and what types of problems she was looking for and such.  Near the end we finally got to see if it was a boy or girl.  It was pretty obvious that it was a boy.

Charles had thought it was a girl and was pretty sure about it.  I wanted a boy, but I really wasn't leaning one way or another too much.

Here are some of the boy's first pictures:

After finding out that it was a boy, my mom and I went maternity shopping and found lots of cute clothes.  I never knew that maternity clothes could be so cute and comfortable.  The best thing is that we were able to find three nice dresses that were actually modest!

Later that day we picked David up to go see a play at the Hale Center Theatre to watch The Foreigner (It was the best play EVER).  When I went into his apartment I by far got the best reaction from my cousin Cody about me looking pregnant.  It was great!  The little bump is hard to see depending on my clothing choice so whenever it seems like I look more pregnant it makes it a lot more real.  With seeing the baby, finding out it is a boy, and buying maternity clothes, I started to feel pregnant.  But with Cody's reaction to my size, I officially feel pregnant!  Thanks Cody!

As you can see with my greater use of exclamation marks, this is obviously a very exciting time for me and love being a Mommy-to-be!

03 February 2011

The Baby ! ! !

The baby enjoys doing many things, such as:

  • jumping on the waterbed (Mommy's bladder)
  • kickboxing
  • ninja moves of all kinds
  • rolling/twisting
  • the hokey pokey
  • stretching all limbs at the same time
  • waking up early in the morning (4:30am) and creating just enough movement that it wakes Mommy

Those activities are fairly recent and still quite infrequent (except the morning one, that happens everyday), but I assume that this baby will really start being quite active as the time passes.

We get to find out if the baby is either a boy or a girl on Tuesday the 8th of February. It will be good for us to start trying some names out on the baby to see what names he/she likes. If you have any opinions on the gender or good names let us know.

Other neat things in our life:

  • Charles might get a job soon . . .
  • I am doing well in my classes and really enjoying all of the classes and teachers, this is quite a change from last semester where I didn't like the classes or the teachers.
  • Our living room is officially all finally put together and looks quite nice for using what we have.
  • The rest of our house is coming along quite well. All but two boxes are unpacked, but we fear we are missing a box. We keep thinking of things we just can't seem to find and all of those things fall into the same category of items that would be packed together. The mystery of the missing box . . .
  • We have lots of friends in our new ward and we are absolutely loving it. I have never had strong feelings for a ward and was always pretty okay with moving out, but I LOVE our ward and really never want to leave. If we have to move, leaving our ward will be the hardest trial for me.
  • We are loving being Sunday School teachers for the 14 and 15 year olds. We have quite a large class, but are having fun learning.
  • My work has officially ended! It was a great job, but it is definitely nice to have time to do well in my classes, clean our house, and cook. With Charles being unemployed he has done all of the domestic house things, but once he has a job he won't have much time for those things with him being in school as well.