The team interview on Tuesday went as well as could have been anticipated. I say that because, like most team interviews, they are asking a series of pre-defined questions. My answers overall seemed satisfactory, my questions back to them - my standard ones of "Why are you here?" and "What one thing would you change if you could about this place currently?" were well received and had honest responses in turn. The hiring manager interview has been moved to next Tuesday. So we prepare and wait a bit longer.
Training for the product job has commenced. I started the on-line part last Saturday and have about 50% of it to complete, which will need to be completed next Saturday. Best news? I get paid for training. First check for the princely sum of $62.47 (pre-tax) dropped yesterday.
Earlier this week I had to drop a comment into spam (it was clearly spam). On a whim, I went to look - and found not only that comment, but comments from my regular commenters there as well that were not designated as spam. You know, those usual firebrands like Ed, Becki, and STxAR. It had even helpfully identified a number of my responses as spam. I have restored them all, including my own - so in the event you thought you commented and it never came up, mea culpa. I will check the spam box more often now.
Things like this give me pause about the true power of Artificial Intelligence.
This week was effectively my last almost full week (4 days, more or less) of work. I am fully off today through next Friday and for the bulk of the following week, pending two half days. All e-mails are organized and sorted, all remaining responsibilities discharged, Out of Office notification typed up, with the helpful "After 29 May, this e-mail will not be monitored" added. I have six remaining meetings, 50% which I am interested to attend just as follow up, 33% with individuals that I value for the conversation, and 17% for the remaining required meeting, which is literally the last thing I will do before I push my computer over the side and call it done.
Looking at the work calendar, it is hard to believe that 43 days ago my world was so differently focused.
The Outdoorsman and I will be off hiking again, leaving today and returning on Sunday (so in advance, apologies for the delay in responses with the excuse of spam). With the potential change in jobs one way or the other, I have no idea if this will constitute the last training hike before our planned hike in August. Either way, I full intend to enjoy the experience. After that, I will need to start doing prep work on clearing the house out to prepare to rent it. Bittersweet all around.
Life. Sometimes it is playing the hand you are dealt instead of hoping for a better hand.