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Happy President’s Day

Or Happy Family Day to all you in lovely Alberta 😉

What a great weekend. I did squat. It’s about time I had a weekend to just veg.

Friday night Greg, Sarah, and I went out to a fancy Italian restaurant. You know your at a classy joint when the waiter can spend 10 minutes pointing out the differences in two bottles of wine on a 10 page wine menu. Luckily Sarah was able to talk shop with the waiter as Greg and I tried to appear as un-smuck-like as possible. Not an easy task, considering I had just worked out, was wearing a baseball hat to hide my messy hair, and hadn’t shaved in days. The food was amazing. And the place was packed with couples on romantic dinners. I felt a little out of place. We managed to spend $150 on dinner.

The rest of the weekend was spent getting acquainted with my laptop and playing video games.

Today, was a weird day. I spent 30 minutes waiting for my bus this morning. Took me a that long to figure out the busses were running on Sunday schedules.
The flu is rampant in my team. My mentor only came in for an hour today for a meeting, and sounded like she was dying. And one of the PMs teleconferenced in from home because he’s sick too.
I went to the company store today and bought a wireless mouse for my laptop. Prices there are sooo cheap. Who wants XBox games for their birthday? Also bought some Microsoft logo goodies. 🙂

Notes on my week

Work
Well my second week of work is over. It was really the first week I was actually doing work, and boy did I work my butt off. I cranked out an awesome site monitoring tool for NewsBot, the product team I working for. It makes lots of pretty graphs and pie charts. I did spend a lot of time on it though. Most days I was here from 8:30 – 6:30, and I was here until 9:00 on Thursday. I’m going to have to slow my pace down, or I might burn out like poor JP.

I’m really happy with the way my Software Developer in Test (SDET) job is going. I was kind of worried I’d be stuck testing widgets or something suitably boring, but I’m doing more design and coding then the developers I know here. And the coding I’m doing is for analysis tools, so there aren’t hundreds of hoops to jump through before I can release it. My first tool will be ready for use on Monday. It was ready on Friday, but my code review revealed a few problems that I need to fix first.

Seattle
Last weekend Greg, Jennifer, and I spent the day walking around downtown Seattle. The highlight was Pike Place Market. The original Starbucks was disappointing, but the fish tossing fish mongers surpassed all expectations (what can you expect from people who toss fish for a living?) – especially when they hit some poor tourist in the head with a fake fish.

We still have to hit the big sites, like the Space Needle and the Experience the Music Project. Although that can wait until Kelsey comes to visit me in two weeks. I hope it snows before then. This afternoon, I might meet some interns for a trip to the Aquarium.

Misc
I opened an American bank account yesterday at Bank of America. Our co-op advisor told us to avoid the big banks because their customer service sucked, but the people at Bank of America were most accommodating. First, they were open on Saturday, but only until 1 o’clock. Greg and I showed up at 1:45 and they still let us in and opened an account for us. And since we’re Microsoft employees, they wave a whole bunch of charges. We said Sarah referred us, so she got $70, and each of us got $25. And they deposit another $25 in your account for free, just because they’re so nice. I was definitely impressed. I especially like having multiple bank accounts. I feel like such a tycoon.

Gym
I have a membership at the Pro Club now. It’s the biggest, craziest gym I have ever seen. It’s uber-huge! And it’s frequented by scrawny Microsoft geeks, so I don’t have to worry about too many testosterone-filled big-muscle guys.

Feeling the Rush

I want to make the most of my Microsoft experience. So, this morning I decided to try something quintessentially Seattle. Right now I’m about the third of a way through my first latte. I think the caffeine rush is really hitting me hard. I don’t normally drink coffee or coke. In fact I can’t remember the last time I had something caffeinated. My eyeballs feel very strange and I think my heart is beating too fast – I can feel it in my temples. Is this normal?

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

I’m off to the Emerald City tomorrow. Should the beginning of a grand adventure. My flight leaves early tomorrow morning and I arrive in Seattle around noon (30 minutes before Greg). Then we’re driving down to our condo in Redmond. I’m a little nervous about clearing customs and will feel better once I’m settled in our new place. Work starts on Monday morning.

I had a great stay in Winnipeg. It was great seeing everyone and spending time with the family and Roxie, Allison, Erinn, and the whole crew at Lorie’s. Unfortunately it will be close to 6 months until I’m back in the Peg – I’ll miss you all.

I don’t have a laptop or a digital camera yet. Once I get my first paycheck I’m going shopping. So you’ll have to wait until then for some pictures.