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November 4, 2007

Life is What Happens While You're Making Other Plans

John Lennon was right: life doesn't wait for us, but moves of its own accord. Here's what's going on with us right now.

I've been working on math with Connor (more on Steph's blog, where I have lessons as they come up), but am probably not going to be able to do that this week due to Lego League.

Speaking of which, the qualifying tournament for us is next Saturday. We have to finish the robot and programming this week, complete with finding out that our entire strategy is bunk: we can only use one robot, not one robot at a time. That means that our "one dropper, one pusher" plan is out, and since they were built on different platforms, we don't have time to adapt. We'll keep the pusher, which does more missions, and not finish the dropper (which is what Connor and Aidan were responsible for most of). We also have to do our presentation, which is a big deal and which we haven't completed the props for nor practiced yet. It's going to be a very, very busy week.

Not to mention Scouts, with which we are in the middle of Scouting for Food, where we collect canned goods for a local charity. We had a Halloween Hayride that went pretty well. Our November meeting will feature turkey bowling and other games, and should be a lot of fun.

But here's where the other plans get thrown out and life comes into it. I had worked out an arrangement for a contract in North Virginia. This would have been a significant money increase (enough to make up for working under my normal rates for the last 2 years, given time), and a lot of fun. More, it was with the Army, so it would have been helping out the military, a subject on which I'm quite passionate. Unfortunately, the contracting company I was working with utterly messed up when I could start, and the Army couldn't (or wouldn't) adjust its plans for when I could actually start, not even by two days. There's only so much I can do: as a contractor, my reputation for professionalism is half of my ability to make a living. (The rest is my skill set, technical and business both.) I was not going to leave my current client (much as I loathe going in to work by now) with so little notice, and without completing my currently-urgent assignments. So now I'm going to be leaving my job as of November 16, and I don't have a follow-on job. I have a bit of money in the bank, and don't expect to have a problem finding work, but it's annoying on many levels. Perhaps the worst of it is that our living arrangements are very uncertain now, with Christmas approaching. Where we'll be living in January, and whether I'll be traveling between now and then, are both quite up in the air.

Which, I need hardly say, wreaks havoc with the aforementioned activities.

Ah, well, we persevere, and thrive despite adversity.

I hope.

Posted by jeff at November 4, 2007 9:32 PM

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