Monday, February 12, 2007

Being busy isn't any excuse for not posting...

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's what Becca and I have been up to as of late:

  • The big news is that we have a place to live as of March 1st. We found a townhouse in SE Portland about 2 miles from J&L's. Their hospitality has been fantastic but it will be nice to have my own office and a kitchen where grilling meat and drinking a Mt. Dew will not be endlessly heckled. The house is in SE Portland and could end up being a potentially long commute to some job locales but in the short term we elected to go with a great place in a nice neighborhood with the other things we wanted: groceries & stores within walking distance as well as a close proximity to running/commuter bike trails.
  • Becca continues to be very busy with her consulting with Boston Scientific, splitting time between Portland and Minneapolis. It's not an ideal situation by any means but it also is a paycheck that allows us to have a slightly smoother reentry into Oregon life. Plus it's further reminding her what she does and doesn't want from a job.
  • I'm quite busy with school. I even got back my first case analysis for my Marketing Strategies class. The analysis, which started as a steaming pile of... stuff, eventually turned into a A-. However, I'm also writing this entry in an effort to procrastinate on my second analysis. Good to see that some parts of being back in school come back easier than others.
  • Becca is keeping busy contemplating all the varying nesting techniques she can use in our new townhouse. :-) Needless to say she's very excited about having a place of our own again for the first time since May 2005. Yes in the end it will have been almost two years since we've had an actual home of our own.
  • My job search continues to go. I made a conscious effort this time to focus on networking and more company research than just finding jobs I like and applying for them. As a result, it feels like it's been a longer process; there is only so much networking you can do in a given day vs. time intensive tasks such as writing cover letters, etc. However given my somewhat narrow scope (sports business first, online marketing second) it's been extremely helpful. I have a few possibilities floating out there so hopefully something will allow me to get my foot in the door sooner than later.
  • Becca hasn't really started looking for work yet; partially because of her current consulting and partially because she doesn't know what she wants to do. The good news is her background is such that finding a job is likely going to be a very quick process for her!
  • Oh and if the hectic schedule of job hunting and school wasn't enough, I decided to put my body through the grinder again. I'm currently training for another marathon, with the likely target San Diego in June. I've also got an eye on breaking 3:10 and therefore qualifying for Boston. Not sure if the training is going to hold up given the general chaos of life but for now I'm giving it a go. Sure I have to shave a good 15 minutes off my time from two and a half years ago but I figure the 20 lbs. I've lost is at least worth 5 of 'em.
That's it from here. More writing soon. I'd promise but I'm not a big fan of breaking promises :-)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

BD, me and Tony Petraglia (Coltrane, formerly of PFN) are going to run the Hagg Lake mud run on 2/24. Its a 25k. 2.5 miles longer then anything I have run before but should be fun. Might fit in with your marathon training. I think this will be a slog more then a run so holler if you want to join up. McGhee