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Time flies, a Rob update.

Let's do this by topic, to make some sense of the maelstrom that is my thoughts.

Getting closer towards the end of another testing period. It's been busy but not as hectic as I feared. However, bossman has warned us that this release was only a warm-up for The Big One that's gonna hit us in a month or so. That'll be six weeks of tackling a mountain of bugfixes and new functionality. (For those still wondering: I'm in the software testing team of Randstad, the big temp-office company. I make sure their applications are tested before they go 'live'). Furthermore, things have been set in motion for my 'graduation' from the so-called Masterclass (a.k.a. the beginner's club) to another business-unit. Usually most of the Masterclassers end up in the Testing & Acceptance department, but I've opted for the unit "Business Information Services". They're the guys that do the functional application management, making sure that the tested new software keeps working once it's installed, helping with the implementation and training users to work with the new stuff. 4 weeks from today I have my official End-of-class evaluation with my boss, my resource manager and the head of the BIS unit. That evaluation will be very important in terms of my next salary. Hooo boy.

New unit means new car. One that I'll be driving for the next four years (or until I leave the company). The government is trying to get every driver into 'green' cars, so like a good sheep, I'll likely choose between the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid. Personally I'm leaning more towards the latter, but I still have to testdrive the Prius. No Jeff Dunham jokes and quotes, damanique!

It proves quite a challenge to maintain a relationship when both parties live quite a way apart and have very busy schedules. We've even come to the point where we have to 'book' our time together in our agenda's. Not the most ideal situation but so far we seem to manage. Berlin will do us both much good. It would be even more wonderful if Dama found a place in Rotterdam to live, but right now she has enough on her plate to be dealing with moving-house related stress, so this plan remains in the fridge for the time being.

Free time.
What little I have is spent as efficiently as possible. I've had friends over for dinner, I relax with some Guitar Hero or Puzzle Quest, I watch some DVD's with the roommates. I should be studying as well for an exam I have coming up in a couple of weeks, *whistles*. And this weekend I'll be in Limburg for a housewarming and to visit the family.

Financially I'm starting to climb out of the Valley of Debt. Made a good move switching banks earlier this year, and now every little extra I get (from overtime, not-sick bonus, vacationmoney) is going towards the debt. The little GimmeGimme devil on my shoulder is constantly pulling me towards buying a new PC, but I keep him at bay with rational thinking. a) I don't play that many games on my PC anymore, and b) out of debt means no more red flag behind my name when I go shopping for a house/mortgage somewhere in the next couple of years.

Not happy with my weight, even less pleased with my lack of effort. In stead of working out, I lie on the couch playing Guitar Hero. I wish I were more flexible so I could kick myself.


Feb. 28th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm I'd have a hard time choosing between those cars, I like them both! (We did see LOTS of Prius in Japan, so I guess it's good hehehe ;))

As for "luv", moving closer to Damanique is out of the question for you?
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I live in Katwijk and work in Diemen, so, yeah, moving further south will mean horrible traffic jams to face every day.

In totally unrelated news, I met Bakenius this week, who's also on your friends list. It's funny to see how I meet more and more mutual acquaintances but still never met you face to face :D
Feb. 28th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
LOL, true!

I met Bakenius through a very good friend of mine (holly_toadstool), They used to be classmates so I got to hang out at a Bakenius-Party once.
(I even met Damanique there too for the first time actually, now that I think about it... )

So, um, we should meet sometime then LOL. :D

Feb. 28th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was pretty amused when I saw you on Rob's journal, I remember you. I also recall you removed me from your friends list because I was being so dramatic XD In the old days, that'd offend me, but now I realize not everyone appreciates the drama and the ranting. ;) Plus that was ages ago, I was even *more* emo then.

As for the moving, I want to move to the Randstad anyway, it's only a matter of time and money at this point. (Of course, it always is.)
Feb. 28th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
*snicker* Yeah... I remember something about your cat, and I went all OMG *Defriend*. ;)
It seemed like a big deal to me at the time but now that I look back I admit I over-reacted. I guess I was being a bit emo too LOL.

I'll friend you again if it's ok. :)


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