2009 already

I mean, where did 2008 go? I swear I was sitting here in my chair and it was October. The next moment, I’m writing checks for the mortgage and they say “2009”.

Which means I’m either getting older, or I’m losing track of time. (Or both.)

Reflection – I left my old work group (Lending) last April to start work in a new department. It was tough to leave; I was one of the few left of the “original” Mortgage Web Hosting personnel, and most of the team members and contractors that I was leaving behind were people that I had worked closely with for four long years. In most cases, I even helped bring on board a lot of the current team members and contractors.

But, it was time for a change, and looking back 8 months later, I don’t have any regrets. My new team is smaller and that means that we all have to get along and know each others’ strengths and quirks. I think we’re jelling pretty well.

It was also hard to hear from all the team members and contractors that were let go after I left. Contractors that were so instrumental in getting major projects up and running and maintained had to be let go due to length of service. Team members that I worked with also resigned or were “bought out” (given a hefty severance), like my former team lead/manager-for-all-intents-and-purposes.

And in some cases, I heard from team members that were placed on “the list” (those whose positions that are being eliminated due to reorg or budget issues and are first in line for internal postings elsewhere in the company). When you’re placed on “the list” and you have been doing a narrow scope of work for your current job, it’s hard to get another internal position elsewhere unless that new job is similar to your old. And having to counsel/coach some of these people was really, really tough because I knew that their chances of finding another position at the company were very slim, and because I knew their families could be in serious trouble. Thankfully, one of them DID make it and get another position, and the other landed on his feet with another position at another company because of some of the advice I gave him.

So my Christmas wasn’t so bad after all, and neither was theirs. 🙂

Heck, I even learned how to replace a broken window in my house in the past two months. (Kids + basketball hoops + proximity to house windows + wild shots = bad things)

Now, an Anime update –

Completed:

Macross Frontier (4 out of 5 – it was riveting up until the very last episode, and then it got corny for about half the episode…)
Sword of the Stranger (4 out of 5 – excellent movie since in the feudal period)
Wind ~ a breath of heart (4 out 5 – kicking myself for not watching this sooner, like say 2 years ago…)
ICE (3 out of 5 – a little cliched at the end “was it really just a dream”, but a likable pastime.)
Freedom (4 out of 5 – ending was a little rushed, but the artwork was absolutely gorgeous)
Vexille (5 out of 5 – holy SHMOLY! If you haven’t seen this, you need to.)
Yu-Gi-Oh: Shadow Games (3.5 out of 5 – this is the very first season, before the series began focusing on the collectible card game… it’s quite different, but enjoyable)

In the queue / already begun:

Deltora Quest (through episode 15 – there are 65 eps…)
Candy Boy (through episode 4)
Hellsing Ultimate OVA (through #5 – there are 6 total, from what I understand)
Gundam G00 Season 2 (through episode 14)
Clannad After Story (through episode 13)
Here is Greenwood [jdrama] (through episode 7)

Only first episodes watched:

Sekirei (What IS this series?)
Scrapped Princess (yes, I know I need to just watch)
Real Drive (ditto)
Zettai Shougeki (again, HUH?)

Series in progress but I can’t find time to circle back to complete:

Nadia (up to ep 22)
Tokyo Underground (up to ep 5)

On the To-Do list:

Ah My Goddess Tatakau Tsubasa
Madlax
Chrno Crusade
Macross Fufonfia (hehehehehe)
Slayers Revolution
White Album
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
Crystal Blaze
Chaos Head

Maybe I’ll actually find time to catch up with my reading as well… I have three DragonLance novels still to finish off here at the homestead…. in between Suns or Coyotes games on TV of course!