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  1. Sandstone-Shadow
    04-27-2019 02:24 AM
    Oh hey! I found the forums again. How's life been?!
  2. Sandstone-Shadow
    09-19-2018 01:42 AM
    OMG OH NO, how has it been like 5 months?!? Ahhh I'm so sorry this took me so long. I must penpal better.

    Resume shlepping is the absolute worst and I hope you have a semi-decent experience of it!! Haha. I might have to do it again soon, not greatly looking forward to it! That's cool that you participated still, I feel like that's always a great way to be prepared in the future! Like, if you're still interested in doing it someday, now you're so much more prepared than if you chose not to participate at all :D

    Oh hey, a money aron! Ha! Oh goodness, I have... forgotten a lot about ASB. I'd like to finish reffing a few of my battles someday - or even sink some time into making an automated tool thing. Work has given me a lot of practice with Excel and ooooo I feel like it's super achievable if I put some time into it. Hmmm. I know Kratos has got something like that on her site?

    So the job! Thanks! It has overall been a much better experience than my last job. It started off really great - I liked the work I was doing and got along really well with my coworkers. It's changed a little bit (hopefully not permanently) - I'm currently in a bit of a slump, feeling like I'm not doing as well/as much/as important of stuff as some of my colleagues, but I'm working on shaking that psuedo-jealousy feeling. I'm getting nervous too because my contract ends in February, and if it doesn't get extended again/turn into full time, then I might have to look for another job again :( So I'm really trying to prove myself in order to stay - I really don't want to start over again just now haha!

    It's been a lot of fun in the new place though!! I'm so much closer to a lot of restaurant options, and family, and stores, and just cool nature scenic things in general. Now, I don't necessarily take advantage of all those things, but at least I'm consciously choosing not to instead of just not having the option hahahaha. I've been taking some steps towards more art stuff which is super exciting!!! Have I sent you a link to my instagram? I should send you a link - that's where I've been posting most of my stuff! It's a slow progress but I'm trying to stick with it :)

    How have you been?! What have you been up to since finishing your travels - have you found a new job or new adventure of some kind?
  3. Negrek
    04-19-2018 07:47 AM
    And finally responding back!

    I did go through the Great Designer Search and got massacred by the multiple choice test, which was unfortunate but also expected. I've lost pretty much all of my multichoice mojo since leaving high school and not having to take that sort of test all the time. I guess I'm going to have to go out resume shlepping like a normal person if I want to find work, sigh.

    Nice, I like the inspiration for Rica's name! "Rica" also just means "rich" in Spanish (Costa Rica = rich coast), so thanks for sending me the money aron, I guess! I did go to both Costa Rica and Africa, so the place name symbolism works well, too. And feel free to start that meta thread whenever... I'll probably not be much around until May, but I'll definitely take a look once I start revving up on ASB again!

    Big congrats on finding work!! And it's great that you found somewhere that sounds like it'd work much better for you--I hope it's turned out to be as positive an experience as you were hoping for. How's it been going? Have you found any cool things to do or groups to hang out with in the new place you ended up in? And/or have you been working more on your art or other personal projects?

    Oh yeah, there are definitely ways to spin world travel positively without emphasizing the planning or organization bit, heh. It's true, sprinting through the airport is a pretty invigorating experience! Not personally my cuppa, though. I prefer my travel anxiety to be more along the lines of, but will I actually be able to bring myself to eat this weird bug? (Alas, I wussed out and did not eat the weird bug. My reputation as an omnivore is ruined.)

    As far as I know water monitors aren't poisonous, although I think their bites can be pretty nasty. I did take that picture, but I wasn't all that close--probably about three yards away? That's just my camera zoom doing work. I did see people get quite close to them, and they generally seemed pretty chill. I can't believe this one stuck its tongue out at just the right time for the picture!

    Re: snakes: Well, you are a pokémon fan, after all... you pretty much always have that temptation to go into the long grass, don't you? ;)

    I hope you enjoyed the last of your funemployed freedom whether it meant travel or not! I'll let you know if I'm ever planning another grand tour.
  4. Negrek
    02-24-2018 12:19 PM
    Thanks! I will get to your longer message later, but yes! I had a great time on my birthday.
  5. Sandstone-Shadow
    02-18-2018 12:08 PM
    Happy birthday Negrek!! :D I hope it's an awesome day!
  6. Sandstone-Shadow
    02-01-2018 11:28 PM
    OKAY! Finally responding omg haha. Sorry for the late reply to all of this!

    That's awesome about the Wizards designer search! That would be really cool to at least try - making card games/board games/etc has always seemed so interesting, but challenging. Did you find out anything more about it and if you made it on?

    Thanks for adding me to the ref list! Now I am OFFICIAL, huzzah! Also also I wanted you to know I picked the name Rica because it's as in "AfRICA" or "Costa RICA" so your new Aron friend is a traveler too! I'm not sure if you went to/have ever been to either of those places, but the name worked. :P And okay, I'll start a meta thread for the Safari Zone idea!... eventually...

    So, job update. I got a job!!! The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur of sudden interviews and calls with recruiters and stuff, and I think I really lucked out - I got hired for a contract-to-hire design engineer position, and overall it seems like a great culture there (they actually went out of their way to mention their positive views on things like diversity and sustainability - I love both of those things but haven't asked about them in so long because it feels so farfetched sometimes - either the company does and talks about it regularly, or doesn't and it'd be awkward bringing it up? At least that's what I've told myself! I'm going to be rethinking that logic now).

    You know, I feel like the whole "getting a job without any experience in it" is totally about confidence, too. (And... maybe the hiring/selection process's internal biases...) Like, if you honestly believe you can do it! I know sometimes I'm my own worst enemy by selectively remembering the times that, say, I tried to learn something new and gave up or couldn't do it or something haha. But, I think now that I will have a little stability again, I'll feel more comfortable planning to achieve other things (like freelance, art projects, etc.) because I won't feel so guilty for not applying to jobs. Hopefully I'll still have energy, but I think this location is going to make me feel way different - there's going to be so much more energizing opportunities! Like groups to join and places to go and things to do! (Of course, I say I'm excited about all that, but the possibilities of me just spending all my time inside alone are... strong :P)

    Hey, that's good not to have a lot of horror stories, haha! And not actually planning/researching/organizing could also be a selling point - like, you are naturally capable of handling yourself in unfamiliar situations, perhaps? Also while it's certainly stressful in the moment, I somewhat enjoy those "I have a half hour to make the next connection" flights - it's kind of exciting in a way! You're like an explorer, or a spy, or something!

    Good god, snakes in toilets?! That sounds absolutely terrifying!! That's actually a really cool story with the water monitor though! I enjoyed the storytelling. Are those guys poisonous? And is that your picture? You got super close to him! He looks cute and friendly (maybe it's an illusion).

    I totally understand the instinct of "get closer to take a look at the dangerous thing." When I made a trip out west to the Black Hills, a sign at a rest stop said something like, "Beware - Venomous Snakes In Grass," and my first instinct was, "woah, I want to walk into the grass and see if I can see a snake!" It was winter, so it was unlikely, but yes, I understand hehe.

    I hope the rest of your travel and job things go well! :D Now that I can foresee some income, I'm tempted to make a last-ditch effort to go somewhere - maybe to Indiana to see a friend I haven't seen in a while? Or I might just enjoy the last days of hanging around all day, lollygagging around the internet :D
  7. Negrek
    01-25-2018 10:47 AM
    Welll, it's a bit disingenuous to call it "job stuff" since it's such an outside chance and it's not likely that I'll beat out 3,000 other people for one internship position, but I'm participating in Wizards of the Coast's Great Designer Search 3! Most likely my commitment there is going to come to an end tomorrow when I get axed in the multiple choice test qualifier, but at least for the moment I can say I'm working on it. :P
  8. Sandstone-Shadow
    01-24-2018 03:31 PM
    wah! I have to reply to the rest of your message, but re: absence thread post, what kind of job stuff are you doing? Good luck! :D
  9. Negrek
    01-04-2018 07:17 PM
    Anyway I added you to the referee list; no idea how that got overlooked earlier, sorry!

    You're welcome for Venus, and thank you very much for Rica! It's kind of weird how I haven't acquired an aron already; I love the evolution line, and they're great in ASB.

    That's an interesting idea for an ASB feature! I was kind of confused at first because I read "Safari Zone" and thought of the forum game here and thought for a second you were proposing some kind of crossover event, heh. I think it sounds like a solid idea, and my only questions would be the implemenation details, you mentioned like, do people get money in exchange for turning over their old pokémon? How much would the recaptured pokémon cost? Etc.

    Why don't you make a thread in ASB Meta about it to see if there's general interest and get the details hammered out?
  10. Negrek
    01-04-2018 07:17 PM
    Haha, well, it looks like you've convinced yourself that you have some time to ref after all, job search and notwithstanding! ;) I hope you have fun with that and don't end up too stressed from the battles you've taken on. You're doing a great job so far! (And I hope you've found some time to work more on your art, too!) It does seem like it's never the right time to do those sorts of things, but when the future feels uncertain it's definitely extra-hard to commit.

    Interesting that some places turned you down due to lack of engineering experience. That wasn't something I thought many technical writing jobs cared about! But yeah, I'm sure there are engineering jobs out there that will appeal. It's rought that there's no real way to tell if you're going to click with a place without actually signing on and accepting a position, at which point neither you or the company is going to be pleased about an immediate exit if it turns out things aren't working.

    Yes, hopefully my bumming around the world will be a selling point! And also hopefully nobody figures out how much of that planning, organization, or research stuff I actually did. Too lazy for all those tricks!

    It's true, moving into a different field than your major/experience is in is all about spin. I was actually talking to a guy at a hostel about job stuff, and he said that the only good thing about Trump's election was that it proved credentials mean nothing and you can be whatever you want to be, which is why he applied for and got a job as a sushi chef even though he had no idea how to make sushi. I asked him what he planned to do when he went back to the US, and he said he thought he could get a job in Hawaii with the Park Service as a tour guide. "Do you... know anything about Hawaii?" "Nope!"

    Hahaha, yes, creating your own job would be the best! Except for the part where you're 100% responsible for your own self whenever anything goes wrong, heh. But at least I would prefer that to having to abide by other people's goals and priorities.

    I've been in Thailand for the past couple weeks, so I did both Christmas and new year's here. Leaving for Cambodia at the end of the week. And hmm, good stories. To be honest I don't really have many, because I think the best stories are always ones where something disastrous happens but it ends up being kind of funny in hindsight, and I've actually been super-lucky throughout this trip; not even so much as missed a flight thus far, knock on wood (though I've done a couple "I have half an hour to make this connection" airport sprints).

    I suppose something a little amusing that happened was that, a week or so before I was going to leave for Thailand, the New York Times site had a front-page article about snakes in Bangkok. "Well, that's great," I said to myself. "A massive python emerging from a toilet to bite me on the ass sure is a bizarrely specific fear that I had no idea that I had, but actually it turns out I'm completely terrified of that!" So I boarded my flight to Bangkok resolved to examine all toilets carefully before sitting down on them.

    On my first day in the city I decided to visit a park near where I was staying, and no sooner had I sat down on a nice bench looking out on a pond than I spotted a reptilian head coming towards me through the water. I jumped up immediately. "I just got here!" I thought. "Not like this!"

    But upon venturing closer to the edge of the water so I could see what was under the surface (as you do when a potentially very large snake is coming for you), it turned out it was just one of these losers swimming around:

    Water monitors are pretty common in city parks, and it's weird to watch these four-foot lizards wandering around while everyone ignores them. So I got to enjoy my minor freak-out at encountering wildlife, and I haven't seen any actual snakes in the country at all. Like most of my stories, it's really "I thought something was going to happen" rather than "something actually happened."

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