Ten days have passed since I last posted here. Lots has changed.
My new contract is in full swing. In my professional life I seem to find interesting things to do (my last contract was the exception to that rule). That's true this time. I'm managing a portfolio of projects in the IT Risk and Information Security organization at a Fortune 100 company with a beautiful campus here in Charlotte. I'm loving it, so far.
It requires a bit of a lifestyle change. My previous contract was only 4 miles from my apartment. This contract is all the way on the other side of the city - 30 miles each way. I've learned that my morning traffic window of opportunity ends at 7am - so I've been leaving earlier. Not a bad thing, so far.
We had an all-day organization meeting yesterday. Part of the ice-breaker during the introductions was to mention something interesting about ourselves. I wasn't quite sure which interesting thing to mention. I suppose that's a good thing.
We've got a very good group. Two other women and I spent the first couple of days getting ready for a monthly portfolio review for the Chief Security Officer and his direct reports. It was a good way to get to know one another and I already feel more good mojo with these people than I have with anyone since Nebraska. It's good.
I'm hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful (long-term) relationship.
I still can't believe it's almost the end of November already. I've made arrangements to fly to Dallas to spent Thanksgiving with mom next week. That seems to have become the tradition in recent years. Her special man-friend spends Thanksgiving camping with his family so she gets lonely. My brother and sister have families and spend the Holiday at home. I enjoy spending Thanksgiving with her, but I'll be honest - there are very few people who could motivate me to travel on Thanksgiving weekend.
The next weekend I travel to Denver to spend some time with my son. He turns 29 next month. That blows me away, too.
They're forecasting a new record low here tomorrow morning. It's supposed to get down to 17 degrees overnight so the apartment complex sent an email to all the residents on what to do to keep your pipes from freezing. Last year at this time I was in Omaha and they were in single digits earlier this week. As far as I'm concerned we're getting off easy. I see how cold it's getting elsewhere so this is nothing.
Buffalo is getting crushed by a snowstorm for the ages tonight. Some places there are expecting 6 feet of snow. 6 friggin' feet! That's absolutely insane. I've been having fun looking at all the pictures that people are posting. The funny thing is - people in Buffalo just take it in stride. As someone who grew up there I know how it goes. Anyway - I hope my friends there are safe, warm, and have enough food to wait until things die down.
I'll have some decisions to make soon. I'm living in an apartment in Charlotte and the lease comes up for renewal in the middle of February. I don't think I'm going to renew it. There are several reasons, none of which has to do with this place. It's a comfortable place to be between going to work and going to Charleston. The pups seem to like it, too. And the thought of packing up again and going somewhere else is difficult to even consider. But in keeping with the goal of ending up in Charleston I'd rather investigate other options. So, although I may not know what the answer it yet I think I know what it's not. And, if that's the direction I take, things will get busy (again) in a couple of months.
As I've said before - I typically don't have trouble making decisions. The decisions I make may not always be the best ones, but they're the best ones I could make at the time I made them. We'll see how all this plays out - it's just a preview of some of what I expect will be key elements of my world over the next couple or three months.
For now, I'm just glad that things have gotten back on track. For now.