Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Officially Unemployed...and Other MISC Adventures

Friday was officially my last day at work after almost 4 years. It felt weird to walk out the office door and know I was not going to return anytime soon. Yesterday, I received a gift from a client that should help me in business school. It's Nuance Communications Dragon Naturally Speaking 9. Pretty cool gift though I don't have my new laptop yet and thus it will sit in the box for another month. Immediately after I left the office, I picked up my bag at home and headed to the airport to catch a flight to Vegas.

Yes, Vegas, AGAIN! But this time was different, I went for a soccer tournament. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy all that is Sin City, however, I definitely got my workout in the 95 degree heat. We had a team of 14 and one "mascot". During our first 2 games, we were still getting used to each other and the way we play as individuals. By the 3rd game, we were pushing through and taking names. We made it to the semi-finals and gave that team its first goal against. Ironically, it was another California team and we all had friends on the team. I guess it fuels the fire a bit. We had a disappointing loss, but I wasn't quite upset. My legs were done and after 3-4 hours of sleep a night, dancing until 2 am or later and playing 2-4 games in the heat, it was time to go home.

Since I've been home, I don't feel I've accomplished much. I relaxed with the boy on Monday, which was quite pleasant and ran errands yesterday. Today I'm attending a fashion show, then I have to pack for Colorado. Tonight I'm catching dinner with a friend with whom I haven't spent much time. Somehow it feels like there's not enough time even though I've removed the daily 8 hours of "work" from my life.

As for logistics -
I still can't decide if I want the Lenovo Thinkpad T61 or Dell D630 laptop. (Any thoughts?)
I THINK I've decided to move my stuff across the country starting June 13th-ish... (now to plan it, and find a sucker to drive with me)
Health Insurance - what to do until school starts and then when school starts?
Costa Rica - the pre-MBA trip that happens to partially coincide with a bachelorette party (for a wedding I'm IN)
Europe - is it going to happen?
Forte Foundation Conference - I'm attending, now to plan it.
Going away party - currently planned for July 19th - should it still happen? (Will likely already be on the East Coast)

That's the short list, but you get the point. Leaving for Colorado tomorrow as well... busy busy.

7 comments:

Mandy said...

paige,
great to hear from you! enjoy your trip! as for the lappytoppy. pick the darden bundle. trust me: you won't have much time to play with bells and whistles. just get something that works. i didn't get the bundle and my unit is a complete p.o.s. the guys in i.t. are awesome and will help you regardless, but the bundle is very convenient.
otherwise...enjoy summer! see you around,
mandy

HappyBunny said...

jealous... :P

Kunal said...

i think the Dell 630 is a real workhorse but if you are fond of music, you will hate its lack of ability to give any decent volume..
you might want to buy speakers after the Dell.

HairTwirler said...

I hope to see you at the Forte conference- I'm on a panel!

Anonymous said...

Re Health Insurance- you can have 2 choices if you don't really plan on using it

1. Short-term medical, 30-185 day policy for basically $1 per day. It won't cover a routine doctor's visit but will cover prescriptions and if you get hit by a bus. Search ehealthinsurance.com for Short-term medical.
2. Option out COBRA. You have 60 days to decide if you want to continue your employer coverage. Once you say yes, you have another 60 days to make the 1st payment. This gives you 4 months of an "option" for health insurance to kick in. However, once it kicks in, you have to pay the whole premium which is expensive.

Deadhedge

Anonymous said...

It sounds like your company is a small company, and thus you would not qualify for COBRA. COBRA applies to "group health plans for employers with 20 or more employees on more than 50 percent of its typical business days in the previous calendar year are subject to COBRA."

tOuCh said...

m using T61. its a good one. i personally dont like dell.
Performance wise i never had any any probs with T61.
i play some heavy games on this as well. so i would say go for it