Paige's Return to Deutschland!

Hallo Berlin! This blog will be a place for friends and family to get very occasional snip-its on Biggs' life in Germany.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The end of an era: Employment

Yes, it’s true. After the longest employment period of my young life, 12 months, I am joining the ranks of unemployed. The funny thing is that I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my last job. The people I worked with, albeit remotely, were awesome. The work was interesting and challenging. However, there was always the knowledge in the back of my mind that it could be over any day. Somehow knowing that it is actually over is a comfort in itself.

Naturally, the question is, “what is the next step?” Well, I did what most people do when they loose their job: climbed a mountain. Then I roped a 40 hour contract as a computer programmer with one of my buddies, Gabe, from the Greenwood Collective. (Quick plug: Gabe is launching a really cool site where laypeople can build their own private or company website. Check out http://soapboxcms.com/ for details)

Between random odd jobs and applying for stable employment, I guess you could say that I am not really unemployed. But, my schedule is more flexible than ever. Salsa dancing until 2 am on Sunday night? Yes! Mid-week trip to Vancouver BC? Sure! Unlimited hot yoga for a month? Why not! Internet Dating? The jury is still out on that one. Enjoying summer in Seattle? Alright!

The only thing that is going to have to be put on hold a bit is the “working remotely” action. Thankfully before I lost my job I got in a whirl wind trip to California. In just five days I visited Connor in San Francisco, my second family – The Rudmans – in San Jose, the Stenzel family – visiting from Hungary – in San Luis Obispo, and my buddy Brooks in Monterey. It was a real logistical triumph and so much fun.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers during my employment and now unemployment. For my Seattle buddies: any employment leads are much appreciated. For the out-of-towners: now is a really great time to visit Seattle. I am sure I can work showing you around into my busy social calendar. ;)

This is what Hard Core looks like: Mount Saint Helens 2009





Jorge's harem makes it to the top



Jorge and us six girls = 1, Mount Saint Helens = 0

Snow + Plastic Bag Worn as a Diaper + Decline = Most Fun Ever




Katie led the way teaching us how to glacade without poking our eyes out with our ice axes. yay!

The best part of the hike...



drinking Cooks in the parking lot.

Oliver = Dream Boy




Beautiful Monterey



With a hint of frump.



Brooks gives me one thumbs up for my amazing photography skills and one thumbs up to Monterey for being awesome.



Business on top, pirate socks and vintage blue Nikes on bottom. Brooks called this picture, "Fashionista Paige" Couldn't have said it better myself.