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Settled In, It Seems

We’ve finally made it – all the big boxes are unpacked and disposed of.  It’s a thrilling sensation to be done and to be kind of almost all moved in at our new and smaller apartment.  All the work of getting shelving installed has been so satisfying too, as items are finding their real home and our home becomes livable too for us, as that is actually a thing we’ve been making ourselves deal with.  It’s interesting how much you choose to deal with when it’s something you can’t ignore, like boxes all stacked in your dining room area or piles of clothes and linens in your bedroom or an office overrun with crap…you make it all work regardless and get used to it.  But when you get things organized and reclaim that space, it is like, woah, that’s nice.

Yesterday was a productive day too, but I think I felt a little emotional about it as well.  There was the realization I had that Phase 1 of Moving is done and now it’s time to get settled in and make the place ours, and then start actually enjoying the apartment and amenities.  But then it was also realizing that we’re not done yet – just that the boxes are gone.  I actually just got my TV mount for the wall today, we have more shelving coming in for the wine glasses and bar area, and then there will be picture hangings and such.  It’s fun and great to have all this happen, but soooo exhausting.

In random tangents, both Larry & I are so glad to have some of our favorite Spring TV back:  Mad Men and Game of Thrones.  Mad Men‘s final season is airing and it’s been good but also sad because this is the LAST SEASON.  NOOOOO……!!!  It’s not clear where it’s headed, but one thing that does seem kind of apparent is that Don Draper is and will continue to be the same broken and flawed man he was from Season 1.  Game of Thrones is exciting this year as we’re finally at that expected divide when the TV show caught up to the books…and now the show is able to write its own interpretation of what happens next.  George R. R. Martin has given the showrunners an outline of what he has intended the overall story to encompass for the ending, but the details are likely changing regardless.  There are promises that characters will die even book readers will find surprising.   So, those shows are ongoing while Larry & I also are enjoying the third season of House of Cards on Netflix, although that has been slow-going for a few reasons, including my initial PwC travels and then moving.  But we didn’t let all that stop us from binge-watching Netflix’s other new series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is fucking awesome and funny as hell.

Alright, this was just a word-vomit post for today, but I need to keep trying to get back in the swing of posting and so here we are.  I have some more pics to share too, including a bigger batch from yesterday when Mom and Helen came over to visit.

April 9, 2015 – PwC All Hands in Santa Monica!

Last week there was an All Hands meeting for the group here in SoCal and it was held out on the Westside, kinda near my old stomping grounds.  The traffic was ridiculous, as expected, but not nearly as bad as it could have been.  Even though it felt like a longer ride, it was only an hour or so back to my home in Glendale…although that was with me leaving at 7pm.  I had looked earlier at 5pm and the trip was easily 1.5 hours.  Eff that.  I did enjoy being back on the beach though, but that’s just not enough for me to say I miss the Santa Monica area, as I don’t.

09-Apr-2015 17:34, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
09-Apr-2015 18:13, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
09-Apr-2015 18:13, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
09-Apr-2015 18:13, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
09-Apr-2015 18:14, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
 

April 11, 2015 – Final Stretch….

I have to say this is kind of misleading titling, as while it was a final stretch of boxes and installations, like I rambled about above, there’s still a lot of work.  But at least we’ve gotten so much crap off the floors!

More boxes on their way out
More boxes on their way out11-Apr-2015 12:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
Not just a pic of a bathroom, but a bathroom without boxes!
Not just a pic of a bathroom, but a bathroom without boxes!11-Apr-2015 12:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
Goodwill stuff
Goodwill stuff11-Apr-2015 12:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
11-Apr-2015 19:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
11-Apr-2015 20:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

April 12, 2015 – Mom and Helen, Some Grilling, and More Home Improvement!

Helen came up to visit mom so they came over to see how we were doing in the getting settled effort.  Mom wasn’t impressed but I reminded her, gently, that it actually was MUCH better than when she saw it and it was a goddamn warzone.  We took them on a tour of the amenities as we hadn’t shown my mom that her last time here as there was work to be done then!  These pics are from the roof deck of the building we live in, not of our own private area.  Our grilling adventures for dinner later that evening were a bit educational – the grills provided around the complex are very nice, but they’re huge.  So we’ve realized that a large grill takes much more to heat up.  The El Pollo Loco chicken recipe requires indirect heat, so to do that in a big grill, you need to use more burners.  Lesson learned, hopefully.

12-Apr-2015 10:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
12-Apr-2015 10:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
12-Apr-2015 10:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
 
12-Apr-2015 11:08, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
12-Apr-2015 11:08, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
12-Apr-2015 11:16, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 
12-Apr-2015 12:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
12-Apr-2015 12:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:32, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
 
12-Apr-2015 12:32, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:32, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
12-Apr-2015 12:32, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

It’s Happening

Today’s our last full day at our Franklin Hills home!  We’ve reduced a whole lot of our possessions, we’ve moved a good percentage of things there on our own, we’ve even added some new furniture to aid in getting rid of other stuff.  And now, it’s time to get ready for tomorrow and all that entails.  Movers, stress, and relief when it’s all over.  I can’t wait!

Here’s some pics of our handiwork from last night – those shelves were a bitch and a half to actually complete.  Ugh.  But they’ll be worth it.

26-Mar-2015 18:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
26-Mar-2015 19:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
26-Mar-2015 20:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
26-Mar-2015 20:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
26-Mar-2015 21:16, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Who Me, Stressed?

This week was my first one in which I’d spend the entire week at work without any bit of training, even a 1-day jaunt to Atlanta! So the beginning of the week was me first having a bit of a stress-out realizing that I have to start making things happen!  Guess what?  Things started happening and I’ve been fairly busy this week – it’s a great feeling.  I don’t feel totally useless.  I love it.

Also?  I was chatting with one of my fellow managers at work and she told me about taking the Metrolink into DTLA, and she pointed out that there’s a Glendale station I could be using.  You know what?  I knew that – but I totally didn’t associate it as an option for me to go to work.  But guess what?  It totally DOES work.  I started researching that option and I found out that a Metrolink pass is also a Metro Rail pass, so I can ride the LA subways, light rails and buses.  HELLS yeah!  Back to Riding the Rails for me!  Although what my route will be is driving to the Glendale Metrolink station, taking the Metrolink train nonstop into Union Station (Glendale is the next stop from Union Station), then transfer to the Red Line and go to 7th/Metro Center and then walk a block.  It may end up taking slightly longer in the morning BUT in the afternoons it will be completely worth avoiding the nightmarish 110 North traffic.  Also also!  PwC works with LA Rideshare and I’ll get reimbursed almost the entire cost of a monthly pass!  Tomorrow morning will be my first trial run to see how it all works out.  I plan on making it work regardless but I figured even before moving that it would be fun to use the rails and avoid Thursday insanity on the freeways.

In the map below, you can see the gold/green line that goes through Glendale on its way to DTLA.  Yay!

metrolinkoptionOh, and then of course, the other source of stress this week!  We’re moving!  This weekend!  I may need to take some mind-altering substances to remain calm – JUST KIDDING.  I can’t wait to be done.  We ended up deciding to get a storage unit anyway, even with the massive amount of junk disposal we’ve done.  It has to be done.  It’s nice to know we have that in our back pocket.

Larry went by the place this afternoon and they finished painting the two accent walls we wanted done.  This timeline is really working out well!  Here are some pics he took:

25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

Completely random pic time – my walk in the mornings has included being able to see the Wilshire Grand building as it gets built.  I took a picture of it three weeks ago and then one on Monday.  It’s already grown 2 stories!  At least its inner superstructure.  This building will be the tallest building on the west coast when it’s done and it will look pretty stunning when complete in a few years:

wilshiregrandThe poor PwC building will look so small next to it!  Anyway, here’s what the Wilshire Grand looks like now, as well as three weeks ago.  You can see they’ve conveniently numbered the floors as they build them:

12-Mar-2015 08:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
24-Mar-2015 08:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

We’ve finally been able to start watching Netflix’ newer shows!  House of Cards is obviously good and we’re 2 episodes in, but the show I think both Larry & I are REALLY in love with is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  It’s amazing and sooo funny.  That’s not too surprising since it comes from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the people directly responsible for 30 Rock.  Ellie Kemper is awesome and the return of Jane Krakowski to my television is most welcome.  Carol Kane is also in this and that just makes this show magic.  Plus the theme song is just hilarious and seems directly reminiscent of the following:

Back in Atlanta

So just 3 or so days after getting back home from Atlanta for my 3-day PwC Orientation, I’m BAAAACK.  But I guess I should do some backfill here.

The Orientation last week was great.  I ended up meeting quite a few people and liking nearly all of them.  What got hammered into our heads quite a bit during the sessions was that this job requires you to build a network.  Dammit, I did.  I’m thrilled so far to work in this company as there are a lot of motivated and fun people.  I’m anxious still as I only want to do well in this position and I recognize that I have a lot yet to learn.  But I do think I’ll be given the opportunity to improve and not be expected to be perfect immediately.  Alright, I’m rambling – it’s been a whirlwind this week.

So on Tuesday night, during our final dinner event, I started hearing about Dallas Intl getting shut down due to freezing rain.  Sure enough, it was, and my Wednesday evening American Airlines flight through there to LAX was cancelled.  So I scrambled and ended up getting on US Airways via Charlotte, NC to LAX.  Ah, the life of a traveler!  I did finally get home to LA, where Larry picked me up.  Got to sleep around 1am which was a bit frustrating as on Thursday, it was my first day in the LA office!

So while many of my nerves had gone away during the orientation in Atlanta, they came roaring back for my first day in the office. I need to chill!  Things went good though, from the drive in (only 25 minutes or so, taking the 101S to the 110S) to the fact that the beginning of the day was a local orientation and there were people I knew and liked from Atlanta.  I learned the dress code was business casual (score!  although I better get to use my new suit more than just for my headshot!) and that PwC LA practices the “hoteling” concept for desks/offices.  Basically, if you are planning to be in the office the next day, you make a reservation in the scheduling system for an available desk.  When you then go in that next day, when you sit down and turn your computer on, it’ll “check you in” automatically and the desk phone there updates to your details.  It’s pretty cool.  A paradigm shift for sure, but I’m liking it so far.

Friday was my first hoteling day and also more time spent to complete administrative tasks and training assignments.  I then got to meet people I’ll be likely working with locally, including my buddy and one of the directors there.  A “buddy” in this case means the person PwC assigns you to that you can ask questions and feel at ease with.  They’re typically your same level and in my case, they also work in the same group.  He’s a great guy and helped put me at ease.  I also finally finally joined up to an affinity group – I never did it at NBCU as I guess I got jaded; so here I went to the LGBT group’s kickoff meeting (great timing!) and made some more friends and contacts.  And there was champagne and cupcakes!  Good times.  All in all, a great first week.  Exhausting though.

On Saturday, it was my only day for doing things with Larry around the apartment, and we were very productive. Not only did I get my box of documents destroyed at the UPS Store, we took more stuff to Goodwill.  Then we went to IKEA and got our new desks and a laundry room shelf system for the new place.  I think we’re gonna like it there!  Let’s just say it’s very very gay friendly.  And also the IKEA stuff will make our new place look great.  I’m excited to move!  We’re probably going to shoot for two weeks from now….farewell, Franklin Hills!

And now I’m back in Atlanta.  I’m nowhere near as stressed as I was last Sunday night before my first day at PwC. I’m thankful.  Tomorrow is a one-day training and then I head home to LA in the evening.  I’m sleepy just thinking about it!  Anyway, I’ve got to get some sleep soon.  Here are some pics…UPDATE:  It seems I can’t easily link pics via the iPad site.  I’ll edit this later this week.  (This mobile app really bothers me.) The update has occurred!  Pictures pictures pictures!

Our new office and new desks
Our new office and new desks07-Mar-2015 17:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
In the kitchen
In the kitchen07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
Our newly built laundry room shelves
Our newly built laundry room shelves07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip10-Mar-2015 18:57, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
Larry, Jamal and Paras
Larry, Jamal and Paras07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
 
My PwC building at night
My PwC building at night09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Pics of the New Glendale Place

I’m far too anxious/nervous/stressed out to do a drawn out post, so here, have some pics I took today when we finalized the lease and picked up our keys.  It’s going to be a great place – a bit smaller than what we’re used to currently, but I think it’s going to be fun.

28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
28-Feb-2015 13:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
The entry
The entry28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
Looking to the kitchen and living areas
Looking to the kitchen and living areas28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
Dining and Living Rooms
Dining and Living Rooms28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 
Kitchen
Kitchen28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
View from the Living Room
View from the Living Room28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
There's the Pool
There's the Pool28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 320
 
Very nice amenities
Very nice amenities28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
Looking southeast
Looking southeast28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Our deck
Our deck28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400