Monthly Archives: May 2011

Time flies

I remember one of my early childhood questions: where does time go?  I'm sure back when I first asked it at five or six, it had none of the shuffling off of the mortal coil kind of connotations that it now does; I just knew that it had to go somewhere when you were done using it.  Everything goes somewhere when you are done with it, after all.  I still find myself wondering how days turn into weeks, weeks into months, etc. and asking a very similar question: where does the time go?  Somewhere along the way I added the definite article, but the question has been largely unchanged and unanswered all these years.

I realized today that it has been a month since my last post.  (Where does the time go?)  I did try to post once while I was in Vegas, but I was trying to do so from my phone and was unsuccessful.  I have yet to find an app for Windows Phone 7 that is completely compatible with my blog, and unfortunately, the web administrative interface for my blog doesn't seem to play nice on a touch screen either.  So my blog post just never happened.  I'll definitely have to figure out something before our honeymoon at the end of July.  It would be sad if I couldn't blog about all the fun we will be having from the comfort of my phone.  I suppose I could, and maybe should, write an app that is compatible with my phone, but who has the time to take on yet another project?

Another thing that has happened since my last post is that I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a full-time Microsoft employee.  (Where does the time go?)  As some of you may know, it is tradition on your anniversary to share a pound of M&Ms for every year of tenure.  Unfortunately, it is a tradition that seems to be fading, but I was determined to do my part to keep it alive.  For those of you who are curious, here's what ten pounds of M&Ms looks like: 10 years worth of M&MsAs you can see, I brought in a variety of flavors.  It turns out that total average M&Ms consumption rate of folks that pass by my office is two pounds of M&Ms per day.

You also get a snazzy crystal to mark the occasion: ten-year crystalYou get a crystal for each five year milestone, each one grander than the last, but since they changed the gift after my five-year anniversary, I don't have the five-year crystal.  I could buy one, but the only reason to do so is to have the complete set, so maybe I should wait to see if I make it to my 25th with the company before investing.

Some of the things I've learned in my tenure so far:

  • Try to keep things professional with folks, even the ones you struggle to work with.  You never know who might be your boss someday.
  • There is no good time to take vacation, so you might as well just go ahead and take it when you need to.  If you want to be in the office for a ship day, the best time to schedule your vacation is for ship day, since we never hit those anyway.
  • There is at least a 15% chance that your team will be re-org'd when you do go on vacation.
  • Titles aren't that important (except possibly when you are changing jobs).
  • It is important to work on interesting problems.
  • It makes work so much easier if you get along well with your managers.

I'm sure I can come up with more, but this is starting to sound like a generic list that you can find on any career website.

Other happenings in my life recently:

  • I've started swim lessons at the Pro Club.  Adult Beginner level 1 swim classes, to be specific.  I've had two so far, and I think it might help.  Amber had tried teaching me and I think that we may have progressed beyond this level, but I still struggle with air-exchange and so I thought it would be good to start with a solid foundation.  It's been surprisingly fun so far and has me looking forward to snorkeling on our honeymoon.
  • Amber and I have also started dance classes in hopes of looking less like spazzes at the wedding.  We've had one whole lesson of West Coast swing, so now we are both experts.  Or at least I now know to say "left right, triple-step, triple-step" in my head as I try to keep my feet doing that.
  • We got our photos back from our engagement photo session.  Here's a slide show for you to look through.  Warning, we are incredibly lovey-dovey in many of the pictures.

There are now only 76 days until our wedding and still so much to do!  Where does the time go?