Sep 6, 2007


Wow. That last one felt so good, I'm ready for another! The question is: Are you? (the answer is of course 42).

Well, life has been better. I'll try not to sound too depressing, k?

2 weeks ago, I lost my job. QualitySmith, that handles all your roofing, siding, windows, remodeling and HVAC free estimate needs, is doing cutbacks, and our entire office in Orem of 30+ people have all been sent down the toilet. I wasn't worried about finding another job, I found several that wanted me after just a few days, but I was (and still am) worried about finding one I liked as much and that had people I liked so much. It was a place where people just get you, no one was fake, there's sunshine 24 hours a day and free skittles. FREE SKITTLES! Not to mention I was Top Performer of the Month twice and Employee of the Month, or that I would consistently win little prizes like a gift card to Applebee's or Macaroni Grill, or free movie tickets. OR not to mention the Nintendo Wii I won. Sigh. I start this upcoming Monday in American Fork at a place called MarketPartner (what is it with me and compound name companies?) that sounds fun, rewarding and promising, but then, so did QualitySmith. I'm doing my best to remain optimistic, while I work my last few hours at QualitySmith so they'll give me my week's severance pay.

Covenant Publishing in American Fork Utah just made their biggest career mistake ever. Tracie, the greatest editor I have ever had the privilege of knowing, was thinking about becoming an assistant editor after graduating from BYU, and those idiots hired someone else. Well, I hope they don't go bankrupt too quickly. I'm sure there are some good people that work there. I'm not too worried for her, she's a genius, and now has a degree to prove it, I'm just worried about her finding a job that's equal to her. We are in Utah, not exactly the publishing capital of the world, nor is Orem the publishing capital of Utah. Sigh. (yes, I'm doing that a lot, and yes. I probably will continue to do that. SIGH).

We've just moved into a new apartment (hooray!) that doesn't have cable (boo!) but it's a lot nicer and cleaner and quieter than our old one (hooray!) but the rent is more expensive (boo!) We are pretty much broke right now, what with our work situations, and having to pay a big deposit for our new place, AND paying rent for 2 places last month, times are rough and money is scarce. Our outings consist of window shopping and using up the last of my free QualitySmith movie tickets, and of course World of Warcraft. It's not that we've never been poor before, it's just that the timing of all of this kind of sucks. Had I known I was going to get laid off, I would have gotten a less nice and less expensive apartment, and not gone back to college.

Yes, college. TOLD you I'd be back! After 2 or 3 years of my sabbatical (not sure what that means, but I think it works in context) I have returned to Utah Valley State College. I am currently taking Student Success, a prerequisite to becoming a UV Mentor or Leader or whatever they're calling them, (so I can have my tuition paid for I mean so I can help people. Yes. That's it, my pretty). And Math 1030, Quantitative Reasoning (ie: precalculus stuff. It's my math GE). Oh, and I've finally chosen a major! Arts & Visual Communications, planning on being a Graphic Designer are we? Yes. We are.

Before anyone asks, no news on the baby front, so stop asking! Sheesh. We'll let you know. Trust me. When little April or Morgan are on their way, I will shout it from the rooftops, or at least text you.

And that's all for today, I think. Now comment! Comment, you silly people! :)


Justin said...

Morgan...I knew you young people liked Morgan Freeman.

So umm...I'm the first person to post on every topic on your blog! FOREVER!! MUAAHAAAHAA

Troy said...

Austin, you crack me up. I am looking forward to coming out at Christmas to spend some time with the family. Hopefully we can get to know each other a little better. Everyone has been bothering me about starting a blog too. I just have not had the time to do it yet. I would like to, but if I start it, I want to be able to keep it up. Good luck with the new job.

kristyl104 said...

Austin, loved reading your blog. You and Tracie seem to have the same flair in writing. Wish I could do that! Sigh! Good luck with the new job. Maybe they will have Skittles. Yeah! Maybe not. Boo! And you are right, Covenant made a big mistake, no Huge mistake! Let me say that they made a humongus (spelling? who cares) Mistake! She'll find her corner. You need to put your blog on the family web page. It will make it easier to respond and check up on you.

Heather said...

This is a great post. All about your current life with you and Tracie in a little nutshell.

Good luck again with the work. If no Skittles, don't forget that planting one will grow a rainbow of skittles falling from the sky!

I think Tracie is going to find her niche. It just doesn't always happen right away. It took me 5 years to kind of find my place in this world after I married: what my talents are; and how and where I can use them. Yes, a GIGANTIC mistake for Covenant.

Sorry, gotta ask. Baby plans? Does this mean you and Tracie are currently planning a family? Or are people just pushing and poking that you and Tracie should have a baby by now because you have been married for a year or so? Whatever happens, send me an email! I am soooo looking forward to more neices and nephews from Trent, Tracie, and HayLee.

Also I need your email address if you have one.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I work in the Kennewick office of Qualitysmith. I have been with the company sense Jan 2007. I was informed yesterday my office and my job will be closed in 1 week. I truedly understand how you feel..