Merry Christmas, etc.

It's a crisp California winter morning (a chilly 37F). I have a cup of tea, and brown rice grits, and Sting's Songs From the Labyrinth. I'm expecting Indian food for lunch, followed by dinner at my aikido teacher's house. All for a good day, then.

In the Classics Department, go look at Cats In Sinks.

For Christmas Eve, Jeff bailed on dinner, but Kat made some lovely chicken with lentils and spinach, and we went to see Charlie Wilson's War, which was pure awesome, and you should go see it right now. It's got Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts, with a brilliant screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. A fantastic, funny, thoughtful movie, and as far as I can tell, historically accurate.

I'm still working on writing up the Portland and Mexico trips, which I'll post to LiveJournal so everybody can see them. Sorry about the delay.

New Job Update: Still there. Taking things day by day and moment by moment, which is always the right thing to do, and then if you successfully do that and you're still annoyed, it's time to make a change. For the most part, I still feel like there's a really good opportunity there to do fun and interesting work that will give me a good career foundation in high-volume data management. Plus I am admirably well-compensated, so the overall picture of things right now is okay.

After talking to someone (probably my little brother) about grad school, and repeating my usual conclusion that there's nothing I'd be interested in doing graduate work in, I remembered yesterday that that's actually wrong, and I took my bookbinding class as part of a surge of interest in books and libraries, and discovering that actually getting a Master's in Library Science seems like it might be fun, either to be a librarian or to do some of the internal kinds of organizing work that some librarians do nowadays (which, as far as I can tell, is a pretty natural extension of the kinds of stuff I'm good at in computer science and software engineering). This is after another stretch of working, though, so I can have the aforementioned career foundation, as well as save money (since I'm currently making more than I need). Who knows? We'll see.