It's been over two years in Connecticut now. Life is definitely interesting.
I got laid off a year ago and haven't been able to get hired as a software implementation consultant since. So I now I work with Dementia Patients (and one guy with a Traumatic Brain Injury); barely one step up from retail on the income tiers and full of challenges. Most recently one of them had a bowel movement and left sh*t stains in my car. Cost me $159 to get it cleaned including the biohazard fee. The agency has agreed to reimburse me for the cleaning, but I also ended up missing my evening shift with another client as a result, and those are lost wages that I'll never get back. I need to get back into corporate work.
My social and romantic life is going really well. I met a girl, Jessica, and she's the reason I haven't moved back to Atlanta after losing my job. We met taking ballroom dance lessons.
Last month my parents visited from Georgia, meeting Jessica for the first time. They seem to like her, expressing their approval on several occasions. They also met her parents. Her father is a realtor/contractor and my father was an architect, so that helped. They found a lot of common ground (pun intended).
I took my parents to see the Yale campus and Beinecke Rare Book Archive. Another day Jess and I took them to see Mystic Connecticut. We went to the Mystic Seaport Museum and then went to Drawbridge Ice-cream for dessert and to watch the drawbridge go up and down.
After my parents went back, Jessica and I celebrated our one year anniversary of dating. I treated her to dinner on the Essex Steam Train. A few days later we made a road trip out to the SW corner of Connecticut to see the Phillip Johnson Glass House the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (both fine examples of modern architecture) and finally had dinner at The Melting Pot. Jess treated me as an early birthday present.
It's been a good summer aside from the work issues! I'm looking forward to dancing with Jess to the music of Fleetwood Mac when we go to see a tribute band this Saturday.