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August 8th, 2012
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I am grateful that I am a child of God and the biographer of The Defender, and that everything else is just details--because those 'details' are going to be going crazy very soon now.

The period of limbo that's been going on the past few months came to a sharp closure on Friday afternoon when I got the call from HR offering me the new DCM Analyst position.



It's been a long time coming. It was December or thereabouts when my boss said I should go for it--I hadn't realized before then that it would be a few job grades above my current position.

But getting the position ironed out and defined took months. And months. Which gave me time to prepare. One of the things causing the delays was the whole Visual Basic aspect, and whether the person holding the position would need to learn it (the answer was yes).

So in March I got myself an 800 page Visual Basic textbook, and in April and beyond (with some breaks) I started teaching it to myself.

So when June came and the job was finally posted, I felt pretty ready. And then when weeks went by after the first interview with HR, I had even more time to get even more ready. And what's a great way to show someone (my boss who knows Visual Basic) what I've learned? Make something, of course!

Hence this little guy, which I brought on Frogmouth to my interview. (Because I'd never get it past company security otherwise!)



Of course, if I'm going to make something practical, may as well have fun doing it, so I added a few silly pop-ups if people put in silly figures. (And as a way of data validating as well.)


(Ridiculously high price)


(Ridiculously high discount)


And here's a piece of the code I wrote, for those who are curious...



And, thank God, the waiting finally ended and all that preparation paid off.

Not only is it a big promotion and a big change, but I also get to go from hourly to salaried... And on top of that, I and Sarah (who will assume my current job) are being shipped out to California for 5 days of training--right in the middle of the time that I'm moving to my new place!



So yes, life has gone from limbo to insane-level-of-changes in short order. So should I disappear from LJ or the Windstone Forum this fall/winter, it's because I'm working 60+ hours a week and my job ate me. ;)

Whatever the future holds now, it will certainly not be boring!

(Thanks again to everyone who got my prayer request e-mails about job, new home, and Arun's health, and gave their support through this whole very drawn-out process!)

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From:topercolate
Date:August 9th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Good luck!</p>

And I can't believe that you actually managed to teach yourself Visual Basic. I took a couple of programming classes and really struggled with it. Good on you! :)

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From:shout_of_joy
Date:August 9th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! =)

Believe me, it's basic Visual Basic, and I read it a whole lot better than I write it!

What other programming languages did you study?
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From:topercolate
Date:August 10th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
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*cringe* C++!

It was okay as we started, but as the month progressed I started having a harder and harder time with it. My teacher did not speak the best English, which didn't help, and I'm not the sort of person who is able to teach myself out of a textbook (except for maybe biology).

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From:shout_of_joy
Date:August 10th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
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Ouch!

That sounds remarkably like my experience with Biochemistry. =P I'm still not sure how I managed to pass when I feel like I didn't understand a thing.
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From:topercolate
Date:August 10th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it all becomes a sort of panicked blur after awhile, I must say! :)
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:August 10th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
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Exactly! I'm glad it's in the past. =P
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