Finally feeling comfortable
Well, I've been here for two weeks now and I feel as though I'm really starting to get settled in. I'm becoming more and more comfortable with both my situation and my surroundings. I've managed to keep in good touch with many from back home and my friends have been gracious enough to listen to me ramble and babble when I call them (I spend so much time alone that I sort of pounce when I get the opportunity to talk to a friend). Work is going well and my responsibilities are growing by the day. Today, my co-worker, whom I'm sort of shadowing and working alongside on a project, gave me the ok to pursue a project that I think will really benefit our program. Originally, the "project" was his idea, but he was going to implement it on a much smaller scale. As we discussed it, we realized it would probably be wise to invest more time up front to make it more universal and robust a ways down the road. So, I've been given ownership of this task and I think it will allow me to impress my superiors... and impressing the bosses means good reviews and possibly a nice raise next year.
The pile of papers, receipts, instruction manuals and miscellaneous stuff on my counter is slowly disappearing. Mostly, it's disappearing because I'm able to consolidate things or throw stuff away or I'm mailing of envelopes stuffed with some of the receipts and UPC symbols for rebates. This weekend, I'll probably start working on tearing down the box-fort I've built in my "dining" room. I'm really starting to get annoyed with everything being in such disarray, but there's not much I can do until I get my furniture and the claim has gone through for my busted computer desk, so I can replace it. I've been learning patience for a while now and this is another situation that is affording me the chance to hone my patience skills.
I went to Best Buy last night and exchanged an ethernet (10/100)-to-USB adapter for the GameCube game Metroid Prime. When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the metroid games and I was glad to hear that they'd made one from GameCube. I was prepared to buy it because of the purely nostalgic draw it had for me, but once I read some reviews on it, I decided I had to buy it for sure. So far, it's a very fun and involved game. I'm impressed with how similar it is to the other metroid games, even though it's been "upgraded" for GameCube. Although it's in 3D, it feels and plays very much like its predecessors. Anyway, I'm enjoying it and I'm glad to have something to kill some time.
Netflix back online
I subscribed to Netflix a while ago, but I put it on hold for the past month or so as I moved from Florida out to Texas. Now that I'm here and settled, I've reopened the dam and the movies are already flooding in. Soon, I hope to get back to watching "old" stuff (I'm pretty sure I left off in 1942 with Casablanca), so I can continue my education on the history of movies.
I'm going to try to get some sleep now... I hate feeling so tired for the first four hours of work every day.