Sunday, February 22, 2009

Career Planing and other stuff.

So let's deal with the obvious, last week was the first week of the year that I didn't have a post up. I have no good excuse for it. It was family day last weekend. For my American readers, family day is a new public holiday created last year. Basically there were no holidays between Jan 1st and Easter. Since that is almost 4 months the government created a new holiday for February. The wife and i went to the auto show on the day. It was nice. I have wanted to go for the last few years but we never got around to it. I am not really a car guy in that I don't ever really see myself spending tons of money on what I drive but it was still fun to look. Below are some of the cooler car pics.







Career Planing

So i had my meeting with my manager 2 weeks ago. Overall I think it went fairly well. She gave me a pretty positive review. She said that I have a very even temperament. Meaning that I don't let things frustrate me and that I just try to focus on what needs to be accomplished regardless of what obstacles are in my way. The one thing she says I need to improve on is communicating my work load. My habit so far is to kind of just work on what I am assigned and not complain. The problem is that if too many ad-hoc requests come up then other assignments get pushed to the side. What i need to work on is communicating when I am going to have to push other work to the side to work on some request that has come up. Unfortunately, there are issues with in the bank. Although our line of business (online brokerage) is doing okay the business as a whole is not doing so great. There have been a lot of cut backs and they have announced that the annual pay increases are not happening this year. Needless to say no one in our department was pleased to hear that. I have been told that the annual increases were never that much anyway. As long as our year end bonuses are not effected then everything should be okay. We will still get our bonuses as long as we meet our numbers for the year. So we'll see how it goes this year.

Next Week ... CSC

Monday, February 9, 2009

Visiting Relatives

So I have been married for just under six months now. I am still working on finding the right balance of new life vs old life. What I mean by that it deciding how much or how often to visit my parents. As of now i see my parents about twice a month. I go over around every other weekend unless something else comes up. I call at least once a week to check in and make sure they are doing okay. I wonder if that is enough or too much. I am not really sure. On the one hand if I had left the city or moved out of the country they would only see me a few times per year. However, I didn't do any of those things. I only actually live about 15-20 minutes from their house so it's not really a fair comparison. I went to see them yesterday, it was a good visit but my father was a little under the weather. It's funny because when I lived there I would have known about this immediately but now that i don't i only find out about it when i happen to stop by. Now lets be clear it not like he was on his death bed or anything, he just has a cold and will take a couple days off and feel better again but it's still a little weird to find out days after it happens.

Another thing that is strange it ringing the door bell. I lived there for 28 years and I still have the key to the house on my key chain. However, I don't live there any more and it does feel strange to just walk in. They say i should just use the key and I do but i always ring the bell a few times before I turn the lock. I know it's strange but it seems like the right thing to do.

So I am asking ... what is the right amount of time to visit?

That's it for this week.

Next week ... Career planing (I have been putting this post off because my meeting with my manager keeps getting rescheduled)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sports Weekend

This was a really crazy sports weekend. The was the Australian open finals. UFC 94 and of course the Superbowl.

Australian open

I was 50% happy with the results. Serena Williams won and Rodger Federer lost. I have had my differences with Serena. At times I think she doesn't display the most sportsman like behavior. That being said I always root for her and want her to win. She has won the last 2 grand slams now so she is really on a role. As for Roger he just couldn't get it done. As much as I hate to admit it Rafa is the better player at this point. He has simply beat him in too many matches for me to draw any other conclusion.

UFC

I didn't watch it. I have never been the biggest UFC fan but i have been getting into it more and more over the last few months. I was looking forward to the GSP fight because I have never seen him and I hear he is one of the best pound for pound guys.

Superbowl

This was a fantastic Superbowl. The game itself was intense from beginning to end. I am not really a fan of either team so i didn't have a horse in this race but it still was a lot of fun to watch. The commercials were also great and the had the trailers for 3 of the summers most anticipated movies. See below.








Next week ... Career planning