March 05, 2013

"Sittin on the dock of the Bay..."

good news minute.

mr. barlow and i are packing our bags and moving to the Bay area!
it is a sudden change and came out of left field. 
but we are excited for the adventure and here is the tale...

mr. barlow got an email from a Google recruiter on a Friday afternoon saying they matched his resume up with a job and wanted to interview him that coming Monday [Presidents Day].
[side note: jacob applied for a Google Fiber position months prior just for the fun of it but never heard anything back from it.]

Monday came and he interviewed via Google Hangout and then had 3 more Google hangout interviews later that week. one was a group one where they had to sell each other on Gmail, Android or a Chromebook so they could test all their knowledge and skills about Google products.

they called him back the next week and offered him a position!
for what you ask? we have no idea!
he had to sign a non disclosure form and we still haven't been told the product he'll be working on.

here's what we do know...

he has to be in Mountain View, Ca to train on Google Campus for about 3 weeks and then he'll be working out of the San Francisco office.
oh ya, at the end of this month. in 3 weeks.
that is all.

we are taking a huge leap of faith [not much info to go off of!] but it feels right to the both of us and an adventure will be fun.
especially where it is warmer then we are currently. 
we are definitely going to miss our family and friends in the Utah Valley. 
it has been a blessing to call this place our home for the past 1.5 years. 

any guidance for the Bay area would be greatly appreciated!

also in my last welcome back post i realized how ungrateful i sounded for my former job.
i want it to be known i was very grateful for a good paying job where i learned a lot.
it also helped me to push my Photoshop skills!
[i hate sounding so rude, i apologize.]

February 25, 2013

welcome back/hello again/where did i go?


the last time i updated my blog was 9 months ago. [no pregnancy or baby was had]
i was extremely busy with work and wanted nothing to do with my computer when i was done for the day.
hence my blog got sorely neglected.

i was doing my editing job from home [working in your pj's is awesome, btw] but sitting at my computer for 10 hours a day = not so fun.
spending those 10 hours in Photoshop making people look completely different also was not so fun.
i never had the opportunity to do my own photography and if i did i didn't always enjoy it like i use to because of the time i had to spend editing for my job.

i sound like a downright complainer. sorry.
mr. barlow told me, "your job is sucking your soul out."
so with mr. barlow's encouragement and support i quit at the end of 2012.

at the beginning of 2013 i was unemployed and that lasted for about a week! 
[we are SO lucky that mr. barlow still has an awesome job with Imagine Learning!]

my aunt is a kindergarten teacher and has 29 kindergartners. 
they approved her for another Instructional Aide - THAT'S ME!
i work 2 hours a day in her classroom and help the ESL kids with their reading and writing. 
it really is awesome. i love to see them understand and finally get it.

now i have time to do my own photography and editing, it is so refreshing!
i have time to help teach kids.
i have time to blog, catch up with friends, have lunch dates with mr. barlow.
i have time to run. [well, once the snow goes away.]
i am one lucky lady.

[mr. barlow gets a huge thank you for his support of my crazy working hours to quitting to being unemployed and now being a really part time worker.] 
cheers to more adventures and more blogging to come!