Monday, February 1, 2016

Positives Tue Jan 19-Sun Jan 31, 2016

*Watched Shaun The Sheep and Taxi Driver movies.

*Cooked dinner with Kinder's Organic Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning for the first time.

*Applied Loctite glue spray to repair my car's headliner.

*Ate at Men Bei restaurant for the first time.

*Worked out with J&D Sports Armband to listen to music on my phone.

*Finished Burn Notice Season 3.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Positives Thur Dec 31, 2015-Mon Jan 18, 2016

*Marathoned Burn Notice Season 3.

*Watched Where Does It Hurt and The Martian movies.

*Cleaned the house spot cleaning.

*Changed the oil in my car. I also applied fuel injection cleaner. Tires were rotated and balanced.

*Sold more useless goods on eBay.

*Reviewed PowerPoint job skills.

*Purchased Kamea Exfoliate foot cream.

*Treatment for bumps on my face at my dermatologist.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Was 2015 A Good Year?

I stopped writing my year in reviews because I don't want to jinx the next year. I choose to review 2015 because I want to ask myself, "Was 2015 a good year?" I believe many people say my 2015 was a bad year. I answer the question myself. There are no restrictions at Finding Raymond Mar blog. Let's see what happens to 2016.

Bad Year?

I worked at Palo Alto Networks as a contractor supporting an engineer. I hoped there were new openings in other departments or my contract was extended a longer term. Neither happened. There were no new openings. My contract was extended for two months. The company was phasing out all contractors.

My last day was Fri May 1, 2015. There were multiple sources why my contract was satisfied. One source was the department had no money to extend my contract. Another source was no need for my services. And a third source was, as mentioned in the last paragraph, the company phased out all contractors. In other words, the company employed full time workers only.

I have been job searching since Wed Apr 1, 2015. The first week of being unemployed was optimistic. Three phone interviews. No face-to-face interviews resulted. As of the blog entry, I interviewed face-to-face four times. I stopped counting phone interviews after number 11.

2015 was a bad year because I was unemployed. I had no income. Correct?

Incorrect. 2015 Was A Good Year.

2015 was not a bad year. 2015 was a good year. I learned lots of new job skills such as Oracle, Tableau, forecasting, and Agile. I reviewed lots of my existing job skills such as Excel, Access, Salesforce, and SQL. I trained to be a Community Emergency Response Team. I lost 10 pounds. I blogged my 1,000th blog at my Innovating Common Knowledge blog. I read at least ten books which included The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, and various books learning new job skills. I upgraded my desktop computer.

The icing on the 2015 cake was new feelings and new emotions. There was sacrifice such as spending less time with my close friends. I grew out of my past relationships. I had the nothing to lose attitude. No more data entry positions. There were moments I lived outside my comfort zone. I backpacked 23 miles for two days at Zion National Park. I hung up on a persistent unhelpful recruiter. I never hung up abruptly and impolitely before. I experienced willpower and never give up when I hiked.

2015 was a good year. I did my best to get better. I stayed strong to survive the long term. I built my foundation. There were no monetary rewards. I'm optimistic what I did yesterday reaps any and all rewards tomorrow. The monetary rewards are coming soon. One of these days I look back at the hard work, the frustrations, the setbacks, the struggles, the new feelings, the new experiences, the lessons I learned of 2015 telling myself, "The journey was worth it." I continue to get better, get stronger, stay the course, do it today for tomorrow, and grow my foundation. Moreover, if the only 2015 lowlight was unemployment, then 2015 must be a good year.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Positives Sat Dec 28-Wed Dec 30, 2015

*Watched A Christmas Story, San Andreas, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, and Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

*Backed Luxor 2 Flashlight from Kickstarter.

*Ate Special K Vanilla Almond cereal, pumpkin pound cake, and Applewood Bacon broiling in the oven for the first time.

*Completed my first data analyst consulting assignment.

*Washed my hair with Head & Shoulders Old Spice for the first time.

*Purchased a Surefire 6P LED bulb replacement and an Owl Tac Flashlight.

*Played four round Mahjong (Riichi) for the first time.

*Watched training videos on Agile.

*Fixed my headliner tearing off in my car using carpet tape.

*Cleaned the house.

*Satisfied reading Key Performance Indicators by David Parmenter.

*Phone interviewed for a Business/Data Analyst position.

*Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Teaser Week

I'm blogging Mon Nov 30 to Sat Dec 5 activities at Finding Raymond Mar because I promised myself no more daily activity blogs at my Innovating Common Knowledge blog. Anything goes at Finding Raymond Mar.

Job Searching. I received two calls for two promising contract jobs. These jobs add strength to my resume. I followed up with emails after initials calls and initials emails. No response back.

No Gym. I experienced sick like symptoms which were fatigue, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. No gym Tue Dec 1-Thur Dec 3. Mon Nov 30 was errands day. The end result was bloating. I started to feel better Sat evening. I worked out at the gym Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5.

Hong Kong Mahjong. A Mahjong host sent a notice to local Mahjong players he was organizing a game on Sun Dec 6. He notified everyone he might cancel because he was sick. It was the second time he was sick when he sent an invite. The first time he cancelled. I didn't RSVP. He's not cancelling. A full house is expected later today.

Nobody Wants To Hang Out With Me. I emailed three of my friends to gather before Christmas. Two of the three are a no go because of other obligations. I believe it's something else which has something to do with me beyond my control. Honestly, I do my best to be good company in front of people. The third friend is on a business trip. He may be free Sat Dec 19.

On the other hand, teasers in my favor: The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions after the Packers were down 20-0. The Miracle In Motown play won the game for the Packers 27-23. I predict the Green Bay Packers to be the 2015-2015 NFL Champions winning the Super Bowl.

I'm selling items on eBay. I researched sellers selling the Surefire 6P flashlight. I discovered a LED light bulb replacing the incandescent bulb. I purchased a knock-off from China for $8. I take the gamble. Nobody is buying the 6P flashlight. The primary reason is the incandescent bulb lasts for 60 minutes.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Positives Tue Nov10-Fri Nov 27, 2015

*Purchased Oont2 Angle Bluetooth speaker.

*Ate at Main Street Burger for the first time.

*Watched Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy, and Inside Out.

*Cleaned the house.

*Phone interviewed with Aquent.

*Happy Thanksgiving!

*Black Friday 2015. Notables were drugstore.com, buy one bath sponges get two free, SanDisk 64GB USB 3.0 memory stick, motor oil, and sample hand lotion.

*Inspected flashlights, first-aid kit, and smoke detectors.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Positives Sat Oct 31-Mon Nov 9, 2015

*Happy Halloween! I went to a neighborhood haunted house.

*Watched Terminator Genisys and Jurassic World movies.

*Interviewed for a Business Analyst position.

*Passed smog check for my car.

*Ate at The Pasta Market for the first time.

*Finished reading Tableau 8 by George Peck.

*1,000 blogs at Innovating Common Knowledge.