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Not Karen
17 March 2019 @ 01:26 pm
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Not Karen
13 September 2012 @ 09:35 pm
Well, considering I only update on here twice a year at best, I figured it was time for one.

As a general update, as many of you know, I moved to Dallas, Texas at the end of April.  I got engaged, and then happily married, thus warranting the move, but I also knew that Dallas would be a better place for career opportunities than where I lived in the Florida panhandle. And boy, was I right.

I latched onto a new job about 4 weeks ago, and I'm feeling really positively about it.  I had been applying for graphic design jobs since returning from the honeymoon, but hadn't really heard much in response until I applied for this job.  I applied, and the next day I got an email from them asking if I could come in for an interview the day after that.  I was skeptical at first, but ended up being very pleasantly surprised.  The job was for an in-house graphic designer (and product photographer), for a marketing firm dealing with companies/brands that want to market their products in the shops on military bases.  Growing up with both of my parents in the Air Force, I was very accustomed to moving every few years, and sometimes living and shopping on base.  So it seemed like a great fit considering it's in my field, and I am familiar with the venues to which they are marketing.

The only thing that worried me was the seemingly skeleton crew of the graphics team, which is just one other designer (a Senior Designer who's been working for the company for 5 years), though after working my previous job where I was the ONLY in-house designer, I realized it probably couldn't be any worse than that.  Fortunately, it hasn't been bad at all.  We are kept busy, but are not insanely busy and having to work overtime every week.  The schedule is sane and normal (8-5, though I often leave around 4:30-45 since I don't usually take a full hour lunch break), flexible, and best of all, I don't get guilt-tripped at the notion of taking a day off when I need to.

The work itself is actually pretty enjoyable, too.  I'm making print ads and signage for brands that I like and find interesting, like Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Coach, Movado, Dolce & Gabbana, the list goes on.  And then there's the tactical stuff, like bullet-proof, crush-proof laptop cases for military personnel, which had been thrown at me on my first day of work by the crazy guy who manages the tactical gear, who said it would have been alright had I not caught it, since it was 99.9% indestructible anyway. Crazy!

I've never felt this good about a job.  I've been "the new person" at, what, 4 different places since I graduated college? They've ranged from Portrait Studio Hell, to a seasonal stint working retail, and a couple of small-ish companies needing an in-house designer.  I'm actually feeling like my life is headed in a good direction, and that I'm more independent than I've ever been.

Thanks so much to everyone who's been supportive through all of this, you guys are the greatest. ^.^
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Not Karen
26 May 2009 @ 05:12 pm
I just got back from Canada last night, and let me say, GT's all around. Canadian Otaku really know how to have fun!

On to the report!Collapse )

All around, a pretty solid con.  I'm probably going to make plans to go again next year.

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Not Karen
21 February 2007 @ 11:49 am
I had a great time at Megacon!  There were some ups and downs, but I think the good outweighed the bad.  It was so depressing having to leave the convention and go back to school.  On top of that, I think I'm getting sick because my throat feels like it's on fire.  But anyway, onto the report!


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