Place: 005, Devi Residency
Had an internal review for the starwood assessment with the Tech Leads. They seemed to be satisfied with the report.
Had an escalation this week that I worked hard on. Got some recognition from my namesake and Mr C.
Last week I spoke to Aditya about my U.S trip and I told him that I wasn’t sure if I can make it to the U.S as I didnt have the money. He told me that if money was the issue, he would sponsor some part of it and that I could pay him back. This made me think hard about the situation and finally I decided that I will go to the U.S. Dad can make his own plans. So bro booked the tickets this week. Emirates flight. Cost a decent 64.5K. The folks decided they wanted to meet in Vegas. I need to book the tickets from Chicago to Vegas.
Met Swathi yesterday for lunch. Spent 6 hours with her. The time really flied. It’s amazing how comfortable I am with her even though we know very little about each other. We had a good chat yesterday and she opened up about her previous marriage alliances.
Earlier today I went through all the Sunday posts that I have written in the lat 8 months. Its amazing to me how a lot of the focus was on the marriage blues. Now that the marriage is settled, what is my current state of mind?
I need to figure out what I want to do now. Swathi will be a part of my life. I need to understand myself better if I want to be a good husband and partner to her. I want to be someone she would come to look up to and love. What do I need to do to be that person?
So much of my focus has been on the marriage for the last year, I need to now figure out what I need to focus on. Things that I have on my plate right now:
- The U.S trip.
- Upcoming marathon season.
I registered for the Hyderabad marathon couple of days back. I have to make sure that I have a good marathon this year. My goal has to be to do a sub 2:15 in hyderabad this year. Given how hard I have worked in the gym the last few months, anything worse than that will be disappointing. I will start the preparation this month.
I have the Exadata certification scheduled for the end of this week. I need to make sure I clear the exam. Then I have the cloud administrator certification lined up for the end of the month. I will try to have a crack at the SQL fundamentals again before I leave for the U.S trip. I will be doing a lot of ghoting in the coming 6 weeks.
Bro has paid for the U.S trip tickets. I need to make sure I pay him back. Dad is paying for the home loan this month so I have some extra money with me. Should I settle his debt or should I save money for the U.S trip? He did ask for the money the other day but I can extend it a little longer. It should be fine. I think I will pool in my money for the next couple of months.
Another interesting thing happened this week. When I spoke to the 2 Mr. C’s regarding the vacation, the topic of the L1 visa came up. They told me that short term and long term opportunities will come up for which I will need to travel. They told me to think about it and get back to them.
I thought about it and discussed with Bro also. I am not that interested in the offer. I was debating about whether or not I want to discuss it with Madam. So I went ahead and discussed it. I have more to lose by not taking up the offer than I have by taking it up. My goal of completing the OCM will take me 2 years to achieve. By that time I will have completed close to 4 years in Oracle so nobody should grudge me if I leave then for greener pastures. Madam feels the same too.
I have decided to talk to Chaman about this tomorrow. Will see how the conversation goes.
When I started the week count, I wrote down that I want to have a count of the weeks until I get. Which means the count will continue. 🙂