Good Monday to me. Why good Monday you ask me? For the following reasons.
As of this week, I have completed 7 years of professional career. I joined my first company on the 9th of June 2011. I have never noticed these anniversaries before. Somehow this year the milestone seems important. I think it’s because I finally feel settled and in a good place. I am happy with the work that I am doing and the pay that I am earning. I know what I need to do to get better. I know where I can get the time from and how I can channel my energies.
The last week was a little crazy with the amount of work the dog added onto us. It seemed to settle down over the weekend. We now more or less know what to expect with the dog. The dog seems to have adjusted to the new environment and seems to be growing well.
The Mrs. and I did not fight over the weekend. The dog provided enough distraction so we didn’t get the time to focus on each other. Given that the fertility week has started for this month, it is important that we stay positive and happy this week.
Overall, I am in a happy place at the moment. I now have to start making this time count.
Sunday post skipped in between. It has been a crazy last couple of weeks. For the first time ever, I missed out on paying a credit card bill. Made a bad decision to buy a sofa and then fought with the furniture guy for a week to get the money back. Bro announced that he is expecting a baby. The Mrs. got her periods again which means this is the 4th month in which we have been unsuccessful. We got a puppy!!
The paragraph sums up the highs and the lows of the last 2 weeks. I will try to write a longer post the next Sunday if I get more time.
Place: New Home
Sunday post after a couple of weeks. This is a very special post.
It has been 4 years since I started these Sunday posts. I haven’t been the most regular but I have kept at it. This is something that I am specially proud of.
I moved to Mera homes last weekend. I have been a nomad these last 14 years. I have finally found a place that I like staying at and where I know I will be spending a lot of time. This feels like home. My quality of life is now starting to improve. All I need to do now is to improve and get better.
There is something that the Mrs. said yesterday that I need to seriously think about. I have made it a habit of disregarding all her opinions. This makes her feel that I think less of her and it affects her confidence. I need to change this behavior as this is affecting our family life.
We have come to the in-laws place this weekend. It has been an up and down week.
It started with a bit of disappointment when the Mrs. woke up to a bit of abdomen pain (usually a sign of impending periods) on the 25th. We were disappointed that we were not successful this month also. The period never came on the 25th, nor on the 26th. We did a quick calculation and realized that her periods should normally start on the 27th. So we waited another day. No periods. We did a pee test. It came out negative.
The Mrs has had fairly regular and on time periods so I was very confident a delayed period meant a baby. All our hopes got dashed when the periods finally arrived 2 days late on the 29th.
When she told me the news, it felt like a setback. It shouldn’t be so. What have we lost really? It just means another month of trying. The Mrs is apprehensive that the unsuccessful attempts might mean that there is something wrong with one of us. I tried to reassure her but in some corner of my heart, I feel the same. But truth be said it shouldn’t bother me so much.
If something so little starts bothering us, how will be deal with the bigger things that could happen in the future? I miscarriage would hurt so much more. A baby with problems would be devastating. These are all real future possibilities that we might need to deal with. We have to become more thick skinned, and it has to start with me.
On a happy note, I received the full settlement from Oracle today. I got more than I expected, so its good news. Got the first salary from Pythian too. After a long time on the ropes, our financial situation seems to be settling down. One less thing to worry about.
Its been a good week. 5 day gym week culminating with a long run today. I wanted to do a 10K but could only manage 8km. It is very humid in the morning and I think I started a little faster than I usually do, resulting in me getting tired very fast.
It was a frustrating week at work. I still do not have the access to be able to login to customer machines. In the absence of required access, there was nothing for me to do. I had a 1-1 with the boss and she told me to expect the same for a few more months.
I was dealing with several issues on the sidelines this week. I managed to resolve a missing transaction issue with Paytm and got the Payroll clearence from Oracle. I am hoping the full and final settlement from Oracle will arrive by the end of May.
There are a couple of more things that I need to follow up on this week. Pythian promised a 9.5% superannuation in the offer letter but there has not been any word on it after I joined. I sent emails to local and central HR’s and they both don’t have answers. I will need to follow up with them about this. The second thing is with the Visa for visiting Canada. Its been 20 days since I completed the application. I haven’t heard from them since then. I sent them an email today. Let’s see how it goes.
Me and the Mrs will know by the next weekend if she is carrying. If she is, then it will be the start of a new chapter in my life. If she isn’t, it will be dissapointing. Either ways I need to plan a visit to a doctor next month. I am really hoping it is for the right reasons.
Dad’s money hasn’t come as yet. Got news this week that Lakku has landed a job in Bangalore. I asked her to come and stay with me. She might be joining her company sometime in June.
Depending on how much salary I will get this week, I am planning to shift to the next house, sometime next month. Since I am travelling to Ottawa in the first week of June, I need to shift the house before I leave. Otherwise the shifting will get delayed by a month.
Skipped a sunday in between. I am writing this post on a tuesday.
Started on the new job last week. My first impressions are not good. The company is changing its business model right now and the team that I joined in is undergoing a reorg. The manager who hired me is moving away to a different team. The new manager hasn’t been chosen yet. The manager has been busy with meetings and hasn’t given me time till now.
Most of the clients for this team are based in the US and Canada. The engineers working in that time zone have the most interaction with the clients. Engineers in my time zone generally handle the tickets and work on any CR’s. The company is now splitting work and is assigning build and implementation tasks to a project team. My team, which is a reliability team, will handle tickets and a few leftover maintenance activities.
From what I understand, the work seems to be challenging process wise and not technically. I think it will take me a couple of months to get the complete picture.
The in-laws were here till last week. I am alone at home starting this week. I need to get used to working from home. I need to push myself to be as productive as possible. My working hours will be from 10:30 to 4:30. I will have atleast 3 to 4 hours of personal time every day which I can invest on self improvement. I started a Python course in coursera last week. I need to focus on that and learn as much as I can.
The wife and I are trying for a baby again this week. We should know the result by 27th of April.
Skipped a Sunday post in between. We had traveled to Hyderabad last month. It was a good trip.
3 day gym week. Mother in law arrived so couldn’t go to the gym for 2 days. The coming week has to be a 6 day gym week.
The coming week is also going to be my last at Oracle. I told the guys in the office that I am leaving Oracle. I need to sit down and draft a good email to send to the folks.
Large sunday posts starting next week.
Sunday post on a Tuesday.
I traveled to hyd on the weekend. I was visiting home after a gap of 6 months so I wanted to spend some time here. I will be returning to Bangalore tomorrow. Grandad was ill for 3 months. I had wanted to visit at the time but could not. It felt good to visit and spend some time with them.
A good week. 6 day workout week. Covered all the major workouts and finished off with a 10K run today. I had a body analysis done last Tuesday and was disappointed to find out that I put on 1KG weight in the last 2 months. I gained fat and lost muscle mass. This was suprising to me since the last 2 months has also been the time in which I have been the most regular to the Gym in the last 2 years.
Even though the scales show a wait gain, I feel a little leaner and fitter. If I keep putting in 5 day or 6 day workout weeks over the next few months, I should shed some weight. I need to control my diet though. I have cut down on the amount of coffee that I am used to having. Less coffee would lead to lesser sugar intake. I also need to cut out the evening snacks or at least replace them with something healthier.
So the Mrs and I have made up our minds. We are going to start trying to have a baby. We don’t know how long it might take.. the sooner the better I guess. In order to convince the wife though, I had to agree to having a dog in the house. Having a dog would mean more expenses are more work for me. Its worth it I guess.
Dads money thing is progressing as usual. I got my salary for last month so this months expenses are covered. I need to pay some money to the company to get the final settlement. I am thinking of taking a loan of about 1.5L from bro to tide over next months expenses. The Mrs is going to get some bonus to it should get easier. If dad’s money comes before that, I would not need to borrow from bro.
Managed not to have a fight with the Mrs this weekend. We went out yesterday and had some positive conversations today. I need to do what I did this weekend the coming weekends too. That would be to mostly leave the wife alone!
First weekend of what should be a very fast moving month. I worked the entirety of last week at home. I am thinking of doing the same for the rest of my time at Oracle. Mr. Ch should not have a problem with that.
After a 6 days gym week, I ended up with a 3 day gym week. I need to pick it up next week.
The Mrs. and I had a good chat today. We made 2 decisions. First that we would get a puppy. Second that we will try to conceive starting this month. These are big decisions that we have made and I don’t think we have thought it through entirely. But its not like we have anything to lose.
I booked tickets this week for a visit to Hyd. We will be spending 5 days there. I am looking forward to it.
I bought a chair for my home office. Paid 8K for it. The Mrs. thought it was very expensive but I wanted a chair that I could sit comfortable in. I am slowly setting up my home office. The only thing remaining now is to buy a laptop. I have been thinking a lot about it, but I am not able to make up my mind. I was thinking about buying a macbook air but the 128GB storage makes it a bad deal. I cant afford a macbook pro. I need windows so I cant buy a DOS laptop. I need a laptop that has a good battery. I am partial towards a thinkpad as I have been using it for 3 years now and I love it. It is expensive though.
Need to make up my mind this week.