Mid-Life Chrysalis

I will be offline for several days, starting this evening, as I make the trek east to my new job. I’m still frantically stuffing things in boxes, but I am getting close to finished.

It’s a big transition from a research station to a main campus student-services-oriented job, but the folks I’m going to work with seem pretty cool. They also seem to see an online presence as a plus, rather than a negative, so while I’ll still be using my pseudonym for the foreseeable future, perhaps I’ll eventually be able to have a personal opinion in public.

(For those of you that missed the 2009 drama, my boss decided an anti-lobbying law applied to me since I had budgetary power over state funds. The outcome of this was that I was ordered not to speak about any policies or politics as my real self. And, for a while, not as an anonymous teal broad with antennae on the internet either.)

Until I get past that 6 month probation period, though, don’t expect any big reveals!  I hope that when I finally emerge from this midlife chrysalis that I look like Dr. Girlfriend from the Venture Brothers.

Here’s hoping for an uneventful move, and an exciting new chapter in my career.  And, I’m really happy to have landed a full time job with benefits.

Also? OMG check out these Monarch shoes.


Traveling, so please talk amongst yourselves.  So far it’s been a fairly eventful trip–12 inches of snow and a flaming de-icer canceled all flights.   Oddly enough, in a part of Michigan known for lake effect snow, there was only one de-icer for the airport. It had mostly stopped smoking by the time I arrived, but the damage had been done.

Also, my suitcase sent off all sorts of alarms, so every TSA employee at the airport has now fondled my underpants and bras.

Eventually, they put us all on a bus to Chicago, where I finally got on a plane 12 hours after I arrived at the airport.

I really liked this sign–sort of fits my surreal travel experience. Check out the blog of strange signs: Oddly Specific.