The Obligatory “Where I’ve Been” Blog Post


Whenever I take any kind of extended absence from blogging, I always feel the need to write a post and justify my leave.

This post is no different.

For one, my little 75-day blogging marathon burned me out and I didn’t want to head back to it any time soon. That’s a simple explanation.

So what else have I been up to?

Flickr. Since Yahoo!’s acquisition of Tumblr, Flickr users had their accounts upgraded to a whopping 1TB of storage space. This trumps the old capacity of a mere 200 images for free users, who had to pay an annual fee for more storage. So what does any of that have to do with my time? I created another Yahoo!/Flickr account and started to store/archive a ton of images to share with family. It’s taking time to upload and tag everything but tagging the images makes things so much easier when searching. It’s like I’m starting over and while time consuming, I’m enjoying perusing images I haven’t seen in ages.

Coursera. I’m trying, yet again, to stick with an online course of a subject of interest (in my case, Nutrition). But no matter how hard I try, I’m not succeeding. I really want to learn about this stuff and although it’s a learn-at-your-own-pace platform, my pace seems to be stuck in Neutral. I’m beginning to think I’m unlearnable (or unteachable, as you see fit).

Job Hunting. Saving the best for last, I’m desperately looking for a new job. I’m tired of the line of work I’m doing and want need to get into something else. This really hit me today when, while proofreading yet another weird language with strange characters, the lines of text started to look as if they were highlighted with a green highlighter – and they weren’t. So not only to I need to do it for my own sanity, I just need to move on and far, far away from the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Proofreading. I’m sick of it and everything about it. Actually, this job has broken my spirits tenfold not only for proofreading but on other levels as well. The new manager has been promising to transition more of the temps into permanent employees but as of now, only two people have been given the opportunity and one of them has only been there a fraction of the time I have. The job we do is tedious, boring, repetitive. We (the proofreaders) get no kind of word of thanks from anyone while others get the credit whenever we get their projects done. It’s totally disheartening, and that’s not even everything.

So does that justify things? Good. Because I have to go and start looking for another job.

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Back to School


As is the case every year, Ann asked me what I wanted for my birthday (which is today as most friends inside and outside of Facebook know). And as usual I had a blank stare and the equally vague reply of “Nothing.”

But after thinking about it, I decided that I’m not getting any younger and that spending the rest of my days as a proofreader is most definitely not what I want.

That’s why, instead of asking for something physical, I opted for a gift that might benefit me in the long run: a course at our local university.

The CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education offers a reasonably large course listing that includes Certificate, Degree and Online programs. While the first two are definitely out of the question due to cost and time constraints, I’m all in for the online courses as they are 6 weeks and I can do them at home.

Of course, the question remains: what should I take?

As already mentioned, I’m burned out in my current “career” choice and would like to expand my horizons by taking something completely out of the ordinary or my comfort zone. This is what learning is about and while I could probably gain some useful insight from another writing course, the fact of the matter is that  I simply don’t want to take another one. Creative Writing, English 101, Screenwriting, Technical Writing…I’ve done them all before. While there is a Business Writing course available, I’m really wondering if that would be any advantage to me.

I’m continuing to look at the courses and have still yet to decide which I will take. Knowing how I am, the Spring session will be over by the time I choose.

Too bad they don’t offer one in Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving.