Let’s get back to business

Jan 11, 2010   //   by Alida   //   Career, Creative Discontent, Real Life, School  //  No Comments

Well, Christmas is over, and I had absolutely no contingency for any sort of regular updates during the last month of school and over the break, but it’s time to get back to posting regularly. For that matter, it’s time to get life back into a routine of some sort, even though I don’t really know — yet — what that routine will look like.

It’s been a wonderfully relaxing few weeks; time for both Colin and I to decompress from our very busy fall seasons. We’ve spent more time sitting in front of the TV in the past 3 weeks than we did in the rest of 2009 combined. I think the past few weeks have included season 1 of Dexter and Weeds, seasons 1 and 2 of Chuck (in preparation for the season 3 premiere last night), season 2 of Friends… and I know I’m missing something, but those are the ones that stand out right now.

It still hasn’t entirely sunk in that I’m finished school. I know that I’m finished my MFA, but right now, it honestly just feels like I’m on winter break. CalArts doesn’t go back to school until next week — class sign-ups aren’t even until this weekend — so everyone else is still on break, and I kind of feel like I am, too. The biggest difference is that I haven’t been trying to cram coffee and/or double dates in with everyone we know. Usually, I’m trying to see everyone as often as possible in the 3-4 weeks that I’m back for Christmas, but this year, I’ve hardly seen anyone, and that feels a little strange. Nice, though. Not that I don’t love everyone and want to see them, but it’s nice to have the luxury of time.

I’m not working yet, although I have some contract work lined up and I’m back on the roster at the temp agency I worked at before grad school. I’m hoping to either find a full-time position with an arts organization (and soon!) or to piece together enough freelance and contract work to keep me busy and working full-time. I wouldn’t mind that at all, actually. Until we know whether, when, and where Colin’s going back to school, I wouldn’t mind just working all kinds of jobs in my field for all kinds of employers, and waiting to find something permanent.

Of course, if that perfect permanent job falls into my lap, I’ll grab it right away, but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to working on multiple projects and having a wide range of experience. Just means that we’ll have to find our own health insurance, rather than getting it through either of our employers. 🙂

So I’m back. Back online, back in Calgary, back to the professional world — and it’s all very exciting, if a little nerve-wracking!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with our 2009 Christmas letter, if you feel like taking the whirlwind tour of what 2009 was for us.

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