My New Job

As promised, here are the details of my new job.

On Monday, October 25, 2010 I started at a company called aSa. My job title is Quality Assurance Analyst and I am going to be doing quality assurance testing and automated testing on the software that the company provides. It is everything that I have been hoping for in a job. I have my own hard walled cube. I have a fast computer with dual, flatscreen monitors. I have a friendly working environment where I can feel comfortable to ask for help if I need it and where I can truly grow my skills and contribute to the company of a high level. I can feel useful and wanted. Pretty much, if I had to write down what a dream, entry level job for me would look like, it would be sitting right here at my new desk, doing the same thing I am going to be doing.

I want to thank my recruiter, Craig Kumer, from Oxford Solutions (a staffing company here in Pittsburgh), for contacting me about this position and helping me the whole way and ultimately getting me the job. I couldn't have done it without him.

These are the details that I feel comfortable sharing online in a public forum. If you would like to call me we can definitely chat and I will tell you how I'm doing.

Thanks for reading, folks!



Today is my last day at MSA and I am sad. Over the past 8 months I have made some really good friends. Notably Seema and Jaime. I will miss seeing them on a (work)daily basis. Change is always hard but right now it seems even harder. When I leave today I am not going to be coming back tomorrow. I have promised a few people here to try and bring Ike in for a visit but I don't know when that is going to happen.

Saying goodbye sucks. It also is a great time to connect with people and get information to keep in touch. Last days are also a great time for finding out how you have been doing at work. My co-worker Mike came over to say goodbye and told me that I have been doing a really good job and he sees my talent. Mike started working at MSA before I even had my first birthday. I truly respect his opinion and analysis. Thank you Mike.

Most of all, I will miss Bryan. Even though we go to the same shul I will miss talking to him on a daily basis and getting on each other's nerves. His name for me is TroubleMaker and I like it. Bryan and I used to drive to work with each other through the wintry months. We had some good talks and got to be pretty good friends. Bryan, thank you for helping me get this job. It has been the focal point of my career path so far as it has helped guide me to my niche.

To everyone at MSA, I thank you for the time and effort you have spent in training me, helping me, being my friend, and most of all just saying good morning as I passed you in the hall. I am going to miss you all.


Turn and Face the Strange Ch Ch Changes

Boy is life ever changing! We're with in the last month and preparing for it like crazy. I'm making lots of food and freezing a lot, which means that our freezer is fuller than it has ever been in our 1.5 yrs in this apt. I'm writing list on top of list just trying to feel like I am somewhat organized before I forget what the word organization means. Also, I cut back my hours at work so that I could rest and get things done at home. So unlike last week when I cam home every night and crashed, this week I've been cooking and doing dishes and keeping the house neater, and actually feeling less grumpy. Very clearly cutting back hours was the right decision- and I'm only 2 days in!

Yehuda starts his new job on Monday. That is going to be one of our biggest changes. It means longer hours out of the house for him, which means less time for us to spend together. I know you're all thinking "geez, they are such saps" to which I say "you're jealous." Although we've both changed schedules a lot since our wedding we have still gotten to spend a lot of time together. Part of what we are feeling is that with Yehuda commuting so "far" to work, once Ike comes there really won't be a lot of us time. So, like with everything else in our life right now, we are arranging our schedule to accommodate this. I'm a big fan on easing into new situations as much as possible. Many of our new life changes are so that we can settle into a routine before routines become a thing of the past.

We'll see where this leads us, but we are 3 days in to this week and have kept good moods for 3 days straight!

Also, Shayna and Yair are finally engaged! Yair is very much the right guy for Shayna and was nice enough to include us in his surprise proposal. Mazal tov!


I Got a New Job, and Other Stories

Dear readers out in readerland,
I was offered a permanent position as a quality assurance analyst in a company here in Pittsburgh. With Ike's arrival coming within the next month or so this makes me greatly excited. This is my first "real" job. By that I mean that it's my first 8-hour-a-day, 40-hour-a-week, benefitted, 401k'ing, etc. job. For more information about the company you can look it up here.

So, the other stories. I got accepted to Point Park University to continue my education in the pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree. This is very exciting for me because I am going to be graduating in December with my Associates Degree after ___ years at the Community College. I didn't think I would have it in me to keep going to school after being in school for so long. Apparently I did. This brings us to story number three (which then leads into number 4).

Story number three is actually sort of attached to number 1. My new job is located about a 25-30 minute drive away from my apartment in Squirrel Hill in a town called Murrysville. It's also about 35-50 minute drive from my new school.

Story number four: We need to buy a second car already. You see, Ladies and Gentlemen, Rivkah's job recently moved out of Squirrel Hill as well. So, for the past week she has been driving Xavier to work. And since we can't carpool (she works in a different direction, I have to go to school from work, etc.) we need to own two cars. At least we 1) believe we have found one and 2) have jobs that can support two cars.

Speaking of Xavier, I took a picture of the new license plate I bought for him:

Let me know what you think. Rivkah said that for mine I can get one that says "ME GOOSE". I think it will fit very nicely.

I think that is enough for today. My hands are getting tired. If I think of anything else...


I just wanted to let you know that I think I'm going to name my car..."Evander Car".

...I will just have to post again. Thanks for reading.