So here is the big catch-up post because I’m a big stinker and didn’t feel like logging into my blog from Hawai’i.

Hawai’i was awesome. I regret not planning the trip across multiple islands but we had lots to do over the two weeks on Oahu. Snorkeling was great, saw dolphins, turtles, drove up mountains, hiked a LOT, and walked even more. My headaches went almost completely away. Get that. Climate change had a lot to do with that, I’m sure. It’s not like Hawaii doesn’t have it’s pollutants but the trade winds were in effect while I was there bringing in a lot of ocean air. I can tell the Topamax is starting to take effect because the “dopamax” can-find-the-word-for-it is happening more often. My partner knows now to not make fun of me for this since it isn’t funny like we thought it was the first couple of times… Something I have to live with like a stutter.

The big change? Well, it has to do more with my career. I applied for a programming job with my local city government a while back. I heard nothing after the 400 page application and DNA test (well, not really but you get the point). A few weeks ago I get a letter in the mail saying that my exam was graded and I was sixth in line. I ended up interviewing for the job a week before Hawai’i and took the drug test the day before. The night before leaving I got the news that I got the job and I accepted when I returned. This, to me, is going to be a huge change in my life. I’ve been working for the same employer for 7 1/2 years and they have been okay up until the past year or so. Everything I consider my daily life I think is going to change. And I look forward to it.

I’m taking a lateral move to this job but my insurance premium goes to nothing and most of medication will cost me $4-$8 rather than $30-$50 a month. That alone is worth it.  I’m also going to be learning something totally new and will finally be specializing my career.  Up until this point, I’ve sort of been a jack of all trades.  Unfortunately, that’s kind of my personality.  I was the kid taking the VCR apart just to see the tape move and having my mom scream at me about how expensive they were, etc…  I’m the same way now; I learn something just enough to feel comfortable to understand how it works and I get bored and move on.  I’m hoping a better job with more direction can help that.  If not, I’ll worry about it then.

So that’s the big change.  It’s pretty drastic for me since I’ve bitched and moaned about it for so long.  I’m kind of proud of myself for taking the step to actually do it.  It’s totally unknown territory and it could suck and I could want to go back to the easy job where I work now.  Sometimes easy isn’t better.  I’m tired of getting by with the job that I could leave for two hours and nobody would notice.  I want a job where if I work my butt off, I get recognized and someone who slacks off gets a head slap.  🙂

It’s pretty late.  Take a look at some of our Hawai’i pictures; I’m still uploading them to Flickr, we have so many though and it’s taking forever to add the captions…

Categories: Headaches


I'm a 20-something full time geek, part time student and photographer with a life partner, dog, house, and the two cars. I also have an ice pick in my left temple every day.


Doc · June 18, 2006 at 6:29 AM

I’m collecting data from headache sufferers for an internet survey and hopefully publication.
Would you kindly check out the 3 minute headache survey at

P.S. Nice photos of the trip.

ErinM · June 18, 2006 at 12:10 PM

glad you had such a great time! On my way over to check out the pics now…

And good for you for finding a different job. Sounds like you needed it.

Jackie · June 18, 2006 at 7:34 PM

Congrats on the new job!!

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