Soooooooooooo.... anyone miss me? ;)
So where have I been.... short version:
Loved my job -> job went downhill -> hated my job -> found new job -> LOVE new job!
I had a pretty rough patch at work which started sometime last fall. It got so bad that I lost interest in pretty much everything that I didn't even want to talk or see people. I became a complete recluse which really really scared me cause that's really not me at all. It also really frustrated me that I seemed to have completely lost interest in anything creative. raspberry_splat
got a certain insight into in how bad a state I was in when we spent a week in Vancouver last fall. Eventually it got so bad at work that it made me sick physically. From February on I was constantly sick. I got over one thing, the next thing hit me. I also suffered from constant insomnia. I think the only reason I actually survived that time was because of two of my co-workers at my old job. We've pretty much kept each other sane most of the time.
Well... the change came last April when I was invited for an interview at KIT (Karlsruhe Institue of Technology). This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me that I didn't want to pass up. Called in sick at the old job and went for the interview... which went really well. So well they called me back to come in for a second interview to meet the big boos while I was in Philadelphia for a trade show (and to see utchick
and the same time ;)).I cursed heaven and hell that they had to call me back while I was halfway around the globe! Well - they postponed the interview by a week, and then hired me within a day. I started my new job at KIT (yay, back at university!) on July 1st.
I have to say - I feel so much more sane now in this job, it's unbelievable. I miss my old co-workers (we've become real close friends - but they're also about to leave the company soon). However, I am *finally* in an environment with people who have an IQ higher than 80. I finally sleep again, I am not physically sick anymore, and - most important - I have found interest in fandom and friends again. I go home from work in the evening and actually feel like going out with friends or just chatting and doing stuff. With my old job, I went home and all I wanted to do was crawl in bed not see or to talk to anyone.
So....... here I am, in a new job which feels like I have a new life again. I pray to heaven I never ever will lose my fandoms again because honestly, that was really one of the worst times of my life. So pleas keep prodding me once in a while because I want to come back into fandom, and I feel like I am now in a position where I am able to do that.