I’ve been down with coughs and colds for a couple of days now. The doctor ordered me to stay home for a week. First time I went to a doctor here, by the way. He barely spoke English but I was able to communicate my symptoms well enough to get the proper treatment (*clap clap* achievement unlocked).
It seems like such a long time since I last spent consecutive days just hanging out at home – even though I’ve been working for barely a month. Did you know that in Germany, sick leaves aren’t counted as part of your yearly leave entitlement? Yeah. So long as a doctor has ordered you to stay home, you get to stay home. My office mates don’t even want me around. I tried going to the office last Monday and one of them told me “Go home, I don’t want to be infected by your germs”. I said “I can’t, since I can’t work from home” to which he responded “When you’re sick, you don’t have to work from home. Just tell your boss.”
Is this real life? I’m not really sure if these things are actually happening. First there’s the company-issued Pixel, now “worry free” sick leaves? Makes me very grateful. Also makes me think about how I almost didn’t get this job, and all because of High School, Gundam, and Skype.
Just got a job and now I haven’t posted anything for three weeks! All that talk about cadence apparently amounts to shit. But the truth is, my first two weeks at work were really quite busy that I didn’t have the energy to sit down and write at night. Then, my folks came to visit us. Out time together was short enough without me making it shorter by making a post.
While these two things took away from my writing time, they also gave me something in return. My parents, whom I haven’t seen for more than six months, gave me untold joy for my birthday. My job gave me a Google Pixel to take photos with.
So far I have stuck to my claim that my blog is 100% accurate (except when it isn’t). Did you believe everything you read before? I’m pretty sure some of you would claim that you can spot some half-truths and whole lies scattered inside my ramblings. Well, here’s your chance.
With Halloween coming up, let me tell you about my pre-employment scares. You can tell me when and where you think I am lying. Of course I reserve the right to neither confirm nor deny your observations, but this should still be fun.
A while ago, I started this blog with a post regarding bachelor parties. Obviously, quite a lot has happened between then and now, but I haven’t forgotten that I promised a second part in the series. To be honest, I’ve been trying to write this piece for the longest time but I just couldn’t find the words. Maybe it’s because this time the party is mine.
So, without further delay, let me now drive your already low opinion of me deeper into the ground with part two of my bachelor party story.
I’ve been in Germany for a little more than six months. These six months have been both relaxing and terrifying. I came to Germany without any definite personal plans.
Wow. It’s been a whole month since my last SOLID OOP post. I was doing a good job alternating between maybe useful topics and totally useless ones until I got to this: the O in SOLID. Open and Closed Principle. Oh shit whaddup? Oh fuck the topic is so dry I can’t figure out how to write about it.
There were a lot of things that happened this past month – a trip to Spain and Berlin, grueling job interviews, a new play through of Dragon Age: Inquisition. After all that, I still can’t figure out how to make this topic more accessible. I guess it’s just time to man up and discuss this thing like an adult. Fuck it, I hate being an adult.
I will inevitably encounter weeks when I’ll find it hard to write something substantial. I may be strapped for time, not feeling well, have no clear idea what to write about, or all of the above. Why not just skip a week? It’s all about cadence and forming a habit. My muse may be absent, but I’ll still show up for work.
Now let me join the bandwagon of wasting your time with some random list of shit.
First time enjoying [PiSS]? You might want to start from the beginning.
Episode 1: Home Improvement Ideas
Episode 2: The Rage Awakens
Instead of focusing on what happened chronologically, I’ll move forward thematically. This might let me get my rage out of the way first, and end this series on a light note.
Spain, being the bringer of Christianity to the “heathen and pagan” lands of the Philippines, is filled with a great many churches to visit. Cordoba offered the first, but it definitely wasn’t the last. Nor was it the biggest. Why am I still raging? Read on.
If this is the first time you’re encountering PiSS, I’d recommend starting here.
We got an early start the following day – around 9am – and set out for Cordoba.
Last week I told you that the wife and I went to Spain for a bit of a holiday. Here’s the tale of this bittersweet adventure, with some of the awe
someful pics I took.