GG and I went to the exact geographic center of New Jersey (pretty much) on Sunday for dinner with MB and Alan. I drove, because after finding out that it would be like five weeks until his car would be fixed, GG returned his rental car. So he’s driving his parents’ Jeep, which kind of sucks and I definitely didn’t want to be riding in it for an hour. Anyway, I hate driving, in case you didn’t know. But actually, the directions I had were pretty good, and we only got lost a little bit – the directions said to turn right onto this road, but what they meant to say was turn right into the jughandle in order to make a left onto the road. Oh New Jersey! You and your jughandles! So dinner was nice, and their house is so cute! And it was good to see them, and meet their kitties, Trotsky and Peppin!
I went to the dentist for a regular checkup last night, and they told me that I have my second cavity ever! I actually was kind of expecting it. It’s not like a regular cavity, and it doesn’t hurt or anything. What happened is that where I had braces on my back teeth, the area is now decalcified, which basically meant spots where the enamel had worn away, but it wasn’t cavities. Last year, they decided the spot on my right side had become a cavity, so I got that filled. Now a year later they’ve decided that the left side is a cavity now, too. So I’ll go back in a couple weeks for that fun stuff. (Actually, waiting for the novocaine to wear off was worse than getting the actual filling last time!) Also, they sold me another $10 tube of toothpaste, and they want me to buy this $80 toothbrush (regularly $140) from them.
I had a one-on-one meeting at work this morning with the head of our department. He’s been having them with everyone in the department, which he hasn’t really done since he took his current position (which was three years ago). Basically, he just wants to see how everyone feels about their job, where they’d like to develop in the future, what the department can do better, etc. I was kind of nervous about it for some reason, which is weird, because I’m actually on really really good terms with him. But of course I got in there and everything was fine and he agreed with what I said and it should all be cool. I guess my biggest concern, if you could call it a concern, is that my position was sort of “invented” for me, and as such, I don’t really have a defined “career ladder” like a lot of other positions do. So in some ways I feel sort of stuck in my current job, but in other ways I’m curious and excited to see what it evolves into next. And I told him how I’d like to take on more of a leadership or project management kind of role. So… we’ll see what happens in the coming months!