Monday, October 15, 2007

Potentially exciting news for Jarom's career

I have been invited for an interview with a medium-sized pharmaceutical company in Austin, Texas. It will be on October 30. I've been casually looking for the right opportunity through some recruiters, and they found this for me. I already had a short phone interview that went really well, and since they liked my engineering background and formulation experience, they invited me down! I'm pretty excited, though I'm not jumping to any conclusions.

As you may expect, Sarah is less than enthused about the prospect of moving to Texas. She understands that it's only a faint possibility at this point, though. We are excited about getting carpet put in the two basement rooms tomorrow! The kids will have some more room to run around down there, which is always good.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sarah & kids at Hogle Zoo

We visited Hogle Zoo together with Lana, her sister Tara and her husband Gary, and their sons today! We had lots of fun visiting the reptile and rodent exhibit. Loranna loved the snakes and the meerkat. Nathan loved the maras (rodent that looks like an oversized rabbit). He was talking to it. :) Some construction was going on (carousel and eatery being installed). The kids also loved feeding the ducks and swans in the pond.

We also have some pix of tired kids, including a progression of Loranna asleep, waking up, and fully alert! They are getting so huge. Loranna is now fully potty trained. Sarah has worked so hard to make that happen--props to her.

Jarom is in the middle of a high profile, high priority project at work that is consuming a lot of his time there. He is also super busy with his master's degree, his church calling, and following BYU football.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

In Madison, Wisconsin: liberal haven

I've been in Madison for the last 5 days attending the summer residency for my online master's of engineering degree. It's been raining on and off, and it's quite humid. It has been an enjoyable week. My class is a great bunch of people, and the program has been set up well. It's going to be a lot of work, though--20 hours per week is the bare minimum. We've had it pounded into our heads that "we get out of the program what we put in." So, along with the $40,000 tuition price tag, I have extra incentive to work hard.

Since it is dominated by the university and is the state capital, Madison is a haven for liberals and granola types. Recycling bins everywhere, official conservation signs everywhere, and the lesbian-gay-bi-transsexual student club headquarters are in the student union building. Couple that with bars and beer everywhere, and you can tell that it's about as different from BYU as you can imagine. I hung out with many of the guys in my class at one of the local bars for about 3 hours Monday night. Many of them offered to buy me a beer, but I politely declined, so they bought me a Sprite instead.

Sarah has recruited some help from my aunt Sharon to paint the 2 basement rooms that I recently finished. She hopes to have it finished by 9/1. She is considering switching from Gold's Gym to a local family center in West Valley. Nathan is walking all over the place now. He and Loranna are really keeping Sarah busy.

Hope you're all doing well.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sarah's home, life returning to normal

Sarah, Loranna, and Nathan arrived back home on Tuesday morning. I tucked her into bed and took the kids to the park and to run errands while she slept. We had a pleasant Pioneer Day together.

We had some excitement early Thursday morning when Sarah woke me up at 1:30 am complaining of severe stomach flu symptoms and violent chills. Since she was so scared, and because I really didn't know what else to do for her beyond trying to get her to drink fluids, I took her to the ER at the nearby hospital. They gave her an IV with fluids and drugs, which helped her system to calm down. I stayed home from work that day to tend the kids. :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Jarom's still alone

So Sarah and the kids are still in Oregon, and I've been alone for 11 days. Crazy! It's the longest I've ever been away from any of them. I'm hanging tough, though. Pretty much this is how my days have gone:

wake up
go to work
come home from work
eat some semblance of dinner that I make myself
work on the basement or homework
watch TV or movie
go to bed

Exciting, I know.