I continued my volunteer work for the Portland Japanese Animation group “Kumoricon” (kumori means “cloudy” in Japanese). In past years I have worked as their Live Charity Auction Manager, Publicity Outreach (“Street Team”) Leader and this year took on the title of Industry Relations Manager as well as Charity Auction Adviser. I worked four major events for Kumorion – Mochi Fest in January, the February Masquerade, May’s Kumoricon-lite event at
In February I participated in the release of Mentor Graphics Fiscal Forth Quarter Results insuring the timely and accurate posting of the earnings information on
In March I oversaw the creation of more media kits. I also helped with the dissemination of
In April I worked at the Embedded Systems Conference in
In May, for personal reasons, I decided to move back to
It was at this time that Cadence decided to make a “hostile” bid to take over
At the end of June we left. The journey was short – only about 5 days – but it was treacherous and uncomfortable. In
July was my time to enter back into the wonders of summer in
In August I remotely worked on
In September I returned to
Donnie had worked for quite some time on a fat tire Schwinn bike we had discovered in a friends barn. It was to be a replacement for the one that was stolen from me in
In October, I finished up my duties for
In November Donnie and I invited our parents out to Happy Joe’s Pizzeria to tell them that we planned to get married at some point. I received a goat ring. I also got a Nintendo DS! We went to see Donnie’s old band mates play at the Acoustic Café and I worked as an Election Poll volunteer for election day. I updated my site, applied to jobs and job sites, polished my resume and also worked on pitching articles to local magazines and newspapers. I also went to the Career Services department at the UW Madison and have been corresponding with them on a regular basis. We went to a local chili cook-off and split Thanksgiving between our families, the Trempealeau Hotel and our friend in the Cities.
Finally it was December. For Donnie’s birthday we went out to lunch together. I was in a Christmas parade with my aunt and her boyfriend’s horses. I got to dress as an elf and ride with Santa! I made a lot of my presents this year. We went to the Prairie night time holiday parade and the pub crawl that followed. Each bar downtown had a signature drink that we got to taste and vote on. I went to a local business fair and won a drawing for a gift basket. I also went to my parent’s house and cleaned for them, earning an 11 lb chicken and a dozen eggs, among other things, as payment. I continued to job hunt and talked with a number of people about possibilities. I joined Gather.com and submitted a story for a contest. We had to, of course, attend the Carp Drop for New Year’s in Prairie.
And now it’s 2009. The Chinese year of the boar. Numerology states it is a 2. 2 = Balance.
Hope it’s a good sign!