02-05-07: new job: and she's off!

Tomorrow around noon I'll be off to Minnesota (Plymouth, specifically) to visit the native land of ButlerJon. While I am not worried about the logistics of travel or the being trapped for three days with a Dutch guy with way too many vowels in his name or the ins and outs of teaching the class, I am worried about shivvering to death. Yo: I'm the chick who enjoyed sitting in her car on an Arizona summer afternoon.

Forecast for Plymouth, MN: Monday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near -3. Wind chill values between -20 and -30. West northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Something tells me wearing my toasty bee hat might not give the most professional first impression, though it would certainly be the most accurate. :-)

Anyhoozle, I am pretty excited to start the new job. I remember having a premonition when I first heard of these guys-- I thought their tag line was really, really, really stupid, and I thought, "Good God, watch me wind up working for these guys and having to pretend I'm all inspired and shit from this totally retarded slogan." It is so dorky that I can't even type it-- Jeremy would (rightfully) make fun of me for at least a month.

I blame it on the Dutch to English translation. (I have the feeling I'll be doing a lot of that.)

In related news... Matt has been so fabulously supportive throughout this whole Jill-is-now-travelling-for-a-living thing. What I first assumed was one hell of a good game face, is actually genuine rah-rah excitement for my new venture. We had a fabulous (though crazy-busy) weekend getting my home office ready and doing other domestic-type stuff, and it felt really wonderful. So allow me to publicly1 proclaim that Matt Lichtenwalner is the best boyfriend ever. Thank you, drive through.

In more related news... Whenever I leave for a trip of any kind, I'm always up until the wee hours of the morning packing and getting all ready. All the planning in the world never seems to make a difference, because I'm always doing the late-night shuffle2 no matter what. I hope I get this packing process streamlined a bit-- looks like I'll have plenty of time to practice.

OK, must pack and stuff.

I know I don't need to say this, but, please go easy on me for the next few weeks as I get this new rhythm down. I probably won't be as receptive with the emails, returned phone calls and such. Please don't take it personally. :-)

1 - Publically vs Publicly... That word always looks wrong to me when I type it. So I looked it up. Hmmm. It's one of those that can go either way. (Kinda like Kevin's mom.)
2 Ah yes, things that sound dirty but aren't...

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish today tells me I'm: Somewhere between In Love and Indifferent.The tail is moving, but every once in a while we get a head twitch. I'm starting to lose faith in this thing.