Right now I’m sitting on the roof of my apartment building. I knew I was going to sit down and write a bit, so I thought, eh, why not go outside and catch the setting sun. I hope I don’t’ ever get in trouble for coming up here. I’m listening to Duets: An American Classic by Tony Bennett and feeling quite jazzy and romantic. How could I not with Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder serenading me? The only thing missing – a glass of wine.
I’m at the point in the trip where I have settled into life and routine. There aren’t going to be anymore huge surprises or bureaucracy that I’ll have to go through. I’m perfectly content to be here. And at the same time, I can’t stop thinking about excited I am for my last year at Calvin. I can’t wait to start my classes, my senior design project, live with my girl friends again, figure out what the heck I’m going to do with my life…
Today is Monday, July 13. It is my Grandma’s 87th birthday! I called my Grandparents from Skype to wish her a Happy Birthday; it was good to hear their voices and words of encouragement. I’m glad I actually got through and they picked up!
Work went by surprisingly fast today. My workstation has been moved though. Instead of working from Herr Ball’s office, I will be working in the conference room with this other new guy. I’m not sure if he was hired full time, or is just doing some contracting work. But he has been around for a couple weeks now. It was crazy though – he didn’t take a lunch break I don’t think he ever went to the bathroom! I am constantly drinking (they have bottled water and juice available) so on my third trip to the bathroom I was feeling kind-of ridiculous. Working in there will add a little accountability to not get distracted. And I get to see and hear more interactions between the engineers, instead of being so isolated in my old office.
As to the status of my project, I am pretty sure I am done with all the basic busy work. Ok, anything to do with this project will feel like busy work because I have to do it over 200 times. But the most basic busy work is complete. In the next part I will actually be producing numbers, not just presenting background information and collecting data. This excites me, mostly because I actually have no idea if this project is feasible. As the CEO of MWG said to me when we parted, “What you are doing here is very important; it decides if we move forward with this project or not.” Yikes! Pressure is on! But as with every project, in hindsight I can see so many better ways to accomplish what I have done. I feel like one trip to MWG could have provided so much information that I am merely estimating. A week working with an actual MWG employee would have been so beneficial. But all in all, I am fairly confident I will get this project done.
In other news, my left foot has really been bugging me. It started to hurt a couple weeks ago, but I just kept running and playing basketball on it. Well I went for a run yesterday and had to stop because it hurt so badly. I’m kind-of limping actually I’m trying to take it easy for a while. There is no way I am going to get tangled in the medical system here if I can help it. I’m nervous though, because when I go to Italy I’m going to be walking a LOT. I really hope it feels better in 3 weeks!
And we have moved on to cello sonatas in my iTunes. Now I’m feeling classy! Well I’m going to read for a little bit up here. I borrowed a book from a friend. It’s Death in Venice and seven other short stories by Thomas Mann. It is in English, which is a cop-out since he is a fairly well known German author. Gosh it is just so peaceful up here. It’s nice to escape and be above all the hustle and bustle of the city. The image to my right: windmills lazily turning above the tree tops with a hazy orange sky and a lining of clouds above them, and with a bright blue sky above the sun.
Thanks for keeping tabs on me.