Guest Bartending at The Tractor Room

Last night I did a guest bartending shift at the Tractor Room, which was the last restaurant/bar I worked at before switching to full–time development work. I just looked back at our old website posts and saw that my last shift at the Tractor Room was on Nov. 9, 2011, which makes it exactly one year and one day later that I did my guest shift. I knew it would be a good time but it went even better than I expected. It was so great seeing everyone and getting caught up. I was a little nervous on my way in because I hadn’t made any of their drinks in a year and most of them are pretty labor intensive, but it couldn’t have gone any better. Everyone there was really happy to see me and I was having a blast all night. They told me that they would love to have me back again anytime so hopefully I’ll do it again soon.

There’s been a lot going on with us lately. We’re only two weeks away from Ava’s first birthday and we’re having a bunch of family out to celebrate it over the Thanksgiving holiday. There also might be a job change in my near future, as well as a possible move back home to Seattle. I was recently contacted by a recruiter from about a web development position that they’re hiring for. It was encouraging that they found me, and a bit surprising. Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world and working for them would be a dream. It simply doesn’t get much better as a web developer than working for Amazon so I’m very hopeful that it works out. I’m doing a phone interview with them this Wednesday and if it goes well they will invite me to Seattle for an in–person interview. The phone interview is highly technical so I’ve been spending a lot of time preparing. I’ve also been getting lots of advice from Tom and my Uncle Jim about interviewing.

If I do get this position it means that we will be moving back to Seattle. Jessica and I have talked a lot about it and we really like the idea of going back home in order to be closer to family and friends. It can be tough living in San Diego with no family in the area and we want Ava to grow up knowing her Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. We also have several friends in Seattle with children that are about Ava’s age so it would be great for her to interact with them. I’ve already decided that if this Amazon opportunity doesn’t pan out I’m going to continue looking for other positions in Seattle. Obviously it could be a lot worse than living in San Diego but I’m confident that something in Seattle will come up sooner than later.

Here’s a couple recent pics of our beautiful baby girl. I can’t believe she’s almost a year old!

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