Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Anniversary(/ies)

I'm finding it hard to blog lately. My mind is consumed by the waiting game. 10 days ago, I had my third interview (and presented my second project) with the company for which David now works. I received positive feedback and was told they would be in touch within 10 days. Well, today is Sunday, so hopefully this week will bring news whether it be good or bad!

The problem is—well, I shouldn't say "problem"—the thing is that this isn't just a job, but thee job. The company is practically the anti-Abercrombie. The position I would have would be 100 times more creative than my previous one and infinitely more important (as the design team in this company is small and tight, as opposed to my last job in which hundreds of designers touched the product only to have it mutilated later by the merchants and/or directors). Anyway, I know I have to stay positive and not place all my eggs in one basket and all of that other stuff that I try to live by—but when you want something as bad as I want this, it becomes nearly impossible to uphold these virtues.

Really, though, I'm not here to write about my nerves. Two days ago marked my year anniversary of living here in Spain. In addition, it marked the first time David and I have been together for a year. There have been so many ups and downs between this:

June 17, 2010
Suite in Casanova Hotel

and this:

June 17, 2011
Picnic in Trinitat Vella Park

I decided to celebrate the occasion by surprising David after work with a picnic in a local park. It was so nice to lay on the grass and look up at the sky while reminiscing over the trials and triumphs over the past 12 months.

I feel like it'd be highly appropriate to do a really thorough recap post, much like I did for my 3 month anniversary, but I just don't have the mindset for it. Way back, when David was still with me in Columbus, we made a plan. That plan included being apart for a long time (which ended up being nine months in total), working hard, saving money, and eventually my moving to Spain. But the plan didn't end there. The final part of the plan concluded with both of us finding decent, permanent jobs and making enough money to support ourselves (with perhaps a little extra to go towards semi-frequent trips back to America!). David has upheld his end of the deal! He just got hired by a new company, with a permanent contract and better pay! Now it's my turn! I never thought a year would go by without my finding work, but here I am, and now that I'm so close, it's increasingly difficult to concentrate on all of life's other blessings!

Regardless of whether or not I get this job, something will come along soon, because, well, it just has to. When it does, despite having less time, I know I'll have more drive to write. I'll be able to focus on the numerous other post ideas I have brewing. Not to mention I'll feel like a valuable human being again. I'll have a real life which might even provide new stories to share! (If I blogged my day to day right now, the redundancy of posts like: "looked for jobs today—nothing promising—got really nervous—then became lazy—then got guilty about being lazy and started cleaning" would probably drive away more readers than I have to begin with).

Well, I'll wrap this baby up before I get too carried away. I can't even conclude properly, that's how frazzled this situation has me! If you made it this far, please wish me luck this week! And I promise as soon as I know something, I'll write and share!


  1. Good luck Peter! You'll get- you just have to! How could anyone say no to you?

  2. I can't believe it's only been a year! You and David living in Spain together seems so commonplace to me anymore it seems as though it has always been that way! That is probably because it is blindingly obvious to anyone who knows you both that you fit together like puzzle pieces. You have both worked so hard to achieve the things that you want and the fact that within a year you have jumped every hurdle save this one small issue of gainful employment speaks volumes about your resolve. Even though I miss you both terribly 1000% of the time, I am glad that every time I think of you both, I picture you happy! But seriously... that semi-frequent trips to the US thing is a great idea and you should get on that ASAP because I miss you guys so much it hurts sometimes! Love you!!!!!!

  3. I have been thinking about you like every day - waiting to hear news!! So I guess now I need to wait a little longer. I have so much confidence in you - and am so proud! You have achieved so much. And even the fact that you were prepared enough to interview for jobs in another country is pretty damn awesome. You deserve everything you wish for, Peter!!! I love you!

  4. Congrats on your year abroad! I don't want to say something cliche about how when the time is right you'll find something, so I won't.

    But seriously, you're entirely to bitchin' not to find some bitchin' work. & when are you going to design a new layout for me? I seriously spent about 20 minutes yesterday trying to remember how to change my heading on my blog. (notice it is the same. technology>katy)

    Let me know how everything turns out, ok? xoxo

  5. Happy Anniversary Peter & David!! I hope you got the job, it sounds awesome :) xo, LA