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07:31 pm: The waiting game
Life has certainly been keeping me busy recently.

First, I took the telephone interview Japanese test, and I managed to score 3+ (which means "uses grammar like a native speaker but has difficulty with complex sentences and idioms"). That qualifies me for a bonus of 3% of my base salary, which is quite nice.

I have also worked on my house-hunting, and I found a nice property with a large (relatively speaking), sunny yard in a pleasant neighborhood that is a walkable distance from the bus. I put an offer on it last week, and now I'm waiting to hear whether the offer has been accepted. (How crazy is it that a price of nearly half a million dollars is a LOW offer...?) I'm supposed to receive an answer before Thanksgiving. If all goes well, I may be able to move in by the end of the year. If not...well, I guess I'll have to wait until next spring to continue my search, because by that point it will be too late to find another property before I leave for training.

The canine supervisor told me that he's trying to get me into the training class that starts January 10. You would think I'd automatically be enrolled in the earliest possible class, considering I was bumped from the previous one, but I guess it doesn't work that way, because he seemed to imply it wasn't a sure thing yet. I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well. Waiting is Hard. ~_~

Next month I will be taking the week of Christmas off to visit my family and friends in Michigan. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

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From:manga_crow
Date:November 17th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
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That has to be really frustrating to not know about the class yet >< Hopefully there will be no more delays :p

But yay to the rest of the news =) How convenient to get a raise at the same time you're buying a house^^ Do you know when you'll be able to start moving in if they accept the offer?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 17th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully there will be no more delays

I agree!

How convenient to get a raise at the same time you're buying a house

Every bit certainly helps.

Do you know when you'll be able to start moving in if they accept the offer?

The form that I signed specified 30 days, so it would be after I get back from Michigan.

Edited at 2010-11-17 01:06 pm (UTC)
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From:melf42
Date:November 17th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Wow, a house offer! Very exciting! (And, whew, that's a lot o' dough.) Good luck.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 18th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
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And, whew, that's a lot o' dough.

No kidding! The down payment alone would be more than enough to buy a whole house in Michigan.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 17th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Man, seems like you've been waiting FOREVER for Puppy Patrol Training. Good luck getting in, and with the house!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 18th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
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Man, seems like you've been waiting FOREVER for Puppy Patrol Training.

Not counting my rejected application last year...I applied in April, so it's already been seven months since then. One more month until I start K9 shadowing, and I can get all the details of the training from my returning colleague.

Good luck getting in, and with the house!

Thanks!
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