Wow, it's hard to believe how much has happened since the last time I posted an update. Well, here goes nothing.
I am happy to report that I finally have a job! Starting August 15th, 2011, I was emplyed at Rapattoni. Rapattoni, for most/all of you who do not know, is a real estate listing software company. We develop and manage the software that over 100 MLS listings use. Our software is used by many various real estate associations all over the country and by the National Association of Realtors. It sounds big and amazing, which it is, but not what you expect when you look at it. My department, Help Desk, only has 6 representative, one supervisor, and a manager. Other departments have even less! my job consists of talking to agents who call in daily with questions regarding their MLS systems. I have mastered the art of clearing cache, pop-up blockers, add/revise listings, client portals, CMA packages and more, but have not yet mastered the patience part. It is still difficult trying not to get irritated when the agents call and scream at me for something I generally cannot control. Aside from that, it's not too bad. Everyone already has their "clicks" (yes, corporations are just like high school), but I have a few select people who are nice to me. Even better, my best friend Ashleigh works here too! She works in the department on the other side of the wall, so not too far away since I can hear her (it's a cubicle wall). Also, I'm really enjoying having my own desk! I wanted to get comfortable before decorating, so pictures of that will come soon!
I have also started attending the college group at my church. It feels so good to be involved at my church, aside from helping my mom with donuts every week, again. It is also really nice to be around people my age again, in that college environment, and meeting new people. I do not have very many friends left in Simi Valley so meeting people my age is definitely something this college-withdrawl-facing woman is in desperate need of. Bethany, she is my neighbor, lives with a family from our church while she trains for a mission she is going on to India. She is very sweet and I know her fairly well from community. She goes with me to the college group. The first time, last week, that I went Bethany was late so I had to suck it up and talk to people on my own. Once I got comfortable, I really opened up. I sat next to a girl who just moved her to go to EBC (Eternity Bible College) from Michigan. She was so nice and we exchanged numbers. The other people I met, luckily, remembered me last night when I had to go by myself again. On the girls, Karissa, even invited me to go see Lion King in theaters with her today. I am so excited! Making friends is a wonderful and uplifting feeling. I am also in the process of planning a trip to APU! I just need to work it out with my work schedule and my boss, but I'm hoping to be able to go visit all of my APU friends next month. :) That will be a much needed experience for me. I really do miss school, the environment, the community, the faith, and all of the people.
That's all for the moment. Oh, and I'm going to see Rascal Flatts with Ashleigh for her birthday tomorrow night. So excited!!!! Well, back to work! What? It's Saturday, nobody calls and my co-worker is sleeping. I love this shift! :)