The timing of things can't be better it seems.
I am 3/4 of the way through the interview process for the next gig. I have five letters of recommendation from people with lots of extra letters after their names. My boss went out of her way to schedule a conference with the project lead to sing my praises and suitability for their program.
Still nothing certain, but it feels good to have so many people willing to step up to bat for me. I have invested in developing a network, and now it is paying dividends. Still not happy with the amount of insurance companies sending me interview requests. I had a coupon for a professional resume critique and it highlighted that a lot of the language that I use on it says 'manager material' not 'Research Project Leader Material' and as a result, that's why so much resume sifting software puts my resume on the desks of insurance HR people.
My Robust Pleasure Source's parents noticed that we had been spending a lot of time together (At her place) and they wanted to have a talk about 'intentions' because they are somewhat conservative folks. We had a productive and honest conversation, and to keep things brief, they like me even more now than they did before. We talked about our plans of me moving in with her and they are actually supportive of the idea, because of the changes they've seen in my girlfriend. So now I'm looking for someone to take over my lease, and once they do, I'm done paying exorbitant, 1br/1ba, college town rent.
My birthday is this weekend. I'd like a steak, a nice bottle of wine, and as long as the weather holds up, my first kayak float of the year. At the moment those plans seem to be doable.