Thursday, January 17, 2008

No Longer Unemployed....

Most of you who are reading this may already know, but I signed a contract today to work for NARUC (The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners). I'm really excited about the position and will start on January 28th. In the mean time I'm apartment hunting and will fly back to Utah on Saturday to pack up and then head back out via my Subaru. I think this is my 3rd time driving across the much fun.

In my job I'll travel a quite a bit. It looks like I'll be over programs in Nicaragua and Ghana, with the possibility of other opportunities in Central America as well.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Review of 2007 - Part II (According to my Cell Phone)

Dad and I hiked to the top of Mt. Timpanogas in September. Beautiful view from the top and tough hike.

Here's another shot near the top. I was a bad son and took my dad further than we should have gone. As seeems to be a Gardner fate, Dad's knees were in extreme pain as we hobbled back down the mountain. I was proud of Dad for making it. I would have asked him to bury along side the trail and build a monument for me.

I took a vacation from my vacation and went to Disneyland with Peter and Camille's family, Lindsay, and Mom and Dad. The trip was a lot of fun and I can still hear Nathan (about to turn 2....I think) yelling at 6am each morning..."chuga chuga choo choo" as the surfliner went past our condo.

Hiking up Rock Canyon....taking a break from sending out job applications in October.

The Utah nieces and nephews all dressed for Halloween.

In November I went up to the Uintahs with Matt Knight, Jeff Harps, and some of their friends to stay at a cabin.

I was very proud of the snow woman Mark, Emily, and I built.

Not the most flattering picture of me...but I was cold. The siblings went on a nice hike up Rock Canyon over the Christmas holidays.

Babysitting for Peter and Camille. We made an awesome fort just like the old days...if I say so myself.
Review of 2007 - Part I (According to my Cell Phone)

My room in San Diego (collecting surf boards for the orphanage trips)

A cockroach snuck out from beneath the classroom table right at a moment of intense discussion about terrorism. My neighbor shrieked at the perfect time....and I laughed hard.

I tried an unattracive moustache....for about 5 minutes (cell phones are good for capturing these moments)

I watched the Mexican national team play at Qualcomm against...can't remember....but I did wear my beautiful white Mexico jacket. I was amazed at how many border patrol vans they had circling the stadium. Went to the game with a few of my classmates.

My graduate program talent show....everyone is waiving their cell phones in the air to the music. Honestly, I was a little disappointed I didn't sign up to do something. I'm afraid few people in my program ever saw my fun side....and I swear I have one somewhere deep within.

I had good roommates in San Diego. Eric's jamming on the guitar here.

Flying to Chile after graduation. (My flight was actually diverted to Mendoza, Argentina where I spent one day)

Mendoza...I promise. A little different than Chile...but similar in many ways.

La Moneda, Chile

Carolina taking a picture of me at the observatory.

Amazing observatory just outside La Serena, Chile.....too bad it wasn't night.

Ned and Emily at the hostel with me in Peru. Great trip.