The first thing that happened was that I got a cool job, pretty much doing exactly what I want to be doing (well one of them anyway), paying about what I wanted to be paid. I'm working for a small company that develops embedded systems devices and automation technology, and I get to spend my day writing C code for systems running at 1MHz, with 2KiB of RAM, and 60KiB of code space. I even get to write my own multitasking and memory allocation algorithms. It's so cool :) !!!
So I applied for the job on Monday, had the interview on Tuesday and got the job. The second piece of news came on Wednesday, when I found out Jacqui is pregnant. I'm going to be a father, which is really really cool. At this stage it still seems a but unreal though, since it's such early days, but I think once March rolls around and there's appointments and ultrasounds and all that kind of stuff it'll catch up with me a bit quicker. I know Jacqui wishes that I had reacted more to the news, but it wasn't entirely a surprise (we had intentionally stopped using contraception for this exact reason) and I guess I'm feeling a mix of excitement and apprehension and uncertainty and stuff. I think I probably wont get properly excited until I feel a little better that I know exactly what's going on and what I'm supposed to be doing and all that.
The third bit of news came that Saturday. We went looking at houses to buy, since I've got a job now and we can afford it, and I think it's easier to do the family thing if you have a stable home, rather than renting and moving around occasionally. Our place now wasn't going to be big enough anyway. Anyway, after looking at about 8-9 houses, we decided that the first one we'd seen that day was just right, made an offer and bought it. The house wasn't even technically on the market yet, and the contracts were finalised this week, so now it's ours. The only catch is that there are tenants in there at the moment and we have a long settlement, so although the place is ours, we can't move in until after the 22nd of June. Still, it's exciting and I'm really looking forward to moving into a place I can finally and truly call home.
The house is in Cranbourne, which has its upsides and its downsides. On the upsides, it's convenient for work (25 minutes by train), it's cheap (we're only borrowing $220,000 which should mean we'll be mortgage free in about 10-15 years, and then I can retire :) ), it's close to Jacqui's parent's beach house in Cape Paterson (which means free baby-sitting when the time comes), and the houses and blocks of land are bigger than you usually get these days. It's also a good family area, with the highest birth rate in Victoria. The downsides are that it's a long way from the conveniences of the city, and a long way from my friends. Although, to be honest I worry that being married and soon becoming a father kind of does that anyway, although I know that's mostly because I haven't been making an effort. Hopefully with things settling down at least for the next 6 months (a regular 9:30-6pm job does wonders for the stability of your week) it should be easier for me to make time to catch up with people.
Other than all that, the biggest events of the last 6 months were (in reverse chronological order): I finally graduated from university, with Computer Engineering with Honours, Science with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Graduate Diploma of Education; Jacqui and I went on a two week road-trip on my motorbike, which was unfortunately cut short by a few days due to the bush fires; Jacqui got a new job doing youth outreach through the Salvation Army; and Jacqui had a close call with a gangrenous appendix.
So, that's what I've been up to lately, hopefully from now I'll find the time to post more regularly.