- Towards the end of June, I got a phone call from a judge I know here in Texas. She indicated that a position that I had previously applied for had come open, and that she was inviting me to apply. Now, this position was not any ordinary position. This was the job leading the department that I had drafted a blueprint for way back in 2009-2010. This was the job that led to me being cornered by another judge at a judicial conference and interrogated on what my qualifications were (they were not substantial at the time). This was the hole that I saw in court administration in this county and I was now being asked to fill. After an interview with six of the twelve judges in the county, they offered me the position. I started work in the Montgomery County Office of Court Administration on August 6. There have been a flood of projects and ideas, such that even despite all these things, I still volunteered to write a piece for the Trends in State Courts journal. I work with great people, and I find that even with irritating idiosyncrasies, I still have great respect for the judges. They rise to the occasion. I LOVE MY JOB.
- At the end of August, we moved from the country back into the city. We bought a forty year old two story in an established subdivision that is a five minute walk to the elementary school, a nine minute drive to work, and a quick trip to everything. T loves the convenience, I enjoy coming home for lunch, and we love it. Being forty years old, there have been some "money pit" experiences: painting, reorganizing and reshelving closets, shower and bath fixtures, leveling the foundation, having the kitchen remodeled (with us doing the tilework), and finally having a new gas line installed to the house after leveling the foundation broke the old line. Mssr and Madam J. assure the public their production will be second to none.
It often seems like when it rains it pours. I've co-opted the Keep Calm meme by hanging up an appropriate sign in my office:
Keep Calm and Stay Humble