Good news friends. I’m not dead.

So let’s just talk about the big elephant in the room. 


I dropped off the face of the earth for the last two and a half months. And ya know what, it felt soooooooooo good.

I wish I had some cool story about how I was doing awesome things that kept me so busy I had no time to blog. But the reality is, I just didn’t want to write.

It’s that simple.

I like to consider it a blogging sabbatical. I mean I’ve been writing now for six years, a break was very much needed.

Special thanks to the dozen or so of you that sent me emails checking to make sure I hadn’t been kidnapped and had all my skin cut off by a creepy blog reader.

Much appreciated 🙂

On another note…

Girl Ninja and I might be moving. To where you ask?


I applied for a job with a well known government agency back in April, and over the last three months I’ve been jumping through a bunch of pre hiring hoops.

I’ve been interviewed, lie detected, stabbed, pricked, poked, x-rayed, and investigated.


I’ve successfully passed each of the stages and am awaiting a final hiring decision. Word on the street has it, that decision should be coming very soon.And if I am extended a final offer, Girl Ninja and I could be moving. 

Most secret squirrel jobs with Uncle Sam require the employee to sign a mobility agreement. Meaning, the employee agrees to move where the agency requests they go. In my case, that could end up being anywhere in the world. 


I requested to be placed in either Seattle or San Diego (since these two locations are where we consider “home”), but there is nothing stopping them from putting me in the midwest, the south, the east, or even the Middle East, Korea, Africa, Spain, etc.

What’s more, it’s possible I don’t even get a job offer. Which means we’d be staying put in Seattle and I’d have to figure out a new game plan in regards to my career path.

Needless to say, life is a little crazy right now and we’re doing our best to temper our anxiety. I feel like a college student all over again, waiting for the acceptance (or rejection) letter to show up in the mail. Fingers crossed the news comes this week! 

In conclusion, look at how cute Baby Ninja is now that he doesn’t look all alien like…

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9 thoughts on “Good news friends. I’m not dead.”

  1. So glad you are not dead — figured the munchkin and pup were keeping you super happy. I do have a question about the anywhere in the world. What will you do with your dog? Many countries won’t allow the import; others have quarantines ranging from six weeks to six months. (six months is hearsay, but you get the idea). What is your plan, just in case?

  2. In your absence, I’ve started a blog. So now I feel somewhat more legitimate in commenting instead of just “lurking.” Way to sound like a creep, right? I’m glad you’re not dead. And it’s so wonderful to hear stories of people taking time for themselves. Best of luck to you. Sounds like an amazing adventure on the horizon!

  3. “So let’s just talk about the big elephant in the room.”

    For a minute there, I thought you meant Donald Trump. . . .

    I thought about emailing you too, but I figured you were taking a break and had a right to be left alone. Missed you, though, Brandon. Still fond memories of our dinner in D.C. and all your little cartoons.

  4. Doode! I stopped by your twitter last week to see what was good. Not surprised of the break.

    Glad to hear you had fun doing nothing.

  5. He’s back!!!!! Glad everything is ok and you were just taking a breather. 🙂

    I can imagine the challenge it is waiting to hear about a new job and where you might have to move. I’m curious, if it is another country, what would be your first choice? Do you speak any other languages?

    This could be a real adventure for the family!

  6. omgosh, that’s one cute little heart breaker you have there!
    Glad to know things are well with you and yours.

  7. Gosh…I came to your blog like every other day and nothing…zip…zilch…nada. But, I did figure you were taking a break. So are you not working at all right now then?

  8. It’s been forever since I’ve been on your site. Congrats on the baby. My wife is due in February. If this new job sends you to Dallas let me know.

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