And I had a good talk with my manager this morning. She told me that I was very wanted at the company and that she sees a very strong role for me well into the future as I move from specific delivery management into even more of a coaching, business direction, and management role. Even my manager's manager told me that in 3-4 months, he wanted to give me an offer to ensure that I am able to stay as a local employee in the country. Which means that I lose a lot of benefits I have being on assignment, but if I negotiate in the right way, I can ensure that I am lessening the impact of that significantly. So that is another interesting development.
And finally, with regards to a new computer, I have decided on the following computer from a no-name company:
I am going to get the Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz version. It doesn't even come with an operating system installed, but I really don't care so much about that, as I am replacing my old computer so I will just take the old license there and put it on the new computer. What is going to be really nice about this new computer is the fact that it will have expanded memory capacity (the ability to hold 2000MB of memory instead of the existing 284MB), the 160GB hard drive far surpasses the my existing 30GB hard drive), and I can take the DVD burner, 250 MB zip drive, and original hard drive and make this new system even more powerful. At first I thought about a new laptop to replace my desktop, but I decided that since I have a work laptop, I didn't need a home desktop.
Oh, and I am looking for a new pair of sunglasses today as well as some new black shoes...this is going to be an expensive week and i am not happy about it!