My repatriation continues to go somewhat smoothly. I've "settled" into the Bernal Heights area of SF. When I say "settle" I mean I am couch surfing. So far I've been getting a lot of recruiter calls. I have had one technical phone interview, which is leading to a face-to-face interview with a VP on Friday in Mountain View. Once I have a gig lined up it will be easier to find a place of my very own.
All personal projects with sellschicken.com have been sort of taking a back seat to job searching. But just before Project Repatriation started I begin rethinking and redesigning a few of the projects I had in the pipeline. I've been using sqlite3 but felt that the effort to reinvent that wheel each time I do a project is kind silly. So I began learning Core Data and incorporating it into the projects. A little awkward at first, but OMG, so much easier and faster.
It's frustratingly difficult to balance time between job searching and personal projects. One I want to do. One I need to do. One I should do. And each effects the other.