I'm getting ready to move this blog to another blogging platform. I've been planning to move it all year and haven't been posting because I don't want even more posts to have to move. But I decided to post about what I've been working on at work.
We've been working on a really tight deadline, but we're about ready to launch our website for an online video contest for the Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Check out the promotional video below.
My dad seems to be dropping hints that I'm behind in my blogging. Guess I should do something about that.
I'm out in San Francisco attending the Web 2.0 Expo for work. Over all the conference has been disappointing, but the experience has been great. More about the disappointment in a later post.
My quick summary so far:
This was a LONG week. I worked. A lot. The good news is everything is about done so hours should be returning to normal.
I had dinner with friends on Thursday which was nice. But I've barely had dinner with Chris these last few weeks so I missed out on doing that that night too. Of course now that I may make it home in time for dinner next week, he's going out of town. I'm going to join him next weeekend, so I'm looking forward to that.
I really have nothing to write about that isn't work related right now. So on the last work related note. I FINALLY got my new laptop for work. Goodbye Dell. Hello MacBook Pro.
I've been working a lot lately.
I'm still at work now. I'm waiting for someone to send me files so I can upload them so they can be tested. While I wait, I decided to update my not quite forgotten blog.
I got a new lens! One of the two I want before our next vacation. It's a great portrait lens and it does pretty well in low light too. I had a chance to play with it at my cousin Mark's wedding this past weekend. Mark and Kim got married out side of Columbus, Ohio this weekend. Chris and I drove up with my parents on Friday and back on Sunday. We hit a bit of snow, but fortunately, not a lot of bad weather.
I'll post some pics later. The files I was waiting on just came in and I want to go home!
My new job is keeping me quite busy. Besides having meetings everyday (this is new to me, I didn't have many meetings at my last few jobs), there is a ton to learn about the product I'm going to be supporting.
Somehow many years ago I stumbled into web development teaching myself various technologies as needed. There were certain aspects I enjoyed more than others, and as my career progressed I seemed to get further and further away from them.
I'm finally getting back to what I enjoy (along with learning new things) and things have changed and so have the philosophies. Some changes I've kept up with -- long gone are the days of web layouts done with HTML tables, now it's all about CSS positioning. Others, I've got some catching up to do -- I can think of two projects from 6 years ago that would have been so much easier if dojo was around.
Well, the new job has been keeping me busy. Plus I've had a ton of stuff to do. Since my dad said I hadn't blogged enough lately, I guess I'll give an update on my week.
The new job is great! I spent most of the week getting things set up and reading up on what I'm going to be doing. I even got to play a little bit. I'm looking forward to this week. I think I'm going to learn a lot more.
I spent my evenings finishing programs and menu cards for Lizabeth and David's wedding which was Saturday.
Oh and the 12 week challenge is starting up again. Wish me luck. I need it! I've completely gotten out of a routine with the new job routine, so I need this motivation to get back on track.
The first half of today was spent in orientation, the second half getting settled. I'm actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow. It's been a LONG time since that's happened.
What happens when you get to work and the power is out? Actually all the power was out except for most of the server room, my cube, and two other developers' cubes.
The power was cut to the entire building around 9. They needed to replace the transformer. Most of the day was spent watching them work. The power didn't come back on until shortly before three. What a great way to spend your second to last day.
Since I'm in a constant state of unhappiness when it comes to this job, I decided to update my resume on monster.com. Well, I never finished updating it -- I managed to put an end date on my last job and add this job, but never entered a descritpion.
Even with my incomplete resume, I've been getting an average of 6-8 inquiries a week, nothing had peaked my interest enough to do anything about it.
I can group the e-mails I receive into three categories:
I dunno, maybe these techniques work, but to me it seems like it would be in everyone's best interest to send more specific details and send things to people who are looking in your market.
I'm thinking I need to have this tatooed across my forhead.
I am so sick of the e-mails: open a ticket that says XYZ. I would have taken THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME to open a ticket as it did to send the e-mail.
Please coordinate a meeting with everyone listed on this e-mail to discuss blah. It would HAVE TAKEN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME to send a meeting notice as it took to send the e-mail to everyone asking me to invite them to a meeting.
Please write an e-mail saying XYZ for so and so to send out. Ummm, if you know what the e-mail should say then you or so and so should write the e-mail not me.
Please add this to the contacts. Why didn't you just add it to the contacts INSEAD OF E-MAILING ME TO DO IT?!?!?!?
It only took about two years to get to this point. I guess we finally arrived at a point where my desires to succeed outweigh my fears of failure. What am I talking about you ask? Ekota Design. This week I have met with an accountant (who put me at ease about the financial aspect of this), gotten my Federal Tax ID, and now opened a bank account.
My next two steps involve contracts and a website for myself.
Well at least that's what the e-mail I received this afternoon (shortly after my equally as good 90 day review) said.
The sad part is, I haven't done anything outstanding. I'm just doing what I'm told, slacking off a few minutes here and there (hey you gotta update the blog sometime), and trying to clean up things as I run across them to make my life easier.
There are so many things around here that could be improved upon. Yet there is no time to do anything but replicate the much improvement needed content that is out there now.
Guess I should get back to work...
So I'm leaving my house this morning, feeling like I've forgotten something. Cisco's giving me this look like "what do you mean you're leaving me." (Which probably means he'll tear something up today.) I'm cruising along to work (my 55 minute drive took me all of 20 minutes today -- thank you to everyone who took today off), called the vet to get some tick preventative (we've pulled 3 ticks off of Berkley in the last couple of weeks), so over all it was a very productive morning.
I get to work, and I'm getting everything out of the car and oh look, I forgot my purse! So I have
Of course I had to call Chris who after a good laugh agreed to take me out for lunch.
And in other randomness for this morning...
Happy Day before Thanksgiving!