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8Feb/111

Transitions

Looks like life is changing again... A day before my birthday, I got a 4-week layoff notice. My last day at SAIC in Kent, WA would be February 23. Thankfully, I've just got word this week that I should be transitioning to up to Poulsbo, WA to support my old division on a pretty exciting project. It's nice to stay in the company (certainly makes life a lot easier) and the new project sounds like a lot of fun -- good career experience, work that's satisfying and interesting, and working mostly with a group that I'm already pretty familiar with.

I'm excited about the future. I'm not sure where this road leads in terms of deep technical expertise vs. getting back into academics possibly with a Master's degree vs. moving towards management, but there are many opportunities and options that will be fun to explore.

God is good. Not just because things worked out in this initially stressful situation, but because he has promised to be faithful to his people and he always is. It was wonderful to experience the care and support of a number of friends, family members, and co-workers who all rallied behind me in my efforts to move forward, and provided comfort and support. My thanks to all of you. 🙂

Although I'm not sure of the details, I'm hoping that I will have some energy to move forward with a number of projects over the next year. There are some software projects that I wanted to kickoff, some more opportunities I wanted to chase down for the new business, and some fun projects around the house that I wanted to work on with Sarah.

Picture from National Geographic (http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/patterns-sand/egypt-sand-dunes-photography.html)

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9Aug/100

Where Did Summer Go?

Ahh... My last post was ages ago. Lots has happened. Most of the family events have been duly recorded on our Family Blog.

I've been doing more biking, more work for the new business (especially system administration type stuff), lots of new exploration in C#, particularly in the ASP.NET MVC world, lots of time with boys who are growing up at an alarming rate, some time away with family in Iowa, as well as just the Wife and I in Victoria, B.C. for our anniversary.

I've been thinking about:

  • Writing a time tracking system for use internally with the new business. Some of the initial code is written in Ruby on Rails as well as some design docs -- oh, and a name: "Tempus Fugit".
  • Getting an irrigation system in place for the yard (plus some of those automatic hanging basket watering tubes if I can figure it out)
  • Updating my favorite online bookmark system (Scuttle) with some more modern features. Development seems dead on it and I'm thinking of forking it and moving in a slightly different direction.
  • Learning more about taxes, finances, and Quickbooks in order to do a better job with the company accounting.
  • Starting in on a new programming language -- I still haven't decided which but I feel like I'm getting complacent with C# (and some C/C++). Your ideas/recommendations are welcome!
  • Catching up on some cleanup projects around the yard (landscaping lighting needs some help in the back, Windsor block border around a bit more of the backyard, possible door in the back of the garage to the backyard, more top soil and reseeding of back yard)
  • Posting more to my blog. Fat chance.