2007 has been a year of big changes for us. I started a new job in February after leaving the position I had been at for nearly seven years, and we’ve both made some changes to our schedules to allow for a little more time to do the things we enjoy. I’m constantly aware of how different (and better) life has become in a very short time.
My work life has changed pretty drastically. While I’m still doing website development work the nature of the work is very different. I’m focused on a single website and finding ways to make it easier to use, a task that I very much enjoy. I’ve been able to dive deeply into the areas of development that I love and learn more about areas which I was less familiar. It’s a very interesting and creative problem space.
I’ve also been working from home since February which has been a very positive experience for me. I’ve found that it’s very easy to stay on task as long as I keep a set schedule each day, a suggestion made by some visitors to this blog. I start work at around 7:00am each day, usually catching up on podcasts or listening to music while I’m working. The glowing strawberry parfait candle and my monitor are the only sources of light for part of the morning. The mornings when I have a Lost podcast waiting for me are usually the best. It’s almost like I have company in the office while I’m working.
Despite the cautions of some others I haven’t really felt any kind of loneliness or cabin fever as a result of working from home. It’s probably due to the fact that I’m a pretty extreme introvert, but I really don’t mind the quietness or the fact that I’m inside the same room for most of the day. I actually… like it.
I’ve been reading A Vulgar Display of Power a book about the murder of ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, by Chris A. Chris is a good friend of guitarist Eric Loy (who’s website I maintain) and Eric kindly sent me an autographed copy of the book. So far it’s a great book though a very sad story. There’s actually a quote from me in the book on page 56 🙂
In my spare time I’ve been working on a couple of side projects. I continue to work on Journler.com as needed and I’ve been doing some work on a custom WordPress template for MashupMedia. I’m also hoping to involved with some local organizations and volunteer a little. So many fun projects, so little time.