The past month, well really three weeks, has been a shit storm of activity. Â School, of course, has created more havoc than I expected this semester. Â Work has thrown me for a loop as well. Â Tazz and I have also been doing a bit of local traveling & exploration too. Â Funny how you have to “fit in” vacation time. Â Meh.
I have two classes this semester. Â My Monday night class is called “Software Engineering” and it seemed like a fun class when I got the book. Â Remember here, I am a geek at heart and stuff like physics and engineering are right up my alley. Â Within 20 minutes of night #1, I was already crapping my pants. Â Every computer class that I’ve had up to this point with a group project includes a fake company and project to work on. Â This class has a real project that we MUST complete by the end of the semester. Â Why am I in software engineering if I hate working with other people? Â Not quite sure, really. Â The application we’re building is going to help the disability services group on campus to manage requests forÂ accommodationsÂ due to a disability. Â It’s going to a good cause but already, I can see they don’t even know what they need for an application. Â Thankfully my Thursday night class is somewhat of a repeat of an undergraduate class I took.
Work took kind of a weird turn at the end of last month. Â The current client I’m at (remember I’m a computer consultant/bitch for hire) had me contracted through December 31st. Â They are a relatively small hedge fund and recently had to “reorganize” their staff which ultimately led to me being dropped at the end of September. Â My employer found me a new client to interview with and they accepted me to start 10/1. Â I do feel lucky that I don’t have to sit on the bench waiting for a new client – some of my coworkers don’t have an engagement to follow up with. Â The only thing that scares me is that this will be my first real development job. Â Up until now, I usually work on reporting with some programming mixed in. Â This is going to be a real project with deliverables. Â Frightening. Â It’s good that I’m finally getting what I want to get into but I can be a baby about it, right? Â (Remember, I said back in October 2005, I like to bitch about everything!)
As for vacation, Tazz and I have had our share of adventures this year. Â A cruise to the Bahamas in January, camping twice, road trip to Niagara Falls & Toronto and a casino trip last weekend. Â All in all, we had fun. Â I’m going to San Antonio again this coming Thursday and will be back in town Monday night, late. Â I like visiting my family and have been fortunate enough to be able to do it every six months for the past two years. Â Our last trip of the year was supposed to be tent camping October 10th. Â We decided, because of being rained out last week, to switch it up and rent a cabin so we can’t be rained out. Â It’s going to be at a KOA campground, which is to say the least the most commercial campground ever. Â We’re going to have WiFi – that’s NOT camping. Â But, alas, we’ll be able to have a fire and still do things in the area.
So that’s kind of the catch-up. Â I need to get back to the homework so I can relieve the anxiety I have about not having a good grasp around my classes. Â Toodles!