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