December has been a very busy month for me. I have started a new career, celebrated a five year wedding anniversary with my amazing wife Stacy, and graduated with a bachelor of science from The Art Institute of Portland. Throw in the typical holiday hustle and bustle and you have the recipe for a bewildered and displaced anti-social.
As disoriented as I may be I have nothing to complain about—so many wonderful things have happened to me in these past few weeks. Making the decision to leave Canby Telcom was stressful, but I believe whole-heartedly now that it was the right one.
For a little competitive entertainment Stacy and I decided to compare the
we've worked under in the last decade:
- CTA Communications
- CTA Service Corp
- North Willamette Telecom
- Canby Telephone
- DirectLink of Oregon
- Canby Telcom
- Edge Design
- OPB Store
- Fred Meyer
- Petite Sophisticate
- Koala Blue
- Bath and Body Works
- Franklin Covey
- Cost Plus World Market
- Washington Mutual
- Brighton Collectables
I have no chance of winning this race, even with my 6-1handicap.
I really love what I'm doing at my new job. So far I have worked on 7 completely different web sites with their own unique challenges to boot. To top it off, the owners decided to close the office for the week of Christmas as an extra week of paid vacation for all of us. Sweet.
I have a hybrid mac/pc workstation I'm trying to get configured and personalized. I now have two 20" wide-screen Dell monitors. Once I get a new graphics card for the PC I'll be able to have the two systems working side-by-side. Synergy
is my new favorite app in that regard. I can use one keyboard+mouse between the two systems with ease.
I'm ending the year without any regrets, though I do miss lunch time with the sparrows
. Hopefully I'll be able to start working from home once a week pretty soon.