How is it that I can go from unemployed and pandering around in my pajamas all day to so slammed busy that I get home and just sit on the couch stunned from it all all within a matter of like three weeks? I dunno, but that’s what’s happened.
First of all, I got a job (yay!), so I’m glad for that. Can check that one off my list. I was honestly starting to get used to the whole unemployment thing, though — get to work on my projects, stay home and watch Star Trek all day, and complain about my heater kicking in too much. Oh well. Getting laid off in the middle of December was kind of a good thing, in a way, because it gave me a break. I didn’t really think many companies would be in their right mind looking for employees because of the holidays, so I just ignore it and put off job searching until January. My little vacation was nice, and much needed. I got to spend Christmas at home all by myself, and did my best to make it a cool little holiday just by myself and my friends around here. It went well. 🙂 It felt a lot like Christmas, in fact. I haven’t enjoyed a holiday that much since I spent it by myself like 15 years ago in college. That was cool. Anyway.
I’m really glad I got the packages website launched (znurt). I worked like a madman all through November and December to get that ready to go, and pushed it live pretty much just a few hours after finishing a few touches. Unfortunately, I had no idea I’d get such a high amount of traffic and, at first, I hosted it at home on my Comcast connection, and it absolutely crippled my poor network here within like the first 8 hours. Whoops. So, I scrambled to get it online somewhere else as fast as I could, only to realize that the server setup I signed up for was not *quite* as fast as I had hoped it’d be — I don’t know what possessed me to do *anything* with the word “Celeron” in it. Yikes. But, I pushed myself against a wall, and I haven’t had time to look at it since then, so … it’s running slow, bugs and requests are backlogged, and I feel kinda bad about the messy launch. However, if I hadn’t launched it when I did, I probably would be obsessing still over the very tiny details, so it was good if only for my mental health to get it out there.
So, I got that whole thing going on. I just started my new job last week, and I’m still getting settled in. I’m not sure what I think of it just yet. Could go a *lot* of different ways. Right now, I feel like a fish out of water because for the first time in, well, ever, I’m the only IT guy working there. Takes some getting used to.
There’s a bunch of other stuff going on .. or maybe I just keep telling myself that. Maybe it’s just more like catching up to my previous obligations. Who knows. Either way, I feel swamped, but not overwhelmed. That’s good. And a first. I promised a friend yesterday that I’d help him build a mini Gentoo multimedia image to run on a VIA C7 system, so I gotta build that for him. That shouldn’t take more than a day or so, though.
Lots of cool, good stuff going on, though. Most of it is of a more personal nature (not *that* personal, but as a general rule I don’t get too detailed on my blog), and that’s good.
Right now, though, I’m mainly just trying to adjust to the new job. Get down the rhythm of everything new and all. Yah.
That’s mah life about now.