Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's not that I don't care, it's just that I don't care a whole lot

First post in a long time.  See title as to why.

I started a new job.  Most or all of you know that by now.  I'm contracting through Bisonweb Inc. and they have a contract with Xea Services Inc. who have a contract with 5D software who have a contract with the department of defense for software.  Convoluted but true.  Suffice it to say, I've been busy. 

The good:  I went into this job as a non-newbie.  This is the first job I've walked into since University where I felt like I knew the score and could come in and contribute right away, which is good, since contractors don't generally have the same lee-way for learning on-the-job as full-time employees.  Thank you, Intuit, for making me ready to launch myself into my next position.  (I don't rule out a return to Intuit someday, but it's not entirely likely). 

The bad:  My mom is in the hospital and has been for several weeks.  She got an infection on her hip and she's been receiving treatment for that. 

The not-so-bad:  The dishwasher is once again in the fold.  I had no idea how much I was relying on that thing until I had to live without it.  I guess a little perspective is never a terrible thing but it would have been nice for it to just have kept on working.

The long and drawn-out: Unit testing.  Testing, in general, is something that I don't like to do when I'm programming.  I know it has to be done, and I know that I have to do some of it.  But the amount I've been doing since I started at 5D is a little out-of-proportion.  Still, they're paying me to do it, so I guess I shouldn't complain.

The short and sweet: We're having a baby!  Nature should take its course toward the beginning of July and we're excited.  Especially Lily who says that she'll share all her babies with the baby but if it's a boy, it's NIck's.

The failure:  I gave up on Nano very early on.  Generally, it's better not to try to write 1700 words per day when you've started a new job.

The win:  Barrack Obama won the election. Yes, I know.  Old news.  So what?  It's still monumental.  And he actually won the election unlike our ground-breaking woman-as-a-Prime-Minister-by-default scenario.  My concern with Barrack Obama is whether or not he can do the job.  I wasn't concerned on that score with McCain but Obama kinda came out of nowhere and smothered voters in charisma.

BSG:  We have one episode of BSG left until we're all caught up.  Just in time for the new episodes.  Must... not... spoil.

Football:  Despite being eliminated from the playoff hunt, Houston looks poised to turn in their best record yet.  A win over the woeful and embarrassing Raiders, and a home-win over the Bears and they've got it.  If I could remove the RosenCopter from the annals, we'd be talking about a wild-card spot.  Stupid Sage Rosenfels.

Books:  I've gotten up to 38 books this year, the most since I started counting.  Yes, it's not 50, but there *is* the new job, after all.  Best new book this year:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  It's epic fantasy done right.  Doesn't stretch too many boundaries, but that's not what I read it for.  Good characters, good pacing, good world building and an underlying creepiness in the epic part.

Comics:  I'm reading the Sandman comics that James lent to me.  Really, really good.  Must... not... spoil.

Hockey:  Three times a week at the downtown YMCA, I'm playing floor hockey at 7 am.  Sean's made an appearance and all hope is that we'll see him out there again some time.  Nice to see I can keep up with a bunch of people I don't know.

That's all for tonight, folks!  Sorry there isn't more but who knows?  Maybe I'll generate enough energy and give-a-damn to squeeze out another post or two before Christmas.

If not, Merry Christmas.



Kyle said...

Thanks for the update, good to hear what's new up in the frozen tundra.

Merry Christmas, ho ho homie!

El Cliff said...

Gadzooks, the Log of Liam shows life!

I really have zero life updates, which is why I fill mine with "Politics makes me growly!" and "Those wacky biblethumpers!" type meanderings.

Anyway, congrats on the fact the job seems to be off to a solid start ('re only about 53 steps away from just being a full fledged Commando). And definitely congrats on the upcoming kid!

Merry Christmas.