January 21, 2014

2013 And Beyond

Another year come and gone, and it seems time for another "what am I doing" post. I suppose this is becoming my equivalent of the annual family Christmas letter.

A lot has happened since I stopped blogging in 2012. My more professionally-oriented blog "Debugging Life" never really took off, mostly because I never really wrote much of interest. I was less active and less focused than I had intended right off the bat, and it barely garnered any attention. After letting it go for a while I started to miss this creative outlet. Now that I'm settled into an early career though I'm actually more inclined to get back to blogging about personal interests, namely writing and government. So I'm back to blogging-or-not under the old name, WildWeazel.

Now, about the interim. My last few posts were about what I was up to at the time, and that's where I'll pick back up.

Jessica and I have been happily married since September of 2012, making for the biggest piece of news. Marriage is a huge life change obviously, but we've settled in. We've also attended 4 friends' weddings since that summer, so I guess we're now in that phase of life where everyone is settling down. We at least are holding off on the reproduction phase for a while. We did get a guinea pig though, my first warm-blooded pet in several years.

The three of us moved to a larger apartment just across town and within walking distance of my work. I'm really spoiled having no commute and flexible hours, which I'm sure I'll miss at my next job.

I'm still with the same company, but I've been assimilated into a different software team since starting. That's been a positive experience; I like the new group culture better and I get to work with a variety of technologies including Qt and Android. To that end I just started a series of classes on Coursera to expand my Android knowledge and hopefully improve our technical skill-set. I've really taken an interest in online and open-source education recently so that's something to pursue as I try to find my niche and figure out exactly what I want to do with my career.

When I'm not working or spending time with the wife I'm still doing the same things: gaming, reading, writing, or perusing the internet. On that front, I still haven't read or played a vast majority of my entertainment backlog, and I still haven't written much of my book. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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