It’s been a while since I blogged - I’ve been so very busy, both personally and professionally. On the professional side, I just took on a new e-commerce client which I’m excited about, and we also have big things in the works for giftsforengineers.com. May is one of our busiest months in the year (we call it our “mini-Christmas") because of all the engineer grads being released out into the workforce. I’m glad to have a breather in June/July, although I have to admit, so far the breather hasn’t come… in a way I really hope that it does, although when business is good, you can’t complain too much. During the summer months I usually do a lot of code housekeeping and prepare for October through December (which is when we get crushed.)
At OINK-PUG, we’re excited about an upcoming presentation on Wednesday by Jay Pipes on Tuning MySQL, and we’ve got our regularly scheduled meeting on June 21 coming up as well. If you’re in the area, it’ll be at the Brazenhead in Mason (which coincidentally is Ladies’ Night so I’m waiting to see how many of our guys show up in drag just to get discounted adult beverages).
We’re still trying to get our act together with the revision of BP5AM. I’m trying to decide whether or not I can make time for this, given all the other things going on. I really hate to see the revision not come to fruition, but all the authors are pretty swamped right now and a revision is desperately needed. So I guess we’ll see about that.
PHPWomen.org has been getting some good plugs lately, especially with our t-shirt giveaway at php|tek. We’ve been approached by numerous groups and individuals asking how they can help us help the women out there. That has been truly appreciated, and we’re working on the specifics of what all that will entail.
I also submitted a talk to ZendCon for the business track and what we’re doing with e-commerce and PHP besides just the shopping cart. Well I should say, I submitted it, then chickened out and removed it.. Then I got some balls and submitted it again. Then I removed it again, made some changes to it, and resubmitted it yet again. Mercifully the cut-off was the next day or I’d probably still be working on it. God, I’m such a dork.
On the personal side, June has kept us all busy, and it’s a bittersweet month for us. It holds 3 family birthdays, Father’s Day, and also the anniversaries of the loss of both my husband’s parents. It’s filled with barbecues, parties, and numerous informal get-togethers, which I absolutely love, but that keeps our calendar continually filled. My daughter decided she wanted a slumber party for her birthday so Friday night was filled with makeovers, nail polish, karaoke, and 4 squealing first grade girls. My 3 year old son desperately wanted to be madeover, but to my husband’s relief, settled for a Superman sucker instead. Some high points to the night - I got to watch “The Goonies” with them, which I love, and while cleaning for the party, I found my book Eliminating Clutter from your Life. No, the irony was not lost on me; my house usually looks like a small tornado has just ravaged it.
More on the personal side; I’ve also dusted off my novel yet again and have moved it from the back burner to at least somewhere in the middle. It’s funny when writing is in your blood- ideas just seem to eat at you until you get them out on paper. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have the time nor talent to make this my full-time profession; maybe someday when I become independently wealthy I can push everything else aside and move my novel up to the front. Lately, I’ve had to become a lurker in my writing group, which sucks, but something had to go and it couldn’t be my kids or my husband or my job .
In 8 weeks, my husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary (a few months early) by taking a trip to Grand Cayman with the kids. We had our honeymoon there, and have been there a few times since, but not since I had 2 kids under my belt (so to speak). I’m excited to go back there - it’s got such a special place in my heart - but I’m filled with trepidation at getting in a bathing suit in front of all those hoity-toity types… guess it’s time to start running again. Or maybe I’ll just make everybody else feel better about themselves by being the heaviest, palest person on the beach. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
The beginning of summer is my favorite time of year… like the morning, the potential is all in front of me. I see all the wonderful things we’re going to do in the summer, and all the new year’s resolutions I’m going to keep (ok so I’m 6 months behind everybody else - sue me). I have a renewed sense of inspiration and excitement, as I have the whole summer to work on all my projects and my goals. I also have the whole summer to stop and smell the roses a bit with my kids. Between blowing bubbles, running in the sprinklers, making chalk hopscotch drawings on the sidewalk, and keeping the ice cream man in business, I might get something done… but then again I may not. Life is good.