Monthly Archives: February 2012

The week to top all weeks…

This is the week. A week that might forever change our lives. In two days time, I will be in Boise, put up in a hotel, trying to sleep, knowing that the morning starts hours of interviews that could potentially lead to a job offer that would rock my socks.

I’m nervous. While it technically isn’t the first on site interview I have had for a full-time position, it is the first one that I actually want to receive a job offer from. I find that wanting the job makes you more worried about the interview.

Of course, once the interview is over, I am going to be even more anxious and nervous as I wait to hear back. Luckily I have a thesis to write so I have plenty to take my mind off the fact that a group of people hundreds of miles away are making a decision that will decide where my children grow up. You know, just little things like that.

But right now it is raining, which makes everything feel peaceful. I am glad because I need all the sleep I can get.

Too late to sit for three hours…

When you look at a clock on Sunday and it reads 4:00 pm, you should be at home. You should be wearing your sweatpants and excitedly waiting for dinner to get out of the oven in an hour.

Instead, we look at the clock every Sunday at 4:00 pm and think, “Just forty more minutes. I’m starving.” And for half an hour we listen to four talks with exactly the same theme. Usually very good talks, but it is hard to pay attention when you want to be taking your Sunday afternoon nap.

Going to church gets harder when your meetings are so late and the last hour is sacrament meeting. Sometimes I try and convince Chip to start crying and fussing at 4 so that we can go home early, pour me a Diet Coke, and put some food in my belly. However, he is a good boy and makes it through the block every week.

All I am trying to say is that there is a time and a season for all things, and 1:40-4:40 is not the time for church. That’s nap time.

Currently listening to: “I Have Work Enough To Do” by Josephine Pollard and William J. Kirkpatrick

I need to create my own theme…

I have the PHP/HTML/CSS know-how already.  I’d probably start from an existing theme, or be more adventurous and start from scratch.  There are a few themes that are a couple years old that I like, but they either need to be updated to support widgets or have valid CSS/HTML to be a WordPress theme.  It would probably be a better free time activity than video games.  So if you visit the site one day and it’s unbelievably ugly, don’t worry, it’s just me having fun.

I might take a vote one which theme I should base use as a starting point, if that’s the route I take.  Also, if my current theme looks weird, do a full refresh of the page.  I updated it yesterday, and it changed a bunch of stuff, mostly for the worse.  Thus the need to manage my own theme.

Currently listening to: “Love Me Dead” by Ludo

Moving on up…

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Twelve days ago I went to a career fair just to see what was out there and maybe drop off a few resumes. I had heard from a couple different people that the interview process took weeks. I was starting to worry that if I didn’t start looking and applying now that I would end up without a job when I graduated.

I went to that career fair and dropped off eight resumes with different companies. Since then I have had interviews with three of those companies, ranging from a quick follow-up to being flown out and given a rental car. That is happening next week.

Things are moving fast and will surely bring a lot of change. I can’t wait. I’ve had senioritus for three years now. Time to move on out.

We are hoping that this next interview goes well and that it leads to a job offer.

A more positive note…

I haven’t posted in a while.  I feel bad about not keeping my New Year’s resolution, even if I didn’t have much to write about.  But the reasons I wasn’t writing for the past few weeks have been two-fold:

I noticed that my posts were, well, a little negative.  Even when I tried to write something positive, that didn’t happen much.  For example–my last post was supposed to be about how cool it was that I learned about rsync.  But it turned into more of a rant.  In fact, I have a category called rants….It’s new, and I think I need to make everything in it disappear…

But more importantly, I helped my darling Sav obtain a new web address:  I had been tinkering with Google’s SPDY protocol that would speed up HTTPS access to my site, fiddled around with mod_fcgid for Apache 2, and tested converting my blog into a multi-site blog through WordPress’s network feature.  And in reverse order, those were all reverted, which made it a good thing that I didn’t post because I would have lost any changes.  (For those of you who might be curious, running PHP and thus WordPress, with mod_fcgid works fine until you need to upload a large file.  I had to revert to using mod_php to get Sav’s blog imported.  It seems to work best this way, even if it uses about twice as much memory.)

So as a new resolution, I’m going to try and post about more positive things.  I’ve probably said it before, but eventually I want to use my blog instead of Twitter or Facebook.  Problem is, not many people follow my blog.  And that is a pickle.

Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out Sav’s blog’s new home.

Currently listening to: “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears