Monthly report

I just realized that it’s been a full month since I last posted here, and my last post itself came after two weeks of silence. I guess I haven’t had much to say. Also, most of my blogging has been going on over at Cocktailia, where I’m managing to keep up a pretty regular posting schedule.

Another reason is that work is keeping me pretty busy lately. I’ve taken on one large project that will keep me working at least until fall, and a handful of other smaller jobs that are keeping things interesting by providing a little variety to the work I’m doing on the big project. I set some work targets for myself back in January and while I didn’t hit the first target for the end of April, May was a good month and I hit my second target fully six months early. Of course my original goal said sustainable and I won’t know if I managed that part until we get closer to the end of the year, but at least the pressure is off for a while.

And the work is mostly interesting too. Two of my new clients are non-profit organizations, and another one, while not a non-profit, has an environmental focus, so I’m working on worthwhile things as opposed to yet-another-social-network or the like (not that there’s anything wrong with that, necessarily). Two of them are running Rails applications so I’m getting more Ruby experience in the process, which is a nice side benefit.

Since that was sort of a mid-year update on my new year’s resolutions, I’ll touch on a couple others while I’m at it (since I have nothing more interesting to write about, apparently).

We haven’t done much traveling yet this year outside of a recent week in LA and a few days in Portland in April. Oil prices being what they are, we’re faced with higher airline costs than we expected so we’re reconsidering our initial plans for Paris or London/Dublin in favor of something cheaper. We’ve kicked around the idea of Buenos Aires but even flights to South America are expensive these days. Maybe we’ll settle for Mexico City or even Vancouver. At least we don’t have to drive much on a day-to-day basis; I can’t imagine a long commute with these gas prices (driving to LA was bad enough). We’re spending a weekend in Sonoma in a couple weeks and will be taking a hot air balloon tour over wine country, which should be pretty neat. I suspect it will be pretty corny as well, judging from the looks of the balloon tour company, but hey, I’ve never been in a balloon before and it sounds like fun.

We’re almost fully paperless at home now, mostly thanks to the Fujitsu Scansnap document scanner. They’re expensive, but so worth it. Insert document, either single- or multi-page, press a button, and a few seconds later a PDF lands on your desktop ready for filing. As soon as we finish scanning a few last things, I’m going to take our entire filing cabinet to an industrial paper shredder. And good riddance to it.

The final items on my list for the year are health-related. Since moving to Oakland I’ve got an actual workspace so I’m not killing my back working at the dining table anymore, which is a huge improvement. I’m riding my bike more now, but still not as much as I probably should. And I’m going to look into a yoga class Real Soon Now. Taking that first step is always the hardest.