Posts for February 2011

2011-02-28: Life update

Wow, it's the last day of February and this is the first journal post I've made for the whole month.

Needless to say, this month isn't working out quite the way that I'd intended at the start of year, although this is due to external forces that I hadn't been able to predict. The work project that I've been working on since last September or so (and in some sense since last June) hit the crunch, and I was pulled off of nearly everything else I was doing to work on that full time. I've been working 45-50 hours a week for the whole month, and probably will for a bit of March as well.

The good part is that we're hitting our deadlines. We're going to push back by two weeks due to a design problem we missed until integration testing, but it looks like only two weeks. And given that we're picking up the entire complex account management system, teasing it apart from another major system that it's part of, and bringing it up in my group, along with reimplementing some bits around the edges and working on very old and fragile code, I'm very impressed.

Unfortunately, that's also eaten my life. I'm trying to keep up with occasional things here and there, but projects like Debian got put almost entirely on hold. When I'm working this much during the week, I basically collapse on the weekends, rather than work on other projects like I normally do. I've been playing video games or just watching TV, and doing a bit of reading, but not working on free software or writing book reviews.

I'm going to get a bit of time off at the end of this project, and hopefully will be able to rebalance my life again. This sort of huge push is quite unusual for work, which I like. I don't like working this way, and I've been occasionally rather unhappy with how little life outside of work I feel like I have (I can't imagine what working 60 hours a week regularly would be like). But there's only about a month or a month and a half left and then we'll be done and can go back to a more relaxed pace.

I'm going to see if I can get a review finished tonight just because I hate going through a month without posting a book review. I've read five books (and three magazines) that I've not reviewed yet; sadly, the reviewing brain requires quite a bit more energy than the reading brain. Or perhaps not sadly, since it means I'm still reading.

Expect posting to be minimal for the next month or so, and then it will hopefully pick up again.

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