He shoots ... he scores!

So I would say that I hit one out of the park today on my first real (although partial) day on the job. For those of you who are interested in the technical details: The client needed to be able to put HTML code in the title of a block, which is something that Drupal does not allow. I developed a simple, yet effective and extensible workaround. I haven't taken it to the point of writing an actual module; that would take considerably more time and effort. But, if the client decides that they want to pay me to do so, I am prepared with a plan to create the module.

On the road again?

Well, I got the nod from account manager. I've signed the paper work. I have my first phone conference tomorrow. It's official. I have been given the opportunity to do some Drupal sub-contracting work.

Here's to what I hope are the first steps along the path of a new career. May it be a long and pleasant journey.

Drupal theming fun

Early this morning I decided that I had brought my custom theme far enough along that I was ready to unveil it on the site. Last week I had looked around for a WordPress theme to Drupalize, but didn't find anything that I wanted to use. I haven't figured out a good way to search for ready-made themes. It's not that I don't have links to a bunch of sites that provide them; I just haven't devised a good method to search through all the options. Of course, there are all the contributed themes on drupal.org. Anyway, I'm an independent type of person and I enjoy doing things myself.

I said I would substitute teach

Lana and I have lived in Colorado just a few days more than four years; we arrived here on August 3, 2006. In June of 2006 we made the decision that we wanted to make the move. At the time we originally decided to move we did not have jobs in the state. But, we were confident that we would find a way to make ends meet. Both of us were teachers, although I had just been non-renewed at my first teaching position. So, we reasoned that if we could not get full-time teaching offers, we could substitute teach.

True Confessions

For the most part, I feel that my life has gone extremely well. This is both a blessing and a curse. So, this challenging time in my life that I have been experiencing is a good learning experience. It will help me relate to what others experience. Of course I'm looking forward to coming out on the other side and flying high again. But, there is a part of me that wonders whether I have had the opportunity to experience enough pain and struggle for it to leave a permanent mark. Now that things seem to be looking up again I am wondering if I will forget the lessons I have been taught.

Is this the breakthrough?

My phone interview went well enough that I am going in for a second round interview tomorrow afternoon. I would be thrilled to pick up full-time employment. This company has a tremendous backlog of projects, too. So, there would be job security :-) Working on Drupal full-time will accelerate my learning phenomenally. Come on, Universe! Let's start to rock and roll.

Happy belated birthday to me

My birthday was yesterday and I worked all day long. I'm trying to finish up a project and I've got other projects waiting. I also have had enough days off this year. So, I decided to look at the fact that I had a job as a present. When I got home and checked my messages I discovered that I had one from a company that would like to talk to me more about a position for which I had applied. Yay! I haven't received any more news from the other company that had indicated interest in bringing me on to a project.

How much control does one have over ones life?

I think that most people would agree that I march to a different drummer -- maybe not 100% of the time, but more than most others do or are willing to. This is a tendency that has continued to manifest itself to a greater extent as I have gotten older, much to the concern of some of those in my life. Part of my desire to march to my own drummer is that I want to feel a sense of control over my life. In an effort to exercise that control I have been willing to take certain risks. A case in point is my current employment situation.

I call it meditation

Weed or flower?

Some time ago I read a book called "The 5 Rules of Thought" by Mary T. Browne. One point of the book is that whatever you put your focus and energy into is what you are going to create in your life. Ms. Browne recommends that people spend time each day to visualize the outcomes they want in their lives. So, after I read the book, I decided to start meditating.