Gmar chatimah tova

Submitted by Marc on Sat, 09/18/2010 - 7:07pm

It is almost the end of Yom Kippur. My fast has been reasonably easy.

This morning I attended services and continued my practice from last year: I created my own sacred space by covering myself with my tallit and engaged in my own form of prayer. One different twist this year was that a friend of mine got married today. So, I left my services this morning early and headed out to his ceremony. He was married in a traditional Catholic ceremony.

Is it possible to live each day as though it is your last?

Submitted by Marc on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 6:56pm

While I was beginning my meditation this morning, I noticed that it seemed like I was rushing through my breaths. So, I thought about how I would breathe if I knew that once I had finished my breath exercises those would be the last breaths I would ever take. Certainly I wouldn't rush my breaths then. But, how would I spend my last breaths? And how healthy would it be for me to hold onto each breath as though it were one of my last?

I got the golden(rod) ticket!

Submitted by Marc on Mon, 09/06/2010 - 2:29pm

I have received the first of two letters that provide me my employee information to be part of the sub pool for Jefferson County. Once I get the second letter, which contains my password, I will be able to sign in and finish the application process. It is encouraging that my paperwork was processed so quickly; we had been told that it could take three weeks or more. It appears that I have been moved to the front of the line.

Roly Poly Philosophy

Submitted by Marc on Fri, 09/03/2010 - 3:11pm

When I was meditating this morning I noticed one of those roly poly bugs. Maybe you call them pill bugs, water bugs, or some other name. They are those little black armadillo-like bugs with lots of tiny legs that roll up into a ball when you touch them.

Now that we've got that straightened out

Submitted by Marc on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 10:56pm

I was able to pick up my summative evaluation yesterday and drop it off with the rest of my paperwork. That's the good news. The bad news is that my supervisor had written a rather scathing review; I won't get into that, though. So, now I was in the position that the evaluation could prevent me from being considered for substitute teaching. When I dropped off my paperwork I explained what the situation was with the review and also told my side of the story.

He shoots ... he scores!

Submitted by Marc on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 11:07pm

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?

Submitted by Marc on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 10:46pm

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

Submitted by Marc on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 8:58pm

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 Anyway, I'm an independent type of person and I enjoy doing things myself.