What I've been up to

Things have been a little crazy for the last couple of months. When I first started blogging in January, I had a big list of topics that I wanted to write about. However, in reality, I have been working on too many things to have time to develop and write any of these longer posts, so I think I am going to try to step back a bit and focus a little more on what I am working on and also try to bring a little more of a personal presence into this blog by sharing some of my musings and interests outside of technology.

My day job at Live Oak is has been great lately. I am continually reminded of how blessed I am to have a great job where I am surrounded by such smart people! On the project front, I have spent the last few months planning and beginning development on a large social networking application. I am not sure how much I can actually talk it about on here, but I hope to fill you all in as soon as possible. However, I will say that this is a unique project for me not only because it is technologically awesome and challenging, but also because I am excited about the impact that it will make when it launches. For me, this is the height of career satisfaction: being able to use my abilities and intellect for a cause that I believe in.

Outside of work, I am continuing to work on SailboatConnection.com, a project that has been in the works since last summer. While it got off to a bit of a slow start, the pace has really picked up over the last couple of months, and we are nearing the first milestone that will accessed by select public users. This project has been really fun mostly because it is the first project that I started using Zend Framework (including the MVC stack) from the beginning. I will share more details about this project as soon as it is available to the public.

On the personal front, things at home have been good. Carrie is nearing the end of her last semester with classes! I am really looking forward to spending more time with her this summer, even though she has to start work on her comps for her dissertation (boo). We don’t have tangible plans yet, but I am guessing that we will make it up to Michigan to see family and friends at some point, in addition to branching out and seeing more of Texas than just Austin and the hill country (please leave any suggestions on the comments!)