A New Situation for the Next Hald Year or So

So, being in the first week of a new contract, this week is the normal drill Lots of personal introductions, meetings and support calls trying to get access to the various systems I’ll need to do my work. I now have my laptop and am slowly get various credentials. On the upside, the people have met so far has been nice generally knowledgeable folks I generally look forward to working with. The building and entire complex really, are nicer than any other I’ve worked at.

The commute won’t be quite the nightmare that I imagined because they are letting me stagger my schedule a bit to avoid rush hours. I now generally arrive by 9:25 am and depart between 5:30 and 6. This knocks my morning commute down to as little as 53 minutes on some days. It’s a bit longer to get home In the evening with a 58 minute drive. Later, when I’m fully into the work flow, I may do the long day approach and hit a couple of 8.5 hour days through the week, then leave a bit early on Friday. I think this might knock down my home ride a good overall.

I generally try to use the commute to plan things, practice Spanish with my audible book or just listen to the new album I’m working on to further refine ideas. Speaking of the new album, I’ll be in the studio with a variety of friends for the next 2 Saturdays. I’d really like to get all of the recording done within the new 4 months. We’ll see.

It’s a little strange to have to go to bed at a certain time and I’ve yet to get my exercise routine going on this new schedule, but I certainly will.

Another big change from being between contracts is that my art time is cut down to virtually one 3 or 4 hour session per week. During that time I have to devote most of it to my edit of Flight of The Falcons. Shooting a documentary is definitely the fun part. Editing one, not so much.

Cold Weather & A New Contract

Uke Time

We’ve been gone no through a bit of a cold snap here in North Carolina. We even closed the store this Saturday. I don’t think that has happened more than a time or two in our ten year history.

The roads really aren’t too bad but the temperature has stayed down around freezing which is a little bit colder than our winters in recent years. If the forecast is to believed, it’ll be back up to 70 at the end of the week.

On the 3D art front, on a whim, I took advantage of some year end sales at Daz3D. One of the things I picked up a toon shape for the Genesis 3 figure. It’s lead to a bit of a cartoon slant on my renders. It’s been good fun to shift away from the more serious looking style.
The work on the Pfeiffer Documentary continues, I’m sure not as quickly as we’d all like.
I’ve accepted a new contract just 3 weeks after wrapping my last role creating just about the perfect Christmas vacation. It’s content development again and this time using Adobe Experience Manager. I’ll disclose more once the ink is dry, but I will say that this is an excellent Fortune 500 company I’ve wanted to work with for some time.
I feel my decision to start code school in the evenings is already proving a good one. Even though I’ll back amongst the gainfully employed and commuting several hours per day, I am really hungry for learning again. I feel determine to eventually move into the front end design workspace.
So far it’s a promising start to 2017!