2014 – Year in Review

What an exciting year it was for me! I haven’t had time to really sit down and write a retrospective, but I figure I should probably get around to it before 2015 gets too far off the ground.

It was certainly a busy year. Back in May, I proposed to my wonderful fianceé Sarah, and since then there’s been a lot of wedding planning happening. It’s kept me on my toes trying to make sure that everything’s in order and ready to go for that! Both Sarah and I are extremely excited for the wedding, which is coming up this June.

I spent a lot of the early and middle parts of the year writing a lotof code. Between relaunching my personal site, developingMyLeaf, and working on all of the fun projects like MaltSwap andzabbixweb, I didn’t have a chance to take a step back and reevaluate what exactly my focus was. Fortunately, I was also doing a lot of PHP-related stuff at work, and that was where my wake-up call finally came from. I took the opportunity to refocus and work more on the systems side of things for a while. That said, though, I still want to keep doing development – just more casually than what I was doing before.

My move back into systems led to a lot of opportunities, not just in my main job but also elsewhere. I recently took on another systems job with a local startup, and have been really involved in designing continuous integration and server infrastructure. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to being part of that for a while yet.

That whole thing has really gotten me to the point where I’m passionate about systems again. There was quite some time where I was a lot more interested in code, and it’s good to get back to really enjoying servers and infrastructure. Not to say that my time coding was not time well spent – not only was I pretty productive, but I also learned a lot that I’ve been able to translate back into the systems side of things, especially recently writing some shell scripts to help move us towards true continuous integration.

As many of my readers know, I’ve been reading a lot for a verylong time. I’ve made a point recently of making sure I take some time every day to get in some book time, and it’s been really a great way to wind down before bed. Similarly, I’ve been getting on the exercise bike every day as well. It’s all about forming the habit, really: once I got into the routine of getting home and hopping on the bike immediately rather than getting home and hopping on the computer immediately, it became really easy, and I’ve been feeling so much better in general since I started. That bike’s been great value-wise for me, especially considering all it cost me was fifty bucks and a drive out to Grand Island.

Recently, there’s been a nice spurt of development on zabbixweb! If you have time to check it out or throw in some improvements, that’d be pretty awesome.

Anyway, other than that, things haven’t been too eventful. Sarah’s back down for a visit now, which is very exciting. We’re doing a lot of wedding planning, including some shopping this month for various important things. Should be a blast.

I’m hoping to have some news on MaltSwap as well as another new project coming up in the next month. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.

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