January update

Hello, everyone! Sorry about the radio silence – it’s been a rough last couple of weeks making sure I’m good to go and all set at my new blog’s home. That new home also happens to be myhome, but more on that later. For now, if you’re reading this, it means that you’re now in my apartment. How cool is that?

I guess it’s mildly creepy when you get down to it, but hey, whatever. Nice to have you here anyway.

So, what’s new with me? A lot, really. January was a pretty crazy month. I started up some planning for a new server, which I’m trying to build during March or April. I’d like to have a machine that I could play around with to learn more about development without worrying about breaking everything else that I do on a daily basis, and this just about fits the bill. Currently, I’m limited to a virtual machine running on my desktop computer, which really doesn’t give me a lot of room to work with.

Speaking of that virtual machine, I’ve been working a lot with it recently! I’ve been working on some stuff in Windows Server 2012, and most recently ended up starting the migration of all of my sites over to a locally hosted IIS instance. So far I’ve just done this blog (like I said, you’re in my apartment!), but I’m aiming to have all of my hosting moved over by April so that I don’t have to pay for shared hosting anymore.

Along with that migration, I’m also working to move my email to another service – I definitely have to recommend Windows Live Domains to anyone looking. I’m really impressed with their service so far; they made moving the email on my main domain (andrewletson.com) extraordinarily painless.

I’ve been continuing my work with PHP, most recently starting a private project with a coworker and friend of mine; hopefully it’ll be a success, but even if it isn’t, it’s been a fun learning experience as I have been able to start delving into how to work with payment API’s. We decided to go with WePay, which really fits our needs well as well as providing us with support if we run into any trouble. I’m very excited to work on this and am hoping to have the time to really sink my teeth into it this weekend.

Sarah’s visit here has ended, but we had a great month down here together. I’m definitely looking forward to the next time I get to see her; I really enjoyed our time together as always. We managed to do some fun local stuff – headed out to Niagara Falls for the new year, although it was quite cold – but I’ve definitely started working on some more plans for next time! One of my favorite places nearby is Panama Rocks; I haven’t been there in a few years, and I don’t remember it very well, but that might be one place I try to put on the agenda.

Unfortunately, all the wonderful news has to be tempered a bit this month. My great-grandmother unfortunately passed away only a few days ago. She was a wonderful woman, and I am happy to have known her. She did so much with her 97 years of life here. While I’m sad she’s gone, I have been trying to reflect on the wonderful memories I have of her, of which there are many.

This year, I’m doing my own taxes for the first time. I’m a bit nervous, and hoping I don’t screw it up, but eh, it’s worth the savings in not paying for tax prep services.

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