Off to the Land of the Citrus My Life 20 MAR 2009

Citrus OrangeWhew, work is once again killing me and interfering with my karate and training regimes, all of which means I’m looking forward to getting away this weekend for a quick breakaway to Citrusdal for the weekend. The occasion? Well it’s Chantelle’s cousin Chane’s wedding, and so it will be a whole Montgomery clan get together at the little farming dorp. I just hope I’ve brushed up enough on my Afrikaans and Afrikaaner traditions! It’s going to be a brandewyn en Coke sokkiejol, I’m sure of it! ;)

Seriously though, work is keeping me real busy again. Early mornings and late nights in the office, made all the worse by the fact that I get home and then get cracking on Commerce stuff, sigh, which of course is making me rather cranky and perhaps not one of the nicest people to be around at times. Of course, this leads to a more tense atmosphere at home (but I’m sure has nothing to do with the increased amount of frogs the cats are bringing into the house), so hopefully this little getaway will be good for C and me!

No word from Commerce I.T. as to the status of the webmaster replacement search, so I’m assuming that there hasn’t been much luck on that side, and similarly on this side of the world we haven’t had any luck picking up our junior code monkey either. The deadline for our Message 4 Events conference communications platform is upon us and thankfully I’ve pretty much now finished what I wanted to have in place for the MTO Summit that kicks off on Tuesday the 24th March, Eastern Time (GMT-5). Of course, this means I have exactly five working days to develop my full featured reporting portal for the Manchester airport AERODAQ compliance system, meaning that come Monday it will be right back with nose to the grindstone!

Other news on the work front is that the new office is coming along VERY nicely. It’s been painted, carpeted, blinded, the works. Essentially waiting on Telkom now and once that’s in, then we should be pretty good to go for phase 1 of our rollout to the new office. Unfortunately though it does seem like the parking issues will remain unresolved, meaning that I’ll need to get some nice walking shoes – it’s a looooonng trek to the communal parking area from where we’re based!

In terms of the karate, all this work has had the annoying side effect that it has kept me out of the training hall for way too long, meaning that I’m not ready to take part in the year’s first Boland All Styles Karate tournament that will be taking place on the 28th of March in Kuilsriver. It’s a pity because I think I would really have enjoyed taking part, but unfortunately my current state of fitness is just way too low to even think about it! Oh well, I’m sure there will be more opportunities before the year is out.

Hmm, think that’s about all I wanted to share with you guys for now. Have a good weekend if I don’t catch you guys here again. (Got work to do you know!) ;)

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.