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Finally, a Commute Respite My Life 08 SEP 2011

At last, I have a respite in my daily grind of that horrible commute that sucks up two hours of my life each and every day, with the hour to Westlake via Baden Powell drive in the morning and then the hour back to Gordon’s Bay via Baden Powell in the evening.

I don’t enjoy the commute, despite the scenic route, and it was starting to get to me. I’m tired from the early morning starts, my fuel bill is too high, my poor car is clocking on the kilometers at a far faster rate than what I’m comfortable with, and my evenings are far shorter than what they should be!

I brought this up with Rudi the other morning just as an aside as we were chatting downstairs during one of our regular, informal SurveyThumb meetings which happens before the rest of the horde arrives at work. Out of the blue, he suggested that I start working a couple of days from home during the week then, and after a little deliberation, I put forward that Tuesdays and Thursdays would be most fair and cause the least disruption in the office.

From there it was straight onto the e-mail draft in order to highlight my motivations to Simon for the final go ahead, and seeing that there aren’t really any juniors left for me to mentor in the office any more, and the fact that I’m working completely isolated on a standalone project, the request was given the okay without any hassles, much to my delight of course!

Naturally, I promptly set about pulling a laugh out of Chantelle on the first Tuesday back home, by acting completely normal, packing my bag the evening before, going for my early morning walk, showering, eating breakfast and then giving her the customary goodbye kiss as I grabbed my bag and left for the office – except of course the office in question was the home one, meaning all I had to do was take a step around the corner.

It took a while to realize, but the look on her face when she finally dawned what was going on was absolutely priceless! :)

The day working from home itself was actually really, really productive, without all of the usual distractions that comes with an open plan office environment that I normally find myself in, and was further enhanced by some gorgeous weather outside, a walk down to the shops for lunch and then a walk with Chantelle later in the evening to pick up Jessie from the daycare to close things off.

So yeah, Tuesdays and Thursdays have just become my favourite work days in the week! :)

The House of C 021: No Such Thing as a Happy Developer The House of C 17 APR 2011

The above is pretty much every day in any programmer’s life. Which directly translates into there is no such thing as a happy developer. Unless of course you give them pizza. And hide them in a room where they can’t see their pointy-haired boss.

Or just let them work from home.

Ah, working from home. Now that makes me happy – and more money of course! :)

Babysitting Jessica at Work Jessica | My Life 12 APR 2011

Last Tuesday marked the start of the three month long stint where every week on a Tuesday I will be working from home in order to look after Jessica until the Day Care Centre we enrolled her in can eventually accommodate her come July.

Needless to say, my home office workspace now had a few extra little things lying around on it. Like one cute as a button Jessica Lotter for example :)

As it turned out, the day couldn’t have gone more smoothly, with the juggling act of looking after Jessica, doing my Touchwork development work and helping Chantelle with her car service mission all running to schedule.

No wonder we capped off what turned out to be a stunning day in Gordon’s Bay with a soft serve ice-cream on the beach!

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And so the New Man Room 2.0 is Born! My Life 08 JUN 2010

Last weekend I kept myself rather busy, not with gallivanting around yet another luxurious guest house, playing games or watching DVDs like is the norm, no, instead I rolled up my sleeves and broke out a nice sweat as I set about stripping the current study (better known at the “man room”), and transforming the now empty back corner of our home into the new (and miniaturized) “Man Room 2.0”.

And yes, I know the baby is only due in January next year, but the way I see it the sooner I get all the big jobs out of the way (like preparing the baby room for example), the easier my life will be once the big day arrives and Chantelle is too big to help me with anything around the home in any event! :P

So out came the drill and dad’s awesome four-way laser levelling system, in went some holes, some misplaced, most in the right place, and up went the floating shelves (one new – from Builder’s Warehouse – and one stolen from the existing man room – leaving some icky holes behind!). The desk came next, then the little bedside cupboard next to it, then the electronics and various other devices, and finally my old faithful pine chair. Of course, fitting all my hardware in a now much smaller space proved to be challenging enough, never mind the fact that cabling everything together proved a little tricky thanks to the considerably more confined space I had to manoeuvre my big frame about in!

The floating shelves came out pretty nice I must say, but unfortunately the one I swiped out the man room has warped considerably since the day I first purchased it, meaning that it now sits at quite a perilous angle and has already sent a ton of books crashing down on my monitor and keyboard below, prompting the removal of everything even remotely heavy off it! (It now sits happily housing all my figurines and one or two comic books for good measure).

Finally, the telephone cable had to be ripped up and rerouted to this new location (with clear sticky tape because I was feeling a little lazy after all my hard work), but the plus side of it is of course that my XBOX 360 now has a direct connection to the Network and thus Internet, meaning that I can finally get off my butt and start setting up a proper little streaming media centre for all my devices!

Oh, and in amongst all this work I even found the time to braai for Chantelle and myself – not to mention the strength to go for a good 1 hour neighbourhood stroll on Sunday afternoon!

Talk about awesome, eh? ;)

Setting up the drill points for my new shelves...

... and the finished product, Man Room 2.0

The House of C 011: Excuse Me The House of C 15 FEB 2010

This actually happened to Chantelle while she was happily sitting alone, working away in her office one day. As the uncomfortable feeling of trapped gas slowly rose up inside her, she decided the best course of action was to allow the eruption of this unnatural trapped air and so bellowed out a mighty burp – which of course was exactly when the guest standing behind her in the office door decided to pipe up.

Doh! ;)