Betwixt Code and Music
Filling Each Day
December 16, 2015 —
or Purposefully Making Each Day Count
This week, as I entered week 5 after my The Iron Yard studies, I knew that I would need an extra helping of poise to stay afloat. There were a few possible interviews looming from the ten or so places I have applied over the last month. This week, though, this week is going to count. Lots to do and lots to see. Keep your head down and work hard.
A selection of happenings in the Mathew house:
- My lovely wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary! (Festivities on hold until I have a jobby job again. We will head to Gloria’s soon!)
- My 13-year-old son had a band concert and rocked the french horn. Keeping it in the family.
- My 10-year-old daughter had caroling with her elementary Honor Choir.
- I spent five days working hard on a portfolio website that is ready to launch…just waiting on the web hosting and DNS servers to all click together.
- I had an interview with a staffing agency in Dallas. What a terrific view they have in their downtown Dallas perch!
- My 17-year-old brother had a band concert. Percussion rules!
- Our 3-year-old daughter has had a daddy chauffeur most days.
- I have another interview tomorrow with an awesome company on the north side of the metroplex that uses technology I dig. This place understands their culture and purpose — I can get on board with that!
- Another phone interview day after tomorrow with a recruiter for a position that reads perfectly for me.
- I also started working on the Advent of Code, which has been a lot of fun (and some of it is pretty darn challenging!).
- Star Wars movie comes out. I am waiting to get a job lined up to buy tickets. Bit of incentive to me. I must see this.
15 years…just the beginning!
I have only heard back from one place that requires front end developers to have a Computer Science degree. I don’t know all developers, obviously, but many of the ones I know (or know about) either have degrees in unrelated areas like physics (nutellahabit dot com) or Japanese (daverupert dot com) or they didn’t even go to college at all! I not only have a Bachelor’s degree, but I am nearly done with a Master’s degree. I know how to play the game, and I know how to learn and improve. Just gotta keep my chin up and continue to bust my butt each day. Thankfully I have endless curiosity about things which means I will likely never be bored again. There is so much to learn. Very exciting!