Me thinks I need to update this journal more frequently. I am having the same problem with my physical journal, and I think it has to do with being so busy during the day and then so exhausted at night that I lack any motivation to do productive things. I just want to curl up with a movie, show, or book and relax.
My job at ASU is going well. I survived my first two weeks! I have an awesome two-screen set-up, which is so very helpful with working on projects that requirement multiple software and browsers open simultaneously. They gave me a choice of PC or Mac for my work computer, and I chose the Mac. No matter what the student worker says (he’s anti-Mac), I prefer the Mac and find it works better for what I need it to do. On Monday I will be receiving a Macbook Air for work purposes.
Even though I just started, I have a huge list of projects that is keeping me busy. The current one is building a brand new site for a graduate college program, and ASU has a policy of all sites should be built using Drupal. I have never worked with Drupal before, though I was familiar with it and some of the differences between it and other CMSs. So I spent quite a bit of time reading documentations, playing with the Drupal installation on a development site, and resolving some small issues. I had a break through with Drupal on Friday, finally understanding the Views and Panels modules. Man, I was so excited when, after hours of work and research, I finally got a specific view to display the content type’s data the way I wanted. While I am still a die-hard WordPress user, I will say that there are some things about Drupal that I do like. For example, the WordPress community needs a Panels-like plugin.
I have also been attending Tempe Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is only about two miles from my apartment and really close to my work. (Literally, it is across the street from the ASU campus.) They began a prophecy seminar last Sunday that will run on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. So far the messages have been quite good. I am probably going to request a membership transfer next Sabbath. I would love to get my hands on their website and give it a custom design. It is built on the NetAdventist CMS, which I worked with a few years ago when I was living in California. As far as CMS go, it is a flexible CMS that is easier to work with and design around.
November is just a handful of days away, and you know what that means… NaNoWriMo! I already know what story I will be writing, but I have not been able to do as much preparing (plotting, character development, etc.) as I would have liked. Oh, well! As usual, I will be making frequent updates on my writing journal, Scribbles throughout the month of November. I really hope to, not only reach the 50k goal mark, but to complete the story by November 30th.
Tonight I’ve been invited to one of the Tempe church members’ home for a young adult game night. I’ll be going with my sister Jessica and her husband Sam. I’m not feeling too well… The mixed fruit after church was from a can and far too sweet. It has messed with my blood sugar and eating some rice pasta for dinner did not help matters much. However, I think it is best I go so I can socialize and get to know some of the young adults at Tempe.