Now

Working from Home

The current global pandemic has impacted me less than it has most people, but there are impacts all the same. My company transitioned to all remote work on March 15th and plans to continue that through at least October. My team builds tooling for software project automation used by our internal development group. At present, we’re focused on leveraging Kubernetes, prototyping on GCP, and building a robust set of capabilities around test data automation. In my free time, I’m working on a Java portfolio project that can be found here.

Preparing for What’s Next

I suppose I won’t be working from home for much longer (only a few days as I’m writing this). Not in the same way that I have been anyway. Back in August, I opted into a voluntary separation program with my employer. November 6th will be my last day after 17 years there. It’s unfamiliar territory, and I’m reflecting on the challenges, risks, and opportunities ahead of me. I will be taking the first few months as an opportunity to relax, read, learn, and spend as much time as I can outdoors. While also thinking about, and preparing for, the next phase of my career.

Reading

  • The Motivation Code - Todd Henry
  • History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides
  • Multiple books about The Appalachian Trail
  • Conscious Uncoupling - Katherine Thomas

Building a Life

  • Planning and preparing for a number of backpacking trips in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Trying my hand at landscaping you can eat (a.k.a, gardening). It has not gone especially well thanks to high temperatures and a rotund yet flexible groundhog. If nothing else, the attempt has been a useful learning experience.
  • Actively consuming less news and focusing more on things I can control.

Staying on the Path

I have a set of important dailies that I try to make time for every day. This includes exercise, journaling, meditation, reading, gratitude, learning, stretching, and mobility work. I can’t say that I hit these every day, but I usually check off most of them.

Relevant Quote I’ve Found Lately

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ - Isaac Asimov


Previously on Now

  • Vacationed in Alaska with my mom, my youngest daughter, my son and his girlfriend (October 2020).
  • Helped construct a privacy wall for a deck to integrate with a recently installed privacy fence.
  • Converted a spare bedroom into a small home gym complete with lifting platform and a Rogue Fitness folding power rack.
  • Completed a Spartan Race in Jacksonville, FL (February, 2020).
  • Thru-hiked 486 miles on the Colorado Trail (July - August of 2019).

Now was last updated on 2020-11-04.

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