This is an Update

Posted on Saturday 6th June 2009 at 00:00
Wow, over three months since my last post here! Hasn't time flown by?!

Well, probably not if you've actually been waiting for me to update, but in this age of RSS feeds and automation, who actually does that?

I come to you today from a corner of the (relatively) new Starbucks in Cabot Circus. Those of you who've been here for too long will probably remember that at one point I wrote quite a few posts whilst sat in one of the branches of Starbucks in Broadmead, either on my heavy old laptop, or else painstakingly tapped out on my old HTC Vox. Well, both the laptop and the Vox have died and been buried (read binned in the case of the laptop, recycled for the phone) and I'm now sat here using L's laptop, which she has kindly lent me whilst she's away in the Czech Republic. It's the mark of a good girlfriend that she knows that the best way to help me deal with the inevitable loneliness of being without her for a week is to lend me a cool bit of computer to play with for the duration.

As I hinted at the start of this post, it has been an unforgivably long time since I last posted. Fortunately, it's so common for me not to post for an extended period of time that if you are still reading this then you will probably forgive me any period of quietness. It does say something though when L, who has been pretty internet deprived for one reason or another recently is telling me I need to update more often.

On the plus side, my absence has given me far more to talk about than I'd have had if I'd blogged all the way through March, April and May. The main news, if anything that happens in my life can be said to be newsworthy, is that I'm no longer a bar tender in the staff bar of my university. In fact, in every way that really matters I'm no longer at university.

Back at the end of March, I received a phone call from my mum, who'd just been talking to someone who thought I might be a good employee and was I interested in a job? To cut a long story short, I'm now almost half way through a 5 month internship with a company called Data2Impact, who help large corporate and public sector clients to better manage the large quantities of data they are pushing through programs like Excel and Access. It probably doesn't sound terribly interesting to a layman, but if you are interested in problem solving and programming macros, it's a really cool place to work.

As an intern I'm gaining a huge amount of experience doing different sorts of work all over the company and loving every day of it. So far, I've only come across two draw backs of the placement, and I think I can live with both. The first is that the office I'm based in is in Andover, a full 90 miles from my flat in Bristol, so I spend a lot of time on the road and clock up pretty hefty fuel bills. The second is that I'm getting to do so many different cool things, I've no idea how I'm going to fit it all on my CV!

Job Crisis. What Job Crisis?

Sorry, shouldn't gloat, I know it's tough out there, and I'm not likely to be spared the difficulties for long, because of the other major development in my life at the moment. Given that everyone who's anyone knows already, and we aren't keeping it secret, I'm hoping L won't mind me announcing here that she and I have decided to live together in September. We actually decided back in January, but as I've already said, I'm not very good at keeping this blog up to date.

As I may or may not have mentioned before, L is at university down in Plymouth, and after a year of driving down to see her every weekend, the thought of having to keep up this lifestyle for another two years isn't exactly appealing. My degree, which has kept me routed in Bristol for 5 years is now all but over (just waiting for the results of my finals - fingers crossed) so, with no reason for me to remain here, I've decided to move down to Plymouth, and L and I are going to get an apartment together. The major upside of this is that we'll be able to enjoy being together and seeing each other every day, without the long hours on the road and the massive fuel bill. On the downside, it means leaving Bristol (which I've come to love) and having to look for a new job, as there's no way I can cope with the 6 hours a day I'd need to spend in the car if I were to commute between my office and my new home.

L has returned to Bristol for the summer now, having finished her year at uni, and it's been great having her around the last few days. It's entirely possible that since I don't have to travel quite as much, I may start updating more regularly. I can't make any promises, but I do hope to keep you up to date with the massive changes in my life, as well as all the fun that I'm expecting summer 09 to bring.

Thanks, as always, go to all of you for bothering to read me. Perhaps now you could go one step further and be bothered to comment with an answer to the following question: Would you be able to cope with me changing the URL for my RSS feed once again? I'm painfully aware that I've changed it several times already during the life of this blog, but I'm thinking of moving the blog over to my main website, so as to keep everything under one roof, as it were. Your thoughts please...

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