Work archive

From the early days as an IT Technician to my first web developer role, going self-employed for the first time, managing a team of developers and going back and forth to office work before ultimately realising I'm "unemployable" and returning to running my own business as a WordPress freelancer. The entire history of my work roles and all the pros and cons of working for myself can be found in here.

What happened to January?

It only feels like 5 minutes ago I was getting myself all in a panic about how Isabel would settle at nursery, but apparently it’s well over a month. Oops. Neglecting my blog, much? Isabel settled into nursery quicker than I imagined she would. She’s adopted a blanket that I crocheted when I was about… read more →

Unexpected Feelings, Work, etc

Today I returned to work. Walking out of the door this morning was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my entire life; I felt like I was abandoning my daughter. Of course, I wasn’t… and she enjoyed her day with her Nannies (my mum and Lou) so barely noticed I’d gone. Work… read more →

Day 1 of Week Off

Have this week off — my first since Christmas — and guess what I did? Nothing. Nothing at all. I played a couple hours of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and read Equal Rites (Pratchett) again but otherwise did nothing to tackle my backlog of e-mail, the many items on my todo list or the piles of… read more →

I’m a Woman, Actually

I’ve thought about writing this entry several times over the past few years. Each time, I decided against it because I’m aware that there are plenty of women out there who have it far worse than I do. Women who have to work for minimum wage to support their kids. Women who have to deal… read more →

No Day Like a Snow Day

As I’m sure the majority not living under a rock may have heard, a lot of the UK woke up to a dusting of snow this morning. In fact, some of us woke up to a few inches of snow that only increased during the day. I was let home early from work this afternoon… read more →

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I Loathe JavaScript

Given that my current course module thingy is on JavaScript, I expected to unearth a love for JavaScript that I didn’t know I had. I wanted to use the time to explore the quirks of the language, and its uses beyond the basics which I’ve picked up working in web dev. Quite by coincidence, a… read more →

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Disastrous Day

I’ve had a heavy workload for the past few weeks which means work has been quite hectic — and the reason why I’ve not been online in the evenings of late — but today was particularly ridiculous. Within 10 minutes of getting into work, I had a dead system on my hands. The Dell we… read more →

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Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas?

I may be in a position soon whereby I’ll need to start preparing my lunch for work in advance, instead of nipping home and doing my lunch during my break. So, I need some lunch ideas. Ham/cheese sandwiches and cold tuna pasta salad is going to get pretty boring soon. Obvious requirements: must be suitable… read more →

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Actually, Include the 404

While doing some random surfing, in between mocking up a potential new disaster (layout) in Photoshop, and whilst avoiding the washing up/ignoring the oven (oh shit my flat is on fire) I found a post at codinghorror.com about Creating User Friendly 404s. The post is not terribly old and does include some relevant and interesting… read more →