Today's my last day working full-time normal hours as a contractor for Story House Coffee. We're rebuilding the site completely, and I'm writing both front and back-end code to make it work.
Todd and Esther, who own Story House, are a delightful pair, quirky and smart, with a huge variety of interests and hobbies.
Anyway, tomorrow I start a 6-8 week contract position with another company that should be fun enough, but won't be quite like working in "the palace"--as everyone fondly calls the roasting room--right in the middle of a roasting session. Imagine customizing a web-based shopping cart with the roaster running (it smells so good!), with music playing as loud as we can all take it, with a fresh roast to taste every once in a while, and with everyone else packing up shipments of coffee at an outrageous pace.
It's a little frenetic, for sure. But in an odd way it reminds me of working at Flying Rhinoceros. Which I like a lot.
Anyway, other things are going well, as always. I'm a full-time freelancer now, contracting wherever and whenever possible.
Amy and I are also talking pretty seriously about moving to Florida, of all places. Fort Lauderdale at first, to be near Granny Varo. But then maybe South Miami, so I can go to school at a nearby university. Amy will be finished with her MAT by June or July, and if everything works out the way we'd like it to, she'll be the best new teacher in Broward County next year.