The blog is back up after a few days of erratic behavior. I finally got MT v3.2 up and running, but I'm still working on the new templates and style sheets. Hopefully I've have them up in a few weeks when work calms down.
Existence & Stuff
I just spent a marvelous 10 days in San Francisco with the family. It was a lovely 64º (versus 114º in Phoenix), and I never kind of hardly mostly didn't touch a computer the whole time.
I am in a pissy mood today. Everything that could go wrong lately has. Two days ago--and with the finest intentions, I'll add--I decided to give my computer a quick little tune up. I deleted a bunch of old files. I went out and bought an external hard drive so I can start doing real backups like a real profession. I saw the notice about Foxfire 1.0.6 and obediently downloaded the update. I was being such a good little web designer. And then the poop hit the fan. I couldn't get Foxfire to start. I installed and re-installed four times before I got it working, and by that time I'd lost all my extensions, Calendar, Thunderbird and what passes for my mind. I'm not kidding about that last one.
I've been thinking lately about how I work--and how much I work--and wondering what life is like for other designers. Specifically, I promised my husband and kids that I would only work like a maniac for the first year, while I was finding my feet and settling in. But it's now month 7, and I'm still pulling 10 to 16 hour days and only managing a day off once every week or two.
What in god's name do I do with my time?
Good question. The other day I mentioned in here that my projects average around 50 pages with a few scripts. That may be a little high. We'll say 30-40 pages. So far they've mostly been "redesigns" that are essentially completely new designs with new content.
Although my husband and I aren't particularly religious, our kids attend a Jewish Day School. Recently, I went to pick up the kids in the afternoon as usual, and my 6-year-old's teacher pulled me aside.
"Do you know what your son and another boy were playing on the playground at recess today?" she asked.