Yes, I'm still around, those who haven't been subscribing to the RSS feed (which, for those of you who haven't, now includes my Flickr photos, which I've been updating with the occasional mobile phone shot) or looking at Facebook. Life has just been immensely busy the last few weeks.
Perhaps the biggest change is a change in career. I'm no longer working for my previous employer as a help developer. I had started to feel the last year or so that I didn't really have much of a future where I was, and that I wasn't doing what I wanted to be doing, which was working with the web and
I'm now working for a local university as a research web developer and project coordinator. It's a 'many hat' role, which is just about perfect for my needs. I really hit the ground running here, working up project requirements documentation and research into a few other areas almost immediately. It's a good group here, and an environment that really makes me happy. I look forward to coming in here every morning, and there's a quantum leap in my productivity. Some of the projects I'm working on are outside of a web context, but still play around in the social space. It's pretty fun stuff.
Outside of the work change, we've slowly been getting ready for K to start her new job in Nova Scotia. She found a suite out there that is furnished, and we've sent out the deposit and signed a short lease. The owner seems quite nice and friendly. He offered to furnish the apartment with antiques from his own shop, which was likely the gentle nudge for K to take the place. It also has free wireless Internet, which saves us a little bit (though how free that wireless will remain once K gets there and start up her torrent client remains to be seen! :) ).
As may have been gleaned from the start of this entry, I also now have a mobile phone. K will likely be getting one at the end of August as well, so that we can be in constant touch with one another while she's out there. It hasn't been the big change I expected, but that may have to do with the fact that only about 3 or 4 people have the number, so nobody really calls me. Since it's primarily for use between K and myself, that's not a bad thing. It's funny - I didn't think that I would use the camera at all, but it's been pretty useful as you can see from the Flickr feed. I expect it to get even more use once K has moved to NS, as it'll be used for the Daily Ruby and Daily Cayce so she doesn't miss her puppies quite as much. I'm also starting to make use of the SMS features with Google Calendar so that I will be reminded of meetings, etc. Mission number one with the new job is to be better organized, and gcal+sms will definitely help with that.