I'm pretty sure that wherever you are reading this, it's probably more exotic than Ohio. Sometimes I gripe that even our wildlife is non-interesting in various shades of brown. Brown squirrels, deer, groundhogs, bunnies... brown, brown, brown with a little bit of gray mixed in. We're great for camouflage here amongst the brown tree trunks and lead gray skies. The best we've got in winter is a cardinal, and just cuz it's Ohio, even the female cardinal is brown.
Okay, so it's winter here and snow is falling after a week of miserably cold temperatures. My attitude might be suffering and I think I could really use a vacation to someplace by the sea with colorful people, houses, birds, and fish.
The internet lets us travel without much effort, and the internet has been occupying me a lot lately because I finally have a new website for work. Let me say upfront, I'm not going to dispute religion here. You're either Christian or not, Protestant or not -- but I work for the Catholic Church and want to share my latest opus with you.
Redesigning the website for my job was complicated. There were different priests with different ideas and different levels of experience all trying to pull all of the order's websites together through an outside firm. You never realize how many pieces parts and decisions go into a website until you have to sweat out all those details.
I admit I've spent a fair amount of time cussing this year. I got forgiven for it by a priest one day, but almost immediately resinned, swearing like a sailor up till the end of this project. But at long last, the website is finally ready. See it here. I'd love feedback. Please make your comments here on my blog or in email instead of on the website. I know at least one of the photos isn't the best. I'll improve the photos as I get better shots.
It's interesting for me to look at the pictures on the site because I really didn't mean to have my current job. I took the PT job for reliable income while I picked up whatever "real work" I could in a bad economy. It was a little paycheck, but enough for me to get by while I was searching for something else, plus it's close to home. I really enjoyed the freedom of going to work sometimes and the park other times.
My boss quickly started giving me projects far beyond our original arrangement. I just as quickly figured out that I'm a lot happier with harder projects than I am with routine tasks. I started poring over financial reports, talking with printers, designing things in PhotoShop... and then my boss suddenly died in the hall last January. Now I was boss, and my casual PT arrangement became 7 days a week of OMG how am I supposed to keep up with all this?!!
It's been a stressful and rewarding year. I work with a lot of nice people, and little old ladies bake cakes and cookies. People pray around me all the time and there's a beautiful garden for me to watch the little brown birds and brown squirrels. I get to use a lot of my old skills in art and advertising... but I really want a vacation to someplace exotic!