Trepidation

Life has been moving along at a significant clip as of late. The job I landed about two months ago in Burlington is growing in huge leaps and starts.  The opportunity has given me a lot of room to grow and a lot of opportunities to learn new technologies and take initiative on starting new projects.  In the last two months, I’ve learned a lot more about how server infrastructure works together, how Amazon works, and what kind of effort is involved in putting the tools and packages together to maintain and build an operational environment.  What concerns me out of all of this isn’t necessarily anything related to the work environment there… on the contrary, I feel as if the work environment there is thoroughly supportive and well-educated.  The only real “problem” in this whole equation is my ability to learn.

I never learned how to program in any meaningful way, and I’ve never done any kind of development work where what I produced was being used.  I really feel as if I’ve been left in the dust, as all of the training and reading I’ve done so far has been centered around primarily working with hardware and cabling, and now I’m switching gears to server management and tool programming/management.  I’ve never taken a formal programming class in my life, and I’m somewhat worried that I won’t know what to do in order to start working on the tools that we use on a daily basis.  I’m considering starting community college courses in programming and systems administration, but I have to find the time to do so.  Hopefully, that will be sometime next year.

I managed to pay off the truck last month, all I’m waiting for now is the title to come in the mail.  Still working on paying off the last of my credit card debt, but that’s kind of taken a back-seat at the moment since I put down money on moving into a new place.  My boyfriend and I were shown a single-family structure in Arlington that we really liked and we signed paperwork that day and landed it the next day.  We’re set for a December move-in, and we couldn’t be more excited.  I have plans to start riding a bike to and from work when the weather warms back up, which should be about 14 or 15 miles per day.  Should be trimmed-up again by the time summer rolls-around.

I will have a more comprehensive post in the near-future.  This season has been extremely busy, and there should be more time to write then.

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