PS:332 – No Rest. Lots to Do.

So here we are at nearly 3:30 am, seems like a rather common place for me, tonight the culprit was an old PHP app which is showing growth pains (seems to be the usual culprit, sadly its all the same collection of apps in a big website) but I solved the issue in part.

It was creating far too many elements to toss into an array in a cookie, and at some point the garbage was overwhelming and not letting the actual new info in. Easy fix? Cut it down to 100 items displayed. Now customer will likely want those additional items displayed, but for starters? It’s allowing adding/removing – hoping it doesn’t fiddle with reports, but again this thing was not built with the idea this would ever happen.

I have another website I was tinkering with tonight, however, I think I am going to wrap up, thus why I am sitting at the workstation just taking some time to chill out and write. One of the reasons I have it setup. Now granted things are wobbly, I used this as a temp desk before my door desk, but I have a few desk options in mind to build (or get lazy and buy it at IKEA) 😀

Did manage to snag a $300+ monitor for half price, and it’s very crisp, clean and so far working smoothly (writing this using it) a lot nicer than my current monitor on the other desk, but another expense for another year as I doubt the other one is going to die, and it’ll work for now 🙂

Ramblings aside? It’s been a rough couple of weeks. A lot of stress, before I dug back into the code actually just stopped – took a minute, got my bearings and dug back in completing what needed to be done TODAY. More to do later once I wake up, praying things continue to improve and get better, need less stress.

PS:325 – New Week.

Well, it’s a fresh week. New options ahead – going to look for a few more places to put my resume at this week, looking for remote work for now, but who knows maybe switch things up and see if I can find something different.

Had a good time with my dad yesterday, saw GOG2 and it was fun, dad enjoyed it too! Grabbed lunch and a few small errands he had on his to-do and since we were out, we knocked em down.

Didn’t get all I had hoped to get done this weekend done, but got some rest, of course, upside down now with rest as its nearly 6 am and I’m still awake.

Hoping this week picks up, a few projects in the wings which I hope can be sorted out and signed off on, one is a good chunk of hours, another is a so-so, and then we’ve got the age ol fun of chasing after bills to be paid by the usual slackers, one is really good he like me gets behind because he has a lot of projects, all it takes is a call and suddenly all payments come in, the other? An AP department that seems to sit on my checks, currently 2 checks behind, would be nice to have those funds.

Anywhoo – a lot on my mind, part of why I can’t seem to get to sleep – I’ve laid down, researched Crypto Currency investing, Linux workstation hardware, and watching Stargate Atlantis – so semi-productive. For now going to lay down for a bit more and see if I can’t get a few hours of sleep, not sure when the girls are coming home – but should be back to a full house again sometime today.

PS:316 – What next?

While I love the world of hosting, some changes since my last post, some news which may mean a considerable amount LESS work from one source, and with the silence of another addition to the monthly incoming gone silent, I’m not banking on it being around.

So what’s next? I’ve got a lot on the plate this last week of April, a lot indeed. While I wish there were some real downtime, sadly that’s just not in the plan for me, Kiddo has stuff Monday, Wife has a busy week, and that leaves me somewhere in the “Uhm….” area of “when do I have time” and “what do I have the drive to do?” honestly? I’m frazzled. I’m fried. I really just want to rest/do nothing.

Sadly the real world doesn’t always allow for that when you run your own business. So, What’s next?

I’ve really considered making a side business (cash business) out of 3D Printing for starters, really just printing for folks I know doing Con’s and such when they need that blaster/sword/gear that isn’t easily just made, but can be printed/finished and give their look a lot of polish.

A tech-ish website, TFH is still in the wings, and if I can find a regular schedule for writing weekly I think I could make a good run of it, really just build it out, maybe doing video guides, video articles, etc. really just get out there and build a brand around it and help folks.

Photography, I have the drone (which needs a good flight soon!) but maybe get my commercial Drone license and add something to side photography biz in which deck out a nice camera, suit up the drone, etc. just get those cool shots and use the drone to add some nice shots from the air, honestly I think it’d be fun.

Really dig into the world of Web Design & Coding full time, and have hosting on the side to handle clients. So far some performance gains on sites operating things not as shared hosting in a traditional sense but a targeted WaaS (WordPress As A Service) would be nice, really build a streamlined WordPress configuration and sell out some sites that are speedy, easily kept up, secure, and get folks boom’n in town and around.

Get hired. No more work for me, really just branch the hosting into a side-gig, find someone who’d hire me as tech support/admin/etc. and give me a W2 maybe even long-term slowly move my customers to their hosting platforms and still take care of my customers, but really allow someone else to foot the bill and pay me handsomely to maintain it 🙂

Find a church, do music, youth, whatever, maybe get hired on as staff to have a more active staff-like role and serve God and make it a living to boot.

Lastly – Denny’s or someplace I can enjoy cooking – I mean Lilly likes it so who would complain? 😀

A lot on my mind, hopefully I can figure something out and really find something that works – the wife says I should become a nurse… Never was on my radar, but I don’t mind medical stuff that much, but I do hate school lol so not sure how that’d play out – time will tell.

For now it’s 1:30AM, still trying to wind-down, and wrap up the late night work goodies that came in, but in the AM a few emails to reply to, for now just typing and winding down, hopefully sleep soon.

PS:287 – Missing Posts

So if you actually are reading this, then you may note that there has been about a 3-week gap. Good reason for that too – you’ll note in one of the last posts there is a picture of Lilly and it was entitled “Home” well I’ve got a new place, it has been a busy couple of weeks getting moved, getting settled, making sure I get work done to afford this place! You know small stuff.

I could go back and say “Hrmm.. what was I doing on the 30th?” but instead, I’m just moving forward, still will continue the Post Something idea, try to keep to daily writing, but we shall see if that actually sticks, no one really is reading this, and it is a bit more of a venting process at some level, but we shall see.

For now really working on trying to put together a schedule for writing, developing, etc. going to launch a site building service for customers starting at around $200 and up, wanting to get TFH up and running even if it’s just a blog for tech writing, leave this for personal only, and put all tech thoughts there – and maybe grow a brand. Too I’ve found a possible t-shirt company to work with, and if it goes well may make a store for designs and such, so some revenue stream options are there!

Still waiting (like a year later) for a side-gig to become a full-time gig and if that happened, would simplify a lot of things, but for now? Going to just keep moving forward, all I can do! Holiday’s are coming up and I’m dead tired – even this morning woke up at around 4am, and have been up since. Going to work on a few websites while Lilly’s sleeping and see if I can’t wrap up a few things project wise today!

PS:68 – One Eye Open

That’s really all I have. Tonight is some migration work, may take up to 8 hours, hoping for less. Have a customer talking to me on Facebook, his church site got hacked, and we have been nursing it along till he can do something new. Asking if I’ll be around to help.

This weekend I really really really really really really REALLY hope to get some rest. For now – forward onto battle. Have a happy easter folks!