I'm still here, ... what a year.
2020 was a doozie. Let's catch up.
Matt ⋅ 6/6/2021
Long time no blog! If you haven't guessed, 2020 was quite the year that posed special challenges to us all. In early 2020 things were quite depressing and anxious. The 2021 recovery is not so boring either. As the light form at the end of this troubled tunnel, it's easier to look back and remember the more tenuous times.
So, what have I been up to since 2020? Most of the turmoil revolved around my wedding, which officially became a COVID wedding. Here's the timeline:
March 29, 2020
- My original wedding date was postponed ten days prior due to the world continuing to implode on itself. The wife and I still noted the occasion with family on ZOOM. Our nuptuals would be postponed to October, when the world SHOULD be open again...
October 8, 2020
- The world is still in turmoil. The wife and I decided to just get married anyway.
January 19, 2021
- Great opportunities come when you are not looking too hard. I came across an opportunity to work on APIs for a very large news media company. I'm blessed to find a new job given the times.
March 28, 2021
- Finally had our wedding. Attendance was about 70% of what was initially planned, but I'm finally out of the 'wedding' phase of my marriage. Onto the honeymmon phase, right?
April 25, 2021
- Since the pandemic is "over', the wife ventures out on a girls' weekend for the first time in over a year! An Atlantic City weekend results in a mysteriously broken foot. Successful surgery followed. The wife has a few more metal bits and screws in her foot now. This is nothing new for her, being a former college rugby star with plenty of injuries under her belt.
June 4, 2021
- Mom bought a new puppy! She went with a poodle mix called a Cavapoo. He should arrive in weeks. I wonder who will be walking this dog ... poor Dad.
Fortunately, there is not much pandemic-related turmoil in this timeline. We've been fortunate to escape the troubles with our health (aside from the wife's foot) and finances (aside from the wife's medical bills) intact. New Jersey almost looks mornal again, with people sitting at bars and traffic filling roads again. I'm feeling we've finally turned the corner, and with that I will blog more often.
After years of front-end development experience, the new job has me wearing a new hat, specializing in the API side of a very large news website. I think more about site performance and data delivery now than I ever have, but at the same time thigk a lot less about responsiveness to different platforms. This brings up many thoughts concerning the many diverging roles with in web development, from front to back. That can provide good material for a future post, maybe?