Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Trying to stay on track

As I stated in a previous post, getting laid off sucks, especially if it happens twice in three months time.

To be honest I haven't been all the productive since getting laid off the day before Thanksgiving, and this being the holiday season hasn't helped my morale all that much. But this morning I woke up, and apparently was pissed off enough about the situation that I decided to give myself a good swift kick in the butt and get going again.

While it's not great progress, I have started reading Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML again. To be honest I should have finished this book several months ago. I am also cracking the pages of Head First C#, and setting up Visual Studio on a new system that someone gave me.

I am hoping that just burying myself in coding for a couple weeks will help me get over the funk and past the holidays. Playing with the NXT bot should help too.

I'll also be adding to the blog and updating some of the links I have, especially the Interesting employement links, and web development links.

That's it for now. Feel free to comment because it would be nice to know if somene actually reads this blog.


Kelley Eskridge said...

Jim, you've been supportive of me so here's some of that back: hang in there. This is a hard time of year to see any progress in the normal course of events, but this year people are distracted and scared... it's tough to get anyone's attention right now.

But I truly believe that any forward steps one takes between now and Jan 5 are worth it, really... people will be back doing business, and they'll need people. So just keep reading (smile).

Jim Cox said...

Thanks Kelley. Yes it is a hard time to be out of work, but I am going to jump back in to my studies so when the first of the year roles around I will have some more skills to offer to potential employers.

It's not just being unemployed during the holidays that kind of got to me, it's also that the job I was laid off from after just six weeks was "the perfect job" for me. Also a lot of great people also got laid off when I did, and I feel for them.

I do believe things will still be rough for a while, but like you said, things will start changing come the first of the year.

By the way, the reason I am supporting your Humans At Work project is that I have been in the trenches for over 26 years and I believe American business can benefit by implementing your ideas.

Thanks again.