||[May. 22nd, 2013|02:33 pm]
Man, today's been hard so far. Hard to get started, I mean. I got up at around 7pm after a deep crash. I checked my email. There's a lady I've been talking with who found my contact info somewhere, and she's got a job that I'd fit. But, she wants a portfolio. I said I'd polish one up after my Chicago trip with my brother, and she was okay with that. But, on Tuesday she emailed again asking for it, and for a phone call. I'm not sure if it's just to touch base or a full on phone interview, but it was way to late that day. I replied, explaining my situation, and I told her I'd polish up a portfolio tonight. |
Sometimes I work great under pressure. This is not one of those times! It's almost five in the morning now, and I just keep procrastinating. Now that I'm finally on my laptop I was procrastinating more, then I had the idea to start a work post. These help me focus my mind on my task, a lot of the time.
So the basic plan is that I downloaded the work I did for my PHP final exam from the college, and I'm going to complete it and fix it up and show it to her as a basic PHP portfolio.
In order to do that, I first have to get it working again. Obviously instead of using the server it was set up to use, my brother's school server, I'll switch it to use the MySQL server on my webspace, and upload it there. Then I'll do my best to finish it.
5:21am - Setting up the database and looking at the code. I keep getting mixed up between my PHP Exam and my Java Exam. In Java we made a simple blog. In PHP it was just a list of contacts. I'm going to modify it into a simple blog. I like that more for a portfolio, since who sets up a list of contacts as a web app? ... Okay it's an essential element of any email web app. But it's not very sensible on its own, I think.
5:27am - Geez. It's hard to keep my eyes open. Am I tired, or is it just the fan blowing on me and drying them out? In an hour I'll head out to the cafe. I wish I had gotten my act together sooner. I avoided talking with my friends on Skype to work on this, but they probably went to bed a couple hours ago and I'm only just starting.
5:53am - I've got a new database created but I'm tired and still procrastinating a bit. I'm having trouble focusing even with this post. I'm going to close down for a half hour and pick up at the cafe. Going to play a game for a bit to pass the time.
7:23am - Time can be so weird. I spent ten minutes doing something on the web, then I played Warframe for about 35-45 minutes, then my brother messaged me and we chatted a bit. Apparently during the Cubs game the Mets hit a home-run over where my brother's bachelor party was sitting, and we were all on T.V. as the camera followed the ball. Then I had to get dressed and pack up my stuff. Just got set up.
Anyways I'm at the cafe now, waiting for a late-night breakfast and hopefully ready to get down to work. Because of security reasons I'll have to reconnect to my web server.
Hokey dokey, now I need to make the table for my blog. It's pretty simple, really. Index, Title, Content, Date. Four fields.
7:41am - Table is created, but the wifi is being finnicky, as it often is at this cafe.
8:07am - It's starting to rain. I left all my windows open at the apartment, so I'm going to head back there and close the big one that's probably getting my sofa wet right now, and then maybe come back.
12:01pm - Well that's another four hours down the drain. I had planned to either go back to the cafe or work on my sofa once I got the window shut, but I ended up on my main machine just wandering the internet. It's really frustrating. I told this woman I would do something and gave her a reasonable timeframe, and then didn't do it. She's emailed me and we've set up a time for her to call; in just two hours. I'm going to have to hurry to get this going before then, but I'm tired and anxious and depressed, so things are stacked against me. Also I replied to her last email from my personal email instead of my professional one. I hate that I did that again; it's because I'm so tired. I'll be even more tired when we actually talk. There's so much wrong with this... With me. Alas.
I'll just have to do my best given the circumstances.
12:34pm - Geez, I really want to sleep. Especially since the temperature finally went down again.
2:31pm - I couldn't handle it anymore and went down for a nap before the call, so I'd at least be ready for that. Good thing this person isn't from the company; she's a middle-person. Anyways she's hoping to get a portfolio by the end of the week. So, hopefully I can get that going. Right now, I'm pretty worn out, so I'm going to hit the hay. I'll leave my other stuff open so I can get right back to it when I get up, if I'm ready to do that then.