2007 in a Nutshell

I know these will probably follow in short order from most of the friends I’ve gained this past year, so I figured I’d follow suit for the sake of posterity and do an annual recount of the past year’s experiences. So, here goes.

First off, I started this blog! The time had come to establish a more permanent residence for myself in the blogosphere. Being known for my inherent laziness, I’m glad I’m finally got off my laurels and saw the effort through.

I turned 25 in March, and hopefully am a little wiser for the wear as well as being a little older. I celebrated my fourth wedding anniversary, and it still doesn’t cease to amaze me how long it’s been. My children are now 4, 2, and 1; it’s the only time in their life when they’ll have ages that are consecutive powers of 2, which I think is pretty cool! We got to celebrate our first Thanksgiving and Christmas together in our home, which we hadn’t been able to do last year. It’s been just over a year since we bought the house.

I switched jobs once, which ended up not working out. Thankfully my former (and now current) employer was gracious enough to take me back. Despite the commute subtracting significantly from the time I have in a day, circumstances make it seem that it’s where I’m meant to be for the time being.

I got elected to position of Vice President on the Baton Rouge Oracle User Group Board of Officers for 2008, which now has a presence on Facebook by my suggestion. I also got to attend the first meeting of the Lafayette .NET User Group, the first such organization to appear in Lafayette in several years.

I attended my first conference and got to meet many of my friends from the PHP Community, as well as make some new ones. While there, I tested for and received my ZCE certification. I published my first podcast and later my first professional magazine article. Toward the end of the year, I received my first request to review a book for a publishing company, which should come out shortly. I also submitted my second Zend Framework proposal and had it approved for incubator status.

And last, but certainly not least, I made it up to being able to hold my own on Hard in Guitar Hero II and III. Had to get that one in somewhere!

I have a number of aspirations for the coming new year. I don’t know that I can accomplish even a fraction of them, but I certainly plan on trying. If nothing else, the list will give me something to look back on and continue to strive for. Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head at the moment.

  • Serve well in my duties as Vice President of BROUG and help to revitalize the organization.
  • Catch up on reading the backlog of books I’ve been building up, including Sara Golemon‘s Extending and Embedding PHP which I recently received as a Christmas gift.
  • Submit one or more papers to one or more conferences (and hopefully get accepted to speak at one or, that notwithstanding, at least get to attend one).
  • Have additional magazine articles and podcasts published.
  • Begin seriously looking at getting a book published.
  • Get Zend_Service_RememberTheMilk into the Zend Framework core.
  • Examine the possibility of migrating this blog to Habari.
  • Start a project to do for content management what Magento did for e-commerce this past year.
  • Restart an old project to establish a web site for the local music scene here in the Lafayette area.

So, wish me luck! Happy New Year!

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