Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production


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And now I look around

Posted 1 October 2012 in life and work

Work has been very demanding throughout the month of September. The sheer number of hours I worked, especially for the final week, is staggering. On Monday, for instance, I worked from 9:30am to 5:00am the next day (19.5 hours). I continued working 16 hour days throughout the week, and then Saturday I got to work around noon and didn't leave until 9:00am yesterday morning (just under 21 hours total), then I came back to work a few hours later and worked another 12 hours.

Late this morning I woke up and looked around my apartment at the effect work has had on my life. I see that I've got dirty dishes scattered around my coffee table. The milk carton in my fridge has ballooned as the milk soured. I'll have to wear a dirty uniform to work because I haven't had time to do laundry. And to top it all off I've had a flat tire for the past week.

This morning when I checked my email I found an email from a developer who's been wanting me to incorporate some patches into feedparser. The developer could not have known about my circumstances, but I did bristle at first when I read "When are you going to review the patches and pull requests?" It's actually something that's weighed on me as the month's gone on, because I've seen emails from Debian, Ubuntu, and Redhat about feedparser -- not to mention several private developers -- and it's been frustrating that I haven't been able to respond to anything as quickly I'd like. I'm determined to get back to feedparser this month!

But first I need to buy some milk.

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