Farewell 2014: Quiet Holidays
I’m a little bit late as well as early, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
My holidays are usually not very different from the everyday, except I catch up with a few friends I don’t often see and watch a little more TV than usual. I don’t have relatives to visit so naturally I don’t need to buy presents nor do I receive them, except from my mom. I got my Christmas present early this year – my mom told me to go out and buy Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire on November 21st, the release day, since buying games upon release is something I never do. Yay!
If you follow me on Instagram, yup those games were bought over the past month because of great holiday deals, yup those presents under the tree are just decorations used every year, and yup I posted them just for some laughs. It’s the holidays!
My holidays have been very quiet, but it doesn’t mean I’m not having a great time. My new job is allowing us to take a mental break and work from home for two weeks. Two weeks! Every day I can wake up at 9, do my work, log my hours, and email my boss on my progress. It’s been efficient because I don’t have to waste time on commute and lunch, and I am 100% comfortable not dressing up. I know I should not get used to this, but I haven’t had this many days to be lazy ever since the winter of my junior year of college, before I started serious interning and working.
But according to Sue as well as some of my old co-workers who have also left my old workplace, working from home occasionally for people in technology is very, very common. I had absolutely no idea because my old job was a strict 9-6 environment, with no exceptions, not even snow days.
Speaking of my new job, I am absolutely loving it. My only responsibility so far has been building WordPress themes, but on a much higher level than what I do for this blog. Some of the features that I have to build into client websites are things I am familiar with but not great at, such as custom posts. Only two weeks at this new job has allowed me to know WordPress functions better overall. Taking advantage of my free time, I have started enhancing this blog. I finally added a search results page that highlights the search term and returns the number of results. I know that’s no rocket science, but when I first built this theme, I was in a rush and was too lazy to look for the syntax in the Codex.
But more importantly, I converted my tedious manual Playlist page to Custom Posts, displayed as an archive. It’s not perfect, but I can now add each game as a post with just a title and a featured image, and change the Category and Tag for it to show up under the right platform or status. I definitely have plans to clean up the way this blog looks and works a lot more!
I think my free time has been much needed, because I’ve been a bit sick ever since my holidays started. I haven’t had the energy to play games that require sitting up, sorry Alice B & Raisa for putting Dragon Age (+ Bioshock for Alice) on hold.
Instead, I picked up Ocarina of Time 3D from where I left off July 2013 (according to my save file) in the beginning of the Water Temple, and conquered it. It wasn’t very difficult like it’s infamous for, and I’m not sure if that’s because the 3DS mechanics turns it into an easy dungeon, or that I’ve gotten the hang of water-level based puzzles (looking at you, Lakebed Temple from Twilight Princess that I had to go through twice because the genius in me overwrote my own save file). Finishing the Water Temple is an achievement because it tells me I’ve completely curbed my OCD and can now tackle dungeons without the need to look at a guide just to “make sure I’m not doing it wrong.” I might be able to take this game off my backlog before the year ends!
That’s all there has been to my holidays so far, and it will be the same in the coming days. The most exciting thing I will do is see a high school friend I haven’t seen in over four years. I don’t mind not partying and doing crazy stuff. It’s nice to be home. 2014 has been a tough year for everyone, everywhere. I do hope 2015 will be easier.