A Note from Sisarina's Web Developer
I’ve been working with Sisarina for the better part of going on 5 years now. Now that I’m officially full-time, I think it’s important for me to document how I got here and my initial findings as I come on board as a Sisarinite. Here are some of the things I’ve learned the week I've spent at Sisarina HQ with my new family.
1. This isn’t a job, it’s a brand
It might sound cliché coming from the company whose motto is “Get Branded” and whose CEO decided to go coast to coast and actually Live Her Brand for a period of time last year but it’s true… this isn’t just a job. And while it’s true that this is a career move for me it’s definitely more than that. I said, “yeah, I know” to Melanie a dozen times over the years about this now realized eventuality, but now I get it.
2. Macs aren’t all bad
I’m a PC guy, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I also have an Android tablet and phone, and I love them, and I doubt I'll ever switch. However, I was handed a powerful MacBook Pro for work and that’s what I’ve used all week and I can honestly say, it’s not all terrible. I was able to find programs that work similar if not better than my PCs (not ALL better mind you). Photoshop is leaps and bounds better particularly. Even though I’ve changed the mouse scroll and a lot of the keyboard shortcuts (GOODBYE COMMAND KEY!) to my liking I can deal with it, at least until I get home.
3. Teresa is awesome
My arrival marks the departure of “Damomma” Teresa. The work she did specifically for me over the last few years was remarkable and I’m sure just as beneficial for others. After one day of not having her as “my filter,” I miss her already.
4. I hate not driving
I drive myself everywhere. Family trips? I’m the captain of the Suzuki boat. For 3 years I commuted for 80 miles roundtrip every day, only to leave that job for a year to commute 120 miles every day. My most recent job that I left was 40 miles round trip every day. While I appreciate working from home and saving all that gas money, after riding the DC Metro for a now half week, I miss my car.
5. I’m not going to miss Bethesda, but I will miss the people
Bethesda is nice, don’t get me wrong. But I come from a town in Western New York where I could be j-walking halfway up the busiest street, stop to tie my shoe, and then get to the other side of the street before any traffic showed up. I could do without all the hustle and bustle but, truth be told, I really like meeting the few clients who just randomly stroll through the door. It’s nice being there and shouting across the room at Jason without having to instant message him and wonder where the heck we went. He was just there 2 seconds ago!
6. I miss my keyboard
My keyboard is nice. I bought it when it was $100. It’s a gaming keyboard that I’ve used to write almost every line of code for the last three years since I got it. It even lights up when I’m in the dark so I don’t have to turn on the light. It’s big, has big clacky buttons and is encrusted with all sorts of, we’ll say, “matter.” But it’s become an extension of my hands. My fingers know where the buttons are, and is missing the muscle memory of hitting the CTRL key.
7. Jason likes coffee
More than one man probably should.
8. I don’t miss the bachelor life
I’m staying with a friend at Andrews AFB for the week with my best childhood friend. We see each other often, at least every few weeks. He’s married but his wife lives back home in Western New York during the college times, so he’s here by himself. When I get “home” we eat, chat about our day, and have a bit of fun, but I miss my family. I can Skype with my wife and daughter, but it’s not the same as being home. While I appreciate the time away, a week is a long time to be 200+ miles away from home. It’s 8:30pm and I’m actually working because I want to. It might not continue as much once I get home but I don’t hate it. But I’m looking forward to seeing my girls soon.
9. The Sisarina girls are loud, but I can be louder
I had the pleasure of sharing the company of my new comrades Tuesday night for drinks and dinner. While I don’t necessarily fit into this locale, I do find myself fitting in to my new family. I’ve been pretty reserved for the most part focusing on work, but you will see. You will see...
10. 9 to 5? More like 9:30 to 1:20, then 2:00 'til done
One thing that I hope to write more about and try to teach not only those I work with, but the general populous is that my work is not fluid. I can’t say “that will take 4 hours,” do 2 of it Monday and the rest on Tuesday. Being interrupted takes its toll on me. It interrupts my thought process, makes me forget where I was or what I was doing. That 4 hours can turn into 6 real fast.
11. Silence is golden
I got two times the work done by myself as I do here at HQ. My line of work is different from others. Sure, I collaborate, and get involved, but when the specs are all written and the goal is in sight… it’s go time. If I’m not interrupted, I can get much more accomplished than if I was. Being here in Maryland, interruptions are inevitable, and to a degree, welcome. At home, I can put my status to Do Not Disturb, ignore the IM's and emails, and just get’r’done. I look forward to getting back home so I can get back into my grove with a better understanding of what it will take to get this company where it needs to be. Where I need to be.
Carry on, my wayward son.