Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Weekend... Already?!?!

I can't believe it's Labor Day Weekend already. This summer went by so fast, as always. I do love the fall though, so I'm looking forward to that, and the holidays. I get less and less annoyed when a Christmas song starts playing on my iPod. I still skip over them, but I also get a little teeny twinge of excitement somewhere in the depths of my soul. I love the holidays.

This week I've actually been doing the work I said I was going to do, I finished cleaning out the hard copy files and today I started reorganizing and cleaning up the digital files. We have a LOT of files! We keep just about every order that comes in because many of them will be reprinted at some point. I know that our customers appreciate the fact that they can call me and say "I printed up a notecard back in 2005, do you still have it on file?" and I say "I sure do", and pull it up in just a minute.

I've also started diving into Dreamweaver and weeding my way through it so that I can build us a new website. I originally designed our current site in IBM Websphere about 3 or 4 years ago and literally just used it like a desktop publishing software. I knew nothing about coding and the site is fair at best, but it has worked for us and my Dad has tweaked it to get it to do what he wants it to do. But really, we need a new site that is current and user friendly and beautiful, so that's what I'm working on now. This blog has been a huge help for me to learn coding and I find that in Dreamweaver now I often just go right to the code and edit it there rather than using the tools that are supposed to be easier. It's a lot of fun to make a website work and look the way you want it to. Who knew that one day I'd become a graphic/web designer? I should've, I grew up drawing, why wouldn't I become a designer? There were a few years there where I forgot what I love to do, I'm so glad I found it!

Unfortunately, I'm spending my Labor Day weekend helping family members move. Tomorrow my sister and brother-in-law move back in with my parents until they close on the house that they're trying to buy. Their landlord couldn't wait anymore and rented their apartment. Sunday I'm helping my cousin Meg move into her new place which is closer to my apt so that's cool. Sunday night we're celebrating my Mom and Sister's birthday (both on the 31st) with dinner out and then cake and ice cream. I'm suggesting Uno's so I can order from the GF menu and I know that restaurant is a family favorite. My brother goes "what about Olive Garden" and I looked at him like are you nuts??!! and he immediately was like "oh sorry! I forgot!" Silly.

Monday I have the whole day to myself. Ahhh. I wonder what I shall do with my day off?

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!!

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