As my girlfriend had to leave early to get to uni, so I also left early. I arrived at work soon after 9am. That's quite a normal arrival time. The car journey had been eventless. Good!
I was to stay a couple of nights in Farnborough this time, rather than go back to my girlfriend's house. I think that the commuting has been driving me mad and I really had to sort out my stuff. So, this was to be an experiment in not clinging to anyone's apron strings. Not that anyone wears an apron.
Lessons from Newcastle
I may have moaned about various things that happened in my last job, but I learned quite a lot from the events of the last couple of years. Some of what I learned was how to deal with keeping builds working and how to keep a project in sync - and why they're both important.
I did a bit of stirring up today. I'm concerned about the time it takes to get a green light after making a change that affects the software we're making. The short answer is that it's not going to change hugely. D'oh. At least I knew the options. They were irrelevant.
It's worth pointing out that I'm pulling things I miss from Newcastle into my working life. I'm also doing things that I never got the chance to do in Newcastle. Without having proper experience of them, I'm inventing my own approaches and criteria. So far, the feedback is good. To all those back at my last place in Newcastle - you're a bunch of talented people with good ideas and you taught me a lot - I mean that to all of you, with a few exceptions (you don't know who you are).
A rearrangement night
After work, I got food and then spent the night holed up in my room. I moved things around and wired some of them into each other. It was fun.