Category Archives: New Things

2010

The following new things happened to me in 2010. I…

  • got my first pay rise
  • bought my last 16-25 Railcard
  • celebrated the first Early Access Release of the piece of software that I work on
  • cleared all my crap out of the college trunk room
  • joined the Computer Lab Ring
  • celebrated Red Gate coming 14th in the Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For”
  • went to the Computer Lab Ring Annual Dinner
  • took part in the first Down Tools Week
  • got a bonus when we hit the company sales target
  • met someone who was born on the Unix epoch (1 January 1970)
  • finally interviewed someone who was awesome enough to be offered a job (he accepted too!)
  • went to my first tradeshow in the UK
  • gave a talk at a tradeshow
  • closed a current account
  • discovered that a user had noticed the easter egg in the piece of software that I work on when he blogged about it
  • rented the same place for another year
  • was interviewed for Simple-Talk
  • celebrated version 1 of the piece of software that I work on going on sale
  • became a Build Representative at work
  • became a JIRA Admin at work
  • filed a “security bug” with Google (it’s still not fixed)
  • got in touch with HMRC to tell them that I owed them money
  • applied for an ESTA
  • analyzed a crack for the licensing of 22 of our products
  • signed an SRCF EGM notice
  • got my first credit card
  • got my first day off in lieu after working on a Saturday
  • booked a hotel for the first time
  • joined the book club at work
  • downloaded all my data from Facebook
  • visited Seattle
  • experienced the clocks going back twice in the same year
  • went to my first tradeshow abroad
  • visited Vancouver
  • visited Reykjavík
  • was a guest at a wedding in the snow
  • watched as the developers in my division at work completely changed. When I joined (in July 2009) there were 6 other developers in my division: all 6 have now either left the company, moved internally to a different division, or work for us from abroad. At the end of 2010 there are now 7 other developers in my division, all of whom have been at the company for less time than me. In addition to the 13 people above, during the course of 2010, there were also 4 other developers who worked in my division at some point during the year.

2008

The following new things happened to me in 2008. I…

  • turned down the option of going to the Commemoration of Benefactors and Admission of Scholars and Exhibitioners Dinner at Jesus
  • became the SRCF chair
  • visited Melbourne
  • woke up next to my boyfriend on his birthday
  • had a patch accepted into the Linux kernel
  • opened a new bank account in order to avoid Verified by Visa
  • ate at High Table
  • entered a competition to win a top of the range iPod and won
  • went punting overnight
  • handed in my First-year Report and Thesis Proposal
  • bought myself a laptop
  • realised just how far behind I was on my PhD when my officemate who started at the same time as me had his 3rd paper accepted
  • came out to my grandparents
  • took my boyfriend to my brother’s birthday party
  • had a footplate ride on a moving steam train
  • filed an R40 tax form
  • bought myself an iPhone 3G
  • moved my ISA out of Bradford & Bingley just 12 days before they were part-nationalised
  • organised society stash
  • had an ISA with a bank that went bankrupt
  • visited New York
  • stayed up to watch the US election
  • renewed a domain
  • arrived in Cambridge after a weekend at home, to find that my flat had turned into the set of a soap opera
  • took a train journey that lasted over 12 hours
  • visited Sydney
  • took a domestic flight
  • visited Canberra
  • saw a kangaroo in the wild
  • woke up next to my boyfriend on Christmas Day
  • opened my Christmas presents before it was Christmas Day in the UK
  • ate Christmas Dinner on a beach

2007

The following new things happened to me in 2007:

  • waking up next to my boyfriend on my birthday :D
  • my first Valentine’s Day when I actually had a valentine :D Although on the night itself I did actually go and see a play with somebody different…
  • thoroughly enjoying a musical more than I ever thought possible :D
  • flying abroad on my own :)
  • being told that my life as I knew it was over :'(
  • being so overwhelmed by the selflessness and the kindness of someone to me, when at the time I barely knew them :D
  • being interviewed for a PhD
  • being a helper at Brownie’s :D
  • submitting my dissertation!!!
  • realising just how fucked up a friend was
  • going into an exam having not slept the night before :/
  • taking my final exams ever!!!
  • a friend having an allergic reaction in front of me
  • meeting Tim’s parents
  • going to a May Ball solely with my boyfriend :D
  • playing with a Wii :)
  • going on holiday with my boyfriend :D
  • graduating!!!
  • being disappointed at a Harry Potter film
  • queueing up to buy a Harry Potter book on the night it’s released
  • my boyfriend coming on holiday with me and my family :D
  • talking with one of my brother’s friends about a drunken party they were both gonna go to
  • renting a house
  • being my boyfriend’s +1 at a wedding :D
  • saying goodbye to my boyfriend before he flies off to another continent
  • a different friend having an allergic reaction in front of me
  • starting a PhD!!! :D
  • supervising!!!
  • breaking up and then getting back together with my boyfriend
  • seeing addiction first-hand :/
  • my research group’s Christmas Lunch
  • throughout the year, my friends all getting jobs