My week five consisted of only 3 actual work days, as we had TWO days off for July 4th weekend. I actually spent July 3rd and 4th working on houses AGAIN. Although this time instead of painting walls I was washing carpets. My family rented a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot for the two days. Despite my best efforts, 20 year old carpet just isn’t something you can clean with a conventional carpet cleaner. I wanted to rip the whole thing out and set it on fire, but my dad, being as frugal as he was, didn’t want to spend money to replace it. Luckily, the 2nd house was only around 7 or so years old, so the carpet was still in pretty condition.
I actually made it back in time on the 4th for a friend’s Independence Day BBQ. It was supposed to be a family thing, but he invited some of his friends too (one of which is me, in case you couldn’t guess). I understood why as soon as I got there, as had we not come, he’d have been stuck with three female cousins. In other circumstances, that would be a pretty ideal male to female ratio. After the usual rounds of red meat, we played some ping pong to pass the time until the fireworks. When it came time, we decided to drive to higher up in the hills to catch a better glimpse of the fireworks coming from San Francisco. Fireworks are illegal in pretty much all of the East Bay. Unfortunately, no matter how awesome the fireworks are, they end up being pretty lame when viewed from 50 miles away.
For the two days I had off, I ended up working on my Android app with my group. We wanted to release the new version on Monday, and spend time on our other side projects on Tuesday, but we ended up not releasing it until later that Saturday. So my 4 day weekend ended up being a work weekend, but I still enjoyed it. The best thing about it though, was that I only had a three day work week. I have to admit I was still in vacation mode, so I was slacking off Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, two of my friends who were visiting home for a few weeks came to visit, and after we had lunch, we fooled around in the Google Arcades playing Area 51 and Gauntlet (the original, not Legends). To top it off, I decided to take an early day and hitched a ride back. I’m such a bad worker.
We officially released V2.0 of CloudList on the weekend, although as soon as we released, reports of a force close bug started coming in. Despite the bug, we still had favorable reception, as it seemed to be a rare occurrence. However, it meant that we had our work for the next week cut out for us. As Sunday came to a close, I was somewhat apprehensive of the upcoming work week. I wasn’t sure I could handle a full on work week after the previous week, especially since I had to start integrating code with other people’s code. However, as the week came around, I found my fears to be unnecessary, and I was able to handle the new challenges fairly well. As the 6th week came to an end, I could actually see the end of the project in sight. This gives me hope that I’ll have a good chance at full time conversion.