Thursday, February 05, 2009

Day 4

I did some digging yesterday and got up and running with a SkypeIn
number. Surprisingly the quality is pretty good and you can't beat the
price. I really wanted a way to keep my Colorado Springs number for
the people I do business with there and also have a number in Austin.
I think I've got that part figured out.

We got another batch of boxes unpacked yesterday night and Angela made
her marinara and puttanesca for my leave-behinds. Now I need to put
together some labels and business cards today so that I'm all set for
my first meeting tomorrow. I'm hoping it will be a productive day
today and a productive meeting tomorrow. Angela has a group interview
tonight, I'm hoping that that goes well and that her massage therapy
experience will make her a more valuable potential employee than some
of the other people interviewing. My hope and prayer is that she can
find something fulfilling that she can develop into a career.

I've also got to get to work today on a freelance project that came in
from my former manager at First Presbyterian. He needs a microsite
developed by the 20th. Getting a couple of mockups together is
probably the bigger goal today but all of the goals are important in
different ways. Hard to figure out which one to do first.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

and on the third day..

.we continued to unpack. Life here in Austin has been pretty good so
far, but it's not hard for things to be good when you're not really up
to anything except getting settled. I've continue to send out letters
of inquiry and I've gotten some positive response. Friday I have a
meeting with a firm that I've been talking to off and on. I hope that
will translate into something. Sunday I have a meeting with a creative
team that I'm hoping to be able to do some more freelancing with.

I did land a small website project today. I'll post links to that as
soon as I can. I stumbled on the bike pump today as I was unpacking
boxes. I need to go down and fill up the various bike tires. Whether I
like it or not, we have one car and that's going to mean that Brian
gets to spend at least part of his transportation time cycling. That's
a good thing but my sorry legs will have to get back into shape.

The other thing we accomplished today was some grocery shopping.
Something we needed to do both for a marketing project and for
sustenance. I'm hoping to have little "reverse house warming" gifts to
give to the agencies as I go around and do my meet and greets. Ang has
turned into a pretty killer saucier and bottling that up and telling
people that "as good as the sauce is, the design is better!" will
hopefully bring some work in. I'll design some custom labels for the
jars that'll match up with the corporate identity stuff I've been
working on and we'll put together a cool little package.

Speaking of which, I need to get biz cards made. I haven't called to
have my number switched. I'm thinking of getting a local skype phone
and keeping my 719 number for a while. I'm not sure what makes more
sense. Anyone have any opinions?

More tomorrow, but I wanted to try and post today so that I can get
back in the habit of posting more often.