It’s all finally over

For some people, summer is meant to be a time of relaxation, sipping lemonade outside on a hammock; sitting by the fire on a beach while wrapped in a blanket, listening to some blonde haired boy play guitar; watching children jump through the sprinkler.  Or at least that’s what the ads tell us summer is about.  For the rest of us, summer is the busiest time of year, between plans for vacations, vacations themselves, getting the kids to and fro and getting through all the other family and friend events and barbecue/picnics.  It’s actually quite hectic.  For me, my summer didn’t end this year with Labor Day, this year it ended with this past weekend.  For the first Sunday in more weeks than I can remember, I spent most of the day doing nothing.  I woke up late, went to breakfast late, meandered through the grocery store and sat on the couch.  That’s it.

Before Sunday, there was much to be done.  This weekend marked two very big events in my family.  We have a kid that is going away to Ecuador for 11 months on a student exchange program, and my little brother got married.  You may be able to imagine the stress and running around this caused when they were on the same day.  Thursday was a rehearsal dinner, Friday morning Dani left, Friday night was the wedding , Saturday morning was Luke’s first fencing class and Saturday night was a get together for the bridal party to finish off any of the leftovers from the night before (including the beer).

There’s a huge difference though, between having events finished and having our work finished.  When we’re working on a website for a client, there isn’t always a strict procedure to follow, with little checkmarks saying ‘done’.  This weekend, time passed and things were done, and at the end of the weekend, we knew it was done, and over.  When working on a website, the launch doesn’t mean it’s over, it just means that the majority of the work is done.  There were lists made and things to accomplish, but to me, there’s always a nagging feeling in the back of my mind ‘did I cover everything I needed to’.  Whether it’s making the site more secure, providing the most administrative capability or user functionality, I’m always concerned that my programming isn’t quite done.  But that’s why we have other people looking at the site and testing to make sure it’s correct.  That is why we go over procedures to make sure everything is planned out and finished properly.    It takes the whole team to make a website successful.