Welcome to Oklahoma City

So several of you have been asking, “Where are the blog posts?!” Especially my sister, who always finds time to nag me from Iraq.

To say life has been busy lately has been an understatement, and my blog has been a rather low priority. So let’s get started with some updates.

I now live in Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City

Towards the end of February, I was in need of a full-time job. I was living at my sister’s house in Killeen, TX for a while and needed something more stable.

I approached a friend (who happens to run a WordPress-related business) and asked if he was accepting resumes. He was and a week later I was invited for an in-person two-day working job interview.

After receiving a job offer, I began to make preparations to transition from Texas to Oklahoma. While my family gives me shit for leaving the great state of Texas, I still blare my Longhorns apparel much to the dismay of my current co-workers.

I now work for iThemes

This is the question I receive the most: “Where do you work now?”

I work at a company called iThemes. It’s a product-based business that specializes in WordPress themes, plugins, and online training.

It’s a relatively new company, founded in 2008. However, it has grown immensely since its start. I still consider this company a startup, but it is an absolutely fantastic place to work.

So what have you been up to?

Lots. In what comes with the territory of finding a new job, I have been putting in my time learning the ropes and trying to make a good impression.

I’ve released several updates to my online products, worked on a course for WebDesign.com, and attended WordCamp Raleigh.

Co-workers Chris Jean and Justin Seeley, and friends Jayvie Canano, and Glenn Ansley

Co-workers Chris Jean and Justin Seeley, and friends Jayvie Canano, and Glenn Ansley

For my downtime, I either play my video games (big fan of Left for Dead 2), watch movies, sing Karaoke, or watch the OKC Thunder get the smackdown by Dallas.

This guy is a bug OKC Thunder fan

I also dive into the occasional tornado shelter or two depending on the weather.

So what’s next?

I’m waiting for things to stabilize here in Oklahoma City. Moving is expensive, so I’m still catching up financially. I imagine I’ll have more time to write here in June, but things have been rather fluid lately, so it’s hard to say.

Take care and hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

10 Comments

  1. Congrats, Ron!

    Glad you are doing well, even if it has to be in OK. πŸ˜‰ But I can’t be too hard on OK since I have in-laws there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. That’s awesome. Congrats on the new job and the move. I am moving to Raleigh next month and I understand the financial crunch. I hope you won’t have to dive into too many tornado shelters. My Co-Worker went to Word Camp in Raleigh, what did you think of it. She thought it was great but when tried to recruit a few people they looked at her like she was nuts. Have any comments?

  3. Hey man, you gotta go where the work is. I just found out today that I’m am no longer employed at my place of work. We were outsourced. The outsourcer now runs our center for the next two months….. sometimes thing suck, so don’t look a gift horse in the mouth!

  4. Your sister is from Iraq? Do she live there???

  5. yes That’s awesome. Congrats on the new job and the move. I am moving to Raleigh next month and I understand the financial crunch.

  6. yeah i agree moving is expensive, it’s like starting from the scratch. but at least you already have a full-time job, you can easily catch up on your expenses. ithemes seems to be a great company, you perfectly fit in

  7. Good to see you are still around. Do you still take guest articles? If so then I have some ideas, the trick is to find the time.

  8. It is quite the annoyance to move especially when you have a new job and are in a foreign area. I can only imagine the culture shock from Texas to Oklahoma. Good to hear your transition is going well, and be safe in tornado country.

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