Thursday, September 3, 2009

Higher Learnin'

About a year ago I thought 'I hate what I'm doing'. I was working as a project manager for the family-owned drilling company, and while I realized that me taking over the business wasn't in the cards, I continued working there because the money was good. I've always enjoyed building things but I also really enjoy drafting and designing. Years ago I played around with taking architecture but was talked out of it. 'The oil industry is where the money is' I was told. Well, that's true, but it's a shitty soulless environment that in 12 years I've never learned to enjoy.

So here I am, three weeks into the 'Architecture Technology' program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. I chose the two year diploma program over the six year professional Architect program because I've always felt that a professional program has a way to pigeon hole people when they graduate, and I know that I'm only ever happy when I'm allowed to do a variety of different things.

It's weird being back in school, but exciting to be doing something new. I'm by far the oldest person in the program and I find myself constantly shaking my head in disbelief at the mentality of the 17-22 yr olds I'm surrounded by. It's fun though, and projects like the model building exercise in the picture above make me look forward to getting to school every morning.

So anyways, I still have some unfinished business with my house that I'm going to keep picking away at, I actually just began building a large vacuum press to help with the construction of an entry door. I'll keep updating the blog as I pick away at wood-worky type things, but the posts may be spaced a long ways apart.