Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hello world!

How on earth has it got to April already???

So, as there has been very little activity here on the blog and over on my facebook fanpage, I thought it was about time I made another post and updated everyone. Two things: I am still alive and I am still in Basel.

My quest for a programming job bore fruit and I am currently working at Actelion as a Drug Safety Programming Expert. It’s been an interesting few months – I started just at the end of last year on only a few days notice. I am working 50% and this is actually working out to be a really nice balance.

Here are a few thoughts:

1. I LOVE being in a big company again and getting a regular monthly paycheck.
2. I LOVE going for lunch with ‘the girls’, otherwise known as the ‘french connection’ (they are all mostly french speaking).
3. I LOVE the routine of going to the office – something that I had already started in March last year with my office in town.
4. I LOVE having weekends back (after about 5 years!!!) – half with my wonderful daughter and half to do as I like.
5. I LOVE having met a lot of new people that are completely different from my client base.

So, all in all, I am pretty happy with the changes. The 50% means that I can still pick up my daughter at 3pm when she finishes school. I have to be in every day, so days are short for programming work, meaning that on the days I don’t have my daughter each week (Wednesday and Thursday) I can come home and get on with some photography work outstanding – including all my personal stuff. Would you believe that my daughter Maia STILL doesn’t have any albums of her own – this will change in the next few months for sure.

Do I miss working as a photographer full time??? Honestly – not entirely. I am super proud of everything I have achieved and feel great knowing that it’s something I am definitely skilled in. I would totally love to come back to doing it again one day, but preferably with a more stable home life in the background. I love that I have created lots and lots of happy memories for hundreds of families and I love that I have a skill I can use in all walks of life – to gift, to sell or to keep for myself.

I did start a ‘Picture-a-day’ Tumblr at the beginning of this year based on macro photos to keep my trigger happy finger in check. This has fallen a little to the wayside, but I hope to pick it up again and perhaps catch up with posting other photos that I took on the same day in previous years – that is, if I didn’t take a photo that day. Keep an eye out for an update when I get some free time to dedicate to the task.

One exciting trip this year so far – that I took on one of my precious weekends, is the one that I took to visit awesome friends in Montpellier back in Feb. I enjoyed some much needed sunshine on the beach alongside some super days full of laughter, great food and shared time. Here is evidence of that:

Photo credit: Susanna Reay

I’ve been reading books on Simple Living lately and found lots of interesting blogs. I am thinking of posting about how I am reacting to these influences and how I am finding it all. Also, I want to put up more of my every day photos – maybe a summary of each month?

Anyway, if you are interested in my random musings and photos, just leave a comment and it will spur me to add more.

I hope you are all well and happy and I hope to interact with you soon!

Claire x

P.S. If you ask really nicely and I have the time, I am still taking on some photography assignments. Preferably family related ones.