The guy who's leaving handles a lot of the annoying support stuff. Including the on-call crap. I'm getting too old and too tired to deal with on-call support stuff. I avoid it like the plague. And now, with only two of us full-time dev resources, I have a feeling that a lot of the crap is going to fall on me. Plus I can't pull the seniority card, because the other guy is fairly senior too (albeit a bit less senior).
All of this calamity of course coincides with the fact that I've been rather unhappy at work. I am not too excited about the work that I am doing. I am bored out of my mind. While I have plenty of work to keep me busy, I have little motivation to do it. That is not good. It gets done, mind you, but it is a struggle to sit there at my desk and do this work. Especially since we have been banished to the basement since early July and I don't even get to see daylight. Or anyone outside my team - we are in a space big enough for only my team alone. Can you say sucktacular?
Anyway, this year's rut is severe enough that I am now motivated to look for a new job. Probably in the same industry. At the same time, I would love to kick-start that photography work. I just don't know how. I've got a decent portfolio, but my Web site sucks. I can put a site together, but a) it would be really time-consuming and b) the type of site I want is outside the realm of my ability.
So even if I pursue this photography thing, all I can think of is how my parents will react. They'd probably have a heart attack. They'd probably wonder why on earth I went to school to study engineering in the first place if I was going to just end up pissing it away. And why would I give up a perfectly good career in IT to pursue photography? That's a hobby. That's not a real job.
So here I am. Stuck. Itching to get out. I have no doubt that I will get out of this, but what I end up doing is totally up in the air.