Friends, partners, lovers, warriors…

Goodness me, Pipka and I were married four years ago today. What an adventure! It’s hard to believe how much we’ve achieved together in the last four years. Some musings…

It feels like ages ago that Pia started a company, named in such a way that I would eventually have to join… and join I did. It has been a wonderful experience, not just because it has allowed us to do great things for good money — our preferred arrangement of adjectives! — but because working together has taught us so much about business, the Open Source and ICT industries, and ourselves.

Waugh Partners

One of the nice things about the way we work is that we’ve had plenty of room for our other loves, in both our commercial and community realms. That flexibility, in turn, has changed our business. So, I’ve sunk my teeth into more technical stuff of late, while Pia has been doing lots of education related work. The up-and-down nature of consulting can sometimes be a bit scary, but the ability to evolve our business with our interests — and the changing needs of the market! — is awesome. We’re a rockin’ team.

Of course, none of what I’ve written above really helps to explain why, in the last couple of weeks, we decided to completely change everything. I suppose the flexibility bit might. Anyway, when Pia was invited to join Senator Kate Lundy’s team as a policy advisor, focusing on ICT (as an engine, not a sector), government openness and transparency, and online engagement, there was barely a heartbeat between the two of us before “yes” was the obvious answer. Pia started a week after the offer.

See, there’s a side of me that would totally take a job removing staples from parliamentary dishwashing memos in order to work in Parliament House, but Pia is not the politics tragic that I am… She’s leaping in because the recipe is right: not only are these fantastic and important things to work on, but by working with (seriously clueful) Senator Lundy, there’s a huge opportunity to actually Get Shit Done. A mission worthy of the kung fu steamroller, don’t you think? 🙂

Pia’s commute to her new office might have been more of a concern had we not bought a house and moved to Yass just before Christmas. The whole thing is surreal to me on a number of fronts: (a) we bought a house, which seems somewhat shocking among our generation, (b) we decided to buy a house in a matter of days and moved in a matter of weeks, (c) we live in Yass, and (d) we’re really, really enjoying it.

Yeo Cres, Yass backyard

It’s so… serene. We get to spend more time with Pia’s family. There are cows on the hill behind our house. We have a back yard and a shed. The abject lack of urban convenience is improving our abject lack of routine. Win!

So, as of this anniversary we can announce that we’re taking the next logical step for the Waugh family…

We’re getting a puppy!

Happy fourth, poo. 🙂

Pia Waugh, post-wedding at the Liberty Theatre

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15 Responses to Friends, partners, lovers, warriors…

  1. PUPPY! Like, FINALLY! 🙂

    Congrats. 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    If you hadn’t married, Pia could still be in Charlie’s Angels AND you would have a puppy! (There’s a plot in the second movie whereby a character is thought to be getting married, which means she couldn’t be an Angel any more. Luckily, she’s just getting a puppy, which is not a career ending move! Dumbest plot ever.)

    I vote against all geek names for pets, by the way. And enjoy your puppy.

  3. Michael Carden says:

    How’s the serenity?

  4. Michael Carden says:

    D’oh. WordPress ate my reference to The Castle.

  5. Jeff Waugh says:

    @Michael Carden: ha ha ha. BZZZZZT! (We haven’t got one of those… yet!)

  6. Sirrus says:

    Nice backyard with some beautiful views. The garden needs a little tending to, though. 😉

  7. Jeff Waugh says:

    @Sirrus: Ha ha. That photo was taken before we moved in… then Pia borrowed her dad’s hedge trimmer, which is basically a light chainsaw the length of a sword.

    Needless to say, the yard is now much tidier. 🙂

  8. Michael Fox says:

    And I thought you were going to say, we are having kids. Puppy is a good start though.

  9. Jeff Waugh says:

    @Michael Fox: It’s a bit of a running gag. Had to do it. 🙂

  10. greebo says:

    Awww, I love you so very much, thank you for a lovely post. Happy Anniversary!! Hooray for getting a puppy soon!

  11. Glynn Foster says:

    Happy Anniversary you two! I fondly remember that wedding so much full of fun times and awesomeness.

  12. Mary says:

    Got any news on the puppy front. I am officially tired of waiting!

  13. Jeff Waugh says:

    @Mary: Whoa, that’s some serious “tired of waiting” gravatar action right there!

    First we have to set up a run in the back yard, get some shelter and bedding sorted out, and then we’ll be ready for puppy action… and there’s a litter of Border Collie puppies arriving at the Yass vet in the next week or so!

    We might even have a puppy in time for bonfire/fireworks night. Are you guys coming down for that?

  14. Mary says:

    We’re likely coming down, will need to get Andrew’s attention from Barcelona and agree to an actual plan.

  15. hutak says:

    er, u guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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