All work and lots of play …

Our office as we come in each morning ... we have the balcony on the left :) ... not a bad commute, except if it rains. Our parking spot is the palm tree on the left.

Our office as we come in each morning … we have the balcony on the left :) … not a bad commute, except if it rains. Our parking spot is the palm tree on the left.

I am very lucky to have found a career that I truly enjoy and am passionate about … the key is the last part … I am very lucky that I am able to pursue my passions and am able to gain an income from it.

We didn’t want to stop working when we undertook this adventure, better said, we couldn’t afford to stop working :) … so when the opportunity arose to do a couple of months of work we took it. My project involves doing some programming over a couple of months and Michelle is working on managing me <bg> and doing analysis work. We knew that to meet deadlines and keep what little we have of our sanity we would need to find a place to work.

The offices of Inlet Shores Group ... have ideas will travel :)

The offices of Inlet Shores Group … have ideas will travel :)

For about a week we talked to people here in St. Martin at every chance we got, told them about our adventure and told them we where looking for a small office to rent … we pursued a couple of leads and eventually found the place we rented. This in itself was a great experience, it allowed us to explore more of the island, talk to a bunch of people and understand a little more about not only visiting St. Martin, but working here.

Our goal was to find a place that had air conditioning and was an easy commute from the boat. We have a rental car and a dinghy, so we ideally wanted something that we could walk to work, take a bus, or use our dinghy. My goal was the dinghy one … as I have always dreamed of having an office what I could commute to by boat.

Michelle got the desk with the view ... was there any doubt?

Michelle got the desk with the view … was there any doubt?

Our little office ...

Our little office …

My desk ... the nice big monitor fell on our crossing from the BVI's and came apart. I put it back together, but the left half backlight is out :( ... It is a little dark in that corner :)

My desk … the nice big monitor fell on our crossing from the BVI’s and came apart. I put it back together, but the left half backlight is out :( … It is a little dark in that corner :)

We found an office in the main building at the Simpson Bay Marina. Turned out to be a great little place … right on the water, with a balcony that overlooks the marina. It has 2 rooms, one setup as an office with 2 cubes … and one as a studio apartment with a bed and bathroom.

Our office came with a studio apartment ... it isn't much, but has a bed, fridge, bathroom and loft :) ... right now it is a playroom when the kids come visit and storage.

Our office came with a studio apartment … it isn’t much, but has a bed, fridge, bathroom and loft :) … right now it is a playroom when the kids come visit and storage.

It is a 3 miles walk from the boat, not too bad if you do it early before the sun is up high; a 15 minute car ride (the traffic is actually bad, since there is only 1 road) or about 4 minutes by boat (our preferred mode of travel).

Sometimes, Kate or Jaci need the boat, those mornings, I get a ride to work.

Sometimes, Kate or Jaci need the boat, those mornings, I get a ride to work.

The view from our office balcony, this is place is called Simpson Bay Marina

The view from our office balcony, this is place is called Simpson Bay Marina

While I can't see this from my cubible :), the view from the office balcony isn't bad ... I may have to take up smoking, so I am reminded to go outside :)

While I can’t see this from my cubible :), the view from the office balcony isn’t bad … I may have to take up smoking, so I am reminded to go outside :)

We usually come by boat and tie up to the palm tree underneath our balcony. Our project has some tight deadlines, so we are spending way too much time in here, but such is the situation … no real complaints though.

I have another major milestone this week … and need to make up for our weekend adventure … more on this later.

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    • We can’t really complain, we are both very fortunate to be able to do this. In the complex that our office is is, there is a nice French cafe, a health food / juice store, 3 restaurants, a computer store, a bank, a pharmacy and across the street a supermarket … we practically don’t have to leave here to live :)

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