That time I hated my job

train-naples

Man on honeymoon, thinking about work.

 

The guy in the photo above is on his honeymoon. He’s taking the train just outside Naples, about to spend the day walking around the ruins at Pompeii. He’s isn’t thinking about Pompeii though, nor his honeymoon, nor his beautiful wife in the seat across from him. He’s thinking about work. The guy in the photo is me, about 5 years ago. 

It’s been about 4 years now since I left the job I hated (with the fire of a thousand, blazing suns).

I’ve only ever talked about it with my closest family members, and even my closest friends probably don’t really know the extent of the burning hatred. It’s taken me most of those 4 years to realize it, but I didn’t just have a burning hatred back then – what I really had was very likely some kind of mild depression. Given that today is Bell Let’s Talk day, maybe it’s a good time to…well….talk about it.

Let’s start at the beginning.

About 7 or 8 years ago, I began working in health care — on the computer side of things, not on the people side of things, of course. It seemed like a great opportunity, and although I knew almost nothing about what I was getting myself into, I knew that I was a quick study, and was sure I’d be ok after a few months. Skill-wise, I certainly think this was the case: I soaked up the massive amount of information swirling around me like a sponge, and within the first 6 months to a year, I was able to at least speaking the language, and able to do what was required of me.

Even early on, as expected, it was a pretty stressful time. A brand new job, in a brand new environment, with whole swaths of brand new information and processes and completely foreign things to learn. Imagine yourself starting work today for a department in a hospital. Imagine all the things you’d need to know! Normally, this wouldn’t have bothered me at all — having a whole new set of things to learn and discover is precisely what gives me energy and enthusiasm.

Trouble was, I wasn’t feeling any of this energy and enthusiasm. Trouble was, I was getting more and more stressed and anxious every single day.

In fact, everyone around me seemed much the same. It felt like the water coolers were filled with liquid malaise, that we all drank thirstily from. No one around me seemed hopeful — no one talked positively. It wasn’t long before I felt the same.

I don’t want to get too much into the specifics of what caused all of this, because I’m not sure that would be useful in a general sense. Discontent is personal, and reasons for which will vary from workplace to workplace. But suffice to say that in my circumstance, the combination of several grotesquely awful managers and an overall poor fit were what contributed to how I felt.

So how bad did it get?

Oh, it was bad. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to live with me back then. Every single day, I’d burst through the door and “regale” my wife with stories of the day’s atrocities — of exchanges with my manager(s), of terrible email’s I’d gotten, of nasty, threatening voicemails I’d received. Every day — literally every single work day — I’d walk through the door seething. My heart would be racing, my blood pressure would be up. Every day!  I must have exhausted her.

At work, I’d often stare at the phone, wondering when it was going to ring. I had so much anxiety around getting new email, that I would only open Outlook for certain periods of the day. Not that it helped much – my manager would usually send off an email, and followup with a phone call to ensure I’d gotten the message.

At quittin’ time, I’d normally get a phone call from that same manager— at precisely 5:00 (no doubt to make sure that I stayed till the end of the day) to help really set me off before I left for the day.  Most evenings I’d walk slowly across the parking lot to my car, trying to take deep breaths. Desperately trying to shake it all off before I got home.

You don’t just hate your job

There comes a point where you no longer just hate your job. You certainly can “just” hate your job — and many make a career of that — but I was well past that stage. I just didn’t know it. Looking back now, I was completely and utterly depressed. By year 4, I was waking up in the middle of most nights—sweating, my jaw and fists clenched, my heart racing.

In the evenings, all I could think about was going back tomorrow. On the weekends, the sense of dread for Monday morning overshadowed everything else that happened. And none of this occurred as a sideline in my brain. When I say “I was thinking about work”, I mean I was literally obsessed with thoughts about work. No amount of joy could come in and wash away that obsession. Spending time with my family couldn’t, being out dancing and partying on Friday night couldn’t, a wedding and an incredible European honeymoon couldn’t. There was literally nothing in the world that could overpower that obsession.

Even writing that last paragraph gives me a new understanding of depression. I guess I’ve never thought about it that way before. It’s truly all-encompassing. It’s an infinitely deep and wide ocean of despair, and you just can’t swim out of it.

A false bottom

You often hear about people hitting bottom in circumstances like these. They find themselves at the end of a marriage, or they start gambling or drinking or some other, visible sign appears before them to say that things have gone off the rails. I don’t recall having one of these moments. I remember at times thinking — “Surely, this is the bottom?” — but it wouldn’t be. I would actually see many different bottoms before things started looking up. I do remember a few of them:

I remember having sitting down for lunch one day over a bowl of chilli with good friend and just talking like a mad-man. I just spewed everything I had in me. I still remember the look on his face — a look of confusion and sympathy and helplessness. I’d said so much, that he had no idea where to even start. My despair was so deeply rooted by then that I don’t know what he could have done if he’d tried. Looking back on this now, I should have asked him for help.

I remember another day, having a normal conversation with an older friend and mentor when he asked my how work was going. I remember staring blankly at him for a few moments, before saying— “I don’t know”. I remember that exact moment so vividly, it’s like it just happened. I stood there, tears coming down my face, and I just said — “I have to go”. I didn’t even know where to start to open up. He would have been the perfect person to talk to about all this, but I was just too ashamed to even get into it. Again, looking back on this now, I should have asked him for help.

The bottom that still stings the very most, is around the time I got married. I still remember being in the church on our wedding day, thinking about work. I remember the first day of our honeymoon, walking around the canals in Venice, thinking about work. I remember the joy-killing numbness I felt through all that time, and it still really gets to me. I remember my wife asking me “whatcha thinking about” a few times when she must have noticed I wasn’t present, and me lying about it.

The last bottom I’ll share came one day as I was walking across the parking lot to my car, where taxi cabs park along the perimeter, waiting for fares. I walked past these same taxis day after day, and this one day I just remember thinking that at least I’ll be able to drive a cab. At least I can still sit in a car and drive it.

See, the trouble with depression isn’t just that it affects the immediate circumstances you’re in, it affects your very core. After 4 years, I didn’t just think I couldn’t do this job, I was convinced that I couldn’t do any job. I truly believed that I was about as close as you could get to unemployable.

Save the middle for last

I haven’t yet mentioned the turning point in this story. Finally getting a new job was obviously the biggest turning point, but there was a moment in the middle where things really turned around for me. After many months and months of what was really borderline harassment from one of my managers, I decided I had to do something about it. I combed through my emails and voicemails and memories of all meetings and 1-on-1s I’d had over the past while, and constructed a trail of awfulness that I took to a meeting I’d scheduled with an HR representative. The HR person was nice, and sympathetic — she took notes, asked me questions about the things I was telling her. In the end, she said she’d review the notes with her manager, and she gave me the name and number of someone to call.

That someone-to-call was someone with the Employee Assistance Program — a program I knew literally nothing about. So I gave her a call, and got together and we talked about pretty much the same stuff that I’d talked to the HR representative about. When that meeting was over, she also gave me a name and number of someone to call—Pat. So I called Pat and we got together.

I’ll never forget sitting in Pat’s waiting room and looking at the name plate on her door — Pat R., Psychologist. I vividly remember the shock of seeing that. I thought — I’m not crazy! I don’t need a psychologist! — but in fact a psychologist is precisely what I needed. Within about 10 minutes of our first meeting she’d assured me that I was not in fact worthless and crazy, but rather that I was simply in an ill-fitting work circumstance that seems to have clouded over all other aspects of my life.

By our 3rd or 4th meeting (of 6), we were well on our way towards figuring out what I’d actually like to do with my life, as well as putting together some concrete plans towards setting a quit date, and moving on. After so long, I was unable to make any sense of the predicament I was in, and truly felt helpless to climb out of it on my own. But she saw the issues at hand as completely normal and linear and escapable.

Why am I telling you all this?

I always knew I’d get out of that job. It took me almost 2 years of very active job searching and intense misery, but I knew I’d either find a new job somewhere else or just snap one day and quit. But there are people out there who don’t even have this faint glimmer of hope to look to. Almost all of my co-workers at the time would fall into this category.

I’ve told you all this to get to the one, simple lesson I’ve learned from it all: you need to talk about it. You need to be open about it. You need to reach out. If you’re finding that people aren’t helping you, reach out further. Keep talking, keep telling your story. I guarantee you will eventually find someone who can help you — and the day you do, it will be like you’ve won the lottery.

Even writing that sounds so cliche and meaningless, but it’s hard to put it any other way. The day I truly opened up about how I felt — to someone who was skilled and experienced enough to help — was the day things took a 180. I can pinpoint that very moment as the one where I started to turn things around.

I just wanted to say that I’m mostly normal guy. I haven’t struggled with mental health issues all my life. I haven’t been diagnosed with anything. I’ve never taken a single drug to help combat any imbalance. I never even talked to my doctor during that time. For all those long 4 years, I was trying to convince myself that it was just a bad job and it would all go away when I left it. I thought that it was just a bad job or a bad manager or bad circumstances or whatever else. But the honest and obvious truth of the matter is that I was depressed, and I did almost nothing to help myself during that time.

Finally, if any of the above sounds like you and your situation, you really need to try and get help. If you feel this way going to work every single day, you need sort this out. You owe it to your spouse and to your kids and to your co-workers. Most of all, you owe it to your future self. Be honest about how you feel, and instead of being obsessed with your job, get obsessed with finding someone who can help.

Thanks for listening — and good luck out there.

Happy #BellLetsTalk day.

Chrome shortcuts

It occurred to me today that I use a lot of shortcuts. In almost every program I use, I have an ingrained set of shortcuts for doing a million micro-actions. The ones I use in Chrome would probably be the most benefit for anyone else, so here they are:

  1. Inspect elementcmd+shift+c
  2. Open dev tools window, then open console: cmd+shift+c or cmd+option+i, then esc
  3. Reopen your last-closed tabcmd+shift+t
  4. Move between tabscmd+option+left/right
  5. Select the address barcmd+L
  6. Duplicate current tabcmd+L (to select address bar), cmd+return to duplicate tab

Every year, usually around major Apple Keynotes, I promise to give Safari another try. But I never last more than a few hours. These shortcuts are so second nature now, and I use them so often, that it’s almost impossible to do without. I especially love love love #3 and #6.

What are your favourites?

Update — I just realized that I published almost this exact same list about 3 years ago! Seems I really do love shortcuts.

A year of eReading

With just one exception, all the books I read in 2014 were ebooks. I was a very late convert, but I really see the appeal now. Having an unlimited number of books at your fingertips is incredibly handy, and should mean that you’re never without something good to read. Here’s some of my preferences that have emerged over this first year:

Devices

I’ve read books on my iPhone, several different iPads, a 10″ Samsung tablet, my MacBook, an old, old original Kindle Fire and currently (and mostly) my Nexus 7. I got the Nexus for my birthday in July, so I’ve spent about half the year with that. It’s a truly terrible device if you compare it with an iPad, but it isn’t too bad overall for reading and light usage otherwise. It has a strange lagginess that makes it infuriating to use beyond any light web browsing, but is overall great for reading books. The screen is bright and thankfully “retina”, so on the plus side it’s a beauty to look at, if not use.

I’ve surprisingly been fairly happy overall when reading on all of these devices. Everything from the iPhone to the laptop — given the right (compelling) book — has proven great for reading. I thought the 10″ Samsung and the iPad 4 were going to be too big to read on, but they definitely weren’t. I just had to change the margins and I was basically back to the same line-width that I was used to on all my other devices.

Overall, the Nexus 7 has been both the best and worst device. It’s so frustrating to use for most things other than reading, but this has a beneficial side effect of me using it just for reading, hence I read more. So I’d call that an overall win.

The one device I’ve never used is an actual eReader — a Kindle or Kobo. I’ve played with them, but I’ve never read a full book on one. I’d love to borrow one and compare. The ones I’ve seen though have been slow, laggy, jaggy and pixely, so I’m not really too excited about them.

Essential Features

After reading 20+ books on an eReader, you come to require certain features:

Almost infinite adjustability. I need to be able to adjust the line-height, font, font size, background colour and margins. I tend to get very frustrated in readers where I can’t do all these. I’m looking at you iBooks. I’m actually trying to take a screenshot of the reading app on my Nexus 7 right now to show you what my settings are, but it won’t work. See? Infuriating.

Scroll. I read using scroll instead of hard page turns. No idea why really, but I like to read this way. It’s not an absolute must, but it is my preference. I’ve yet to find an eReading app that does this on iOS, and I use Moon+ Reader on Android.  Despite random, weird and frustrating issues, Moon+ is my favourite reader at the moment. If you know of an iOS equivalent, please let me know.

Multi-device. Whenever possible I buy and download ePub versions of ebooks. I save the file to my dropbox and sync it across all of my devices. I may only read a few pages of a book on my phone, but when I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or somewhere, it’s really handy to have it with me.

Variable adjustment backlighting. I’m always adjusting the level of backlighting on my tablet. In different rooms, different times in the day, and when I read in bed, I turn it down extra low. I’ve seen older eReaders with actual lights (not backlight) that have 2-3 dimness settings. I don’t think this would cut it for me. I’d always want a setting in between.

Ideally

If I could design my own eReader today, it would have all of these essential features:

  1. Easily adjustable backlighting
  2. Automatic syncing of all books across all devices. Likely Dropbox-powered
  3. Retina eInk (absurd I know, but still)
  4. Text adjustability as described above
  5. Scroll mode
  6. A web browser for looking things up

That last one is what keeps me from getting a Kindle or Kobo. I read Into Thin Air last week, and spend as much time reading as I did googling maps and photos. Having a tablet as an eReader is a double-edged sword: I have access to everything I need on one device, but I also have the infinite distractibility that comes with it. Having Twitter and Gmail installed on my Nexus, means I’m constantly fighting the urge to just check in for a second. I recognize that I could just uninstall these, of course. Maybe just having a Wikipedia browser would be enough for me. Who knows.

Overall, eReading has meant that I’ve read way more in 2014 than in the last few years. Though not without all kinds of issues, the Nexus 7 has proven a decent companion.

Reading Experience

The one area where I’d really like a meaningful experience boost is in actual reading. I tend to do almost all of my reading horizontally — in bed, in the bath, on the couch, etc. Holding up a tablet — even one as light as a Nexus — while lying down is a pain. I tend to prop the tablet up on my chest while I read, which causes my eyes to strain, so I’m really looking for a solution here. If I could invent some kind of magical tablet holder that worked in bed, I’d be rich. Stay tuned for prototypes.

Finally, I’d be remiss without a few recommendations. The best book I read last year was hands-down Middlesex. It’s impossibly good. So clever, so funny. Extremely well tied-together. After that, The Headmaster’s Wager was also exceptional. It took me a while to get into, but it’s well worth it for the devastating twist.

Happy reading!

Postscript: This year, I also tried Spritz, though it really just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve also listened to a few audiobooks, all of which, without exception, have made for a dreadful reading experience. 

Advice for front-end developers for 2015

People who know me in the non-internet world, know that I’m prone to giving advice. I try and do it gently, and I always try to make sure I’m not preaching. My wife will absolutely disagree with that last sentence, but what do you do? The simple fact is when I find something I like, I tend to really like it and want to show everyone around me how awesome it is.

I have just two pieces of advice for front-end developers in this brand new year:

1. If you’re not already using Sass, start.

If you’re still writing plain-old css, make 2015 the year that you make the switch. If you’re using less, switch from that to Sass. This is 100% my opinion, and I mean absolutely no disrespect to the less team, but Sass really feels much, much better to me at this moment in time.

I give this advice as a long, long time writer of styles. I was actually (relatively) late to the pre-processing party, seeing it as more trouble than it was worth for a long time. When I finally saw the light and found a simple tool to do my preprocessing for me, I happened to choose less. I have no idea why now that I look back on it. Maybe it was because less was Javascript and Sass was Ruby and so it seemed easier to get started with, but no idea really. In any case, I was a preprocessing convert in literally minutes. Almost instantly, writing vanilla css seemed like a chore.

As a long-time less user, why do I recommend Sass now? I’ve really only been using Sass for just shy of a year, after several years of being quite happy with less. I actually tried Sass several times in those years, but really couldn’t see the benefit. It wasn’t until I realized that everyone I knew and followed online was using Sass that I forced myself to switch to see if I was missing out on anything. Turns out I was.

I was missing out on these 2 major things:   community and breakpoints or “named media queries”. First, in short, the Sass community is awesome and active. Have a look through The Sass Way for many examples of this. Second, breakpoints are amazing. It will change the way you write and think about media queries.

2. Start using Grunt. 

I know, I know. Grunt is weird and hard, even though Chris Coyier told you it isn’t. You still find it too developer-y, or too finicky, or too much effort than you have time for, or all kinds of other legitimate reasons. I completely understand. I tried to “get” Grunt for a long time before it finally clicked for me. But now, after just a few months, I’m quite comfortable with Grunt and hate working on projects without it.

My best advice for getting started with Grunt is this: just get it to compile your Sass for you. No more than that. Don’t worry about compiling Javascript, or minifying  or uglifying or anything else for the time being. Just get Grunt to watch and compile your Sass for you as you write it and get comfortable. If you follow that 24ways post, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting going. If you get errors just google them and work through it. I swear it will pay off in the end. If you’re a WordPress theme developer, I’d strongly, strongly recommend using 10up’s Grunt starter theme. It’s extremely bare bones (you’ll see what I mean when you install it), but it will give you a great example of how to set things up when you get a little more familiar with Grunt. Combine the barebones setup with templates from Underscores, and you’ll be a theme master in no time.

Why? 

I was happily writing css with less for years, and before Grunt I was very happily using LiveReload to compile it for me. But Sass and Grunt are much more than a replacement for these things — they’ve opened me up to so many more tools and workflows and best practices that I didn’t even think about when I started. The Grunt ecosystem is massive — filled to the brim with useful tools for so many things that you’d want to do. But until you start to use Grunt in even a basic way (like compiling Sass), you’ll never be exposed to any of it.

These days, I use Grunt for all kinds of things: processing and minifying Sass and Javascript, making sprite maps, cross-browser testing, highlighting unused css rules, minifying images, and much more. It will become an essential tool once you get over the initial hurdle.

I’ve been pretty shy on details here because a post like this could almost turn into a book if I started going through examples and how-tos, so I’ll just end it here. I wish I’d read exactly this advice on January 1st 2014 or earlier.

ps: #1 Like most people, I actually use the scss syntax.  #2 I have no idea if it’s SASS or sass or Sass / LESS or less or Less.

Working remotely

In the wake of a brewing storm around an essay from Paul Graham about immigration (of all things), I got thinking about the last three months at work.

Graham argues in Let the other 95% in that immigration laws in the US (and likely Canada as well) are excluding 95% of the best programmers from emigrating and working with all the great companies in the US. Many have since argued that through effectively building a remote workforce, these 95% are still available for hire. Matt Mullenweg started it off:

I started working remotely with 10up in September and thought the three-month mark was a good time to reflect on how things have been. Some observations:

Working remotely is extremely flexible. This has been unbelievably good for me. If I need to take our little guy to the doctor one morning, I just tell my team when I’ll be back and fit those hours in later in the day. No problem. I can also go for a run or work out whenever I want. I can put supper on in the afternoon before my wife gets home from work. It’s a huge plus.

Working at night “counts” now. For as long as I’ve been computer-ing, I’ve been working at night. Client projects, personal projects, redesigning this site, learning something new, etc. My wife is a teacher, and spends time most nights preparing for the next day, so we both generally do at least some work every weeknight. Now that I work remotely, I can fit in 2, 3 or 4 hours in a night to catch up on hours that I’ve missed for whatever reason throughout the week. It’s fantastic. This time I work in the evenings “counts” now, adding to the overall flexibility benefit.

In the past three months, I’ve worked on some crazy projects, for some huge clients. I’ve been exposed to tools I’ve never heard of, and (quickly) sharpened my skills in the tools I’d been using all along. I thought I knew Git before starting at 10up, for example, but I really, really didn’t! Within two weeks, I’d made a thousand mistakes and really fixed and solidified my workflow.

The range of people I work with is incredible. Almost every day, someone will try and convert me to their favourite tool or way of doing something. Having access to so many knowledgable and experienced people keeps you constantly curious and on your toes.

Communication is lightyears ahead of (the) standard offices (I’ve worked in). When you work with people all over the globe, you just need good communication tools. At 10up, we use the best tool for every job. People are constantly evaluating new tools for meetings, calls, screensharing, group chat, etc. The combination of all these tools allows me to collaborate much more efficiently with my co-workers than I ever have in a standard office. There are very, very few emails, and 99% of communication happens in real-time via HipChat or a face-to-face Google Hangout.

chicago

Team meetup in Chicago, Oct. 2014. Also definitely in the “pro” category.

 

So those are all the pros, but what about the downsides? Honestly, if you’ve been reading along, waiting for the bit about being isolated from co-workers and longing for “real” interactions that you have in normal offices, I don’t have it. At least not yet. I feel extremely connected to the people I work with — and generally to the outside world as well. Granted, it’s only been three months, and I may feel very different in a year’s time, but so far it’s really been great.

If I had to list one downside — or more of a difficulty really — it would be dealing with timezones. In Newfoundland, we get the first sunrise in North America, so I’m often up hours before my west coast co-workers. It can be a bit of a challenge when I need to ask them a question, but have to wait till lunchtime for an answer, but it works both ways. If I want get up and go for a run, and start my day at 10:30am that works perfectly. Doing this in a regular office setting is almost impossible — unless you want to get up at 5am.

So that’s how remote work feels, three months in — just great. If you’re getting discontent at your current office situation, you should have a look around for remote opportunities. Honestly, the idea of working remotely seemed absurd to me just a year ago (actually, it still kinda does). I thought it was only for people in San Fransisco or Portland. But really, it’s a very legitimate option these days for certain careers. If you’re actively searching, CSS-Tricks has a new job board, and WeWorkRemotely is a more established board. Have a look. Of course, if you’re into WordPress, you should definitely have a look at 10up!  

Movin’ on up (x10)

If you follow along in the WordPress space at all, you’ll almost certainly have heard of 10up. They’re a very quickly growing digital agency, focusing almost completely on WordPress. This has been in the works for a while now, but I’m finally happy to report that I’m one of 10up’s newest team members! I’m really looking forward to meeting and learning from some of the sharpest minds in WordPress. It’s only been 3 days so far, but already I’ve met some of the smartest, nicest people you’ll find anywhere.

In the meantime, that means that the shop is closed to new clients here at WaterstreetGM. If you have new projects though, feel free to get in touch — if they’re a good fit for 10up then I’ll send you up the ladder here, or if not, I may have a few friends who can help!

Last, if you’re thinking about taking the plunge into a new job, 10up is always hiring. Let me know and I’ll put in a good word for you  :^)

 

Wrestling with the WordPress Toolbar

Of all things WordPress that I do, dealing with the Toolbar has to be the most tedious. I’m never happy with the defaults (Themes, Widgets, Plugins, etc…). I only typically use those during site setup. Here’s a dead simple tidy-up that should serve you and your clients.

 
**
 * Clean up and add items to the Toolbar
 *
 */


function waterstreet_remove_admin_bar_items( $wp_admin_bar ) {
	$wp_admin_bar->remove_node( 'themes' );
	$wp_admin_bar->remove_node( 'menus' );
	$wp_admin_bar->remove_node( 'customize' );
	$wp_admin_bar->remove_node( 'widgets' );
	$wp_admin_bar->remove_node( 'background' );
}
add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'waterstreet_remove_admin_bar_items', 999 );


function waterstreet_add_admin_bar_items( $wp_admin_bar ) {
	$args = array(
		'id'    => 'pages',
		'title' => 'Pages',
		'href'  => site_url(). '/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page',
		'parent' => 'site-name',
		'meta'  => array( 'class' => 'all-pages' )
		);
	$wp_admin_bar->add_node( $args );
}
add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'waterstreet_add_admin_bar_items', 999 );


That first function waterstreet_remove_admin_bar_items works just as you’d expect — it removes items from the main “site-name” dropdown. The second function adds back the items you want.

If you have more than one item, you can just put one after the other in the function:


function waterstreet_add_admin_bar_items( $wp_admin_bar ) {
	$args = array(
		'id'    => 'pages',
		'title' => 'Pages',
		'href'  => site_url(). '/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page',
		'parent' => 'site-name',
		'meta'  => array( 'class' => 'all-pages' )
		);
	$wp_admin_bar->add_node( $args );

	$args = array(
		'id'    => 'posts',
		'title' => 'All my Posts',
		'href'  => site_url(). '/wp-admin/edit.php',
		'parent' => 'site-name',
		'meta'  => array( 'class' => 'all-posts' )
		);
	$wp_admin_bar->add_node( $args );


}
add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'waterstreet_add_admin_bar_items', 999 );