So, sadly, the pain in my left side hasn't gone away. I have a Dr. Appt tomorrow. Hopefully, we can learn more.

In other news, the new sysadmin that was supposed to start last week never showed for orientation at the prime contractors HQ, and no one could get ahold of him. So we're still shorthanded. And the other sysadmin is going on vacation for 2 weeks. Which means I'm gonna be here all by my lonesome.

I anticipate lots of drinking..

Peace and chicken grease!
Hey guys, not trying to blow this thing off, but things have been crazy hereabouts.

A VERY quick update, then:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is doing MUCH better. neurosurgeon saw her earlier in the week and cleared her for normal duties.
  • The end of the contract at work looms. End of the month. Hopefully, I'll find out soon if I'm being brought across to the new company or not. Probably won't hear until early next week.
  • This is the crazy week for us (as opposed to next week). Cards are out (Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] angel_vixen? How many times to I have to press "2" to get a response? Love ya babe!). Cookies are being made. Choral concert tonight. Tree gets decorated tomorrow on F.'s Birthday. Birthday party and dinner on Sat. Food shopping to be done. Company on Sunday. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

As tired as I am, I do so love this time of year. And I'm enjoying it.

And with that, I'll talk to y'all later.
...and here I am, pounding my fingers on a keyboard and my head on my desk.

In other words, it's Monday. Hey, how the hell are ya?

So, it's been almost 2 weeks since I last blathered at ya. Been busy in that time. Between the getting ready for the holidays and putting in about 12 extra hours at work, I've been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. So then, a quick bullet list.
  • Me: Doing OK. Trying to not think about [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's upcoming surgery. Yeah, I know, it's routine. They probably do tens of thousands of them a day. But still - it's surgery, and there's always a risk. So, I try not to think about it. Otherwise ok, if somewhat tired last week from putting in extra time to cover the time I'll be taking off for the surgery. Had a bit of a revelation last week...but more on that later.
  • Family: Doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is off some of her meds in preparation for the surgery. Everyone's been busy with schoolwork and holiday prep; it's sometimes hard to stay focused.
  • What we've been doing. Well, since the last real update...
    • Went to parent-teacher conferences
    • Went to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo's and [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's place for family, food, and football.
    • Did the Thanksgiving baking (4 loaves of pumpkin bread, 3 cornbread rounds, pumpkin pie, pear cranberry pecan pie, chocolate pie, thanksgiving sugar cookies)
    • Did the Thanksgiving cleaning (well, a lot of it, anyway)
    • Finished the Thanksgiving shopping
    • Did some Christmas shopping.
    Blearg.
  • Gaming: You may have noticed a lack of gaming listed. I think, though I'm not certain, that the lack of gaming, whether tabletop or electronic, is one of the reasons behind some of my depression of late. Gaming is far and away one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't really done any lately. No fault or blame here, just the way life has worked these last few months. Once I realized that, I tried to get myself to do something, even if it's just noodle around on WoW for a while. Haven't been able to. Too much to do. Must work on this.
  • Work: Still no word on the contract award. Still feel about 99% certain I'll have the same job come Jan 1, but about 85% likely that it'll be with a different company (in other words, I'll still be here, but someone else will be signing the checks). We shall see.
  • New Year's: Yes, we will be doing the Open House this year. Saturday and Sunday. official announcement and eVite to go out tonight, I hope.
  • Food Network shows: I liked Food Network Live this year. It gave me one or two ideass to work with. Also, the Swedish Chef made an appearance. What's not to like? Also appreciated the new Good Eats Thanksgiving special. Yum.
OK, I need to clean up and head for home. Got a 12 hour day tomorrow, and need to make some spiced pears and cranberry apple ginger chutney tonight.

Once again, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Good lord and lady. Feels like I never write anything here anymore.

AIn't like I'm all that active on Twitter or the BookFace or the G+ neither.

Well, whatever. I could navel-gaze about it all day long and not get anything out of it, other than a possible detailed inventory of my navel lint.

So, What's been going on? Well, since late September...
  • Hallowe'en has come and gone. We decorated the front of our place with plenty of props and spiders and corpses and such. The inside gets more cutesy stuff: Peanuts related stuff, stuffed animals, etc. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and two of her friends hosted a Hallowe'en party at our place the weekend before. It went off very well, everyone behaved, everyone had fun. To my pleasant surprise, at the end, everyone helped the co-hostesses clean up without anything resembling prompting. On Hallowe'en proper, we had a bunch of trick-or-treaters come to the door, and everyone had a good evening.
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 has parted ways with her former employer. This was a mutual decision with no acrimony or bad feelings on anyone's part. They've gone so far as to say that when called for references, they'll say that their business required the position to go a different direction, one not suited for her abilities. The severance package was a good one, and we're covered under the insurance until the end of the year. Which is a good thing, given the surgery happening at the end of the month. I suspect we'll really hit the job search hard after the holidays. I'm not really saddened or depressed in any way by this, especially since the job was really getting to her. Being on call all day, every day, gets to you after a while.
  • We spent a long weekend at Long Beach Island in NJ in October. Our family has a long history with LBI, and my folks rent a house there during the fall for 3-4 weeks every year. We try to make it a point to go up for a long weekend each time. This time, [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 brought a friend along. While there, I took [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 out for her birthday dinner. We went to Stefano's Seafood & Pasta , in part because of their wins in this year's LBI Chowderfest. I had a bowl of their New England style chowder - OMG! It was like eating a bowl of liquid velvet. YUM! We also went to the Haunted Seaport at Tuckerton Seaport. Everyone had fun there as well. I cut loose with several of my evil laughs and cackles - then was offered a job. heh.
  • Last weekend, we did the first round of Thanksgiving shopping and deep cleaned the dining room and kitchen. Yay.
  • Me: Doing ok. Gearing up for the holiday fun.
  • Work: Busy. I started this entry somewhere around 10am. It's now 5 pm. This is about how my day goes anymore.
  • Gaming: The weekly Pathfinder game is on hiatus until 2012. Between the holidays and the fact that both healers are having chronic pain issues which makes it impossible for them to hang out around a gaming table made this a good decision. Well, either that or the other players are tired of seeing us. ;-)
  • Kids: are doing fine. Report card come home today/tomorrow.

That's about all I got for the moment.

As usual, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
...but only $0.02 after taxes.

Hey there, how are ya today? Got a little bit of time right now, so I thought I'd drop by and rearrange some electrons. Maybe even post something? Heaven forefend!

OK, ok, enough of all o' that. Time for a Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!

DOOM! Doom, I say!
  • Administrivia: Please give a warm welcome to the three newest readers of this little slice of insanity: [livejournal.com profile] leaf_kunoichi, [livejournal.com profile] jvmatucha, and [livejournal.com profile] mummoth, all of who found me through the friending frenzy I pimped yesterday. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Doing well. Slept for about 10 hours on Tuesday night, and have felt better since. Looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.
  • Family: Doing reasonably well. Still have to occasionally sit on people to get them to do their homework. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 may be enjoying the next few days of work a little, since the boss will be in the Bahamas. B turns 13 in 18 days. Not sure I'm ready for a teenager yet. ::sigh::
  • Work: is work. And nothing on the other front, but nothing was expected yet. Have about 2-3 weeks before I hear anything.
  • Where we've been: Not much of anywhere, really. At home for the most part, relaxing, cleaning, gaming...you know the routine. Got some stuff coming up though, which I will talk about in...
  • Where we'll be: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B will be at Katsucon this weekend, at least on Saturday. F & I will be at home doing some work, then probably going to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's on Sunday for the Daytona 500. I'm not really a NASCAR fan, but F. likes it, and it's a chance to see family for a bit. Monday...is a bit of a treat/surprise for the kids. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is gonna take a half-day and we're gonna take the kids to see the International Spy Museum. After that, we've got meetings, and scout functions, and birthday stuff...we'll be good and busy until the end of March. I think.
  • Wisconsin: I need to take a moment here to talk about this mess. Let's leave aside the fact that I'm looking for a federal job, ok? If we are going to tak a serious look at things, we have to admit one thing: in certain ways, the unions are broken. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any job where they have to deal with a union can tell you that there are some people who need to go, but you can't get them out because of tenure. And I'm not talking about some worker who has put in many long years and is kinda coasting the last year or two until their retirement - I honestly don't begrudge them that. But I am talking about those people who know that it's damn near impossible to get fired and who use that fact to get away with being obstructionist, petty, lazy, incompetent, burned out, or just plain useless. I've seen it in every government agency I've worked in. Every teacher worth their salt that I've known sees these people too. Yes, there's a place for longevity and not being able to fire people just because they're older, but there has to be a way to get rid of the deadwood. And this whole idea of stripping away the collective bargaining rights is also fucking stupid. Especially from teachers, who are not, and have never been paid enough. The unions may be a part of the problem, but the bigger problem (by far) is the ridiculous idea on the part of the American people that they want it all, they want it now, and they don't want to pay for it. Paying the people who run the government (and I ain't talking about the politicians - they're about as useful as a gnat's fart in a windstorm - I'm talking about the rank and file...the people who actually do the work) a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. Paying the people who we trust to educate our children a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. *IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB* The unions need to get off their ass and figure out a way to make merit part of the criteria for tenure. The politicians need to get over themselves and look at people and corporations and say "Hey, you want this stuff? Pay up".
  • Gaming: Well, we're 3 sessions into the new Pathfinder game. I know I'm not "feelin' it" as a GM as I take them In Search Of The Unknown, but that's in large part due to the fact that this is a straight-out dungeon crawl with little to no story. In this case, it's probably just as well, as we're all learning the system. It's just that I like my adventures to have a little more story behind them. We'll get there. They've only got one more session in here, I think. Then it's on to the Keep on the Borderlands (I think).
  • WoW: Still playing a few nights a week. Completed the new questlines, just have Dungeons and raids to see. Probably start leveling my Archaeology and Fishing.

I think that's all I got for now.
I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 125 Days!
TCEP 18: 197 Days!
Intervention: 211 Days!
Yeah, I lost track again. Go me. :rolls eyes:

To be fair, I have been busy since last I wrote here. Like, wrote for real.

How busy? Well, I'll detail that...
under the cut )
Sorry, you warm weather lovers, but the summer is drawing to a close, and with it begins my favorite season of the year: Fall. YAY!!!

But hey, how are ya? Hopefully doing well, or at least reasonably so.

So, let's get this party started with some...
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  • Me: Doing pretty well at the moment. I keep waking up in the morning, so I keep having a succession of good days. With the kids being in NJ last week, we managed to get a number of things done, even though we didn't get *everything* done we wanted to. Wouldn't mind a nap right now, though.
  • Family: Well, the kids aren't ready for summer vacation to be over. Yeah, who knew? They are ready, however, from a school supplies perspective. Have been since the end of July. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is doing pretty well as well. And the change in the eating regimen has definitely made a difference in our waistlines.
  • Work: Well, tomorrow is the Project Manager's last day...definitely a case (as [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo put it) of "Addition by Subtraction". And we're in the middle of our re-accreditation (sp?). Plus our normal work. Busier than a one legged man in a ass kickin' contest, that's for sure.
  • What's happened since last we talked: Well, let me think. Got ready for 4 Fantasy football drafts, packed the games for TCEP 17, Cleaned, packed the car, watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, went to NJ, drafted one Fantasy football team, celebrated Dad's birthday (and F.'s 1/2 birthday), came back to MD, saw Great Big Sea, drafted a second Fantasy football team, started prepping materials for my two RPG's for TCEP 17...and here we are.
  • Ordered Castle Ravenloft Board Game; should hopefully be here in time for TCEP 17. Maybe play Friday night after dinner?
  • Starting to look at replacing the Trailblazer. In an ideal world, would replace with hybrid SUV, as [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 does a fair amount of driving for her job, and needs, at times, to haul largish and/or heavyish items to her buildings as well as be at them in bad weather. Hybrid to save gas $$$, SUV for everything else.
  • So, what do I need to do in the next few weeks?
    • Finish editing Marvel Super Heroes event for TCEP 17
    • Finish preparing Ghost Tow adventure for the 3rd Annual Gygax/Arneson Memorial Dungeon Crawl for TCEP 17
    • Make foldy name cards for both games
    • Get con bins sorted & repacked.
    • Pick up prize for Marvel Super Heroes event
    • Get bins over to storage
    • family photo on Saturday
    • get kids packed up for school
    • breathe
Think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 11 Days!
Intervention: 18 Days!
Anime USA: 81 Days!
Hi there.

So, yeah, I've been busy. At home and at work. I'm actually having problems understanding where half the month has gone. I'm actually having problems with where the year has gone, too.

Well, whatever. Here I am, ready to recap the last several weeks. And because it's a few weeks...
behind a cut it goes )
It's midnight.

I need to get some sleep.

But I promised an update. And now you have one.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 19 Days!
Intervention: 26 Days!
Anime USA: 89 Days!
With your host, Grayhawk! OK, so this is pretty much a brain dump.

Well, it was a good weekend. At least, for me it was.

Friday, I had to have B. to school at 0530, as the North Bethesda Middle School choir was performing that day in Newport News, VA that morning, and they were leaving by 0600. Now, the NBMS band and NBMS Orchestra were also performing that day; after which, they were heading for Busch Gardens. Turns out that this was a competition, and I am happy to say that not only did the choir take first place, but the band and orchestra did as well!

Meanwhile, I just went in early. Had to make up some time anyway, so it was just a long day.

Picked her up around 11 pm after watching the Flyers beat Boston. We all crashed.

Saturday morning was spent running errands, including haircuts all around and a quick stop at Target. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 went up to the C&S game in F-redneck, and the kids & I cleaned, then napped, until it was time to take B to her friends place for a sleepover. F & I went home and had dinner while watching Smokey & The Bandit. He called it a night, and I got pulled into a ICC10 run in WoW (downed 6 bosses). [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 got home around midnight.

Sunday broke, and we did some final policing before the Barking Mad meeting. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 collected B from the sleepover. The meeting went well, and was productive. As the pork chops I pulled out for dinner were still porksicles, we opted for some take-out fried chicken. Once the kids were prepped for school and showered, I got on WoW and got pulled into a Ulduar10 group (downed 7 bosses). Watched the Flyers beat the Habs.

And now here I am at work.

Still waiting for the dopes at Origins to get their heads out of their asses so I can sign up for events on their site.

I thought I had some sports thoughts, mainly dealing with the Flyers, but they seem to have gotten lost in the "maze of twisty tunnels, all alike" that is my brain some days.

20 years ago yesterday, we lost Jim Henson. My world has never been the same. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/05/twenty-years-later-remembering-jim-henson/all/1 is an excellent memorial.

In Pace Requiesat Ronnie James Dio. Thank you, sir, for the music and the memories. May you be at peace.

Have you registered for TCEP 17: 3 Nights in Laurel (make a hard man humble...) yet? Why not?

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Convention Countdown
Origins 2010: 36 Days!
TCEP 17: 108 Days!
So, haven't updated in a while, I know. I really would like to get back to posting on a regular basis. Just need to get off my ennui-riddled ass and type.

So. Hi there. How the hell are ya?

Not gonna go into exhaustive detail of the last few weeks. That'll bore the snot outta ya. Instead, I'll just go for the Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!
cut to spare your f-list )
That's all I have for now, mah fwiends!

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
grayhawkfh: (Tat)
So, first, the boss leaves early, saying that his wife is having problems, presumably of the medical variety.

Then, our Tier 1 tech gets a phone call saying that his wife is in the hospital. Naturally, he jets out of here.

I call [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0. Her mother is apparently among the missing. She had an appointment at Navy Medical at 0830; since then, she has missed a lunch date and another appointment. She's not answering her cellphone. We don't know where she is, what she's doing, or anything at all. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is speaking with the police.

Then, to add a delectable, creamy layer of fail icing to this day, there's apparently been a shooting across the street from the Federal complex where I work. The investigation has closed all but one exit into and/or out of here. (note to [livejournal.com profile] nostasia: It happened on the other side of the complex from where [livejournal.com profile] blaisedec works.)

Really, this shit needs to stop. NOW.
Short version: We're alive, we're ok, we're dug out, we're sore.
Long(er) version behind cut )
That's the way it is for now, kids.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
So, hi there.

Yeah, I feel like I should update. And I actually feel like updating.
But it's been a while, so behind the cut it goes )
Once again, with the only host that hasn't sucked since Dennis Miller, [livejournal.com profile] grayhawkfh!

How the hell are ya?

I'm actually doing better than I have in a bit.

But first, some administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] snipeyhead! She was a guest on Angry Mac Bastards a while ago, and I started following her on Twitter. Now, she has chosen to follow me on LJ as well! So welcome!. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
on with the boring weekend stuff )
Ok, I think that's all I have for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
Which probably translates to "More BS than ever before"!

Hiya folks. Yeah, it's been a while since I updated. And a large part of the reason for that is illness. As in, the whole family was knocked on it's collective ass last week. Trust me when I tell you that the only ones who were happy about that were the makers of Tylenol Cold medication.
Placed behind a cut for...(insert witty statement here) )
I think that's about it for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
grayhawkfh: (philisophical...)
Wow. It's Thursday. Where did the week go?

So, Hi. Glad to see you're still here. Haven't written much lately. Been busy at work and at home. Right now what I am is tired. Thing is, they get grumpy about my doing that at work. Funny, eh?

So. Hope everyone is doing well. Aside from being tired, I am. Work has been ok, if busy. Things are good at home as well. Took the family to see the Bowie Baysox on Saturday. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the fact that we got rained on. Oh, and the Baysox won 12-2.

Saturday, I'll be taking B to go see HP:HBP at the Uptown. In a few weeks, I'll take F to see GI Joe: The rise of Cobra.

On a separate note, while the rest of the 1987 movie sucked moose nuts, the opening still kicks serious ass after all these years!



Still studying for my General and Extra class Amateur Radio licensing tests. Hey, [livejournal.com profile] ironkite: Check out http://www.qrz.com for online practice tests.

Still playing WoW, though nothing of note has been going on there.

Annnnd training camp has begun for my beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Which means that football is just around the corner!

It also means that August is here. Which means that I need to get my s**t together for Fantasy football.

I dunno. Every month of the year, I think, has something for me to look forward to, but August always seems "blah" to me. I mean, one of my favorite non-holiday family get-togethers happens in August (the family fantasy football live draft). But still, I don't know if it's just the heat or what. Maybe the lingering memories of knowing that August meant that half the summer break was over. Or maybe the anticipation of the last quarter of the year starting to get it's hooks into me.

Whatever it may be, I'm kinda looking forward to the end of the month already. Got TCEP happening and then we start heading into fall. Which, I think, is far and away my favorite season.

OK, enough of that.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 36 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends TOMORROW!
Seriously.

The company I work for, Aster Engineering, is looking for two Network engineers to support their NOAA contract. One position is in Silver Springs, MD, the other in Suitland, MD. While the listings state that Cisco certification is required, that can be waived if you have enough experience.

The listings can be found here: http://www.asterengineering.com/careers/current.aspx

If interested, drop me a line in the comments with an email address. (See, if I submit you and you get hired and stay for awhile, I get a bonus.) Comments screened.
Hey, y'all. How the hell are ya?

Time for another bullet list o' doom!
  • Administrivia: I must needs welcome the lovely [livejournal.com profile] cassildra to these writings and ramblings of mine. Pull up a chair and set a spell! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Still rockin' and rollin'. Went and took the test for a Technician level Amateur Radio License on Saturday - passed with a perfect score. My call sign is KB3TDX. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest checking out the information here. I plan on taking at least the General level exam in August, maybe the Extra as well.

    Side note to [livejournal.com profile] ironkite: The Laurel VEC does all levels of exams at the Women's Club in Laurel on the 3rd Saturday of every month. No charge.
  • Family: Everyone still doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 finds more and more stuff every day that her predecessor either blew off or didn't want to deal with - which means that she now has to deal with old business that needed to be taken care of a while ago as well as the stuff she needs to do now. Joy. Kids enjoying the summer.
  • Weekend: This weekend was a bit busy. Spent Friday trying to deal with the prep work in order to sell the Mazda - which included trying to find documentation that I *swear* I had filed. Friday was also "International Day" at B's camp - they asked that people send in dishes representing their ethnicity. So, we got some pierogi (Potato & Cheese and Potato & Garlic) from The Kielbasa Factory which I cooked up and brought over to the camp while still warm. Saturday was the exam in the morning, then a Barking Mad meeting in the afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B went up to MSD HQ for the monthly C&S game, while F stayed home with me. After the meeting, we went to Jerry's for sandwiches. Sunday was more relaxing, though we did get the holiday bins out of the downstairs storage unit and over to our other storage.
  • TCEP: Yes, TCEP 16 (Sept. 4-7) is a go! In fact, the early-bird pre-reg price of $30 for adults & $15 for youth (12-17) is still in effect, but only until July 31! It's the best 4 days of gaming and relaxation in the DC area! And yes, I will be running the 2nd annual Arenson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl! For more information on the con, see this post!!!
  • WoW: Not much to report on here. Didn't have a great group for Thursday's raid - missing a lot of regulars. As such, we weren't up to our normal damage dealing potential.
  • Next weekend: We go to see the Bowie Baysox take on the Reading Phillies on Saturday night. Our seats are second level, 4th row, right behind home plate. Plus Fireworks. Yay Fireworks.
  • Football: Less than a week until training camp opens. I'm already excited and more than ready to see my beloved Philadelphia Eagles take the field. This is our year. Time to bring another championship to Philly.

I think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 46 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!
Good afternoon, dear friends. Welcome to the latest installation of my ramblings, wherein I set down some thoughts about where I am and what I will be doing in the near future, and perhaps about what I done did.

Or some crap like that.

First, need to get some administrivia out of the way: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk & [livejournal.com profile] shaharazad, two lovely people whom I met last weekend (details on this to follow). Pull up a chair and rest a bit. Hope I don't bore you! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I think a bullet list is in order:
  • Me: Still doing well. Seem to be dropping more weight, as the pants seem to be looser and more prone to be affected by gravity.
  • Family: Also doing well. Kids enjoying summer camp. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 still doing well with her job. The summer progresses... ;-)
  • Work: Did very well on my 90 day review, so I am no longer on my probationary period. Moved cubes earlier this week in an effort to insulate the engineering & sysadmin staff from the userbase.
  • Last weekend: The big event last weekend was the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] pleasantlyevil and [livejournal.com profile] deceptiverose. They were kind enough to invite the 4 of us to the wedding, and so on Friday, we drove to my parents house in NJ, where we spent the night. Got up the next morning, got ourselves together, and headed out to the site of the wedding. We made one stop en route to consult maps, as the directions we had from Google Maps became slightly confusing. (This is what prompted the question regarding GPS devices earlier this week) Got there just in time. Sat behind [livejournal.com profile] servergirl and family. The hawaiian shirts the groomsmen were wearing were the same ones that we wore for [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo's first wedding - this brought a lump to my throat. The wedding went well, with the only issue being the wind not allowing the candles to be lit. The reception was a lot of fun as well, with the couple having the good sense to sit [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladin & [livejournal.com profile] cassildra at the same table us (which also then precludes inflicting us on the other guests), as well as [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk & [livejournal.com profile] shaharazad, two more good peoples cut from the same cloth. Yes I snarked and made ribald comments, and yes, I did get my traditional dance with the groom in. As they say, a good time was had by all.

    We stopped on the way back to my folks at a Stewarts for some root beer floats. Yum. Spent Sunday vegging out at my folks place, then headed home.
  • What's coming up: Taking my Technician's class Amateur Radio License test on Sat Morning. Got a Barking Mad Staph meeting on Saturday afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B are, I believe, going to MSD HQ for the monthly game. Sunday will be some well deserved quiet time and cleaning. Next weekend will be a Baysox game.
  • Gaming: Finally got a copy of Carcassonne, or rather, the Big Box "2", in a package that came with the Tower and Catapult expansions as well. Looking forward to introducing the kids.
  • WoW: Well, I was invited to my first 25 man Ulduar raid last night. Despite my misgivings at possibly being undergeared, things seemed to go decently. Died more than I would have liked, but am still unsure how one of the deaths came about. Whatever. If they'll have me back tonight, I'll be happy to continue.

And, that, as they say, is that.


Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 51 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!
Yeah, ok, whatever. As I and others have pointed out, Monday gets a bad rap as the beginning of the work week. I'm just not a morning person.

So, anyway, spent a very enjoyable evening last night. I started out by playing a little WoW, but gave up on that as I was distracted by one of my latest acquisitions from Amazon: Clash of the Titans. Yep, I got my order in yesterday, consisting of:
Good stuff. Plus, need to keep up the cinematic education of my two young geeks.

Found out today that my 90 day eval will be next week. Being as I was also just asked what security classes I've had and am considering taking, either I'm being buffaloed REALLY well or I'm in good shape.

Regarding Michael Jackson: I choose to remember him the way he was in the 80's, before he seemed to go REALLY over the deep end. Plus, if even half of what his father allegedly did to him is true, the deck was stacked against MJ from the beginning. He was a great entertainer, and left a musical legacy behind that will be hard to touch. May he find the peace in the next life he was denied in this one.

Regarding Sarah Palin: I don't know that it matters why she left the governor's seat. She's out, and like all politicians who show disregard for the rights of Americans, she needs to be watched.

Ooops. Lunch break is almost over. TTYL.

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