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Spooky sync

I’m sitting here at 7:45, still in the office, waiting for an implementation to finish. It’s largely moving data from a legacy system (that we’re sunsetting) to our new system, so as the progress bar of my synchronization gets closer to 100% I get more excited, only to validate the data and then start the next part of the sync.

Last time I checked it was in fact Halloween. What really sucks is that the pumpkins I worked so hard on are sitting, unlit, on our front porch. Angela says she left some candy outside – last year we had a total of 5 trick-or-treaters so I doubt there will be a mad rush this year.

I got home late last night as well and only had time to say ‘Hi’ to the puppy before Angela came home off her evening shift. Monday, however, I got home and watched this week’s ep of Top Gear. Brilliant ep, and I died laughing when Jeromy said ‘I bet you’d get a lot of badge’ during his Lambo ‘b for v’ section. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean.

Okay, I’m at 100%, time to doubleclick like a madman!!!!!!

Conference Fun

If you’re wondering why it’s been so long since my last post, I blame work. We are just a couple weeks outside the end of the 2 year project I’m on and we’re tying up all the loose ends, finishing our testing, and making sure our customers are on board.

Last week we sneaked away to our vendor’s annual conference. This year it was in Orlando, and it was my first year to go. After some flight antics which I won’t bore you with we made it into Orlando and checked into our hotel, the Swan in Disney World.

The conference itself was a blast and we got to work directly with the vendor on many topics. I even presented some of the work we’ve done in our current project.We made it back safely late Wednesday night and were beyond tired. In addition to being at the conference, we had to keep things running back in Southlake, which meant very long days on top of the already packed conference schedule. I ended up sleeping through my alarm Thursday morning which was actually really nice. Hey, if you’re going to be late for work, you might as well be more rested!

This weekend we had a fun party with Annie, David, and Ethan. We debated which toxin was top (botulinum won), played Wii Sports, and enjoyed some tasty food. Today, Angela and I worked in the yard, finally cleaning up some old flowers that kept rising from the dead. We replaced them with some blue and purple ones, and I’m sure Angela has covered this better than me over at her blog.

We wanted to finish the evening up at our favorite local bar, Dublin Square (aka Beef O’Brady’s), but we were shocked to find that it had abruptly closed down! Vendor invoices were taped to the door, someone had hastily scratched the name from the sign, and everything inside was still intact. Tragedy ensued. We managed to pick up the pieces of our lives and head down the road to a just-as-tasty place (Chapps, for references), but we (a) cannot walk there and (b) it doesn’t serve alcohol. Sigh.

Angela and I decided to end the evening listening to the Thoroughly Modern Millie original cast recording. When I was at Starlight we opened the National Tour. I love that show! We also worked on blogging and watching America’s Most Smartest Model.

If anyone has tickets to this Friday’s New Pornographers/Spoon show, call me. I’m the only one in my group that actually got tickets early so I’m flying solo.

Must be doing something right…

Looks like the project I’m on at work made InfoWorld’s Top 100 IT Projects for 2006. Not too shabby.

Puppy is doing well, but it ends up that she has a very bad heart murmur, and we’re looking at our options. We have a meeting this Saturday with the vet to see what his take is, and then we’ll weigh it all out. It’s pretty sad, considering how attached we’ve already become, to think that she might have complications starting as early as next year. Who knows, really. It might be that she lives to be 16 and never has a problem, or we might be in a bad place soon. She’s so active and happy, I can’t imagine her being anything else.

I just want to give credit where credit is due to Alton Brown’s 40 Clove Garlic Chicken. Blank, you missed out. Delicious dish, and if you have the patience to peel 40 cloves of garlic I would highly recommend it.

That’s all in my world. Working hard on side projects outside of work and hopefully will see them come to production in a few short days.

Baseball and Frames

I’ve had an interesting week at work. On Tuesday, we had our 1st quarter meeting in the morning, followed up by a headquarters bbq in the afternoon. The bbq was great, hundreds of people were there, and best of all, free booze.

Wednesday, as part of our BU’s team building, we went to play Putt Putt, drive go carts, and then to the Rangers/Twins game. The Rangers lost 4-3, but I’ll take a loss in the park to a day in the office anytime.

On my way home Wednesday, I stopped by the house and saw that we had a foundation put in!! I was without my camera, though.

Today, however, we drove down with Kareem, Sean, and Tina. After some lunch (bbq, saddles on the walls), we came upon our house, and we have framing!

I’ve put all the construction photos in one gallery, so check back at the link above for all the updates as they come in…