December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 - nearly done.  This is a good thing.  I'm all for moving forward. 

May 2011 be a wonderful year for everyone!

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Back to Work and Stuff

Wow - leave town for a bit and when you get back there's not enough time in the day to get things done. 

So here are a few observations from the recent trip.

I wish I could have a condo in the city and this house in the middle of nowhere.  City time and fun stuff to do then quiet time.  OTOH having 2 places would be twice as much work - so maybe not.
When taking a bag on a flight, it might be a good thing if you don't put sand in it.  Or if you do, make sure it is well wrapped. 

Some poor woman ended up with sand all over herself because some idiot man had sand in his backpack which he put in the bin over her head.  As the plane took off, sand started a nice streaming motion out of the bin and onto her.

Please don't use the open overhead bin as a grab bar to hoist yourself out of your airplane seat.  If you break the bin because you are a large person, we don't get to fly anywhere.  It also means you need to do some exercise so your own legs can get you in and out of seats.

Women who are no longer in high school should never ever wear short plaid skirts with tights.  No matter how skinny you are, you look ridiculous - not younger - trust me on this.

Saw a woman walking down the street in black mid-calf length boots.  They had 5 inch stiletto heels and some sort of white fur thing down the front. Looked like a couple of rodents had landed on them and were holding on for dear life.  How stylish.

Went to a dueling piano bar in Chicago called Howl at the Moon.  It was a blast.

Saw the Bears game at this bar called State. They have really excellent cheese toast plus we got a booth with our own 40+ inch television screen... along with what seemed like 100 other televisions in the place.  Since we couldn't go to the game and since it was way warmer in the bar - it was great fun to watch the game there.

Went to a Blackhawks game and sat in one of the luxury boxes because my daughter can get tickets through work.  They had really excellent skirt steak sandwiches.  The game was terrific too.

At some point in your life, make time to hit Michigan Avenue on the day before Christmas and just walk around with the crowds (shopping is not the objective here).  Best comedy routine you'll ever see. People are funny when you just stop to watch them.

Had some either late teen or early twentysomethings staying in rooms across the hall from us.  At one point they apparently decided that room hopping and slamming doors would be fun.  Lucky for them they did it during daytime hours.  However, I did really want to go out in the hall and ask if I could help them figure out which room they wanted to be in after the doors had slammed about 30 times in 10 minutes. Good grief.

There is nothing better than having a Starbucks 2 blocks from the hotel.  I get a walk, I get coffee with chocolate, it's a wonderful way to start the day.

Overheard a woman on the plane coming back to Boston complaining about how cold it was in Chicago... what?  That wasn't cold! 

Well I think that's it for now.  More later I hope.  All depending on how much work I have to do first. 

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December 29, 2010

Whew - Back

I have lots to blog if I can find the time.  We went to Chicago for Christmas and spent the week bugging the kids.  Heh. 

Got back last night and now I'm into post trip fix up.  Getting the mail, doing the wash, getting work done.  It was really great to get offline for close to a week.  I only checked email.  I must say, it's very relaxing to kick back and ignore the world for a while.

More later when I get a chance to pull together a longer post.

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December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Over the next few days I will not be online much.  So to all my friends out there, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  I may be checking out blogs, but unless I end up with lots of free time I won't be posting. 

I'll be having fun though and I hope you will too!

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December 20, 2010

Geekiness Takes Over

It's been a while since I mentioned that we have a netbook - the EEE PC.  We bought it a couple of years ago and it's been okay.  It came with Xandros Linux, was good for getting online and doing some simple stuff.  However, it's been a while since the company has sent out any updates and the poor old thing was not performing so well anymore. The worst part was, we tried to update Firefox and it was a nightmare.  Time to find something new.

Today we updated it to Ubuntu Linux.  We downloaded an iso image and booted from the USB to see if it would work with this little thing.  Then the fun began.  Ubuntu could see the wired NIC but not the wireless.  We tried a number of things including trying to install other kernels - which didn't work.  I have no idea why it happened but... we walked away for a bit and when we came back, the wireless connection was available. 

It's one of those things that makes me want to scream because it doesn't make any sense.  I shouldn't complain since we got it going.  After we used it for a short time, we installed it and blew away the old Xandros.  It's nice and updated and faster than the old stuff.  Now it's in the middle of doing software updates, but so far so good.

We did walk earlier today and the pond has turned half way to ice.  It even looks as if people have been skating on it!  I'm amazed - it hasn't been frozen that long.  You wouldn't catch me out there until it's been below freezing for at least 3 weeks not one. Heh.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

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December 18, 2010


Yes, I've been avoiding the blog. Sorry about that. I've been doing many other things in my "real life" which means I get to the blog and I'm too tired to make the effort.

Had a meeting earlier in the week and those always tend to throw me completely off my routine. I should get out more. Ha.


I've been trying to figure out some online software that someone else set up. But without that person to explain what they did and why, it's taken me several days to unwind the process. It will now be tidied up and fixed to make it easier. I'll have to write some procedures so others can do the work without the same loss of time. *sigh*


The rest of the time has been spent looking cross-eyed at our work network stuff. Trying to figure out which thing goes to what and what networks go to which. I think I just about have a handle on it and then find something that doesn't fit. Lovely. I need some large sheets of paper and then I need to draw pictures of it to get a better idea. Just haven't had the time so far.


Bought some new boots that I really like - but they don't like me. I will be taping my feet up for quite a while until certain areas stop poking me. Most annoying.


About 5 weeks ago I stopped drinking soy milk in my Starbucks beverage. This came about when I was talking to my sister. She hadn't been feeling "right" and went to the doc. Turns out she has very low thyroid hormones floating about. They caught it very early and she'll be fine.

However, while discussing this with her, we talked about how she now needed to avoid soy products because of the thyroid hormone (or at least avoid them for about 4 hours after taking them). She told me she had given up all soy about six months ago because it was causing digestive problems for her. I went searching around and reading about soy/soy milk after that and decided it might be a good experiment to see what would happen if I gave it up.

Turns out - lots happened. My digestion has changed completely. I am now sleeping through the night most every night (I was at the point where I was waking up every 2 hours with severe hot flashes). I have almost no hot flashes any time day or night. And in general I am feeling less irritable. I'd say it's been a success.

So now I've gone from a Soy Mocha every day to regular coffee with chocolate. I can't give up the chocolate.


I think that's enough rambling for now. So here's a little bonus - rock wall picture. (click for bigger)

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December 15, 2010

Winter Has Arrived

We've been up and down and up and down with temps here lately.  The beginning of December had temps in the high 20's.  Then the big storm rolled through and the temps went up to the 50's.  Now we're down in the high teens.   I think it will stay this way a while. 

This is what you get when the temps drop:

Kinda pretty isn't it.  Cold though.

Here's a friendly dog who really loves this weather.

I would too if I had his coat. 

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December 13, 2010

Yes, I'm Here

But I've been so dratted busy.  I can't seem to find the energy to sit down and do a post.  That's what happens when I have to think too hard.  My brain just can't handle it. Ha.

I know the Midwest has been in the snow zone/deep freeze.  We've had RAIN. About 2 inches over the last couple of days.  Otherwise it's been positively balmy - in the high 40's.  Too weird. 

I leave you with this pic from our walk about a week ago.  I think this horse was trying to tell me something.

More later if I can make myself do extra typing.

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December 09, 2010

Amazing Little Thing... The Internet

When stuff works, then suddenly it doesn't, this bothers me. Actually it pisses me the hell off.  This is a meandering dialog, a stroll through my brain, which will likely bore you to tears.  So feel free to ignore the rest.

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December 08, 2010

Sums The Week Up Nicely

I finally loaded my pics from last weekend. This one pretty much covers my week so far.

Yep, about says it all.  (couldn't even get the dratted post title right sheesh!)

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