Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Matt already said it best. So long Gerry. And thanks for your support of scouting. I always felt like being the only Eagle Scout to ever be president (even though he was never elected) said more about Mr. Ford than any biographer could.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I hope everyone had a good christmas yesterday. We had a long day with, of course, so drama, but all in all a good relazing day. Here's our family photo in front of our tree. Enjoy!

Also, this is something Ben knit or crocheted or whatever for me:

It's Kirby!

Since I'm over my 250free bandwidth every month (I'm still not sure how that always happens in 3-5 days), I've deleted a ton of pictures and stuff that were on that site, so we'll see if that helps matters at all. So if you're looking through my archives and pictures are missing, that's why.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Ah, Christmas. So many traditions. Like grandma's seafood dish on Christmas Eve and waffles on Christmas morning. My own perosnal favorite is going to the 11pm Christas Eve service at church, seeing old friends, hanging out late, and then swinging by Wendy's for a Frosty on the way home. It just isn't Christmas without my 1 am Frosty. =)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It is total bullshit that I have to fill out and sign my timecard before noon today when the time period doesn't end until 12:00:01 AM on 12/25. But because the time people are apparently lazy lazy lazy, I have to guess how many hours and what projects I'm going to work on for the rest of the day and all day tomorrow. Maybe this is easy for people who only have one charge number, but I have at least a dozen I charge to nearly every week. Ridiculous. The best part is going to be when what I just guessed is completely wrong and I just have to resubmit my timecard later anyway, with corrections, and then have it reapproved. Absolutely retarded. "Due to the deadline constraints caused by the Christmas holiday, we are requesting that all electronic timesheets for the week ending COB 12/24/06 be completed and signed by noon Thursday, Dec. 21 and approved by COB Thursday, Dec. 21." It should say "Due to we suck, do this cause we're lazy." I'm so tempted to bill 80 hours directly to overhead and see what happens. I mean, I'm going to have to change it later anyway, right? Grrr...

Apparently, I nearly died last night. Would have been nice to get a warning from a rookie cop about the matter. You know, don't leave the apartment, you could get shot, that sort of thing. *shrug* On the other hand, my particular apartment isn't in any direct line of fire from the hotel, and if the guy was in a room on the far side of the hotel, I was actually in virtually no danger whatsoever. Still, it was strange that for all the commotion going on next door (Emily said it was insane when she came home on the bus), you'd have thought I would have at least heard a siren.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Yay for chocolate chip cheesecake! Our floor had a pot luck lunch today, but since I didn't sign up to bring anything, I felt bad mooching off of everyone else. So I went home and made a sandwich. But I figure when 2 hours later there's still uneaten food (mostly chips and cookies), it's up for grabs for anyone who happens to be passing by the table. So I helped myself to some cookies and chips and then peeked in the fridge to find some chocolate chip cheesecake, black olives, and pepperjack cheese cubes. I know all those things don't really go together, but I plan to snack on them periodically for the rest of the afternoon and then eat my leftover potato wedges and green beans for dinner. I'm being healthy! ;)

Monday, December 18, 2006

I discovered a telling sign that I'm not ready for it to be Christmas yet. I was telling people at the RAND party that the last thing I remember was it being August, then suddenly it was Thanksgiving and now it's Christmas. Today I was flipping back through my notebook to make sure I didn't have any important outstanding tasks that I need to attend to this week that can't wait until next year and for nearly every date I've written down so far in December, I have 11/XX/06 in my notebook. I have a page where I go from notes I took on 11/30 to notes I took on "11/1". Makes me feel kinda dumb, but whatever. Hopefully when January rolls around I'll at least start getting the year right even if the month is still wrong.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

It' been a good past couple of days. Friday at work was kind of irritating, but I got a lot done, so I'm happy about that. I had fun at the RAND holiday party. All of Emily's work friends got to see that I actually exist (despite popular belief). The Metro ride over was unventful, and after almost accidentally walking into the mall instead of the office, I found Emily and had some snacks and so forth. Emily won a very cool looking creme-puff tree in the raffle which I helped disasemble and put in tupperware for her to share with her co-workers on Monday. Then we went ice skating. And by we I mean not me. I wussed out. But Emily and several other people skated for quite some time. I had fun sitting on a bench and talking to her friends who all wanted the full scoop about us and then watching a bunch of kids all at that age where the girls have all starting maturing and none of the boys have, so they're a foot shorter than the girls. I remember those good times. You know if by good you mean horrible awkward and permanently scarring. Anyway, Saturday I cleaned house and started wrapping some presents. Then it was off to my holiday party. There were a ton of people there from offices all over the area, so of course I hardly knew anyone. But we had a good time for the most part. And I won Bose sounddock and a brand new ipod in our door prize drawing. Yay! It's a 30g black video ipod. Since I already have the exact same thing except with my name engraved in it, if anyone else wants this one (it's even still in shrink wrap), shoot me an email. I think the going price is about $250, so if I like you, maybe you can have it for $200. And if you don't have my email address, I'm probably not going to sell it to you anyway. ;)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

*jumps for joy* I feel like the champion of the universe right now. *huge sigh of relief* Someone cue up the Karate Kid music ("You're the best around, nothing's gonna ever keep you down").

On the way back from lunch, I saw a guy with "MAL PHD" on the license plate of his Lexus. I'm sure MAL are his probably initials, and he's doctor, so his salary paid for his Lexus. But I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that the first thing that popped into my head was something we covered on my first day of high school Spanish. Nothing like advertising that you're a "bad doctor". ;)

Monday, December 11, 2006

If you're still searching for a xmas present for me, and you haven't found anything you like on my Amazon wish list, you may wish to investigate getting me (and you - hey, I need a show buddy, like My Friend Tim) tickets for Slayer and Unearth on February 19th at the 9:30 Club. Yes, Slayer is old enough to be Unearth's father (as the saying goes, or whatever), but this is two damned awesome metal bands on tour together and you better believe they're going to bring the mosh.

When did it become 4:15? I feel like I just got back from lunch... I guess it's a good thing that my day is flying by though. I had a productive weekend that included getting almost all of my xmas shopping done. Yes, I braved both the mall and Fair Lakes and turned left out of my apartment on a Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year's. And I didn't even cause an accident! Sunday my family went to visit my cousin John at the Naval Academy. We couldn't have asked for a nicer December day, which must have been nice for all the people who were trying to go watch the Redskins get decimated by the Eagles right around the same time. Whoops. But we had a nice (if somewhat brief) visit and I must say that rumors of his gauntness were wildly exaggerated. Then I picked up Emily at the airport Sunday evening and went to bed early, but still couldn't get up when my alarm clock first went off. Oh well. Good weekend. And only 2 weeks until I get to take some vacation. Yay!

Mmmm... Blueberry muffin. =)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Outside is trying to trick me. Sunlight is blazing through my office window. Without looking at my trusty Simpsons calendar, it could easily be July outside. Fortunately, Matt Groening's brainchild is warning me of the impending frigidity that awaits me in the out of doors should I elect to venture that direction before the sun disappears beyond the horizon.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Tom O'Brien going to NC State feels like a bad move to me. I think in the end, it's a good move for him as a coach. I know he's been frustrated with the situation in Chestnut Hill, but BC has been so close to making a breakthrough. I think they've been treated as a pariah however, much the same way Tech gets treated, and he's sick of it. Still, I can't help but feel betrayed. NC State is one of my least favorite ACC teams (even though Amato is the reason I feel I can coach wearing skindiving gear) and I have so much respect for Tom O'Brien that this move just feels wrong. Ultimately, I think he's going to turn NC State into a yearly contender for the ACC title, but he's already doing that at BC and could be a local hero. His only problem is that the local NFL franchise is a monster. I'm not just people feel teh same way about the Panthers that they do about the Patriots, so he's probably got an easier job from that perspective. But he's going to be up against some stiff competition from UNC's new coach (Butch Davis) and Wake's Jib Grobe, and I swear, one of these days, Ted Roof is going to get Duke going in the right direction. This is just like when Roy Williams left Kansas (where I had the utmost respect for him) for North Carolina (where I think he's a pompous ass). I hope the same thing doesn't happen to my respect for O'Brien now that he'll be making little puppetshow doggies with his hands and take over Coach Chesty's job.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Apparently, Clango and I are a lot alike. I can't count the number of times that my phone has started playing the A-Team theme song and I've just sat there and listened to it for 20 seconds before answering. I've even missed a call once before as a result. Whoops!

Good news! According to Steven Leavitt, what you name your child has no effect on their life whatsoever. I'm sure I will be quoting him again in the future when my kids complain about how I ruined their lives by naming them things like Hrothgar Mmxiv (assuming they're born in 2014) or Au Cusofour (Gold Cupric-Sulfate).

Monday, December 04, 2006

Also, happy birthday to my favorite cousin Jennifer!

We had a double-header flag football game yesterday. We won both games, but I'm really sore today. I suffered what I suspect is a hip pointer (among a couple other more minor injuries). I don't know what all these prissy little athletes are complaining about because it really wasn't all that painful until late last night. It certainly didn't impact my playing. I wouldn't want to play again today, but certianly it's not a game-ending injury. I'm dissapointed by the way the college football season has ended, both for my team and for Rutgers. And Michigan is totally getting screwed. But you can't tell Florida they don't get a shot for all the same reasons, so whatever. I guess I don't think the pollsters voted fairly, which is what irks me the most. But it's not like the Rose Bowl should be viewed as any sort of punishment for the Wolverines (same goes for the Sugar, Urban...). Certainly not like the Texas Bowl when you had the Orange Bowl in your grasp (poor Scarlet Knights). The has BCS proven how pointless it is once again. Otherwise things are good. Emily's on travel the remainder of this week and weekend, so I'll be all by my lonesome. But it will be a good opportunity to get some xmas shopping done hopefully. Time to go for a walk around the floor to stretch my sore muscles. I'm apparently getting too old for this sort of athletic activity. *shrug*

Friday, December 01, 2006

Now that it's December, it's time for my annual plugging of Penny Arcade's Child's Play. It's even bigger and better than last year, and as a registered charity, your donations are tax deductable. Plus you're helping out a lot of really sick kids who may not be able to spend the holidays at home. Check it out. Give what you can.

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