Looking Back, Looking Forward

Somehow, in the arbitrary setting of our calendar, days, weeks, months, and years were created. Sure, it relates back to the relative position of the sun and Earth, but we humans use that position and the calendar it created as a unique opportunity to take stock of our lives and resolve to be better or different for the next trip around the sun.   I don’t know whether to say 2011 was a good year or a bad year. Honestly, I’ve had much worse years, and I think I’ve...

Simming

Note that the title says Simming, not Slimming…I wish it were slimming, but it isn’t, and it’s probably not saying slimming because I might be spending too much time simming. Got it? No?   Tough.   This is me: Oh wait. Perhaps I should explain why I’m cooking in my underwear…Or that this is a game.   I got a computer game for Christmas from my family: the Sims 3. Like its two predecessors, you can create and them live as or manage simulated people. In this one (I...

Malling

Last year, we gave the kids a gift that they loved so much that we did it again this year: $50 to spend any way they want at the Mall of America. And as part of the deal, we’d have lunch out there, too.   If you know my kids, you know that there is much internal deliberation when it comes to deciding what to get. The where-to-go part of it is easily solved: the American Girl store and Claire’s for the girls, and the Lego store and Marbles...

Family Food

This time of year is given over to family gatherings, and for most people, it’s never just one gathering: it’s a multitude of visits, trips, meals, events, and celebrations.   We had our own Christmas celebration on Christmas eve, just the five of us, with our now traditional homemade pizza dinner as the culinary centerpiece. Gifts were opened, toys were played with, then we hit the 10:30 Christmas Eve service–which we walked to (church is only 3 or 4 blocks away, and even at that time of night, the...

Messages

Let me begin by saying that I adore my mother. And one thing about her that I love is that she appreciates the occasional fun at her expense and doesn’t take things too seriously. So I think she’ll take this with all of the humor intended.   I received an e-mail from my mom last night (Thursday). It was a fairly typical missive from my mother, who’s e-mail messages come to me in one of a few categories: supportive, informative, instructional, or (frankly) spam.   The supportive e-mails are...

Pushing the limit

Yes, kids, I still have a little bit of shopping to do. Not a huge amount, mind you, but a few things here and there. But it’s probably no surprise that I’m one of “those people.”   There’s an advantage, though, to having these days off before Christmas: I was relatively unhindered in the stores today. Which was kinda weird, because the parking lots all seemed really full. But maybe that was just because there was more staff working than they really needed. Maybe?   I’ll be honest: I...

Kindergarten Lessons

I’ve got three kids. And, like a lot of kids, they don’t know how to share, like to fight (a lot), and can hold grudges like nobody’s business.   But the upside is that someday, they’ll grow up and with even my mediocre parenting skills, plus things they learned in Kindergarten about sharing, they’ll be able to be kind, respectful, good people.   Unlike nearly every politician in this country right now.   I watched the train wreck today when Obama and Boehner had their dueling news conferences to...

Breaking

I have to admit to no small amount of joy at having over two weeks off.   I need a break. I need a change, to just do some of those things that I keep saying “when I have time.” Well, now I’ll have some time to do those things. At least until January 3rd.   Not that this time of year really lends itself very well to having gobs of extra time: we’ve got three Christmas celebrations coming up in the next two weeks. But that’s really the...

Jumping Early

The wife and I are heading out on a hot date tonight…Or at least we’re going out to see Les Miserables at the Orpheum tonight, so I’m jumping in early with a quick post for you.   The last time I saw the show was at the Ordway probably 18 or 19 years ago, and at that, we got rush tickets and ended up standing behind the seating in the top balcony for the entire show (which, if I remember was somewhere around 2 1/2 or 3 hours long)....

Busy

It’s been years since I’ve spent the whole day taking calls at work. And I guess while I didn’t really take calls all day today, it was what my new routine will be, at least for a while.   I haven’t needed to log a ticket on the fly in ages, so that’s taking a while to pick back up, especially since we’ve changed to a different ticketing system since I was last taking calls. So everything that I’m looking for to create, enter, and route tickets is different...

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