Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Good News... Maybe.

I got some good news this afternoon. The company that grilled me 2 days ago apparently liked me enough to ask for a second interview, with the higher-ups. Hopefully this means they want to give me an offer and are trying to get management on board as well.

Wish me luck!

Smashed flat!

Yesterday was really busy! I had a meeting all morning and a rather intense interview yesterday afternoon. They really grilled me! I came out of it feeling pretty good about myself. I have to bone up on M$ Exchange server and Cisco IOS. I knew these subjects needed to be addressed, but I didn't do too badly in those areas.

I got home and felt so worn out that I tried to take a nap, but that was thwarted by my wife and my kids. I just can't win!!! :)

So, I transferred Mechwarrior Vengeance over to my other computer and shot up some Mechs in an effort to relieve my frustration and perk me up a bit. It's funny how some things can perk a person up.


Sunday, February 26, 2006

The worst appears to be over...

Becca appears to be fine now. After a restless night of severe gas pains, screaming, crying, etc., she now running around after her sister, playing happily and generally being NORMAL self. Isn't it amazing how quickly a child can recover from things?

I find myself wishing I could carve out a piece of my immune system and give it to my wife. (I tend not to get sick and she finds every illness in a 10 mine radius.) She's a bronchitis magnet and has had the fits of dry hacking coughs 3 times since we've moved here at the end of July. Each time, she's sick for about 2 months and the third time began about 2-3 weeks ago. This means (do the math here) that there's only been 3 months worth of time that she hasn't been ill out of just short of 7 months here. When she's hacking and coughing at night she needs to sleep in a nearly sitting position, which boils down to sleeping on the couch. Really hard on our relationship. She's back in the bed now (perhaps this is a short bout of sickness) and hasn't coughed much, so maybe her body has decided that it likes the state where she grew up. Only time will tell.

Anyway, it's a beautiful day, gonna be in the 50's today. I think I'll try to spend some time outside.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Here's a laugh for you.

Henry Ford dies and goes to heaven. At the gates, an angel tells Ford, "Well, you've been such a good guy and your invention --- the assembly line for the automobile --- changed the world. As a reward, you can hang out with anyone you want to in Heaven." Ford thinks about it and says, "I wanna hang out with God, Himself." The befeathered fellow at the Gate takes Ford to the Throne Room and introduces him to God. Henry Ford then asks God, "Hey, aren't you the inventor of Woman?" God says, "Ah, yes." "Well," says Ford, "You have some major design flaws in your invention
1. There's too much front end protrusion
2. It chatters at high speeds
3. The rear end wobbles too much, and
4. The intake is placed too close to the exhaust."
"Hmmm..." replies God, "hold on." God goes to the Celestial Supercomputer, types in a few keystrokes, and waits for the result. The computer prints out a slip of paper and God reads it. "It may be that my invention is flawed," God replies to Henry Ford, "but according to My Computer, more men are riding my invention than yours."

This is just one of the funny ones at Harvey's page.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another one...

Your Hillbilly Name Is...

Big Jimmie Clementine

And I would be...

Whoo Hoo!!! I did well. :) Check my wife's results on the entry for 2004-10-18.


Gandalf the Grey

If I were a character in The Lord of the Rings, I would be Gandalf, Wizard, a guardian against the Dark Lord.

In the movie, I am played by Ian McKellen.

Who would you be?
Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test with Perseus Web Survey Software


I now have an outlet. My other blog is up and running. There is a lot of red text on it to denote that it's not as nice as this one. I don't anticipate it'll get as much traffic as this one, but it's just an area for me to vent. You don't have to read it if you don't wish to, but I thought I'd let you know about it.

I guess I'd better do something useful now. I'll post more tomorrow unless something spectacular comes up this evening.

Good night!

Temperature. Work? Chocolate!

Becca has a fever of 101. She's had it off and on for 24 hrs so we've decided to take her to a doctor tomorrow. We'll keep an eye on it for the night and see what the doctor has to say tomorrow. There's been something going around for a while now and it seems that everyone is getting a touch of it.

On the bright side, I've received information that seems to support a second interview next week and another potential second interview for the week after that one. More on that information as I receive confirmation. Wish me luck!

Now if only I could convince my wife that she finds me as desirable as the prospective employers! :) Perhaps I'll run out to the store and buy some chocolate and pour it on me. What do you think? Will it work? Yeah, yeah, I know. She'll make me sit in a freezer until she could safely remove the chocolate. On second thought, I don't think it would do me much good to go get the chocolate. Maybe some raspberries...

Casey Jr...

My youngest, Becca, is happily playing with her grandmother's toy train singing - in her three-year-old voice - "Casey Jr's coming down the track..." It makes me smile to hear it and to see her playing with Puppity (her toy puppy). She's very amusing, precocious, and creative. The songs she sings are quite amazing - for a three year old anyway.

This just in!
According to research performed by the esteemed free thinker, Rebecca Harris (3 years old), "every girl is a girl and every boy is a boy." This advanced concept is taking the scientific world by storm. "Her grasp of logic and reasoning is astounding!" claimed famed anonymous man, Joe Schmoe. Experts are climbing the walls in order to get a chance to interview her. More on this developing story at eleven.

It's about time

Well... It's finally happened. I now have a blog. I won't try to convince you that I hadn't thought about it before - because it would be a lie of biblical proportions - but I have finally gotten around to it.

My next trick will be to acquire new employment. I was released from my position as Director of IT at the local Peterbilt dealership, but I think that was a blessing in disguise as I've heard a lot of bad things about the decisions that have been made there in the past. Besides, I'm more of a team player anyway. I'd rather be part of a team than a one man show. I've had 3 good interviews in the last week and a half so I'm not in dispair or anything like that, but I'd rather be done with all the looking and applying, etc.

I'd also like it better when I wasn't being hounded by my mother-in-law. She's quite insane you know. She sees only the negatives in every situation and then goes about beating you with that negativity until you're concussed beyond all hope. Of course, she doesn't see it as being negative (Who would have guesses?!). She also doesn't see that she's nosy (once again, who would have guessed?!). I'm not sure how many times I've asked her not to pry into my personal thoughts and that it's not necessary nor is it appreciated for her to know everything about what's going on in my life. Instead, she treats me like a 5 year old. I HATE IT! What choice do I have but to refuse to answer her questions and tell her something like "It doesn't concern you" or "It's none of your business" in much kinder words of course.

I think I've gotten the worst of the angst out for the day. Please feel free to read about the rest of my family at my wife's first blog, her second blog, my older daughter's blog, or my youngest daughter's blog.

I can already see the need for me to create a second blog that won't be quite so G-rated. I think I'll do most - I'll try to make that ALL - of my ranting, raving, and complaining there and leave this one available for general, amusing, and otherwise positive things.

Speaking of amusing, find out what people really think about dolphins.

I suppose it's time to do some productive things now. I'll be back later. Maybe later today even.

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