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Jun. 17th, 2009 @ 02:28 pm For those that aren't on facebook...
Current Location: work
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Lots of stuff has been going on since my last post...

Work has gotten insane - but thankfully with the new boss in place, things are going well. On the horizon will be migrating all of our Access database to SQL Server/.NET programming, as soon as I learn how to program in Visual Studio.

I've been reading a lot this year, maintaining my list on facebook. I hope to post the list here at some point.

Natalie's getting big - she turned 2 last month - and enjoying school (go figure!)

She's absolutely adorable when she breaks out into one of her songs she sings at school.

Since I've been spending more time posting on facebook, many of you that aren't on my facebook list missed this:

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Jan. 28th, 2009 @ 10:36 am Yes, I'm alive.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: streaming WFUV
I keep on intending to post an update, but procrastination always gets the best of me.

Been very busy the last few months, between work, Natalie and other stuff that comes up.

Basically, I didn't get the promotion. I found that out at a meeting when my temp boss indicated to everyone that they "haven't found the candidate best serving the needs of our department." That was back in September. Since then, they have identified a potential person, offered the position, but since we're on that need-to-know basis, we don't know what the response was. Next week marks one year from when my boss gave notice. Don't ya just love it when things progress at glacial speed?

Meanwhile, they've researched alternate means at obtaining a similar database to the one I redesigned the previous two years. Interestingly enough, there isn't any product out there they could buy, and they decided that having a system built by someone else would be better. So far, they researched a system but I haven't heard an outcome on that.

Lots of busy work requiring more research than actual development have come across my desk the last few months.

Sheryl recently started working as the Second Cook at a local nursing home and was signed on as an adjunct prof at the community college in their Hospitality Dept. (teaching a Special Event Planning course, something we all feel she's great at since we do random gatherings like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo, and hope to do a Miss Congeniality evening April 25th).

Natalie is adorable. There's not much more I can say about that... She's putting words together to form mini sentences ("No Daddy", "Daddy Have Some", "Milk in here", etc.). I will have to post pics soon...

Lately, I've focused my attention towards Facebook over LJ. I've reconnected with a whole bunch of people from my past, which is really cool.
I know some of you have Facebook accounts, but hesitate crossing a boundary between professional/author and personal. If it is ok for me to "Friend" you, let me know. I have some Natalie Pictures there :)

A few months ago I started reading books on my Blackberry, so between my old fashioned book reading, audio in the car, and now on my cell, I'm devouring books at a faster pace. I will post my 2008 reading list soon as well. (Yes, beckycochrane , I did keep with tradition by rereading A Coventry Christmas over New Year's before reading A Coventry Wedding - loved A Coventry Christmas the second time around and loved A Coventry Wedding! Can't wait to read more about Coventry and the colorful characters!).

I've also been working on rejuvenating my archival juices...Since I haven't been back at the archives for over a year, I have started my own little hunt to discover who owned my work property originally.  Rumor had it that it was Fanny Brice's summer home, but no one was able to confirm or deny. After attending the annual archives conference in October, I was introduced to one of the speakers who is a Long Island estate historian. I asked him if he knew anything about the property. He asked around since he was just as unfamiliar, and two weeks ago took a look at the actual house for "clues". What we found was that the property belonged to Ray Austin Graham, Jr., son of Ray Austin Graham of Graham-Paige Motors. What I was able to obtain from basic google searching was that Ray Austin Graham, Jr. married a Firestone (of the tire-fame). It is fun piecing together a little bit of history... now if only I had the same interest with my own family. ;)

Meanwhile, it is snowing out and I decided to work from home (something I haven't done in months, under the new workplace mentality). After two black-ice incidents, I am not the most comfortable at driving in this weather. I have two VBA projects on my plate (and procrastinating) so if anyone out there knows VBA, please speak up! I could use some help...

That's it for now...
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Sep. 20th, 2008 @ 09:06 am by popular demand
Current Location: home
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Imagination Movers on Playhouse Disney
It has been several months since I posted on LJ.... been busy with Natalie - that girl really keeps me on the move! - and everything else that has been going on the last few. I have been reading posts, but haven't gotten around to commenting.

I'll start with work... I applied and interviewed for the manager's position back in July. Bottom line is that they wanted to interview more candidates and they'll make their decisions in September. I'm still waiting. I feel that if they intended on offering me the promotion, I'd have it by now. I was also "encouraged" to dress more "professional" if I wanted to be considered. Meanwhile, I've been handling a lot of the responsibilities without the glory. Yesterday I had a humbling meeting with individuals that are much more skilled in database development, one person got the job I interviewed for 2 years ago and the other person was given my database (y'all remember the one I worked a year and a half on) for review (and trashing)...and was told that the "next step" for me is to learn how to build a database. This did not sit well since I had been building databases for 6 years. Granted, I taught myself, keeping up to the standards my boss set, but hearing that really didn't make me happy.

Sheryl has her own update to make, so I'll let her make it on her own blog...

Natalie's growing up so fast... she's now running (forget walking - that was soooo last season!) and absolutely adorable. She's gotten a few words down (namma for banana) and is repeating almost every word we say (sort of)...

Been reading a whole bunch and will post more specifics eventually...

Today is 13 years from the day Sheryl and I met... Happy anniversary sweets!
Tomorrow marks one year from getting the keys to our house - wow, this last year went fast!

I set up a facebook profile and have reconnected with some of my high school and even elementary school classmates... so far it is fun and entertaining.

Hopefully I'll have something positive to update in the next few....
Here are a few pics:

Here are a few picsCollapse )

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Jun. 20th, 2008 @ 10:42 pm Long Overdue....
Current Location: home
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: Dead Can Dance's Devorzhum on repeat through the baby monitor
OK, so I've been a bit busy lately. Actually a lot of busy.

Before I get into my own rant - Congratulations, Condolences, Happies, and all that - Hugs! - I've been so busy that I didn't get an opportunity to post any of those when they were needed...

life the last few.... with a couple of Natalie picsCollapse )

I've read some awesome books so far this year (LAMMY Noms, LAMMY winner, and a few others that caught my eye), but will post them soon (I hope).
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Apr. 3rd, 2008 @ 06:40 am Political Soapbox....
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

...brought to you by Utah Phillips (will do a real post soon!)

Mark Twain said "Those of you who are inclined to worry have the widest selection in history." Why complain? Try to do something about it! It's going on 9 months now since I decided that I was gonna declare that I am a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Oh yes, I am going to run.

I shopped around for a party. Well, I looked at the Republicans. Decided talking to a conservative is like talking to your refrigerator. You know, the light goes on, the light goes off; it's not gonna do anything that's not built into it. And I'm not gonna talk to a conservative anymore than I talk to my damn refrigerator. Working for the Democratic party, now, that's kinda like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

So I created my own party; it's called the Sloth and Indolence Party. And I am running as an anarchist candidate in the best sense of that word. I have studied the presidency carefully. I have seen that our best presidents were the do-nothing presidents -- Millard Filmore, Warren G Harding. When you have a president who does something, we are all in serious trouble. If he does anything at all, if he gets up at night to go to the bathroom, somehow, mystically, trouble will ensue.

I guarantee that if I am elected, I will take over the White House, hang out, shoot pool, scratch my ass, and not do a damn thing. Which is to say if you want something done, don't come to me to do it for you. You gotta get together and figure out how to do it yourselves. Is that a deal?
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Mar. 24th, 2008 @ 09:54 pm still alive!
Current Location: home
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: The sound of two televisions in the house on different stations
Yes, I am still alive! I know, I know it has been a very long time since I last posted.

Lots of stuff happened over the last couple of months that just consumed my attention (includes pics of Natalie). Collapse )

For those that follow, here's the list of books I finished so far this year:
1. When You Don't See Me by Timothy James Beck - fantastic!
2. Heroes: Saving Charlie - The untold story of Hiro and Charlie by Aury Wallington - yes, I'm a geek about the show!
3. Murder at the Universe by Daniel Edward Craig - enjoyable!
4. Double Abduction by Chris Beakey - Awesome!
5. Stray by Sheri Joseph - Really Good - almost done but I can tell you I'm enjoying the book.

Wednesday is our eighth anniversary - anyone have any suggestions on how we should celebrate?
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Feb. 3rd, 2008 @ 04:14 pm mixed emotions
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: silence... really.
So January wasn't too bad for me, despite working non-stop on the hospital database.

My left wrist has been hurting the last few weeks so I've cut back some of my work-from home hours, which is a good thing. Sadly, it isn't just the computer work that is keeping my wrist in pain. (Minds out of the gutter people!) Natalie's a squirmer, so when I hold her and she squirms, my wrist goes into all sorts of contortions.

The good news, however, is that the database is in official testing mode by the doctors. (despite the one doctor's insistence that they go "live" and have the old system to use "just in case"). After almost a year in development, I personally, am not in a rush to give it to them until all the functional kinks are smoothed out.

So after the high of praise from the few doctors that actually did test the sucker, our boss pulls us aside and lets us know that he resigned, primarily for the direction his position has taken him over the years and lack of appropriate compensation. He's been fighting for us the last few weeks to get our salaries up to speed, but we knew his salary had to go up as well, and since HR indicated that they won't go higher for him, he gave notice. Where this leaves me (specifically) is anyones guess. I know I'm not up to his level (otherwise I'd have his position), but I can learn. His responsibilities have become less database design and more network maintenance separate from IT. I haven't a clue.... so sadly, I cannot jump right into his shoes (and his salary). Most likely, this will be an opportunity for "them" to re-evaluate our department and decide from there what direction they want to take.  There's obviously doubt about a new manager's style and our continued flexibility. Time to brush up my resume and get it out there I guess.

Meanwhile, I am still waiting for official word from the Archives about my return.

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Jan. 8th, 2008 @ 07:24 pm belated everything....
Current Location: home
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Current Music: dead can dance - yulunga (and natalie's breathing in the baby monitor)
I have been so incredibly busy the last few I missed wishing everyone a happy and a healthy holiday season. I have read up on all your posts, just haven't really had a chance to post one of my own or even comment as often as I would prefer.

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Dec. 8th, 2007 @ 09:12 am For those...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Current Music: natalie babble

For those that have read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

and even for those that haven't,

is just too.... um.... yeah.

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Dec. 5th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm brainstorm stuck in research and development
Current Location: archives
Current Mood: artisticartistic
My boss wants to submit another archives grant for next year but wants me to put into words the justification for submitting this grant.

Basically, since I'm working on a freelance database requiring images to be associated with an item, I suggested that we should scan some historical documents and link them up similarly.

From a grant perspective, the work of sitting in front of the scanner and prepping the image is just as important as getting it into the database.

From an archival point of view, scanning the document doesn't replace the document itself - it makes it more accessible.

I guess that would be my "angle".

If anyone has 30 seconds to help me brainstorm this - feel free to ask questions that will kick-start my thinking.
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