Thursday, July 21, 2011

Whew!

Talk about crazy, I've been so busy at work, I haven't been able to keep up with many of my internet pals.  And I spend so much time in front of my PC, I don't want to crack it open when I get home (well, except to bring up my Nook app and read an ebook).  We implemented a new policy that disabled shared access to the company website.  And though we communicated this change, it appears we didn't communicate it well enough.  So my team is getting hammered with calls and requests for access.  To give you an idea, we normally get 60 to 100 requests a week to process.  We've processed close to 1000 in just 8 days.  So my brain has been whipped by the time I get home.

Work has been interesting.  There may be some changes coming for me in the near future, but nothing certain right now.  It's one of those things I don't talk about much in public forums since you never know who's reading.  And some things should remain private until they play themselves out.  In any event, I'm busy which is good.

We're picking up Christopher from scout camp tomorrow.  I'm sure he'll be happy to be home after a few weeks away.  He's in for a big surprise.  Ellen literally ripped apart his room and organized EVERYTHING.  Old stuff was either put away or trashed.  Drawers cleaned out.  Bed moved (that was scary, seeing what was hiding UNDER the bed).  The place is immaculate right now.  We need to work with him on organiztion (turns out executive functions like that are very difficult for people with ADHD and that explains a lot).  She figured best to start out in the right, low distraction environment.  She did a lot of work but got it done before he came home!

We've also got a wedding to attend this weekend.  My cousin is getting married.  She's been focusing on her career and education (literally since high school) and is finally done with it all.  She graduated college in 3 years as a teacher, got her masters and just last month her PhD in education.  She's the first Doctor in the family!  But all that work took a bit of a toll on her social life.  Now she's found a great guy and can concentrate on building a family of her own!  The boys get to go to their first wedding reception so they're super excited.  And they'll get to sit with their cousins (my sister's kids) so they'll have a grand old time away from the adults.

Lots more little things going on at home right now but we try to take them one day at a time.  We'd be doing more outdoor type stuff if it wasn't 90 degrees every damn day, but we'll manage.  On the plus side, I haven't mowed the lawn in 3 weeks.  But riding in that kind of heat is brutal.  Anyway, hope everyone has a good weekend.  I'm going to.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Busy busy busy!

Even though we been "childless" this week, there's still been plenty to do!  However, it seems to go much more smoothly when there's no kids underfoot!  Sunday we had a nice meal just the two of us. I can't remember the last time we had a quiet meal together at home where we could TALK to each other without either being interrupted or mediating an arguement.  It was rather nice!

We both took Tuesday off from work.  Ellen went to lunch with her sister-in-law and her neice and I ran around doing errands.  It was a peaceful kind of day.  I had originally planned on going mountain bike racing that day but by 5 pm it was still almost 90 degrees and wicked humid so I decided against it.  Not worth that much sweating and pain.  I've gotten some really nice rides in this week otherwise, though.

Wednesday we had originally planned on going on a ride but I got a message from a friend asking if we wanted to meet for dinner.  One of our pals that lives in Canda among those crazy French Canadians in Montreal was in town so we got together instead.  We had a LONG dinner at PF Chang's and then did some visiting at one of our friend's place afterwards.  Overall quite the enjoyable evening.  It turns out this circle of friends of ours from high school are all women, so I got to have a tasty meal surrounded by lovely ladies.  Can't ask for more?  The most amusing thing of the evening was when we were talking about books we were reading.  Of the 4 ladies, 3 of them, including my wife were all reading Pride and Prejudice.  They got a big laugh out of that.

I took today off from work as well to do some running around and generally enjoy not being at work.  Nicholas comes back home tomorrow and while it's been nice without the kids, I'm sort of looking forward to them returning.  I felt bad for Nicholas since he called me on my cell at work on Tuesday asking me to come up to scout camp for some event.  It was hard to make out what he was saying since the signal up there is terrible and the cell he was using cut out 2 of every 3 words.  He mentioned something about not knowing who to ask if he should do things and being picked on.  So I told him I couldn't come up and that we'd discussed it was too many 4.5 hour trips for me to do this year with his brother up there.  I also told him that I trust the scout leader's judgement and he can ask him whether he should be doing certain things.  I then asked him if he was having fun and in a bright, chipper, upbeat voice he says "Oh yes!".  The boy kills me.  He even sent us a post card.  Mind you, his brother, who has been there a week longer than him, hasn't bothered to send us anything.  At least ONE of my kids is thoughtful.

I've been having trouble keeping up with my internet "stuff" since we're so crazy busy at work right now, it's cutting into my internet time.  By the time I get home, who wants to be on the computer?  I'll have to do something about reducing my workload so I can catch up on other things.  For now I'm enjoying getting some reading done at home until school starts up again after labor day.  Wish me luck peeps!


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did anyone notice?

Yesterday I decided to do a little blog cleaning and figured I'd update my blog roll since many of the ones on it were no longer active.  So I went to log into my Blogroll account (that's who I used to manage it) and saw a message that they'd stopped their service!  There was a statement that my blogroll might be blank and sure enough it was!  Did anyone even notice they'd gone by the wayside?  Another casualty of social networking sites like Facebook, I suppose.  No matter.  I'm going to fill my left hand nav with pictures and other stuff I like.  But it does appear bloggers are turning into dinosaurs on the internet.  Remember when everyone had a blog and it was relevant?  It wasn't that long ago.  Boy, the "good old days" are no longer decades ago but only a few years now.  Pretty soon, the "good old days" will be last year.


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

All or nothing

I have to thank Kate for posting this on her blog.  It was so good, I had to put it here as well.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan,

Jim