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Just catching up since I haven't done so in a couple of weeks.
Long details behind cut )

Well, that's about it for now.  For all you long time LJers who've fallen off the bandwagon and many of you therefore off my radar, if you're still reading, feel free to post something and let me know you're still alive.
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Ok, I've been berated for my lack of posting about it.  Yes, Monique is home.  Yay!

We managed to get through the last of the insurance red tape Friday afternoon and we took her home on Friday afternoon.  She's got a gaping wound in her abdomen and a wound vac sucking stuff out of it.  She's up and about a couple times a day.  She's trying hard for independence.  She's avoiding pain killers as much as possible.  In general, she's doing very well.  Thank you to everyone for all your well wishes.  :-)

Now I'm struggling to catch up on things, so if I owe you something, I likely haven't forgotten, but if you want to remind me anyway, that's ok. 
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The surgery went fine yesterday.  It took about 3 hours and was a bit more complicated than they thought.  They found about 10 infected sutures and kept following them and found about 10 more that they cut out along with some tissue to leave an infection-free zone.  There was no mesh left to take out.  The wound has been left open and is on a wound vac machine, which she'll have for about 8 weeks.  That's the short of it.  It's not a permanent solution to all the problems, but it should be the end to this latest issue.

Celeste and I stayed over in a Best Western last night so we could be here to take her home today.  That was the plan anyway.  Monique is going to need visiting nurses for a while to clean out the wound vac every 3 days.  Just as the discharge was going through, the hospital got a denial of the visiting nurse benefit and thus wouldn't let her go home.

She has been on the phone for a couple of hours with her insurance trying to get this fixed.  Apparently, all the weeks of IV she had at home, applying it herself, was charged to her annual home care charges and she's used it up.  She's fighting it out with the insurance company now and is making progress, but not in time to go home.  So, since the insurance *will* pay for another very expensive overnight stay and they won't pay for the home nurse visit, we're "enjoying" another night of hospital care on the insurance company.  Yes, they're choosing the expensive hospital bill over the $115 nurse's visit.  And we wonder why our insurance fees are so high  *sigh*

And to make matters worse, the permanent wound vac machine she's going to have was already shipped to our house in Monroe CT to arrive tomorrow morning.  Someone, either me or Celeste has to go to Monroe and bring the machine back to NYC for them to hook her up to it to go home, so I'm going to have to use another day of vacation.


Nov. 1st, 2011 01:28 pm
kumir_k9: (Formal)

And because I'd be really remiss if I posted about the haunted house without talking about something way more important, I'm going to talk about something that's way more important.  My darling wife is going in for yet another abdominal surgery on Monday, November 7th.  She'll be going in to NY City to the Beth Isreal hospital where two surgeons will be working on removing what they suspect is a piece of mesh from a previous surgery. 

It may be a same day surgery, though they will likely keep her overnight.  There will likely be a wound vac machine in place for some time as they try to get the infection to clean out and heal over completely before they close her up.

Thirtheenth time's the charm?  Here's hoping.

This means we will not be able to make the 2020 Vision Quest Peak Potential Auction/Dinner.  This does NOT mean that you should skip it just because we can't make it.  It is for a very good cause and a lot of fun beside.  I'm really disappointed to be missing it.  So if you haven't already, go out there and buy your tickets.


Sep. 26th, 2011 08:00 am
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Monique and I went up to NH this weekend for Brent and Erin's wedding. 

Visit with my mom and dad )
Wedding )
Visit with Monique's mom )
Medical issues )
Flute choir rehearsal )
More Monique medical stuff )
Happy Monday everyone.  Have a great week.
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Yesterday was a pretty bad day.  I broke down several times thinking about Monique's dad.

Monique came home last night around 9:30.  I knew she was going to be taking it even harder than me, so when she came in I had a nice fire in the fireplace waiting and a glass of wine.  I figured a little comfort would go a long way and I was right.  We talked for quite a while.  She wanted to pass on the weekend and just stay home, so I spilled the surprise I had for her so she would still make the trip.

We came up to NH this morning and got up here with enough time for her to take a 20 minute cat nap before the massage and facial.  As I suspected, these were exactly what she needed.  She's taking another nap now.  And btw, the massage and facial didn't hurt me any either.  ;-)

Her mom will be driving up from FL starting tomorrow morning, stopping in VA for a day and possibly in CT for a day.  There will be a memorial service for Bob next Saturday, so we'll be coming up two weekends in a row.

That's about it for now.  On the bright side, we'll still be at the wedding tomorrow.   I'm not sure how to convey that to either [livejournal.com profile] silway  or [livejournal.com profile] thedeviantangel .  Hopefully they'll see it here.
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Things are looking good.
- It's Friday.  Work Hell is almost done!  Yay!
- I finished the character creation portion of the 7 Virtues database last night.  It accurately tracks race expenditure, headers (including pre-reqs and exclusions), skills (same as headers *and* the wonky 2:1 CP expenditure ratio for core skills).  Now all I have to do is get it to spit out the HTML code for the character pages, but worse case that should be a couple of hours.  Printing out character cards will be a snap.  Reports on the wiki site for staff each event will be a breeze.
- House is clean and laundry is done.  This is good because...
- Monique comes home tonight after a week in MD for work.  YAY!
- Off to Nashua tomorrow to see parents
- Couples' massages, facials and jacuzzi at the hotel spa (shhhh! It's a secret.  Monique doesn't know, but she doesn't read LJ anyway.  "Massive waste of time!")
- [livejournal.com profile] thedeviantangel  's wedding... oh, and [livejournal.com profile] silway  's too.  ;-)
- Hang out time with friends at wedding and reception

Promises to be a good weekend.
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Monique has a problem at work.  She's due to roll out a new program to one of the divisions she works with this week in MD.  This is the workflow database that I worked on for a year and a half until this past January when they hired a full time developer.  He's done a great job, but due to medical reasons he missed a fair amount of time just recently and some of the reporting needs aren't what they need to be for this release.  So Monique asked me to come in this morning and help out on that front.

So I got up at 5:00 this morning and we came in to work on it.  Unfortunately, it's now 10:40 and Frank is still not here and not answering phone or email.  We're hoping he's well.  Also unfortunately, it means I've been sitting here for the past few hours unable to do anything productive since I can't get to the back side of the database to do any development work.

The good thing is that I've been working on some 7 Virtues stuff, so it's not a total loss, but still, 5:00 on a Saturday.  And Monique won't have what she needs by Monday morning.  *sigh*

Off to Martha's Vineyard this afternoon.  We're leaving at noontime today for tomorrow's wedding.  Should be fun.
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Not much time, so for now, just a short overview of the NERO weekend.

Friday night I got to the site in a pretty foul mood and was not feeling up to playing at all, so I went to bed before game even started.  I figured I'd start Saturday off well rested in a better frame of mind. 

This strategy worked pretty well and Saturday morning I went out in a recurring NPC role to push along the plot a little.  Of course that all meant that I didn't get into game as Kumir until Saturday around noontime and therefore I wasn't really invested in any of the plots.  I did participate in the puzzle/riddle portion of the tourney with my team and we took the colors presentation.  The highlight of the weekend (for me) was the slaver plot in which one of Kumir's sons was introduced.  He was played by [livejournal.com profile] agraitear.  I can't imagine anyone playing the part better.  This turned a kind of "eh" event into a really good event.

Dinner after was a lot of fun.  I always enjoy post event time with people.  I wish I could do it more often.

On a really positive ending note, I got home to Monique's news that she met with a dietician this weekend for a couple of hours and she will be starting a new diet as soon as the food comes in (in the next couple of days).  This is the same plan agraiter used on which he lost and has kept off a lot of weight.  I have high hopes for this and I'm really ecstatic that she finally took action.  Yay!
kumir_k9: (Patriots)
Still no PELs, sorry Silway.  As promised, I told Monique I needed an evening of down time last night.  She said, "That sounds good.  Let's go out to dinner and then go to bed and cuddle over the last two episodes of Battlestar Galactica".  The two BSGs were awaiting us on TiVo.  So somewhat sadly, no downtime for writing PELs last night.  I will try again tonight.

My brother, the biggest ever Patriots fan, would be so proud.  I now own my very first piece of autographed Patriots memorabilia.  Two days ago I went into the office of the Director of Sales with an issue.  He complained that I never come in unless I have a problem or want something from him.  So yesterday, I grabbed my cup of coffee (mmmmm, coffee)... *takes a sip of today's cup*.. where was I?  Oh yeah, I grabbed my coffee and went to visit with Dale (aforementioned director). 

As we were talking, I noticed he had a Patriots football helmet on top of the shelf in his office.  This shocked me because Dale is from Ohio and *NOT* a Patriots fan.  I asked him about it.  It turns out that he and Frank (our President and mutual boss) had gone to an Easter Seals charity auction and Dale always likes to buy something at things like this.  It was autographed by Wes Welker.  Dale gave me the helmet, which now sits on my desk at work, proudly displaying my Patriot-ism.
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Today will be a new test for me.  I have resolved not to do these ridiculous hours trying to pull off two 40 hour a week jobs at one time.  My boss agrees with me and I'm feeling really good about saying 'no'.  We'll see if I can hold on to that.  Anyone wanting to send along thoughts of strength and resolve, feel free.  I can use all I can get.  "NO" is not a word I use easily and I'll need to make sure the project manager gets it from day one.

Valentines Day was awesome.  Monique found tickets to go see Barry Manilow.  Oh, stop making faces.  My generation loved him and Monique and I fell in love to his music.  Anyway, he was playing on Long Island Saturday night.  We went down Saturday afternoon and had a very relaxing day together.

The show itself was amazing.  Even at sixty-something years old, Barry still has a solid, strong voice.  He's not the dynamo he was twenty years ago, but he still has a great stage presence. 

I went and worked on the database for Monique yesterday.  I should have finished it, but she decided that she wanted a feature that we had originally written out of phase one.  So I came very close.  If I can just stick to my resolve at work today I can get home in a timely enough fashion to finish it off after dinner but before Heroes.  It would be so nice to be done.

I looked at the schedule for flute choir this season.  We have four performances, two of them without firm dates yet.  I have *NO* Sundays free for rehearsals at all in April.  The group as a whole doesn't have a lot of flexibility for date/times for jobs.  It's going to be tricky. 

The schedule as a whole will be messy with the whole work project timeline falling into uncertainty.  Should make for some interesting stress working in the LARP weekends, vacation weeks, potential weekend data conversion, etc.  I live by a fixed calendar and I just don't have a good one for the next 4 months.  I hate that.

Madrigal - T minus 4 days 16 hours (or so) and counting!  :-)

Catching up

Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:09 am
kumir_k9: (Kumir)
Weekend was good.  I went to the one day NERO RH revel.  I thought the plot team did a fine job running good, well thought out, plot integrated mods.  The mods were there in abundance and I actually turned one down in favor of a team meeting and had to beg off a different team activity to go on another that sought me out specifically. 

The NPC shift was shorter than I would have liked, but playing it longer would have meant staying through the feast as that character and I really didn't have time.  Lily (Mikki P) and Kumir performed "There's a Fine, Fine Line" after the feast.  I was quite pleased with that.  I love performing with Mikki.  She's got such a great voice.

I had awesome roleplay with several characters that helped further my own goals along and lots of general fluff roleplay, which is always good, and lots of scritches behind the ears from Luna.  It's good to be a dog scavenger.  ;-)

I was given the opportunity to pop my transform.  I turned it down for character roleplay reasons.  I like having one.  It's cool and fits the character and isn't all about the power.  Usually it just happens and you get no say.  This one I could take it or not and because I had the choice and saw no reason to, I did not.  I think that confused some of the people on the mod with me, but for Kumir, it was the right decision.  He doesn't like what it does to him and will not just use it for no good reason.

I thought the feast was very good.  The chicken was huge, moist, tender and delicious.  In fact, I couldn't finish my meal.  It was one of the more impressive LARP meals I've had in a long while.

I have two gripes with the event.  The first is the automatic limited reset after every mod.  I know a lot of people like that.  I understand that it lets you cut loose on every single mod.  It just feels contrived.  It's counter to everything you learn on how to play the game.  It trivializes the dangers on the mods.  I blew death spells at the end of a mod because it was the easy way out.  Normally, those get saved for life spells except in extreme situations.  But most people seem to like it, so I will suck it up.  It certainly didn't make the event unenjoyable.

The other complaint is... is... uh, huh, that's funny.  I can't remember it now.  If it comes back to me, I'll edit this.

I saw an awesome display of plot regard for player fun.  While I was up in monster camp getting back into Kumir after my role, I saw the plot team going down the list of attendees making sure that every person had been hit and trying to plan on how to make sure that people who had had less attention than others would get more.  It was a good example of plot proactivity and it impressed me a lot.

Well, look at that.  That was supposed to be a short recap and ended up being a short pre-PEL check list.

Chris and I drove home after the event and got home about 12:30.  The ride home wasn't bad.  Conversation with Chris is always good for keeping the mind engaged and awake and it's a good time to catch up with him.  We don't talk much these days.  Common problem with my family as a whole.  I'll be glad when my schedule gets back where it belongs.

A big chunk of the conversation with Chris centered around the changes he's made to his character.  When he started it, he was all excited about the character concept, which admittedly was pretty cool.  In my opinion, he may have overplayed the character and it has not been as fun for him as he would have liked.  His changes took all the flavor from the character (craftsmen, racial, formal levels and secondary column)  and replaced them with fighting skills.  In essence, he sacrificed the character concept for power.  The argument was that it was only for now and that he would start buying them back.  Every time I said, "You gave those things up", he said, "No, I'm going to buy them back".  Apparently, our definitions are different.  It was amusing and it passed the time.

Sunday we slept in until about 8:30 and then after a leisurely breakfast, I attacked the balancing of my checkbook, budgeting and bills.  I hadn't touched this in about a month, so it took the better part of the day.  Well, that and the fact that I was somewhat lethargic and kept finding myself staring at the screen in a daze. 

Flute choir rehearsal went well.  It was one of the more exhausing rehearsals in a while.  We really worked some sections of the music in minute detail.  That meant most people had time they weren't doing anything, but I was busy the entire time as a director.  And two of my members were sort of subtly in-fighting.  So I was playing director and manager at the same time.  I hate that kind of stuff.  We're a friendly group.  I don't have time for egos and usually don't have to deal with it.  Unfortunately, we have a new member (3rd time) who's quite good and I think another member feels a little threatened.  Overall though, we got a lot done, but it was very tiring.

Monique has a couple of days off and Thursday she has a face-to-face meeting with her boss in Hartford, so we're taking a couple days away from home and staying at a hotel about 4 minutes from work.  It was really nice when I left work at 8:00 last night to be "home" at 8:04.  I could get used to that.  In fact, over the next few days, I probably will.  It will be extra special tonight when we have 2"-4" of snow to just drive around the corner.  I save an hour and a half to two hours of my day and get some extra time with my darling wife.  The hotel is fairly expensive, but it's a large suite and it includes breakfast and dinner, so as far as I'm concerened it's a total win.
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Are you kidding?  No way!.   It's been done by everyone else.  I want to write about something really exciting, like the weekend I just had.

I drove down Friday night to Virginia.  It took me about 6 1/2 hours, which is actually pretty good.  I left work early, so I was down there by 9:00.  I spent about an hour with Monique, apologized a lot, and then we went to bed.  Saturday morning, we were up at 5:00 to bring her sister and my cousin to the airport.  We went to an IHOP with them for breakfast.  Sadly, the heat was out in the place and by the time we finished eating our breakfast, the food and the coffee were cold.  After dropping them off at the airport, we went back to their house, where Monique decided to go back to bed.  This struck me as a good time to go on over to Steve's house.

I stopped at the local grocery store and picked up a whole bunch of snacks, a fruit tray and a veggie tray, and some blueberry muffins.  i figured nothing would go to waste and I was correct.  I was hoping to find a Dunkin Donuts on my way over, but there don't seem to be many in VA.  So sad.  As it turns out, I went within about 50 feet of one and didn't know it because it was facing out away from the very plaza I was shopping in.  *sigh*

Saturday consisted of Erin making breakfast for everybody (I felt like a hobbit having second breakfast) and much hanging out with cool people.  Nikki did both lunch and dinner for everybody.  Saturday night, we got in costume (mostly) and did a several hour in-game session as our Madrigal characters.  I caught up on Eurvein stuff with Petros and convinced Grum's Company to enter an entertainment competition.  I had a fabulous discussion with Valentine.  She actually managed to surprise me, both IG and OOG.  Most amusing.

Sunday was pretty much a mirror image of Saturday, though Cindy and Hope and Josh did manage to overcome inertia and lethargy.  They got eight of us out hiking the trails of one of the fine VA parks.  It was wonderful and I'm really glad we got out and about.  It was an invigoration walk through a beautiful LARP mod site (well, it should be anyway) where I enjoyed the conversation, exercise and fresh air.

Shortly after getting back, I had to say my farewells and head back to Monique.  Josh came with me and the three of us went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  It was a wonderful meal, good food, great company.  I don't spend nearly enough time with Josh and as predicted, much of the conversation was about children, his and mine.  Of course, mine are the same age as half the people I hung out with this weekend and his are barely older than my grandchildren, but it gave us common ground. 

I tried to get Monique to go in and see people when we brought Josh back, but she was really tired and just wanted more crash time.  We went back to her sister's house where she worked on finishing the third book in a trilogy she started that weekend.  i worked on the database on my laptop.  We listened to his and hers iPods.  It was so romantic.  :-p

Monday morning we headed over to her other sister's to pick up the flowers she forgot there on Friday.  We chatted for a while and I played catch and Connect Four with my nephew.  He won one.  I won one.  He didn't want to play a tie breaker.  Monique and I then headed up to Frederick MD where Monique is spending the rest of the week for work.   I got her luggage in the hotel for her and we watched a movie before dinner, after which I headed home.

I listened to an audio book most of the way, The Time Travleler's Wife.  I got a little over halfway through it.  It's an excellent book so far and I highly recommend it.  However, if you read it and don't like the second half or the ending, don't blame me.  I'm only recommending the first half so far.

Work today would totally ruin this post about a fine weekend, so I'll skip it for now.
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To all who offered me advice or well wishes yesterday, thank a lot.

I ended up leaving work about 1:30 and headed to Monique's sister's house in VA.  It took me about 6 1/2 hours total.  I just put the iPod on the car stereo.  I listend to a couple of short Audiobooks that were actually short plays between Spock and Q from Star Trek. They were pretty funny and entertaining.  After that I sang to Broadway tunes most of the rest of the way which was a really good way to stay awake. 

I talked to Monique a couple times on the way down.  She got the flowers and was quite pleased, though she said several times that I didn't have to do that.  Yeah, I already knew that *before* I did it.  Having to do it and *HAVING* to do it are two totally different things.  I assure you, I *HAD* to do it.  :-)  By the time we went to bed, which wasn't long after I got there, all was good again.

This morning we got up about 5:00 to take her sister and my cousin to the airport.  Monique has gone back to bed and I now sit in the den of burkefireguy's place waiting for the gang to arise.  I figure I can catch up on a little database work while I'm waiting. 

On an amusing note, when I tapped gently on the door here, Nate answered the door and said, "Good morning Zephyr", not "Good morninrg Rick".  I'm wearing blue, but I'm not blue in any other way this morning, so it made me smile.
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The past few days have been pretty good, I have to say.  We got  Thursday and Friday mostly off from the ERP project at work.  The guys working on the install with us had a client in the final stages of their install, so they couldn't be here with us.  It was great time for getting less behind in things for my normal workload.

[livejournal.com profile] create_universe , [livejournal.com profile] burkefireguy11  and Mark (LJ unknown, Adeon, new Eurvein guy at Madrigal) came up Thursday night on their way to NPC Endgame this weekend.  They came in from VA in the wee hours of the morning but were good sports and got up with me Friday morning anyway.  Monique made us all breakfast before work.  She's the best.  I love her.  I went in about two hours late so I could hang out with the guys.  Good time.

Saturday I took Monique and her friend Pam to the airport.  They're going to FL for a week's vacation.  It sucks that she's got so much more vacation than me, but she really needs the time to rest.  She's been pushing as hard as me.

After dropping them off I went to the CT Renn Faire.  It was a nice change of pace to just wander at my pace, stop where I wanted, spend as much or as little time at any one thing.  I've enjoyed visits with others, but this definitely had a lot to say for it.  There was a phenomenal mime.  I didn't think you'd ever catch me singing the praises of a mime, but this guy was incredible beyond words.  He "accompanied" several of the other acts in what appeared to be improv.  He used his total body to express everything.  He was quick on his feet and IMO, by far, the most entertaining thing I saw; a mime.  Who would have thought it?

Of course, I saw far too many things I wanted to buy.  The bright side of that is that I saw so much I wanted that nothing stuck out above the rest and I ended up buying nothing.  I saved a small fortune by wanting too much.  Win!  :-)

And of course the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] vanora27  performed and then we went out to dinner after with a couple of her friends.  I stayed out way too late considering the hour and a half drive home, but it was so much fun it was completely worth it.

Sunday saw a house that was far too cold.  I finally buckled and turned on the heat.  Nothin'.  I went and checked the furnace and it had apparently been totally shut down.  I read the directions.  I played with it a little, very little.  There were 2 valves, 2 knobs and 2 switches (that I could find).  I asked myself, "What's the worst that could happen if you mess with it?".  Unfortunately, I answered myself, "It's a gas powered device you idiot, you could blow up".  I decided I'd call our plumber today to come turn it on correctly.

So I ended up bringing in firewood and starting a fire.  It didn't warm up the whole house, but it certainly took the edge off.  And it was a lovely backdrop for our flute choir rehearsal.  I've added in a couple extra rehearsals outside the normal schedule because we have a performance in mid-November and our bi-weekly schedule was already interrupted too much by LARPing.  I won't schedule a rehearsal on a LARP weekend because if I do, I'm either too tired or I don't make it back in time.  Since I run it out of my house, those aren't good things.

On the bright side, the music is shaping up nicely and I'm feeling good about the people attending and the performance as a whole.  I just wish I could get better commitment from people.  Waiting until a month before a performance to know I'll have enough people is nerve wracking.

On to work.  Happy Monday all.  Have a good week.


Sep. 30th, 2008 12:57 pm
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Saturday I'm going to be taking Monique to the airport on her way to FL for a week's vacation.  Yes, she's going on vacation without me.  :'-(  After I drop her off, since I'm roughly in the neighborhood, I'm going to go the the Connecticut Renn Faire.  Anyone interested in going and spending the afternoon, maybe go out to dinner after?
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Friday night:  
Monique came home.  Yay!  She had essentially been gone for three weeks for business.  Of course, she didn't get home until about 1:00 in the morning, so I didn't really see her Friday night, but it was the thought that counted.

We slept in late, late being one of those subjective terms.  I think I slept until 6:30.  We went out for breakfast and then headed up to my work.  Monique plugged in her laptop at the spare desk in my office so we could be together.  I cleaned out a bunch of crap in my office (two big barrels full) and started the packing of everything I wouldn't need this week in preparation for next week's move.

Saturday night, we watched a bunch of West Wing episodes.  It was an acceptably nice day.  We at least spent the whole thing together.

We slept in late again, about 7:30, which, when you factor in daylight saving time, comes out to about the same as Saturday.  We had a nice, leisurely breakfast, did some cleaning around the house, and then went to her work, where we spent 5 hours discussing a new database project that I'm working on for her finance department.

A few more episodes of West Wing Sunday night, since we hadn't spent enough time together, and the weekend was over.  Nothing exciting, but not as bad as I'd anticipated.  I thought I'd spend the entire weekend doing Marlin work.  I am paying for it now trying to catch up on the things I didn't do.

On the bright side, our shipping department has absolutely *NOTHING* to do for a couple days, so we inherited them for as much time as we want for packing purposes for our server room, so there's that much less work my department will have to do on Thursday. 
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What happened to Monday?  I know I was here working.  Damn, Monday flew fast.

Weekend was good.  I spent a good solid  10 hours working on the workflow database for United Health Care.  Monique and I worked together on a lot of that on Saturday mapping out import files to database fields.  It would be nice if her team would get me *all* the workflow input files and be consistent in their structures and follow the rules I set for these things (single sheet per workflow, single row headers, etc).  But it's been fun and interesting working out new ways to handle their inadequacies.

Patriots!!!!  Woo-hoo!  18-0!  'Nuff said.

Monique is at some sort of seminar just south of Hartford all week, so the company got her a hotel room at the conference center.  It's about 15 minutes from my work.  I'm going to stay there all week becuse it beats going home at 35 - 40 minutes one way, it will be a nice change of pace and because I get to spend nights with Monique instead of home alone.

Monique's birthday was yesterday.  I remembered about 11:30 to call in a flower order.  I had already bought her a lovely earring and necklace set.  Chris and Amy were going to make her lobster for dinner, but we went out to dinner at Red Lobster instead because we had two reasons to celebrate.

Chris got a job yesterday.  He'll be working for RR Donnelly, a printing firm in Danbury CT.  Now that he's employed, he also got to fulfill the his agreement with Amy.  They agreed to wait until he had a job to tell all the family that she's pregnant.   So he made a lot of family calls last night.  It was kind of funny to see how excited he was about it.  Chris *HATES* talking on the phone.

Enough blather for one morning.  I've got a long 14 hours of work ahead of me, so I should get to it. ,

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