Traveling for the holidays has us staying with Tiff’s folks in Picayune this week. Kris and Candice scheduled Addisyn’s first bday party for Sunday (pics) so we were able to make that. Amazing how fast kids grow/change that first year.
Managed to get by Southern and visited with some of the profs I worked with there. Nice to catch up with those guys, compare war stories, etc. They tried to rope me into a LUG meeting, but I got saved from that one by dinner plans. It was rather depressing to hear about the general state of OSS within IT planning there. They seem to be following the old vendor lock-in ways without even considering any of the better options out there. Ah well…
Dinner was excellent. Caught up with Wesley and Eryn and grabbed some sushi at Sakura. Food was decent, company was much better. Got into some rather lively discussions about religion, politics and just life in general. Rather amusing that Wesley lives ~3 hrs from us, yet we have to meet 800+ miles away.
Ended up grabbing a beer over at the ol’ End Zone. Seems Hattiesburg now has a smoking ban, so I missed out on the whole smoky, hole-in-the-wall-bar experience I was hoping for. Did get up with Chris and Jennifer, and kicked Chris’ ass at some pool for old time’s sake.
As nice as it is to visit old friends and family, I can’t fsking wait to get back home. I could write volumes about how backwards things are here, but it would be rather pointless. Suffice to say it’s at least 5 years behind in tech, and attitudes are even further in the dark ages.
(With apologies to Sublime for the title)
Finally went out and bought a proper family vehicle. Did some research and the Subaru Forester looked like the best fit. It’s got more than twice the cargo space of the ol Altima, awesome safety ratings, decent gas milage and reasonably priced. And oh yea, it’s pretty fun to drive…
Been a while since I last posted. Tho not from a lack of desire or subject matter, simply a lack of time.
Quite a bit has happened since my last post. The Girls have been growing like crazy and being quite the handful as of late.
Britton’s gaining knowledge (and hopefully some wisdom) at a scary rate. I only wish I still picked things up as easily as she does… She’s also progressing very nicely with her gymnastics and ballet, tho I’m prolly not the most objective judge of such things. She’s also becoming very independent and headstrong. Very independent and headstrong.
Blythe officially hit the ‘terrible twos’ last month. She started with the ‘no!’s and ‘mine!’ about a month before that. But she’s cute and, even at her age, knows full well how to use that to manipulate those around her. And she’s also starting to manifest a pretty hefty temper when she doesn’t get her way.
But they are both good kids, and generally fun to be around.
Work’s been quite hectic as of late, what with the RHEL 5 release and all. As an aside, RHEL 5 is really good. Been playing with it over the past few weeks and have been hard pressed to find faults on the server side.
It’s also been the fiscal year transition so I’ve been bogged down with budgetary and infrastructure planning. Small tasks such as defining policy & procedures for things like disaster recovery, incident response and general system maintenance are only part of my task list for the next year. It’s amazing how much more complex a system gets when it’s global.
Oh yea, I did manage to get out to my first try at some paintball several weeks ago. We went with a friend of Tiff’s who’s hubby is pretty hardcore. Didn’t manage to get Tiff to try it out, but it’s only a matter of time…
And we got snow here. Twice.
My sis-in-law and her hubby had a beautiful baby girl this morning around 11:15. Addisyn Reese weighed 7lbs, 4ozs and was 19 1/2″. Congrats Candice and Kris!