Please excuse the mess. I'm in the process of moving to a new server and new blogging software. It'll be a while before this place gets to be looking like normal again.
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Friday night we had dinner at Maggiano's to celebrate Amy's 30th birthday.

We then took White's Ferry to get to Markoff's Haunted Forrest. Despite the cold, it was a great time between the not so haunted hay-ride and the walk through the haunted forrest. A few good screams were had by all.

Kelly • 01:59 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Loudoun County Parkway

I can't believe how fast this week went! I found myself on the treadmill tonight thinking about what I was going to be working on tomorrow. Then I realized, tomorrow was Saturday and I wasn't going to work and I was almost disappointed.

The photo to the left was taken one day on my way home from work. They way the rays were shining down from the clouds was so pretty.

The House They Grew Up In

We've been working diligently on painting the board for the teeter all this week. It's gotten a coat a night and should be ready for use by Monday.

The picture to the right is my dad and my aunt in front of the house they grew up in. It was taken in Maysville, OK last week when we were out there for my grandmother's funeral.

Sorry for the randomness. Yup, that's pretty much my week.

Kelly • 12:30 AM • (1) Comments
Thursday, October 26, 2006

My new job is keeping me quite busy. Besides having meetings everyday (this is new to me, I didn't have many meetings at my last few jobs), there is a ton to learn about the product I'm going to be supporting.

Somehow many years ago I stumbled into web development teaching myself various technologies as needed. There were certain aspects I enjoyed more than others, and as my career progressed I seemed to get further and further away from them.

I'm finally getting back to what I enjoy (along with learning new things) and things have changed and so have the philosophies. Some changes I've kept up with -- long gone are the days of web layouts done with HTML tables, now it's all about CSS positioning. Others, I've got some catching up to do -- I can think of two projects from 6 years ago that would have been so much easier if dojo was around.

Kelly • 10:53 PM • (1) Comments
Sunday, October 22, 2006

Cisco got his Open Jumpers with Weaves title today!

He had a great run today in jumpers and an almost flawless run yesterday in jumpers.

We're still plagued by teeter issues in standard. Yesterdays run was flawless with the exception of the teeter. Today, the teeter was the second obstacle and threw everything off. We won't be entering any more standard classes until we get this teeter issue taken care of. In order to facilitate this, we're putting a teeter down in the basement. Cisco will be eating every meal on the teeter. Wish him luck.

Kelly • 07:49 PM • (1) Comments
Monday, October 16, 2006
Grandmother & I

My mom called tonight to say that my grandmother passed away. She was 93. It's sad to hear of her passing, but she lived a good life.

Kelly • 02:07 AM • (1) Comments

Well, the new job has been keeping me busy. Plus I've had a ton of stuff to do. Since my dad said I hadn't blogged enough lately, I guess I'll give an update on my week.

The new job is great! I spent most of the week getting things set up and reading up on what I'm going to be doing. I even got to play a little bit. I'm looking forward to this week. I think I'm going to learn a lot more.

I spent my evenings finishing programs and menu cards for Lizabeth and David's wedding which was Saturday.

Oh and the 12 week challenge is starting up again. Wish me luck. I need it! I've completely gotten out of a routine with the new job routine, so I need this motivation to get back on track.

Kelly • 01:57 AM • (1) Comments
Monday, October 09, 2006

Today was my first day at my new job. I'm now at AOL as a software engineer supporting the AIM Pages.

The first half of today was spent in orientation, the second half getting settled. I'm actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow. It's been a LONG time since that's happened.

Kelly • 11:56 PM • (2) Comments
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I Can Make Change

... Cisco decided to unwrap the rest of the quarters.

I left this morning to get my hair cut. I figured Cisco would go back up stairs to bed with Chris so I didn't worry about the new routine of closing all the doors and making sure there is no paper anywhere.

Cisco ate the paper off $140. I guess that's better than him eating $140.

In other news... we got a new mattress! It was time. We needed one. The old one had been bothering my back.

I start my new job on Monday. I'm so excited. A little nervous, but mostly excited. I can't believe I'm finally done with the last place! I walked out of there yesterday with the biggest grin on my face.

Kelly • 04:49 PM • (3) Comments
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Down Time

What happens when you get to work and the power is out? Actually all the power was out except for most of the server room, my cube, and two other developers' cubes.

The power was cut to the entire building around 9. They needed to replace the transformer. Most of the day was spent watching them work. The power didn't come back on until shortly before three. What a great way to spend your second to last day.

Kelly • 08:21 PM • (1) Comments

Cisco has a paper fetish. It seems to have gotten worse since we got back from Maine. We seem to come home more times than not to him having chewed on some piece of paper. Just as we think we've thought of everything he'd go for and taken care of it, he finds something new.

His latest has been the wrapping of rolls of quarters. My mom had left a few rolls of quarters on the floor behind the door in the guest room. This requires him to go into the guest room, move the door some to get to a roll, pick it up, and in most cases carry it to the top of the stairs where he proceeds to eat the wrapper. The quarters are all there (we've counted every time), but there is no sign of the wrapper. (Mom, we've got 3 or 4 rolls of quarters no longer wrapped for you.) Then there was this one day, his plan didn't work so well and he managed to get himself trapped in the guest room. He didn't eat any wrappers that day even though he had plenty of opportunity.

Last night's attempt at paper was truly amazing. He managed to eat the cardboard tube out of a roll of electrical tape. The tape roll is mostly intact (a few teeth marks), but there is just a hint of cardboard left on the inside.

This weekend's mission: set up booby-traps of bad tasting paper to squash this habit.

Kelly • 08:05 AM • (2) Comments
Monday, October 02, 2006
2nd Open Leg!!

Cisco got his second Open JWW Leg this weekend at the Greater Fredricksburg Kennel Club's agility trial. Cisco had a clean run well under course time.

Berkley also came with us to this trial and had a great Standard run knocking only one bar. His jumpers run, we knocked a few more bars. But it wasn't bad.

Kelly • 09:07 PM • (2) Comments