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With surgery on Tuesday coupled with the winter blast closing all local schools for two days; things slowed down this week for the project. I wish things were moving faster. Personally, I wish I could do more but I take each day as it comes. This week I started on improving the data entry system [...]

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I’m back to wandering around the house in a somewhat tipsy manner. The tonne of Halcion they put me on wore off. I slept from 3 until 9:30. Now I have a mouthful of temporary apparatus. Smile picture in a few days when I am less self-conscious. Obviously there is hunger (having to eaten since [...]

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Today is the day that my dental work, occurs. Last night I was prepped by sleeping with Prince Valium and this morning I have taken a Halcion. I will be in procedure for roughly 5 hours.  The initial effects of he drug are only beginning to knock on the outside or to my brain. Just [...]

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A happy new year to all! May we all join in peace with the shared knowledge that for the next month we shall all be writing “20134″ The reason I put “Vacation” in quotes like that, is that when you are the sole coder on a project of your own devising for your own release [...]

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With the holidays, the usual entertainment segment of the blog has been on holiday. We do promise not one, but two post Sing Off wrap-ups. I’m pleased to announce that many of you really seemed to enjoy the Armchair Judge; so we’ll be bringing her on as permanently as she wishes to participate. But onto [...]

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So far I’ve had 2 of 3 meetings that I need to have.  I have two colleagues that I initially wanted to discuss the idea. These conversations went well. One of my colleagues is technical and has been asking me when I’d go on my own for quite some time. The other is a business [...]

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@JaneEspenson on Twitter provides some motivation at the end of a very bad week and then unknowingly does something even more special.

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I’ve been sitting around the house this weekend lamenting, “It’s not fair.” My anti-biotic regimen ended Friday. Thursday I attempted to go to work and by 2pm was about to pass out at work. I missed our company picnic that I’ve been looking forwards to for about 2 months. This weekend I think I’ve spent [...]

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I got very sick yesterday at work. My fever peaked at about 101.3. Last night I went to MedExpress in Monroeville and managed to pass out while they were taking my BP. So from there they sent me to a hospital. At the hospital while trying to draw blood I managed to pass out again [...]

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Somewhere between Odessa and Concordia... we are LIVE on the net. [livejournal.com profile] jnanacandra is at the wheel, and Missouri seems to actually have sufficient AT&T coverage to allow me to put on the mobile net.

YAY

I've been on the phone with utilities all day. I have learned that the local gas company is a pain in the butt and that all the utilities are really cool.

I've also discovered that SNO PUD (Snohomish County Electric) has pretty much reduced it's phone bank to one person. I've been on hold for the better part of 17 minutes in queue. My window is 17-27 minutes; which means someone should be on the line in about 20 minutes.

I have to say it. I don't believe in Iowa. Even after theoretically driving through it. The drive the whole way has been quite marvellous. The area that is alledged to be Iowa was far slower than anything else along the way. Really bad drivers and horrid construction. The 'lowlight' was trying to find a food stop and taking 2 separate exits marked with food and then having to stop at the Harrah's casino because it was the only place we could find food. Iowa slowed us by about 60-90 minutes.

In the mean time... we're almost to St. Louis. And we're planning to pop the truck around noon Friday and keep pulling stuff until it's empty. (Hopefully, not 3 days like loading)

Don't get me wrong.. the load was amazing! The help loading was fantastic. It's just that loading involved boxing, cleaning and TETRIS.. so it was more work than unloading should be.

So, if you'd like to join the unloading fun this weekend... Comment here, or facebook, or twitter.

Granted the other 20% shows up sometime around Wednesday. :-o

More soon. Going to catch up on twitter.

O
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Crazy? Naaaaah!

I have put up our public calendar on GCal at http://is.gd/lXTs (Gods, I love is.gd! The full link realllly SUCKS!)

We have solid move dates. We are packing a 26ish foot truck with everything except the piano over the weekend of the 27th-29th. Hopefully we're done late Saturday, Early Sunday. As we must to be doing a huge clean as well.

We pull out Monday and then unpack in St. Louis (at an address we don't even have yet!) the following weekend April 3rd thru 5th. (Yeah.. happy b'day me :-/ )

Please look at our schedule. It'll give you an idea when to drop by to help box, take stuff away (We gots furniture) and of course.. moving day where we need as many folks as we can muster. (We'll be getting rid of a 1/2 tonne of alcohol and food that day and wall to wall snacks.)

For those of you that we barely know on the StL side... We need to muster help too. We'll be unloading everything and will have the remaining 1/2 tonne of alcohol and pizza and other stuph. Any help and suggestions are welcomed. What better way to meet new people than to see them at their worst while you unload their stuff!?!?

Forthcoming will be a web page with the stuff we are getting rid of that people can come and claim. Often for the price of you getting it out of the house.

More coming. Now an hour behind on everything.

JOY!!!

(Both an expression of chaos and a random call out for no reason to one of the people in the universe I hold very dear in my heart)

Off for a box run
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I was one of the 1400 casualties at MSFT today.

More info is available on twitter (@lordandrei) and Facebook.
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Well, not so much.

Last week my laptop decided to eat my internal hard drive. This is, of course, "Not a good thing"™

Fortunately,at the first sign of danger I stepped up my backups. Granted, the amount of space to store back ups and run from those is a bit limited. Add to that the lack of time I have at home to do computer work... and you get the idea.

But... It's been busy. Work has me on a very complicated and involved project. The nifty thing is that the end user really won't see the result of my work in the next release even if this project is entirely successful. I'll see how much I can blog about the specifics, but my guess is (obviously) very little.

On the weekends we try to be far more active with him. Yesterday for example we went to Oloteas. This actually yielded an amazing 'Aiden milestone.' There is a nice heated pool at the facilities. The pool area has a load of floatation 'noodles'. Basically long rolls of foam stuff that float. We were able to put one under each of Aiden's arms. He was floating on them with his head over water and started kicking his legs. I started to release my hold on him and he continued to balance his floating. I let go and he managed to kick his legs to propel himself towards H. So unassisted (except by a floatation device) he kept his head above water, kicked to propel and was untouched by either of us.

In home life, it's fairly quiet in the evenings. Dinner and putting Aiden down at night. Granted... since 'out' isn't really part of the answer right now, I have to find online or television diversions. My latest has been Wikipedia. I am a registered editor. I'd been spending some time just messing with wiki editing by working on a user page. Other people also afflicted with the WikiEditor gene are welcomed to comment on my talk page as I'm keeping a list of WikiEditors that I know personally. (I currently list 2)

Recently, I started editing some of the few pages I feel competent to work on. I promptly discovered the joy that is a Wikipedia Edit War. So as to try to prevent the page I wanted to edit from crashing and burning; I started to learn a whole bucket full of Wikipedia Policy. I think I did a good job because I seem to have resolved the situation in just a few days.

So, I don't really get out much at all. Of course next weekend I will be in "NEW JERSEY" for the Crucible conference as a speaker. I do strongly invite anyone who can make it out to this to come join in the experience. H and A will be at home helping our new boarder move in. (Details on that are in locked non-public postings)

My mood is at about a B-. I'm having some back issues that I associate with that mystic number 40. Work and home are a strain, but there has been unending support. (Huge blessings upon [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy and [livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2)

More soon; but the couch is vaguely uncomfortable.
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Just one of those days where I'm searching for the good thing to happen.

Among today's list:
Work annoyances
Internal Hard drive on laptop (read lifeline) dying
Websites down (wikipedia and BankOfAmerica)
Other unmentionable things that don't make me happy.

Good wishes appreciated. Mood... not so hot.

Edit: 13:16 FWIW I've just been notified by a dear friend of some really horrifying news that just makes the rest of the day seem peachy keen in comparison. Not that I wouldn't want to know this information but the timing just isn't what I was looking for. (This involves someone that 99+% of my readership is unlikely to know.)

Edit: 13:45 And I finally got a system stable enough to read my personal email. Not news I wanted to see today. Well, ever actually. Anyone else?

Edit: 16:09 Detail on the 13:16. A gentleman I respected in the SCA was critically injured yesterday in a fall. While he survived, doctors expect him not to last the day.
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I have been online only a little since we got Aiden out of the hospital.

Unfortunately, in the hospital I wasn't getting any sleep. Aiden was in due to soemthing viral that set off what may be a fairly severe case of asthma. By the time he was ready to check out.. I was getting ready to check in.

Yesterday was the worst of it for me. I went to the doctor and he gave me a WHOLE bucket of drugs. Including Vicodin to make me get some sleep. He also told me expressly not to consider returning to work until Tuesday.

So... Sidhehaven this weekend is a bust. Between my health and Heather's back (the gory reality exposed in her recent post) there's no way the two of us can manage Aiden there without clear support.

I'm praying that Bumbershoot isn't killed for me as well. Hopefully I'm up on my feet by mid weekend. But time and drugs will tell.

In the mean time the second insurance company is also lowballing us on the value of our car.

August is not merely fired... I'm hoping security will rough it up on the way out of the building.
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More details forthcoming...

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I think we're turning the corner.

Aiden has won himself one more free night's stay in Chez Hospital tonight.

While his breathing is no longer constricted and his treatments have moved from once every two hours to once every 4 hours our primary concern remains the oxygenation of his blood while he sleeps.

From my understanding this is the % of red blood cells carrying oxygen in them. Absolutely healthy is 100%. All your red blood cells are showing oxygenization. If this dips down to 95% that's getting down to the minimum where people start being concerned.

When Aiden has been sleeping the last two nights it has been down as low as 83%. This necessitated Aiden being given Oxygen directly. And let me assure you, putting a nose tube on a two year old is not a walk in the park. You know, it's not even a barefoot walk on hot coals without Yogic treatment.

Also, with regular 2 hr treatments of albuterol, Aiden was really ramped up.

Well, this afternoon at 12:45 we tried to put him down for a nap. (This has been a nightmare the past 2 days)
Within 10 minutes (and a healthy dosage of the requisite "Sirens") he was completely out.

Aiden sleeps and we are still seeing 95% on his O2 levels. The basic hospital policy on pediatrics is not to release a child unless they have gone 24 hours without needing to have O2 administered. So... hopefully this is turning the corner and I'm not tempting fate by pointing it out.

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Aiden in the hospital
Aiden in the hospital
Aiden in the hospital about 1.5 weeks before his second birthday for something between a virus and asthma. He is mostly enjoying his stay

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Well my Saturday plans are now shot. The stomach bug that A had Weds has been passed to me as of 3:00 this morning. It's been a very bad night for me.

H & A are still likely off to a g'day for little Alex.

I will be doing the apple juice, saltine, netflix, sleep regimine.

I will be checking AIM and texts all day (while conscious)
Human interaction would be nice. (I may be slow to respond)

If I appear on AIM as offline MSG me anyways. My iPhone AIM sometimes shows me offline even when I am logged in.

Waves and hugs
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and 101.5 temperature.

I really should have accepted when the boy heaved upon my lap that I was going to share in his misery.

H had it yesterday.

This is nasty.

Dizzy, nauseous.

And enough energy to not want to be anywhere in any position.

meh

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