Tuesday, February 27
Sunday, February 25
Saturday, February 24
This working at home all the time thing is interesting--I have not left the property since last Sunday. I should probably get out more. Maybe if the weather wasn't so crappy, I would.
Monday, February 19
One bad thing that came out of this weekend was that I had to change our wireless security to meet the company standards. It seems like any time I change anything on our network, it screws up the wireless on Brian's laptop. I've been struggling with this for two days now. Moments ago (during one of his brief times of internet connectivity), I loaded a new driver for his wireless card. I'm hoping that fixes the issue. Since he shut of the laptop before we were able to make a determination, I guess I'll find out tomorrow. Time for bed.
Sunday, February 18
Friday, February 16
But, yesterday, I was in the office, so I guess that makes it my official last day. My coworkers offered to take me out to lunch but I declined (we've been going out to lunch for former coworkers quite a bit lately--it seemed like overkill). So, instead (without my knowledge) , everyone brought in a dish and we had lunch in the office yesterday. That certainly was not my intent when I said I didn't want to go out for lunch, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. And, I got some cool parting gifts from the office--the majority of them involving booze. Maybe I should quit jobs more often.
Leaving the office yesterday was a bit sad. I've been working there for 13 years. That's a long time. Over 1/3 of my life, in fact. While things have definitely changed in recent weeks, it was still weird to think that was the last time I'd be in the office. Saying goodbye wasn't terribly difficult as there weren't many people left in my department, but it still has me in a melancholy mood.
Wednesday, February 14
He's been taking it easy on me the past few years. This year, he wanted spaghetti for supper. I, not Ragu, made the sauce, but it was still pretty easy. I've been looking for a reason to make this garlic bread recipe I saw on the Barefoot Contessa, so we had that as well. And some red wine, of course. The garlic bread was killer. For dessert, he made pepperoni and cheese sandwiches on his new panini maker. I'm glad I didn't bother with a dessert.
Sunday, February 11
That's the only movie quote I can remember and it came from this movie. But, I like it. I also liked this movie. (so did Brian. in fact, he hadn't even planned on watching it, but got sucked in from the beginning. i knew that would happen. he's so predictable.) You can't really classify it as a war movie, though there was some war action at the end. It was more of a pre-war movie. It followed one character from the time he joined the marines until he got out after the Gulf war (it was based on a true story). Anyway, two thumbs up from us.
Saturday, February 10
Friday, February 9
Tonight was "go and see it" night for Jake's cub scout den. They went to a Johnstown Riverhawks game. Brian handles all of the scout stuff, so he went to the game. So, here I am again. I thought about going shopping this evening--I need to run to Ollie's and to Boscov's (not to mention go grocery shopping at some point), but after working at home all day, I hate to go out in the cold, so I'm going to save that for the weekend when the weather is a little nicer. Many people, after working at home all day, might relish the thought of getting out of the house. I'm not one of them.
Monday, February 5
We had a little get-together for the Superbowl. We weren't planning anything special other than maybe making some food while we watched the game. But, last week, Brian's dad called to see what our plans were, so we invited him over to watch the game with us. We had him over last year, too. So if it happens again next year, I guess that will make this our new tradition.
Brian was supposed to have practice yesterday, so I suggested he invite his bandmate (Shawn) over, too. Practice ended up getting cancelled because Brian had the "beer flu" (see previous post for the cause). Otherwise known as "I'm too busy to practice because I'm trying to get ready for tonight by sitting on the chair by the fireplace and taking a nap". Ahem. Shawn still made it over, though.
Anyway, the game kind of sucked, but the conversation was good. The food was good, too. I made two kinds of sandwiches--Italian and roast beef--and a batch of chili. For dessert, some no bake cookies. Brian's dad brought the appetizers, a cheese and meat platter with crackers and some chips--potato and tortilla. Wine and beer were on tap (pun: intended or not?) for the drinks. As usual, I made too much food, but we weren't sure of the final headcount until the last minute, so that is my defense, this time. But, the leftovers made for a super lunch today. And, depending on how much is left, they might also make for a super supper tonight.I'm not positive, but I think just about everyone in attendance was rooting for Indianapolis just so that Peyton Manning could win his Superbowl and we wouldn't have to hear about that anymore.
Sunday, February 4
I don't drink beer, so I sipped on some wine this evening (but not too much as I was the designated driver). Brian really enjoyed trying the different beers, though. As usual, it was a good time. We always have a good time at Doug's parties. If you don't, you have no one to blame but yourself.
When we dropped Jake off at the baby sitter's, we gave them a bottle of our homemade wine. They've had a few bottles of my wine in the past and they really seemed to like them. My rule of thumb is if you like my wine, I will give you more. As a bonus, they gave us a bottle of homemade Kahlua. I tried it as soon as we got home and it was excellent, so I fixed myself a Black Russian to close out the night. I'm going to have to get the recipe for this stuff. Perhaps making liqueurs will be my new hobby for 2007.
Friday, February 2
The movie was actually better than I even expected. There was this interlude in the middle of the movie that may very well have caused the birth of Scientology. Methinks L. Ron Hubbard might have been watching this while writing Dianetics*.
Anyway, this movie was a pretty funny.
*OK. So, Dianetics was written in 1950 and this movie was from 1979. That doesn't make it any less funny. Scientology is ridiculous.
Last Thursday night, I came upon an ad for a telecommuting healthcare software developer. If there's one thing I am, it's a telecommuting healthcare software developer. So, I decided to apply for the job. I sent my resume out Friday morning and a little while later, I received a call from the software development manager for the company. We talked for a bit. Things went pretty well. A bit later, one of the software development leads gave me a call. We set up a meeting for later that day. That meeting went really well, too. So, that weekend, rather than chewing Brian's ear off about my company, I got to talk about the new company instead.
I was contacted by another software development lead on Tuesday and we set up a meeting for late Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday evening, the software development manager called and offered me the job. I had to give it some thought because the benefits/compensation weren't exactly what I was after. But, after further consideration, I decided to take the job. I think it's going to work out pretty well, actually.
So, I turned in my two week's notice today. My new job will start on February 19. I'm looking forward to it.