Tuesday, February 27

no more wireless woes?

I mentioned before that we were having some issues with our wireless setup after I changed the security on it. Well, things kept getting worse (meaning, they started to affect my laptop, too) so I finally bit the bullet and upgraded the firmware on our wireless access point. It's been running for a few days now without a hitch, so I think I finally have things fixed. Though our wireless connection (as displayed in the system tray) seems to refresh more than it did before (I'm blaming that on the new security). But, at least it's working now.

Sunday, February 25

the da vinci code

This movie was ok. For all of the controversy surrounding it, you would think it would've been great. While somewhat entertaining, at times I felt like I was being taught a history of Christianity lesson. I kind of wish I would've read the book first. That might have saved me the trouble of watching the movie.

Saturday, February 24

nothing doing

I feel like I have not accomplished a thing in the past week. With my new job, I've been working a little later than I did on my previous job because the people I'm working on my project with are in the Central time zone. So, by the time I get off work, it's time to make supper. Till we eat and I clean the kitchen and do some other housework, it's 8:00 or 9:00. But, I'm sure I'll adjust--it's only been a week. Luckily, we have no plans for the weekend, so I should be able to get caught up around the house.

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

first day

Today was my first day at my new job. As expected, things were a little overwhelming at first, but I'm sure I'll get into the swing of things shortly. The new company provided me with a really nice computer setup. I was quite impressed. They seem to have the technology thing going on. I guess if you run a virtual office, as they do, you need to have some things in place. Anyway, I'm looking forward to completing my first project, which is due in a few weeks.

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

vanilla sky

After putting it off for a number of years, we finally watched this movie. I have mixed feelings about Tom Cruise these days and the movie got mixed reviews, so there you have it. I have to say, we both really enjoyed it, though. It had a David Lynch feel to it--you know, when you can't summarize the plot because you don't understand it. But, still, it was pretty cool. I like movies that make you think and are open to interpretation. If you like that sort of thing, you'll probably really like this. If not, you'll probably want to skip it.

Friday, February 16

last day

Today was my last day at work. It was pretty uneventful as I was working at home. I spent most of the day deinstalling stuff from my laptop and backup pc. That was the extent of today's excitement. That, and my exit interview.

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.

the godfather: part ii

We caught this one over multiple viewings this past week. It was so long, it was like watching a mini-series. But, I think I liked this one even more than the original. I particularly liked the early days of Don Corleone. I find the early Italian mafia stuff totally fascinating. Maybe it's because I'm half Italian. One thing is for sure, I'm jonesing for The Sopranos. I think that might explain our recent run of gangster movies. I don't know what I'm going to do when that series is over.

Wednesday, February 14

happy birthday, brian

This year, the Westminster Kennel Club gave Brian a birthday gift--they held the dog show before his birthday. So, instead of having to spend his birthday evening watching dogs on television (thanks to me), he can watch Everybody Loves Raymond instead.

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

jarhead

Hoo-rah.

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.

syriana

We both really liked this movie. It was quite compelling. It was a political thriller about the Middle East, oil, American oil companies, and the government. The movie had numerous storylines that I won't get into here, but it makes me wish I would've bought the Highlander Hybrid rather than the plain old Highlander. Too bad it cost more.

Saturday, February 10

in the cut

I heard a lot of complaints about Meg Ryan's acting in this movie, so while I thought it sounded like an interesting movie, I never watched it--until now. And, I have to say, I thought her acting was just fine. The movie was pretty good up until the last few minutes when the "twist" came into play. I hate it when there is a plot twist that comes out of nowhere. You know, when the writer is thinking, "hey, you'd never guess it was this guy!" I just don't think that does anything for the story. But, other than that, the movie was pretty good.

Friday, February 9

alone again

Wednesday night, Jake and Brian had a pinewood derby thing going on at our church. It was for "men" only, so I spent the evening at home doing my usual stuff (cleaning, laundry, nap, etc.). They ate supper there, too, so I didn't have to cook that night. It's always nice to have a night off cooking. Of course, Brian now cooks a few nights a week, so I catch some breaks there. But when you don't cook at all, there's also no kitchen to clean (alright. I had to eat something, so I fried up a couple of eggs, but I'd hardly call that cooking.)

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

superbowl

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

beer party

This evening we went to a beer tasting party at my former manager's house. I was glad he still had the party given what transpired at work a few weeks ago.

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

life of brian

This isn't a post about my husband. Rather, it is a movie from the Monty Python comedy troupe. It showed up in my Blockbuster "featured recommendations" and the review looked pretty funny. Plus, I've always liked the Monty Python stuff. My dad is a huge fan of British comedy so I've been watching things like this since British comedy was played on American television.

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.

i quit

Today, I got to do something that I rarely get to do--I quit my job. As previously mentioned, the shit hit the fan at work two weeks ago. After thinking about the situation (otherwise known as chewing-Brian's-ear-off-on-the-subject-for-seven-straight-days), I decided it would be in my best interests to find a new employer.

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.