To The Deal Hunters

Now that we have consumed the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and bottles of wine (and don’t forget the pumpkin pie)…it is time for the crazy shoppers to head out for Christmas shopping.

I wish thee well on your deal hunting.  May St. Nicholas watch over you during your hand-to-hand combat.  After all we want little “Billy” and “Susie” to have the perfect Christmas.  I shall sleep well and have breakfast around 9:00AM.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

We Thank Thee
By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy Labor Day 2012

Happy Labor Day my fellow Americans!  

I’ve made it another year staying employed as an IT consultant.  The last year was very productive for me.  My project for migrating the client I’m assigned to from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Office is almost complete.  We migrated everyone from BlackBerry to iPhone 4S for Exchange server connection (including iPads), and shortly we will be migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Tonight I’ll be feating on slow cooked ribs, grilled corn on the cob when the rain stops (thanks remnants Hurricane Isaac).  I might tape off a small section of my office to complete the accent stripe for the office walls, and maybe read a book tonight.

 

Happy Fourth of July – 2011

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Happy Fourth of July!!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Some of my favorite things include fireworks, picnics, hangout with family and friends, and enjoying being outside playing games, riding my bike, or reading a book.  This year I took the family to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania a few days ago.  We had a great time with all the rides, shows, and water park.  We left the park to have a picnic lunch before returning to enjoy the park some more.

I am planning on grilling ribs, hotdogs and corn on the cob for dinner.  Tonight I will line the sidewalk with sparklers to have a little fun for the kids.  I’m sure the kids will have have fun writing thing in the air with sparklers too.  We will watch the fireworks from the front yard since there is a park near by, and maybe have some of the fudge we picked up a Dutch Wonderland with iced tea or lemonade.

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!  And for those who do not celebrate Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!

As I write this,I am watching my son play with his Stealth Flyer II Micro wireless helicopter and my daughter playing with the Leapster Explorer.  The kids had a great Christmas.  They got up about 6:30 AM, which is not too bad.  I remember getting up at 5:00 AM and trying to get my parents out of bed to open gifts Santa Claus brought.  One disappointment was the Leapster game we bought, no game cartridge was inside.  Not to happy with the LeapFrog company right now.  I wonder how my return experience at Best Buy will be?

I also have been using using Skype video to talk with my in-laws.  For some reason I had the wrong sound card set for Ubuntu which cause the internal mic not to work.  No problems, I rebooted into Windows 7 and ran Skype for our call.  After the call, I rebooted back into Ubuntu and researched the problem.  That’s when I found out I had the wrong profile.  I switched to Analog Stereo Duplex enabled me to select the internal mic.  I tested using the Droid with my account and Ubuntu with my wife’s account.  Audio and texting worked, now I’m ready for my next call.

Tonight we’ll have spiral cut ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans for dinner.  Maybe we’ll drive around the neighborhood to see all the lights one the houses, watch some movies, and play some more games.  Either way I am enjoying my days off with the family.

UPDATE:

On December 26th I waited in line at Best Buy to return the LeapFrog game and explain the situation.  After listening to the manager tell me he will do me the favor since I bought the game at another Best Buy store, he exchanged it for me.  He made it seem like it was a huge inconvenience.  Now my daughter can enjoy the Leapster Explorer.

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"...
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This year we are having some family over to visit and celebrate Thanksgiving.  Like everyone, we will have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, green beans, peas, carrots, corn on the cob for the kids, and all the trimmings.  There will be pies, cakes, and ice-cream cones (for the kids).

I purchased from the local Kitchen and Company store Cafe Express Milk Hot Chocolate for the kids and Pumpkin Spice Coffee for my Keurig machine.  Both will go great with dessert.

I found a Turkey in Disguise at Family Fun 3d paper craft the kids might enjoy making.  Giving them a fun project to will keep them busy and out of the kitchen while dinner is is being made.

During dinner we ask the kids what they are thankful for.  Myself, I am thankful for my family, friends and living in the USA.  We had a pretty good year.  They kids are are in good health, doing well in school and have lots of friends.  Their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins are doing well.  We’ve enjoyed camping, riding bikes, and playing at the pool.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Last year was a little rough for me on the job scene.  In December 23rd 2008 I was informed my work assignment would end in January 2009 and I would be “on the bench” until the end of February 2009.  I had several interviews which were all a bust until mid-February.  A client for my employer at that time was looking for someone for Quality Assurance in the IT field.  I took the interview and it was apparent I didn’t have all the qualifications needed, but I stuck the client as someone who is willing to work hard, learn the job, and have a positive attitude.  The job was near the Philadelphia International Airport about 30 miles 1 way from my house.

Several months later I received a call from another company who wanted to interview me for an IT support role to support Windows XP, Vista, and Server 2003 / 2008.  My interview went very well and I accepted this assignment.  The big bonus, the main office I support was 5 miles from my home, the second office was 2 miles closer.  The saving in gas alone was like receiving a bonus.  Plus the job is exactly what I want to do in IT.  In late October I found out I would not be hired by the new company taking over IT support the client I was working for.  About 10 days later I was informed that an offer would be made to me soon.  I accepted the offer and will start on February 1, 2010.

The past year also had many good time with friends and family.  My family went on vacation to Avalon, New Jersey during the July 4th and the following week.  Although the sunburn was not pleasant, I still had a great time seeing my parents, my brothers with their families, and enjoying a 18 hole round of golf.  I even chipped in a shot on the second hole.  I enjoyed riding my bike with my family, signed up my son for Cub Scouts, went on a camping trip in early November, and took an active role in his pack.

I am looking forward to 2010 and all the challenges it will bring.  I am looking forward to watching my children grow and discover new things, complete more of my goals at home (got to finish building my basement office), and exercise more.  Maybe I’ll set aside time to learn the game of Golf and take some lessons.