athene: (wedding kiss)
We'd known for a few months now that it was pretty likely that the business [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith has been working for for the past seven years was going to go under/get sold. He'd started looking around at other places and throwing out a few applications, but places either didn't have open positions or the openings they had were not for his skills/salary requirements.

Well, last week we got the official word that his big boss was selling the company. Everyone went down to the place the boss was selling to and filled out an application to work there. Some people heard on Friday that they were hired. We were starting to get nervous. Then the guy who Aerith would be working for said he'd call yesterday and it took him until almost 4:30 to call, so we were really nervous. However, when he called, he made Aerith a great offer and so Aerith went down this morning to sign papers and ended up starting today. Also, right after the call offering him a job, he had another call from another shop wanting to talk to him. He's a hot commodity. :)

Anyway, I'm super proud of him and how well he's been handling things and how he was officially unemployed for only one day.

5 years

Apr. 28th, 2014 04:10 pm
athene: (Ronia)
Yesterday was my five year anniversary at Convio/Blackbaud. I can't believe I've been here five years. Before this, the longest I'd ever worked somewhere that wasn't a college/grad school job was almost 2 years and the first 6 months of that job were part-time.

So far only one co-worker has acknowledge it. She brought me a cupcake. So it feels a bit like 16 Candles, but at least I got a cupcake. The other co-worker that I told directly was happy for me, but I still wish someone, not me, had said something. Cause to me, it's a big deal.
athene: (DJ and Mommy Selfie)

This is what it’s like to have a sick toddler with two parents who work outside the home:

It started last night. Little Prince wasn’t interested in eating his dinner. He seemed a bit extra tired. He finally ate an apple. Being that that was all we could get in him and he’s a toddler, we figured any food was a win. Since he was so tired, we decided to skip bath and go straight to bed. He seemed active and lively, but something was slightly off. We took his temperature, but he seemed fine. We know that is 2nd year molars are coming in, so we thought, maybe it’s just teething. We gave him a bit of children’s Tylenol before bedtime.

This morning Darius left for work early as he always does (he starts work at 6am!). LP had come into our room around 4am for milk and then fell back asleep, which is normal. I got up to take a shower around 6am. After my shower I was brushing my teeth when I heard him at the door to the bathroom. He usually comes in if he wakes up, but he didn’t. When I was done brushing my teeth, I opened the door and found him asleep on the floor right in the corner of the bedroom in front of the bathroom door. Not normal, but super adorable. I wanted to take a picture, but I didn’t want to wake him up. So I left him there and continued my morning.

Little Prince woke up and came to the top of the stairs and cried a bit while I was finishing breakfast. I scooped him up and brought him back to bed as I usually do. He started doing that sort of belly heave thing that comes before throwing up. I got him to the trash can at the edge of the bed but it was only a bit glob of spit-up that came up. I nursed him to see if that would help his stomach. I started thinking to myself, “He’s not sick. He’s fine. Just a bit of extra teething spit in his stomach. He’ll be fine in a moment and can go to school. I have three meetings and a lot of project work to get done this morning. I have to go to work.” He gets up after the alarm goes off and he seems fine, mostly. At least I’m pretending that he’s mostly fine, just woke up early so is tired and a bit clingy.

I get him changed and dressed and downstairs. Get him his vitamins. He holds on to me and doesn’t let me put him down. I have him on my lap and he starts to throw up again, some gets on the floor, but I get him to the sink and most of it gets in there. It’s all clear, with a bit of snot looking bits (didn’t you want to know that?). Reassure him, clean him up, clean up floor and sink. Tell myself that that’s it. Now that he’s gotten that’s out he must be better. Because I have three meetings and a chiropractor appointment and reports that must be done before 10am.

I skip his morning banana. While getting shoes and jacket on, Little Prince alternates telling me that he’s fine and telling me his belly hurts. I focus on believing he’s fine and that the belly hurting is still left over from just throwing up a bit.

Get him in the car. He dances to En Vogue and Offspring. Figure that means he’s feeling better. Start heading to daycare. Get 5 minutes from home when he throws up a bit on his jacket and car seat. Hand him a napkin to help with it. Change course from his normal daycare to  the Get Well Place daycare. Pull into a parking lot on way to text Darius and let him know what’s going on.

Drive to the Get Well Place. I am so flustered that I take the long way instead of the short way. So what started off being a promising leaving time from home just gets later and later. Little Prince falls asleep in car on way to daycare. I think that if he falls asleep so quickly again he must be sick and maybe I could have just stayed home with him and he would have slept in the morning. Feel like an awful parent for not being able to stay home with him when he’s sick. Especially when he’s throwing up since I know how good breastmilk can be for vomiting babies and toddlers.

Get to the Get Well Place. Little Prince wakes up as soon as I try to get him out of car seat. He doesn’t want to go to “special school.” I feel guilty that he recognizes it. I carry him in carefully as to not to mess up my clothing too much. The nurse at Get Well Place greets him by name. I’m impressed that she remembers him and feel guilty that she knows his name. She tells me they are closing at 2pm today. I feel guilty that I don’t have a change of clothing for him and that I have to leave him there. I clean up his car seat, while trying to think what I have to do after 2pm today and how I can work it out with Darius. Go back in and get a good-bye kiss from my sick boy.

Drive toward work. I’m thankful that my car has blue-tooth so I can call Little Prince’s normal daycare to tell them he won’t be in and cancel the chiropractor appointment. I have to stop by an ATM since the Get Well Place only takes cash or check (so we get to pay two different daycares for today, even though Little Prince will only be at one of them). In my distraction and planning I drive past two different bank/credit union ATMs but remember to stop at the gas station at the way to work that also has an ATM.

Get to work over 15 min later than my current normal time, hoping that I don’t smell too much of kid vomit. Whip out the reports that are due with minutes to spare before first meeting. Email person with whom I have a meeting at 3pm to ask for a time change. Turns out her kids are sick too so we move the meeting to tomorrow. Good. Message manager to let her know what is going on. Try to focus on meetings and work without worrying about kiddo too much/checking phone to make sure haven’t missed any calls from Get Well Place that Little Prince is getting worse. Worry about a 2pm pick-up time and what that means for his nap. Text with Darius about him getting home as quickly as possible from his job so that I might be able to get some work done this afternoon/this evening. Be thankful that I have sick time, an understanding manager, and a job that is flexible enough where I can work from home and during non-standard hours to make up time.

Am currently eating lunch at my desk to minimize lunch break-time and maximize work time so I don’t have to make up as much later. I feel like I ran a marathon this morning.

Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.

athene: (Breakfast LJ)
I have a goal to write more this year in either this journal or my blog that cross-posts here, but life gets in the way. I find myself posting more often to my Tumblr or my other Tumblr or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram than writing longer posts.

So life is life. The big new class I've been developing with a co-worker at work for months now is very close to time for the manager review. It's a class that's been plagued by delays of all sorts (planning, technical, other stuff being asked of us, the holidays, illness, random school weather closures, you name it). I'm really excited to get it out the door and I really hope it will be well received.

We're planning a trip to NOLA for Mardi Gras and so we've been working on getting Wreck-It-Ralph costume pieces together. Got almost everything for everyone that we didn't already own coming in the mail in the next week. Hopefully we can get the last bits soon.

While they're not saying they're at fault, the insurance agency of the person who hit us in September has already paid out for Little Prince and wants all kinds of records for me. Considering my PIP ran out a while ago and I still have payments to the EMS and Chiropractor to make, I'm hoping this all works out well.

In new car news, Skye Captain is still awesome and she's almost ready for her 5,000 mile check-up.

In every week news, KR comes over on Monday nights (most of the time) and we usually play D&D at a friend's house on Thursday nights.

Little Prince is very two and a half. He's a delight and a pain all at once.

And that's life.

Snow Day!

Jan. 24th, 2014 10:05 pm
athene: (DJ as Superman)

This morning when I woke up it had snowed (or something, well it had certainly weathered) overnight.


It snowed (or something) out

I checked and found out that all schools, and thus Little Prince’s daycare, were closed. I’d already informed my boss that this might happen. So we had a snow day. Darius had already gone into work, was only working a half day. I went back to bed and snuggled with Little Prince. We had a nice leisurely wake up. Little Prince told me he had to use the potty as I was brushing my teeth, so I missed getting him onto the potty in time (but he still wears diapers). When I did his diaper change, we agreed that we’d both say in pajamas all day. And we did.

We went downstairs and had cereal, bananas, and juice for breakfast. He put his vitamins at the bottom of his bowl of cereal and we had to find them. After we ate some, I let him take the rest of his cereal upstairs and I put on Lilo and Stitch so I could get some work done. It was his first time seeing it and he liked it a lot. I did my best not to quote the whole thing while watching it. The he asked to do his yoga DVD with me, which he actually did for about 10 minutes until there was a “bear” and he freaked out and just wanted to watch it with me.

After that we decided to make cupcakes. I took out the butter and eggs to soften, but realized there wasn’t the right kind of milk in the house and we were low on sugars. I asked Darius to pick up the milk and sugars on his way home. So Little Prince played by himself for a while while I got more work done. He even worked from home too.

Working from home, like mommy

We got to video chat with Tante for a little bit. Next thing I knew it was lunch time and Darius was home. Luckily Little Prince had some of a left over turkey sandwich from last night so I didn’t have to worry about making lunch for him. After lunch time, it was nap time. Little Prince actually peed in the potty, standing up no less, during his pre-nap diaper change. He fell asleep fairly quickly and I was able to get a lot more work done. Then he woke up. Darius tried to comfort him, but he only wanted mommy. So I went back into his room and we snuggled and he napped a bit more.

After nap, as promised, we made one giant cupcake. Okay, actually it was a cupcake shaped cake. And it took double batter, which I didn’t realize until we’d already made only one and put it in. LP was quite a help getting ingredients out of the pantry, mixing, and eating the batter.

Making a cake

And he helped me clean up too.

Cleaning up

 After washing dishes, his pajamas were soaked, so he switched to Superman pajamas.

Flying

Darius and LP watched My Little Pony together while I got more work done. Then they played for a while until I finally got to a good stopping point in my work.

By that time the cake was cool enough to decorate and even though I hadn’t used enough cake batter, it turned out that both sides were about the same size so it worked out okay in the end. Darius made dinner while I decorated and LP watched me. He picked the color for the “wrapper” part. I was done at the same time that dinner was.

Cupcake cake

Dinner was homemade chicken¬†parmesan with pasta and broccoli and cauliflower. Little Prince chowed down on the broccoli (eventually the whole pieces, not just the stems) and the pasta and sauce. Toward the end of the meal he ask for some of the chicken. He NEVER asks for chicken. He declared it “yummy yummy in my tummy” and had several more pieces of chicken after that. Then we each had a small piece of the giant cupcake. LP thought it was so good that he licked his plate clean.

Eating cake Licking plate

It was way past bath time by this point, so we just did a diaper change, washed LP’s face and hands, and brushed his teeth. I read him some of the Richard Scary book we’re reading and nursed him for a while with the lights off. Then Darius took over to put him to sleep. He recently came out of the bedroom and is now playing Assassins Creed 3. I’m going to go do some yoga.


Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


athene: (penguin)
I'm recording audio for a training video at work. I'm about to start recording a section when all of a sudden I let out a huge burp and then start laughing. I couldn't help but save it to listen to whenever I want. And then I decided, why not share it with anyone who might still be using LiveJournal too. :)

So, here it is, my wonderful "burptake."



(If the player isn't working, here's the direct link: http://dragonandrose.net/burptake.mp3 )

And, yes, I made sure to delete it from the final version.
athene: (DJ fauxhawk)

My little prince is 14 weeks old! He’s hit the three month mark. He continues to delight and amaze Darius and I.

Three months old!

He’s getting so much bigger. On Friday he went in for some shots ( :( ) and he weighed in at almost 13lbs! That’s about half a pound from doubling his birth weight.

He’s started to giggle. Especially if I give him kisses all over his belly. It’s just about the cutest, most awesomest noise in the world.

Big Smile

He is also, for the most part, a very calm baby. They say that he is “self-contained” at daycare. This was really good when both Darius and I got sick last weekend and LP was calm and happy and took it all in stride.

He’s started to be able to sit up more (still supported), reach for things, and grab them. He’s started the “I want to put everything in my mouth” stage, which I hear lasts for a loooong time.

His green poop has mostly cleared up (finally) although it still has a smell to it. And we’re still having problems with him taking a bottle both at daycare and from Darius. We’re in the process of trying other bottles to see if they work. I also go in at lunch when I can and nurse him. I did come home the other day to this adorable sight:

Asleep with daddy and a mostly empty bottle.

I’m adjusting to being back at work. It’s not always easy, but I’m doing my best.

Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


athene: (DJ fauxhawk)

Lots has happened in the past three weeks.

The first week of August was National Breastfeeding Week. I was going to go to a Latch On, but LP was asleep when it was time to go and I didn’t want to awaken him.

Happy Breastfeading Week!

Also that week, my father came into town and spent just under 2 weeks with us. It was really nice to have him around as he helped around the house and with LP. He also worked on making sure that LP and I got out of the house on occasion, even though it’s been so damn hot out.

Asleep on grandpa

I was really glad he was here the second week because I came down with a minor cold for a few days and totally lost my voice. LP also go the cold, but it was even less for him (yay breastfeeding). Still, it was his first cold and he was not thrilled, especially when he was having a bit of trouble with a stuffy nose and trying to nurse. But we both made it through it.

On August 4, all four of us went to a Marian Call concert. LP was amazing throughout almost the whole thing. He tended to either be asleep or staring at the pretty redhead on stage singing. The concert was being webcast. When Marian went to put on her Jayne hat, we put LP in his. She saw and had the camera focus on him. Here is the moment of my baby becoming Internet famous:

We also ventured into the realm of cloth diapering without the Diaper Service. But that’s a post all to itself.

Last week was my first week back at work and LP’s first week of daycare. We were both only doing half days. Things are going pretty well; LP is even starting to take to the bottle better. They keep telling me what an awesome and chill baby LP is. They also told Darius when he picked up LP on Friday what a calm mother I am.

LP has been spending his time discovering his hands. He’s a fan of sucking on his right fingers. He’s getting better at reaching and grabbing for things. Lately he’s started to clasp his hands together in what Darius calls his Evil Mastermind pose. Also we’ve had some, but inconsistent, flipping from belly to back.

My fingers has a flavor

However, this last week, LP started to have green runny poop, instead of the nice mustardy yellow poop he usually has. As far as I can tell, this is a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. I’m guessing that this was brought on by the pumped milk, as I was pumping for only 5-10 minutes and then putting the resulting milk together into one bottle, so the bottle would have a lot of foremilk and not much hindmilk in it. I’m going to work on making sure to pump for at least 15 minutes while at work and not combine them. Hopefully, if I do that and continue to nurse normally and on demand at home, it will clear up all on it’s own.

Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


athene: (DJ fauxhawk)

Today was my first day back in the office. I’d worked from home a bit last Thursday and Friday while my father took care of LP, but this was the first time I was away from him for work.

It was hard. I’m glad that the daycare we chose is really nice and let us sit in the classroom for 30-45 minutes twice last week, so everything wasn’t totally new for him. It also gave me confidence to leave him there. But it was still hard for me.

Being in the office was so strange. So many little things have changed and I have to get use to a routine of doing work and fitting in pumping sessions. Mostly I felt very emotionally numb, just going through the motions of the day. Then I found out they took away the Mother’s Room on my side of the building and I almost broke down because now it’s a much further walk to go pump and it changed how things were going to work in my head. People kept seeing me around and saying, “Welcome Back.” I would just smile or say a quiet “Thank You” because it hurt every time. I wanted to say to them, “I don’t want to be back. This is ridiculous. I want to be with my son.” But nobody wants to hear that. But I made it through the day. I even started to feel somewhat like my work self again about half way through my weekly team meeting when I was able to offer suggestions about the big project we have going on. Still, I couldn’t wait until my 4 hours were done.

LP had a fine time at daycare. Apparently he is totally chill and awesome and spent most of the day just watching everything. However, he had some trouble taking a bottle and only took two oz. This is my fault as I meant to make sure someone was feeding him a bottle once a day every day last week, but I got so wrapped up in my father’s visit and emotionally prepping to return to work that I let it slide. He also only did two 30-45 minute cat-naps instead of having at least one long morning nap. So when we got home, he nursed for a long time, fell asleep for an hour and a half, then we nursed again, we both took an hour and a half nap and he’s still sleeping.

I’m really glad that I’m easing back into work with half days for the next two weeks, with the exception of taking Wednesday off and starting full time next Friday. But ultimately I still think it sucks, especially when I look at what the rest of the world gets.

Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


athene: (DJ right after birth)

Week two was really hard for me. My postpartum anemia was worse than we were all prepared to deal with or aware of. I think that if we’d known just how bad it was, my mother probably would have stayed an extra week. But we made it through the week. There were really rough times, like Tuesday afternoon and Thursday night, when I almost called my mother and begged her to come back. But there were also great moments, like holding him and watching him sleep. And getting to start to know his myriad expressions. And we’ve been really lucky, most nights we can get at least one 4-5 hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep.

Sound asleep, I look like daddy

My days mostly look like this: Wake up for a nurse when Darius leaves for work. Go back to sleep. Either wake up before or with/after the LP. If before, get a chance to eat breakfast first (hopefully…before he wakes up), then morning diaper change and nurse. If with/after, morning diaper change and nurse and then hopefully be able to put baby down long enough to get food myself. Hold the little prince while he sleeps for a few hours. Watch a movie or something on the DVR or On Demand. Midday diaper change and feed. Try to get lunch into my body (hopefully baby is asleep…otherwise use bouncing chair). Hold baby more. Watch more random stuff on tv or try to play with computer and/or phone. Afternoon diaper change. Side nurse turn into afternoon nap. Then Darius is hopefully home and the little prince can get some daddy time while mommy showers or gets some time to herself.

Nursing has been going well. For week two, we were mostly on the nipple shields the whole time. But after reading some articles written by other mothers who had to use them on the La Leche League site, I felt better about doing so myself. Also, he started taking to the left breast often without the shield. And in the cradle hold almost didn’t need it ever. This Tuesday evening, he started not wanting to use it with the right breast either and hasn’t wanted it since. But we’re still figuring out how to get a good latch on the right (the football hold seems to work somewhat), so it’s a work in progress, but a positive one.

Over the weekend we had our first trip to the grocery store and he slept through the entire thing!

First Grocery Store Trip

We’re definitely into the “I’m in my 3rd week of life and I’ve learned how to cry loudly when I want things” stage. We had two nights earlier this week where it took me 2 hours of nursing and diaper changes and rocking before he finally fell asleep. Also, yesterday we had friends over for a bit and after they left I tried to nurse him a bit, but he started screaming. I put him down for a moment and he fell right asleep. It was amazing. Of course today we had some random screaming, but it didn’t last long. He has been staying awake in between some feedings. I’m not totally sure what to do with him in those cases, but we’re both learning.

Week three has also been about learning to ask friends for help. I think we’ve had someone over either at lunch or around/after dinner time almost every day. Just having someone else to talk to/help out around the house/hold the baby for a little bit has been great.

A cat and a boy

Lastly, I want to report that we had our two week check-up on Monday. DJ weighed in at 7lbs, 12.5oz. He’s up almost a whole pound from his birth weight, which is amazingly good progress. The midwife said that he was “perfect.” Also, she said that I look to be healing well. We took my blood and my iron count came back at 10.1 (up from 7.5!). I knew I was feeling somewhat better, and it was nice to have confirmation of it. So I’m still anemic and I still get tired a lot and have to take it slow, but I’m recovering.


Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


athene: (pregnant: geek inside)

Belly at 38 weeks and 2 days I passed the 38 weeks mark last Friday. I feel like I’m almost at the hurry-up-and-wait stage of things.

Last week I taught my last class and had my last full day in the office. Starting yesterday I’m mostly working from home, unless I need to go in. This is really helpful for me and I’m super thankful that my job is flexible enough to let me do this.

Physically things are going okay. I’m still in a lot of pelvis pain, especially when I move wrong. There’s also this spot in my right shoulder blade that likes to hurt after a little while. I thought it was just being at work all day, but it did it yesterday too when I spent the day on the couch. I’ll just have to figure out the right position to be in or switch it around a bunch. I’m tired a lot these days too. And last week my right foot decided that it would be fun to swell up randomly. Yet another reason I’m glad to be working at home with my feet up.

Mentally I’m doing well most of the time. I’m still nervous about the whole birth/labor experience because it’s so outside of the realm of anything I’ve ever experienced before. But I think that I’m pretty ready to be a mommy, which is something that I had trouble saying just the other week.

Stree is doing well. He has periods where he squiggles and wiggles around a whole lot and periods where he just likes to stretch his foot or his butt into my ribs (so much fun, let me tell you). He really liked last week’s episode of Glee.

At my prenatal appointment on Friday, I was measuring 37 weeks instead of 38 but I’m not really concerned because I think all of those things are estimates anyway. The really exciting thing was that she did a quick ultrasound to double check the baby’s position. It was the first time I’d “seen” him since the ultrasound at 18 weeks (right before Christmas). He is 100% head down (hurray!) and has hair. You could see the little spikes coming off the back of his head. So amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures and we couldn’t get a clear profile shot of his face because he was being shy and covering part of his face with his hand.

Monkey Bouncer The to-do-before-the-baby-is-born list is coming along nicely. Over the weekend we rearranged the baby’s room. I got the last of the stuff that needed to be washed and put away washed and put away. I even put together the awesome Monkey Bouncer all by myself (with only one easily fixable mistake). The nursing pillows and baby carriers are mostly ready. The last of the things the baby needs are in the bag to go to the Birthing Center and the list for the last minute stuff is on top of the bag. And I installed the car seat base into my car all by myself yesterday. The only thing I really don’t know where it should go yet is the “Whale of a Tub”.

There are tons more pictures of baby things on the Pictures page. For some reason I’m obsessed with taking pictures of everything.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to celebrate Mother’s Day this year since I’m not-quite-but-almost a mother. But we did. Darius surprised me with a PajamaGram. It’s a pair of superhero style pajamas that say “Super Mom” and have a CAPE! Then he made me eggs for breakfast. We also went out to dinner to our favorite hibachi place with B and the place gave me a rose because I count as a mom. All of it made me really happy.


Originally published at my pregnancy blog. Please leave any comments there.

athene: (pregnant: still not king)
Yesterday started off with me waking up with pain in my right side. I'd slept with a regular body pillow, but it's just not working right for me. Good thing we have a pregnancy pillow on the way.

I was half way to work (maybe more than half way) and really proud of myself for being able to get in early when I realized I'd left my water bottle at home. Knowing I was going to teach class, I needed that water bottle. Turned around, went home, spent about 10 minutes frantically looking for my water bottle. Couldn't find it. Hoped it was at work. Got to work, not early anymore, and there was no water bottle. Luckily have some extra cups lying around just in case, but I really prefer my water bottle.

Taught class to four people. It was a good class. They picked up the stuff quickly, which was great. Except that we finished the morning section early, and then the extra bit I tried to show them didn't work right on the training site. Oh well. That happens.

There was a Mardi Gras party at lunch with yummy foods. I handed out beads for kisses on the cheek. Made me feel happy. :)

As I was leaving work for the day, I got a call from the midwife. I'd failed my one hour glucose test and have to come in for my three hour. My thoughts on that and some other things (including my latest pictures) are on the newest post on my pregnancy blog.

Got home from work so frustrated about that that I finally decided to clean the front door, something [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith asked me to do a long time ago but the weather was never nice enough or I never had the energy enough to do. I put on one of his old tee-shirts and an old pair of leggings and went out there...to discover that the wasps or a wasp is back. We had a nice conversation where I tried to kill him with my bleach-and-water soaked sponge and he decided it was better if he flew really high up above the door to his nest and stayed there for the whole time I cleaned the door. The door and its frame is now clean. It looks so much better!

Went out to Tuesday Night Pub Dinner for the first time in ages because it was Mardi Gras and I was going out damn it. I got to wear my badly printed King Cake maternity shirt from CafePress. Dinner was good and I'm glad I went. Came home and was so tired I fell asleep with my laptop on my legs. Got up, helped with the "going to bed" routine and actually went to bed.

Chicago

Oct. 28th, 2010 09:04 am
athene: (Default)
I spent all last week in Chicago. I was there to teach 4 days of classes.

Got in on Monday and checked into my hotel early. Figured out how to take the El over to where I'd be teaching. Found out it was right by the Sears tower (or whatever they're calling it these days). So I went up to the top. I'm really glad that I did. I got to see Chicago in special light that way. I went out onto the glass ledge part of the Skydeck. I'm not afraid of heights, but being able to look that far down through your feet is a little freaky no matter what.

After the Sears Tower, I walked over to the Art Institute. I got there 40 minutes before it closed. Just enough time to see the Greek pottery, the Magrittes, a few Impressionist paintings and the famous Seurat. After that my feet were starting to hurt, but I decided it was too early to go back to the hotel, so I walked through the park by the lake down to Museum Campus, where the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium are. Unlike in the Dresden File books, I didn't see any zombies, fallen angels, or wizards. Stumbled back to the El and my hotel and had a delicious deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's.

Tuesday I taught class and then went out to diner with friends. Food was okay, but the conversation was great.

Wednesday night I went to Morton's Steakhouse by myself and had a really good dinner.

Thursday night I got to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] syhira and her boyfriend at their place.

Friday I flew back to Austin after class, but not before stopping at Marshall Field's (now Macy's) to get Frango Mints. Because that's what I knew about Chicago when I was little. People go to Chicago and come home with Frangos. Made it to the airport in time, but it was touch and go as the shuttle pickup was late.

Some iPhone photos from my trip:

athene: (gaz angry)
When a coworker repeatedly spells your name wrong (let's say with 1 L instead of 2), even after you've corrected them, is it okay to spell their name wrong in response (say with an i instead of a y)? Or is that just petty?

Edit: I did it. I know it was probably petty, but just this once and no one else was on the email.

Boston

Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:26 pm
athene: (athene)
Monday evening the Frenchman showed up at my hotel room and we (eventually) headed out and walked up to the North End. Ended up on the rooftop eating area of a nice little Italian place. Then we wandered around and looked at the water a bit before wandering back to the hotel.

Tuesday I taught class to 15 people, which is a lot. There were some interesting technical problems in the training room, so I was really glad that I had a senior trainer with me for my first time on the road.

DOUBLE RAINBOW MAKI ALL THE WAY!!!After class, I rested in my hotel room for a bit and then I took the T and met up with [livejournal.com profile] bellebet and headed over to a Chinese/Sushi restaurant where we met up with [livejournal.com profile] rogueactor and the Frenchman. Had a lovely dinner with belle and rogue, full of wonderful conversation and really amusingly named after pop-culture things rolls.

Wednesday my co-trainer taught the class, and I played TA. After class I took the T out to meet [livejournal.com profile] kiten. It was so awesome to see her. The Frenchman, and I hung out at her place with her adorable polydactyl kitty cat, who is OMG so cute. He was doing that "I'm so tired but there are people and I want to play but I'm going to fall over at any moment" thing that was adorable to watch. Got some good hanging out and cuddling with dear friends. :)

Thursday morning I had to say goodbye to the Frenchman. :( He's going back to France soon, so I'm glad I got to spend some time with him before he goes. Then I got to the training room nice and early because it was a whole new class with a new group of people. There was some confusion because my schedule said class started at 9, but the schedule that was emailed out said class started at 9:30, so I had to wait around for everyone to show up. Because of that, class ran a little past 5.

Took the T to Davis Square. (See how every evening starts with that. I felt all super hip and urban taking the T every evening, wearing my iPhone headphones, listening to music, and being confident with where I was going.) Met up with [livejournal.com profile] omnia_mutantur and [livejournal.com profile] wandelrust and went out for gourmet pizza. The pizzas were good, but the dessert, which was hot pizza crust covered with nutella, fresh strawberries, and a touch of basil, was amazing.

Friday was the last day of class. Finished it up a little early, which was good cause people (including me) had flights to catch. After the last person left, I got my bags and took the bus to Logan airport for my 6:50 flight back home. When I got off the plane in Houston, there was a woman with 3 kids who was really confused and I thought that maybe she had never flown before or was having a panic attack or something. Since I overheard that she was going to Austin too, I helped make sure that she found her way to the right terminal. She asked my name like 3 times. It was weird. Turns out that she had had a drink and it was stronger than she expected (or so she said) and so she was just a little drunk. Well, I'm glad I was able to make sure that her kids got home, even if their mom was being weird/irresponsible. When I got to the gate for the flight to Austin, i found out there was a flight to New Orleans leaving at almost the exact same time at almost the same terminal, literally. All that separated them was a partition. I joked with the guy checking my boarding pass that it was a tough call, do I go visit my mamma and sister in New Orleans or do I go home to my husband. Ultimately the husband and cats won out over the sister and mom. Got in to Austin with no problem. [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith was waiting for me and we went home where I said hi to the cats and fell over.

This weekend has been nice and relaxing. Spent a lot of time just hanging out with Aerith Got to play some regular WoW (my guild had a Cow Throwing party...throw your cleverly named level 1 Tauren off of Thunder Bluff and hit a specific spot while yelling some sort of bad pun. I LOST spectacularly!) and some of the Cataclysm beta (my Worgen is finally out of the starting zone).
athene: (pagan)
On Wednsday, lordaerith and I said good-bye to our kitties and headed to the airport to fly to Boston. The flights went very well. At our layover in Houston we picked up non-pariels for Aerith's mother-in-law and 4 caramel apples (they were by 3 get 1 free) to share with the rest of his family, which we did, slowly over the days there.

Got into Logan with no problem. Got my bag and to the Enterprise dealership with no problem. Because we have a CostCo membership we were supposed to get 5% off and a free upgrade. The 5% was in the system, but the free upgrade wasn't. However, the guy was really awesome and said that he'd give it to us anyway. When we went out to look at the cars that were in our size, he mentioned that oh, there's a 2010 Prius over here and I'll give it to you for just $5 a day more. You should have seen Aerith's eyes light up :). So we took it. Drove out to Haverhill to Aerith's sister's house. Sister, niece (8 year old daughter of other sister), and sister's husband were all there. Sister's husband has a garden and grows green beens, cucumbers, and zuchinni (3 of my absolutely fav veggies) amongst other things. Dinner was made by sister and included stuff from garden. Yum! Hung out for a while and after niece was asleep, watched Role Models with sister and her husband. Still funny.

Woke up on Thursday and slowly nephew got up. He's 17 (OMG, i've known him since he was 5!!!) and his voice has dropped and he is now taller than Aerith. He stands like an awkward teen, all gangly and hunched. It's adorable. Finally Aerith's mom showed up and then everyone, except for me and sister's hubby (who was at work) went to Water Country. I had to stay at Sister's because I had to teach a class online at 2. But that was okay because I just hung out and chilled and the class went well. Also it was in the 70s and I don't do water parks until it's at least 90 out. Eventually they all got home, then we went to the store and got food to grill. Aerith showed off his awesome grilling skills.

Friday Aerith and I went to H&R Block to try to sort out some old tax stuff that seemed weird. It's still weird, but whatever. I had to teach the second half of the class that afternoon. As soon as it was over, we got in the car and headed out to W. MA to visit with [livejournal.com profile] artemis42 and her partner. Got caught in some traffic, so we were thankful for the Prius! Had a very lovely visit with Ms. A and her partner. They live out in the middle of nowhere with apparently lots of lesbians, musicians, and chickens (what is it about redheads and chickens?). We played music exchange. I played Marian Call for them, and they played their kirtan and an early cut their new blues album for us. A made yummy yummy dinner. That girl can cook salmon like no one else. After dinner we hung out and she showed us Sita Sings the Blues (you can watch it online if you want), which is an animated movie about Rama and Sita and some other stuff. Finally it was past midnight, so we said goodbye and headed back. I fell asleep on the way back, but Aerith was amazing and made the drive, even though he was really tired by the end of it.

Saturday we showed Sister and Niece how to make breakfast tacos :). Then we headed to Rockingham Park to meet up with Aerith's mother and uncle and watch/bet on televised horse races. All the horses I picked kept coming in one spot behind what I said, until the very end where I won a whole $3.80 and the woman behind the counter asked if I was over 18. It was silly, but kinda fun.

After a brief stop at Sister's, we headed out to [livejournal.com profile] wabres's Hobbit Hole. It was me, Aerith, Wabres, his brother, Wyleblad and his wife, Percival, and [livejournal.com profile] godspiel. It was great to see those guys again! We had lots of cheese, including queso made by Aerith. Wabres made his chicken masalla for dinner. We watched YouTube videos and talked gaming and went to Kimbel's for ice cream. We left around 11:30. On the way back to Sister's we got caught in some really bad traffic due to construction.

Sunday we woke up expecting to take most of Aerith's family to see Scott Pilgrim, but it turns out that after we got back, Aerith's sister was coming home from his other sister's house and her car got side swiped by a van and she and her car got pretty banged up. She's okay, but had wicked bruises, a cut on her head, and said that her back was hurting her. So we dropped her off at Other Sister's house and got Aerith's Mother and went to the movie just with her. Scott Pilgrim was pretty good. I wanted it to be totally awesome, but after reading the books, it was almost-but-not-quite-as-awesome as I was hoping. After the movie, we saw his mom's place and the infamous dining room table that is ours, if we could ever figure out how to get it down to Austin. Went back to other sister's and realized that it was late and Aerith and I needed to do laundry. So we took Niece back with us and did laundry and Sister's got Nephew and South Asian food.

This morning Aerith and I got up and drove into Boston, getting a little lost, to get me to the hotel. I checked in and dropped off my bags, then we drove to the airport (we got really lost...but figured it out thanks to iPhone goodness). Said goodbye to Aerith and I made my way back to the hotel via public transportation and walking. Chilled for a bit, walked around the area for a bit, and took a bath at the hotel. Now the Frenchman is here so I have to go. Yay!!!
athene: (Richard diversion)
Today is fired.

Today started well. That lasted all of an hour. At 7am I get a call from [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith. His car died about 10 minutes from home. I jump in my car and drive down to where he is. Give him a jump and his car starts right up. I follow him, but get separated by a red light. End up driving right past where he had pulled in when his car stalled out again. He calls a tow company. Of course our AAA membership expired and we haven't gotten it renewed yet. Wait with Aeirth for about an hour and a half for the tow truck to come. Find out that there's a man threatening to jump off of I-35, so traffic is hell and there are accidents on the other highways because of that. Aerith drops me off at work and goes to meet the tow truck at the repair place.

The ONLY thing I have on my schedule to do today at work is to make a recording of this 93 slide tutorial that I created. Team Member who sits across from me is teaching an online class this morning...so recording at my desk is right out because coworker has a loud voice and the mic is picking him up ever so faintly. So I pick up my stuff and go into the demo room behind us (which almost NO ONE ever uses) and record in there for a while. That's actually going pretty well until i hit a slide that I just can't get right, no matter how many takes I do (and I do a lot of takes).

I go out to lunch with a coworker and we go to Fry's and that part of the day is nice.

I get back from lunch and there's a sales guy giving a demo over the phone to a client in the demo room. Of course he moved all my stuff...and the microphone that I'd so carefully set up on the headset gets knocked out of where it was, which he may have done or I may have done that when I took my stuff out of there. So then Team Member says he has meetings at 2 and at 3. Ok great, I can record while he's in the meetings. But then I find out that they're at his desk. So no recording for me at my desk. I go find an empty conference room and get set up. FINALLY after about 10 more tries I get past tricky slide. Then someone pokes their head in conference room cause it's booked. But luckily room across the way is empty so they just go there. Then I take a look at some of what I've recorded...and I had forgotten to check "Don't record the mouse" in the Camtaisa PowerPoint plug-in. I thought the pointer was hidden, but it turns out that it's randomly in different parts of the slides in the different pieces of the recording.At this point Ii'm on slide 36 of 93. I'm tempted to just leave the mouse in and move on...but i know Bossman will say something about it. I just wanna go home...but of course due to the FUBAR with his car earlier, he dropped me off at work and took my car with him.

Rest of post written at home
I texted Aerith and he was awesome and came and got me early.

Tonight better be better than today! I'm planning on resting (possibly reading more Scott Pilgrim, since I have 2-5 out from the library), and then tonight we're going out to the gay leather bar. Yay!
athene: (dharma initiative)
I want to call a do-over for this morning.

First the shower kept losing some of its water pressure (but not temperature, thank goddess). We determined that this was due to the sprinkler system still being on. We'd just figured out how to reset it so that it only came on twice a week for 10 minutes each time, but maybe we didn't get the settings exactly right because it was still counting down when we were leaving for work. Or maybe the time is off. Good-bye water pressure. Good-bye hopefully lower water bill for next month.

At breakfast I poured too much cereal into my bowl and had to put some back. Then we were out of orange juice so I had to drink straight cran-raspberry juice instead of cutting it with OJ like I like to do.

Now I'm at work and we're having intermittent internet problems. This makes getting any work done really tricky and fairly frustrating. Good-bye morning productivity.

I think I'll move to Australia.
athene: (wedding kiss)
Life's been crazy busy, in a good way. So here's a quick list of what's going on:

• The Sunday before last [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I rolled up 3.5/3.75 characters for a run. It's the typical gamer ratio (7 guys and me). My character's already annoying everyone. :)

• Last Monday I went to a Marian Call house concert. She's amazing. She's touring all 50 states, so go find out when she'll be in a city/town near you and go see her. She's a total nerd and cute too. Oh, and she'll be performing at the SDCC w00tstock! There were many nerds there and we all flocked together. Flirted with a guy who works at Blizzard. Hey, anything to get into the Cataclysm beta, right? ;)

• This last Friday was [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith's and my fifth wedding anniversary. Year 5 is the wood anniversary. Don't worry, we already went there. We both took Friday and Monday off from work. Friday we went to Schlitterbaun (which is becoming our anniversary tradition). The rides there really are the best! After riding tons of rides on both sides of the park, we headed back to Austin and went to the Melting Pot for the first time. Very nice. They found out it was our anniversary and brought us complimentary champaign with dessert.

• Saturday night we went to the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin's production of "Yeoman of the Guard" with [livejournal.com profile] moonwick and [livejournal.com profile] byskwik. Is a rather interesting opera. Not quite so light and airy as their usual fair and a weird ending.

• The rest of our four day weekend was spend lounging around, getting stuff off of the DVR, playing WoW, and cleaning up the house a bit.

• Work is going well. I'm starting to teach more. I'm developing curriculum for a new feature coming out in our Summer release, which is kind of like shooting a moving target. Oh, and work's sending me to Boston in mid-August to teach four days of classes. The current plan is for [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I to go up together a few days early and see people and then he'll head home while I teach. Let me know if you want to see us.

• Other than that, life is busy with work, husband, cats, yoga, social engagements, friends, and WoW.
athene: (iAthene)
I applied, interviewed, was chosen, and accepted an Education Specialist position at my current company, Convio.

I'll get to teach technology to people and I'll get to travel from time to time.

I start mid this month. I'm really excited!!!!!

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