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The Week In Rewind | 19-Dec-2010

Santa Claus with a little girl

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– We discussed the end of an era with Brett Favre’s Consecutive Game Streak Ending.

– I’ve been studying up on some JavaScript techniques over at www.w3schools.com.  I’m not sure what I’ll use these skills for, but maybe we’ll see some updates on this site due to my new skills.

– It looks like UMass football will be moving to the MAC.  I’ll have more on that next week.

– Other than that, it was a pretty slow week over here at BDR.

– Life has been pretty hectic on the home front, however.  Mrs. BDR and I tried to take the girls to see Santa, but the fat guy was on lunch break when we got there.  Unfortunately, we were up against a pretty tight schedule and had to boogie out of there before we had a chance to get their picture taken.  Hopefully we’ll get to do that today.  Other than that, we’ve been busy getting presents together, figuring out our travel plans, and coordinating our nightly activities as we both have work-related activities at night this week.  Speaking of work, I went through a small round of layoffs this week.  That brings the total for the year up to four.  I have been lucky so far.  Hopefully the new year will bring bigger and better things for my company.

I’ll be posting here this week, but if you don’t have time to read us, have a Merry Christmas and stay safe!

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More Noise & Other Disturbances

There’s probably a whole three people in this world who read this blog (myself, the author, being one of them), but that’s OK. It’s most likely due to my less than diligent approach to putting information up here. In that sense, it’s become more of a journal for me than a blog for others, but that’s neither here nor there.

Let’s see if I can’t update everyone (all two of you) on what’s been the haps lately for the Mrs and I. I suppose the beginning is just as good a place to start as any.

We closed on our house on December 22, 2006 – the Friday before Christmas. We were amped, geeked, totally happy. After our closing we went and picked out colors and went to Home Depot (the first of countless trips to the HD) for paint. After a lovely stay at my parents (minus the stomach bug that ripped through everyone including Tek, our dog), we were able to attack the house. I had the week off between Christmas and New Years and spent it getting the house ready. It was more of a crash course on wallpaper removal and painting. We moved in for good at the end of that week and started our lives as homeowners.

I went back to work the following week to find out on Tuesday that I would be losing my job. I can’t get into specifics due to the terms of a legal settlement, suffice it to say that we (my company) did nothing wrong but were sued anyways and were not able to afford to fight. That sucks – doing nothing wrong and not having deep enough pockets to fight it.

So, there I was – a new homeowner with no job. What did I do? I went on a 4-day snowboard trip to VT, made gratuitous trips to the HD and got a new dog. Very financially responsible!

Actually, the snowboard trip was already planned and paid for. It’s an annual trip that we make every year. HD trips kept me sane because I did a lot of work on the house – mostly joint/compounding and painting the kitchen and half bath. And the dog, a chocolate lab mix named Cally (short for Calamity Jane) was free. She had such a sob story that we had to take her in.

Since then, I’ve taken a temp job as a mechanical designer while I look for a new engineering job. The irons are still smoldering in a few locations, but the trail is getting shorter and shorter. There’s potential to come on board here, but I don’t know if I want to.

So, that’s my life since Christmas in a nutshell. Hope yours hasn’t been as hectic 🙂

PLUG OF THE WEEK!
Oh, and everyone be sure to check out my buddies blog – The Daily Pube. It’s pretty damn funny! I might even be contributing from time to time there!

Another Slow Day..

Arrgghh, layoffs and work and stupid projects – oh my! Work has been less than stellar, to say the least. The only think that is making is bearable is that I should be able to go snowboarding this weekend. I can’t wait.