Machine Gun

I have not posted anything really significant in the last two months, and you’re getting bullets. Lots of them.  Covering the last two months. Seriously. Enjoy!

Real-Life Birthdays I missed:

  • My Dad had a birthday, and I didn’t do any funny or easy post. Sorry Dad – I still love you.
  • My Brother (@mightyBEN) also had a birthday, and I didn’t do anything at all. Well, I did get him a Mighty Mugg Iron Man Mark VI thingy, so that totally makes up for it.
  • I had a birthday, and didn’t post about it here. But you guys made my day on Twitter and Facebook. Snif.
  • I’m sure I missed a lot of on-line Birthdays too… I’m sorry. 😦

Things I have done / not done in the last two months that are blog-worthy but that I didn’t blog about:

  • I was invited to many beers and I didn’t go. Damn.
  • I took a second wine-tasting class. Remember when I tried to blog about the first one and then got a virus on the computer? Good times.
  • I got a Nexus Card, so I can now cross the border without standing in line for hours. Okay, minutes but still. By the way, I look like a giant on that picture.
  • I thought about going to blog out lout and didn’t go. It was right in my backyard. Well, figuratively.
  • I went to Orlando for a conference.
  • While in Orlando for said conference, I was upgraded to a Royal Suite at no extra cost. Awesome!
  • Renewed my Costco membership.
  • I went on Sparks Street for the annual Ottawa RibFest. Yum!
  • Drove CutieDaughter to cheerleading camp.
  • Bought myself a new Canon EOS Rebel XSi, and took a lot of pictures.
  • Took the Zadorables to Aventures Laflèche.
  • Changed the layout of this blog, and went back to the original. Many times. That explains the messed-up sidebar on the right.

People I met in the last two months that I didn’t tell you about:

Things I’m doing now that may or may not be blog-worthy:

  • I’m on vacation! I’ve been off work for seven days and I only had to reply to 6 emails and have one phone conversation at this point. I say this is not bad, but let’s see if I can make that even better.

So there you have it.

What have you been up to in the last two months?

One bullet short of a full gun (3)

  • This theme does not display bullets. I should fix that. Soon.
  • There’s a salad on my desk. I was asked: “Is this your actual lunch or just a reminder of what you should be eating”. That was pleasant.
  • I watched Dexter (season 2) over the past 4 days. I really like the show, but I hope they’ll do something a little different next season. I understand it’s all about plot twists, but I think season one and two followed the same format a little too closely.
  • Avitable came out with his fall TV schedule, and I thought about doing the same. Then I thought better and I think I will try not to watch TV this season. Except for the Office – but I’ll PVR it and watch it when I want, not when TV says I must watch it. 😉 I think I’ll watch TV on DVD from now on, looking for those three little words on the boxed set: “The complete series”.
  • My Birthday was 46 days ago, and I still didn’t play with my gift. Yay me.

In pure Call of Cthulhu tradition, I’ll keep the last bullet for myself for when the actual madness comes.

One bullet short of a full gun

5 quick bullets. Dodge them if you can.

  • I find it really hard (That’s what she said) to keep a certain level of motivation in whatever I do these days. I start a lot of things, but finishing them takes a lot out of me. Is this normal? Should I be worry about this? This is not a way to say I don’t enjoy blogging anymore. Blogging is one of the few things I look forward to. But stuff like Playing D&D – that used to be really motivating – don’t really appeal to me anymore. I was all excited at creating a 4th edition character, now that I’ve started I’m not sure I want to play. How messed-up is that?
  • I miss good TV. I like watching TV, and I find I’m becoming an enigma. I will watch crappy reality TV like Big Brother and Wipe-out, semi-scripted reality TV like Iron Chef America, but I long for Minuit le Soir, Firefly and Arrested Development. But I still watch the less than stellar stuff when the good stuff – Hello, The Office! – is not on. Why? Shouldn’t I try doing something more meaningful than watching TV, like play guitar, read, walk, start a belly button lint collection or something else?
  • I expect a lot more and a lot less out of people. I know, I know, that doesn’t make sense unless I explain. Today I went for maintenance on my car. I got there 15 minutes before my appointment, and I was told that it wouldn’t take more then 30 minutes. I expected to get out of there 45 minutes later, I got out of there one hour and a half later. Did I say anything? No I didn’t. But I expected an apology or something. Mind you this is the same person that, when I asked why I wasn’t called back after leaving 3 different messages replied “Well this guy (points to coworker) was on vacation”. I don’t think that’s acceptable way to answer a customer question.
  • The previous bullet? Totally not about people at my workplace. But I do feel the same about some peopleat my workplace. I love my job, I love most people at my job – but not in a way where HR should be involved, no worries – with a few very annoying exceptions. For a 100 people I like, it takes only one to put the meter right back at neutral. And the people at my workplace that I don’t expect anything from, I really don’t expect anything from. I sent an email tonight that paraphrased this famous blonde joke: “Why should blondes not be given coffee breaks? It takes too long to retrain them.”. I replaced “blondes” with the person’s name, “coffee break” by vacation, and “them” by the appropriate pronoun, but you get the point. I joke about it because otherwise I would cry.
  • I’m over socialized, network-wise. Someone asked for “my info” today, and after making the list of my phone numbers (home, work, work cell, home cell), all the emails I have (work, home, School, Gmail, Live, Yahoo.com, Yahoo.ca, etc.), all the social stuff I belong to (Facebook, Twitter, various RPG boards, work-related communities, communities of practice, etc.) I realised that the list was a page and a half long. I read so much GTD crap that I don’t have time to GTD. I think I need to weed out some of the less useful stuff I use. What do you consider the bare minimum, network-wise?

In pure Call of Cthulhu tradition, I’ll keep the last bullet for myself for when the actual madness comes.