Friday, September 30, 2011


OK - this is going to be quick.

I moved in, unpacked, and all is well with the new desk and seating arrangement.
I also got a brand spankin' new PC, so as expected, I'm unable to do anything that I need to do.

Gotta' go track down the help desk guys to see if they can fix all the PC issues I'm having....which I'm sure they won't be able to figure out.  God help me.

Have a great weekend...hopefully, I'll be 'back to normal' (have I ever been?) soon.  :-)


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving day!!!

Today is the last day I'll spend in my current building!!!  I'm looking forward to the change of scenery, the new commute and a while new flock of people to 'watch'.....but I'm not quite sure what my new seating arrangement will bring. 
However, you can rest assured that as soon as I get the chance to blog about it, I will!!

Time to get packing.....xoxo

Hope you're all doing well!!!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly blogger? Or weakly blogger?

Hey everyone!

Yup, it's been over a week since I've blogged last and I'm not at all proud of that fact.  Truth be told, I just haven't been in the mood.  I'm not a fan of writing whiny, negative, or overly complaining blog entries - so that's why I haven't been writing.  The past few weeks have been pretty rough, and I haven't felt much like trying to come up with something positive to write about.

For those of you who know me, or who have been reading this blog for a while, you know that this is TOTALLY not 'me' I'm hoping this negative, blah, yuck-o feeling passes soon.

I did see an amazing play last weekend at SpeakEasy Stage Company - which was a nice night out.
The play is called 'Next Fall' and I REALLY enjoyed it. 

This is how they describe the show on the SpeakEasy website:

A 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play, Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Luke, a devout Christian, and Adam, a non-believer, have been together for four years; yet spiritual differences continue to spark trouble in their relationship. A sudden twist of fate, however, changes everything in this compelling new play that looks at what it means to 'believe' and what it might cost us not to.

I think it's a very good description....just enough to get you interested, but not enough to spoil the show.  I went in knowing very little about it, and really had a great time.
By the way, I do have a couple of friends in the show, but that has nothing to do with my loving it.  I certainly have seen friends in not-so-great shows before...and if that were the case with this one, I wouldn't have mentioned it at all.  Anyway.... the show is amazing, and if you're in the Boston area, I HIGHLY suggest seeing it.  You can get more information about it (dates, tickets, etc.) by clicking on the link above.

Other than that, nothing too exciting is going on.....just getting through each day, one day at a time, and continuing the search for a new job.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Here are some pictures from the show....
Photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Will McGarrahan (L) & Dan Roach (R)

Deb Martin (L) & Amelia Broom (R)

Dan Roach & Robert Walsh

Will McGarrahan & Kevin Kaine

Dan Roach & Will McGarrahan

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


TWELVE DAYS without a blog post?!?!?

Allow me to explain.....
For starters, today is the first time that I'm sitting at my own desk since September 6th. 
Since I last wrote - we had a great Labor Day weekend, I've been working out of the Boston office or from home....OK - mostly the Boston office (I've worked from home once), we did a walk for pancreatic cancer, I went to my step-mom's 75th birthday bash, went to my softball banquet, and had a photo shoot with all of Jim's family. 

Things are busy as ever here at work.  I'm still working on my two October projects as well as trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can about the new application that I'm going to be in charge of - very soon.
Every day is full of new challenges, none of which I enjoy...all of which depress me to no end.
Needless to say, I'm a bundle of joy these days.  Maybe it's a good thing I haven't been blogging.

I had a busy day last Saturday, which was fun. 
In the morning, Jim, Zachary and I did a walk for pancreatic cancer with a group of Jim's high school friends, then I took Zachary to my step-mom's 75th birthday party which was a good time as well.  None of my step family (other than my step mother) had met Zachary up to this point (don't ask) so they were excited to see him.  I also got to introduce him to a lot of my dad's friends - which was nice.  He was thrilled to 'show him off' - and of course, Zachary was on his best behavior.

After the party, I took Zachary to my softball banquet for a little while.  Surprisingly, he wasn't the only baby there!  Two babies in a gay bar....SCANDALOUS!!!!  ;-)
Another couple in the league were there with their little one, who was only 2 months Zachary wasn't even the youngest one there!!!  It was fun to chat with them and hear their story....which, let's just say, was VERY different than ours. 
I was only at the banquet for a short time, but I was there long enough to receive an award.  :-)  I'm the very proud recipient of the Division 2 'Sportsmanship Award' - which is essentially the award they give to people like me who may not be the best players, but remember the fact that being in the league is supposed to be fun and try to maintain that attitude on the field.  It's my third time receiving the award in my 10 year history with the league, which makes me happy - especially since the members of my division are the ones who vote on the award, and it's not just a select group of people voting.
Of course, the award itself had my name spelled wrong on it, and the incorrect division, but it's the thought that counts.

Sunday was our 'return' to church (we hadn't been in a while) - followed by grocery shopping, and then we had a photo shoot with Jim's entire family that evening.  Barrie did an amazing job with the pictures and as soon as I get them loaded onto my PC here at work, I'll share some with you.....until then, here are a few pictures from my 'time away'.

I hope you're all well....and I have some SERIOUS blog reading to catch up on!!!!

Here's Z taking his very first boat ride.....he loved it.

Jim and Leah going much fun!

Zachary getting ready to run some errands with Jim

Friday, September 2, 2011

Holiday Weekend!!

Well, I survived my jaunt into the Boston office yesterday!  I ended up parking at one of our other offices which is right next to a subway stop, so I was able to park for free and only had to pay for subway fare - as opposed to taking the commuter rail, which is considerably more expensive than the subway.
It all worked out fine.

I haven't taken the subway since I stopped working in Boston, in June of 2009 - and I was amazed at the number of people I saw on the train who I used to see way back when I was a 'regular' commuter.  They were sitting in the same places, doing the same things they always did (listening to their iPods, reading the paper, etc.).  It was as if I'd stepped back in was pretty odd. 

My meeting went well, I got a LOT of information thrown at me, but best of all, I got to spend time and visit with my old co-workers!! I was surprised to see how many people from the 'old' company were still working in that building.  For some reason, I expected to be surrounded by a building full of strangers, but that wasn't the case.  It made me a little sad thinking about how things used to be, and how much things have changed with my job in the past 3 years.  Don't worry I'm not going to turn this into yet another rant about how I feel about my job.  Enough of that for this week!!

It's Labor Day Weekend, which means that my building is pretty much deserted.  Fridays are usually quiet around here as it is, but when it's a holiday weekend - forget about it.  It's like a post-Apocalyptical village around here....and I'm the sole survivor.
Jim and I are getting together with a couple of my college friends over the weekend, although which day is still up in the air.  Neither Saturday or Sunday look all that great as far as the weather is concerned, so we're trying to figure out which day would the best of the two...we shall see!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend!
I'm off to write some critical test cases and continue my work on a FABULOUS test strategy that I'm writing.
Jealous?!?!?!?  You should be.  ;-)