Just after getting started on this I end up taking a break. Certainly not in the plan, but that’s the way things go sometimes. Best intentions and all that… Life got very busy for a bit. To be honest it still kinda crazy. However, I have a some spare time and want to get a quick update about what’s been going on in the last couple months.
Work: Well I’m not going to bore anyone (including myself) with the gory details of being a zombie in the evil empire. Suffice it to say that this is where the bulk of my time has been dedicated of late. It is an exciting world of documentation emergencies and long discussions about the phrasing of procedures. I sometimes doubt that anyone actually reads these documents after they get approved. Adding to the thrill factor is he exciting world of group policy management. OK, I’ll grant that making changes that impact thousands of machines all around the world is kind of cool. Unfortunately, it does not generally make for interesting reading. Maybe I’ll put up some group policy info in separate posts somewhere along the lines. Occasionally, I do some strange things and I’ll be one of the early people doing anything with Win7 policy. There might be something there.
Deva: We threw our Afterparty event. It went well, although we didn’t get the attendance we were hoping to get. For a first attempt at something other than a convention party, I think it was a success. For one night, we took over Sodopop, south of downtown in Seattle, and threw a party. Rolling into the location in the afternoon, setting up decorations and everything else, and then tearing them all down right after the event made for a busy day. I don’t think I’ve done anything like that since college when I was involved in a traveling theatre performance. The theme was post-apocalyptic so there were a lot of neat costumes and decoration. I used the theme as an excuse to go to the surplus store and add to my goggle collection. Of course, in all the excitement I forgot to take pictures of anything.
Birthday: The day after Afterparty was my birthday. I’m not really one to make a big production out of them, but this year’s was pretty good. It started off with dim sum with friends. Later there were cupcakes and beer. Afterward, it was off to a park to hang out and be social. Yep, not bad at all.
Raiding: The guild I’m in, Machiavellis Cat, is working through Ulduar. There are a lot of neat fights there and it is good to see the new content. Everyone was pretty burnt out on Naxx, I think. I’m really glad that the Cats decided to take time before starting to raid after Wrath hit. It would have been tragic to have been done with the Naxx content 2 months earlier. Sadly, wrk has been interfering with raiding significantly of late. At least I’m still having fun with the new instance when I do get to raid.
Moving: This last one has been taking up a lot of my time, energy, and focus of late. For a very long time I’ve wanted to get a place of my own. I’ve been living in rentals since I moved out here years ago. Honestly, I’d never intended to stay out here in the Seattle area long term. I’d always kind of planned on moving back to the Midwest where all my family is or at least to somewhere that has more sunlight than the rainy Pacific Northwest. With that kind of attitude buying something always seemed crazy. For now, any notion of getting out of the PNW is on hold. I’m in the process of buying a condo. We’ll be moving to Shoreline, WA just north of Seattle. This will get us much closer to people (sure there are people on the Eastside, I just don’t socialize with any of them). The commute will be longer and my days will likely start earlier. At least to start, I’ll be driving to work when Mari needs to go in to work. This will keep Mari employed, it will let me get home at a reasonable time in the evening, and I’ll miss a lot of traffic. Mostly that is a winning plan. The thing is, I am not a morning person. Not at all.
I’ll probably make a longer post at some point about the whole condo buying experience. It has been interesting and things seem to be going well. I have been putting occasional updates about where it is at on Twitter. However, I don’t think I’ll have a lot of perspective for anything longer until I see how it all turns out.
Assuming that everything works out and I get the place there will be moving and doing some repair work around the condo. I’m actually looking forward to doing the work around the new place. I’ve wanted to live somewhere I could make changes for a long time. On the other hand, I’ve never liked moving. At this point, I’m committed to rent my apartment through the end of July so hopefully the condo will close quickly and I can just take my time with the moving process.