A 2014 Year in Review

Matt Inman (The Oatmeal) holding my handcuffs for a pic at Denver Comic-Con, June 2014
Matt Inman (The Oatmeal) holding my handcuffs for a pic at Denver Comic-Con, June 2014
Wow. I have not been here in a gazillion years. I wasn’t even sure I’d remember how to log in, but fortunately my browser remembered my password, even though I didn’t.

So, no posts for the entirety of 2014. How pathetic. Here’s a quick rundown of what I did in 2014:

Things kind of went to hell at work, through no fault of my boss or anyone in my department, but I definitely don’t harbor any fluffy feelings for the H.R. department. It led to a craptastic summer depression that segued into horrible weight gain, and I still haven’t bounced back from that. Yay? I have, however, revamped my professional website (pmcarlson.com). And possibly my resume.

The sis and brother-in-law finally bought a house, and I spent much time flying out there to hang out in it. It’s a large 100-year-old Victorian that’s currently getting pummeled with snow and ice, with a large backyard, a garage, and my own bedroom. It’s pretty sweet.

I didn’t go to any professional conferences in 2014, but I did fly out to Denver for their Comic-Con and for my friend Jacqui’s 40th birthday. The weekend had its ups and downs, but overall it was a good time–plus I got the Oatmeal to hold my handcuffs for a pic. 😀

National Champions!
National Champions!

My 8-ball team won first place in the Vegas tournament! We are officially the National 8-ball Women’s Team Champions….in the trophy division. That’s kind of like the kiddy-pool of divisions. However, we got awesome trophies that say FIRST PLACE, and really cool leather jackets with National Champions stitched on them, along with our names. It was pretty awesome.

Kayaking on some river in New Hampshire, Labor Day Weekend 2014
Kayaking on some river in New Hampshire, Labor Day Weekend 2014

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Let’s see, there was also kayaking in New Hampshire, going out onto the ice after a Kings/Bruins game, new glasses, a visit to the mantis shrimp in Monterey, a new GoPro (won it at the department holiday party), a visit to Nerd HQ, a new niece!, and a one-time foray into speed-dating.

And also, my stepbrother died, last March. Which sucked.

So, that was 2014. Some good, some bad, and totally over. Hopefully I can be better about posting in 2015.

Neverending Jack!

Hopefully this works, I created it for Miz Emily.

The Neverending Jack

 

Good lord, peeps, how hard is it to get an animated gif to animate already?? Sheesh! Unfortunately, in order to see the awesomeness of this image, you’ll have to click on it. Bah.

Deer!

So far the past couple of weeks have been deeralicious at work. I’ve seen at least one every work day for the past two weeks, including these two ladies I caught chilling out last Wednesday.

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Dipping my toes back into the Drupal

Apparently we’ll be using more Drupal soon at work, so today I installed Drupal 7 onto my office machine.

Holy crap, that was easy!

I’m sorry, but I remember the very first time I installed Drupal on my home machine, and it took SIX HOURS of troubleshooting the MySql and the PHP, and then yes, the Drupal. It was a dreadful experience, and to be honest, it was a sign of my trials with Drupal start to finish. I’ve hated Drupal for a long time now.

Hopefully this new easy installation is also a sign, and Drupal 7 will be a kinder and gentler CMS than Drupal 6 was. Many, many fingers are crossed!

At last

Today we launched the redesign of our company’s blog:  The Iris

I was just a small part of the team that put this together (and at least a month early, I might add), but in the past two days the labor pains were killer for us all. So glad it’s out the door and ready for more upgrades next week. 😀