Monday, December 10, 2007

Back to the Grind

Yesterday was a typical weekend. Everybody laid around the house. I ended up going outside after messing with server and the router for a little while. My time outside was spent collecting my thoughts, listening to my IPod, and cleaning the cars. I like cleaning the cars but never really have time to do it. It's also depressing to usually see how dirty the back seat is in my wife's car from the kids throwing toys and food everywhere. Anyway Sunday was pretty hot for being mid December. My son and I ended up grilling some burgers later that night and hanging out by the grill to talk while the burgers were cooking. My son is finally taking an interest in things I like to do and is interested in cooking. Something I like to do. He loves my beef jerky recipe.

Today is Monday and that means it's back to the grind of work. Actually work is quite fun. I spend most of my day fixing problems, lining up new work, or finding ways to do stuff faster. I am a paid DBA but mostly do programming and server maintenance. I have worked my way up from the bottom and am pretty happy where I have made it to so far. Today at work was a surprise. My manager and program manger came into my office and I begin shooting the breeze with the them as that's something we usually do. All of a sudden my program manager starts saying that the program thanks me for everything I do and have done in the past and they would like to give me a gift as appreciation. The program manager hands over a gift and I proceed to open it. I was like in aw... already but then I open up the box. It's a watch and not just any watch. An expensive looking watch with the company name on it. I didn't know what to say at first. I regularly get awards at work but have never gotten an award of this caliber. I stood up and shook both of their hands and began thanking them. This was the highlight of my day.

Later on today I had to leave early to go to a dentist appointment. I was expecting the worst as I'm not the greatest at keeping on to brushing my teeth twice a day. At one AM brushing my teeth is the last thing on my mind. The dentist repaired a cavity and scrapped all the old cement off of my teeth. I was glad to see how white my teeth were under all the cement, especially after the pain. Well after all the pain I expected to pay the normal $75 for a cavity but it was only $25 because I had met my deductible for the year. I thought well since I've met my deductible lets get my other appointment moved up to this year so I only have to pay $25 again saving myself $50.

After my dentist appointment I still had some time till 5 and hurried on over to Battery Warehouse to swap out my truck battery for a new battery since I've been having to jump my truck off first thing in the mornings. Last night I left the charger on it all night so I wouldn't have to jump it this morning. The guy at the store came out to check it and said the battery was bad. He looked at my receipt since I paid for a 60 month battery and still had 37 months left on my warranty. Of course this place didn't have a single tool so I'll have to throw my toolbox in my truck so I can go back tomorrow and swap it out.

Well now I still have a few minutes before 5 and I'm right down the road from the radio station. I figured well why not run in and pick up my tickets I won Friday night. I didn't win anything big, just some free food at Subway but anything that is free is always good.

All and all I had a pretty good day. Started up a new project at work today so I'm excited to get working on it.

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