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Just Back from Vacation

July 11, 06 by kenrich

I just got back from a two-week vacation to Canada for my family reunion. I didn’t spend much time on the computer (intentionally). I really had a good time just enjoying the weather and the holiday season.

We spent a lot of time swimming in the pool and just relaxing. I definitely felt like I needed a break from work (although I did manage to do some work while on vacation.) Our kids really enjoyed the trip and they are already wanting to go back. We took them to a petting zoo, to a parade and to the Canada Day fireworks show.

I still may take another week’s vacation this year. It’s one of priveleges I’ve earned with my current employer. It may be hard to get some time off during the Christmas or Thanksgiving holiday, so I may just save the vacation time for next year. Make sure that you take your vacation time. There are little (if any) benefits to being a workaholic.

Not Feeling Too Swift Today

February 25, 06 by kenrich

I managed to get through most of the cold season without getting sick, but about 5 days ago I came down with a nasty cold from my Kids. Actually, my whole family has gotten sick with this with the exception of my Dad. It has been pretty rought the past couple of days but I suppose that I can’t complain much. This is the first time I’ve really been sick this season.

The good news is that my kids have gotten over this cold and are doing well. Tonight they will be able to spend the night with Grandma and Grandpa. This is one of their favorite things to do. Grandma and Grandpa are very good to them.

I have a lot of work to do with Orvado so I will definitely be busy tonight. I’m really looking forward to getting all of the client maintenance done so I can move on to other big projects I have in the works. Later today I will be taking hte kids out to lunch with my parents. I’ll have to take some cold medicine just before I go out. It looks to be a great day here in sunny San Diego.

A Day at the (Legoland) Park

February 21, 06 by kenrich

Took the family to Legoland yesterday and enjoyed a fun day at the park. The weather was quite chilly so it was a good thing we all brought our sweaters. My parents joined us at the park which was really nice because it was the first time they went to a theme park with us and the kids.

It was too bad that it was so crowded because we only had time to go on 5 rides or so before it was time to leave. This, despite the fact that we were there at the park for over 6 hours. They closed down the “Knight’s Tournament” ride which is their newest ride. It’s probably for the better, since it would probably have just made me puke.

We didn’t know if we would be going to Legoland yesterday because our girls have been kind of sick recently. It was a good thing we did go though, because they thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back again. It sure was nice to have a 3-day holiday weekend and spend some time off with the family. I hope to enjoy some real vacation time in the near future.

Christmas Holiday is Over for Me

December 28, 05 by kenrich

I hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I had a nice 5-day holiday break although I had to use two of my vacation days to do so. A lot of companies gave their employees an entire week off for Christmas, but our company thought only one day was necessary.

Based on the traffic I see coming into and leaving work, it appears that at least half of the businesses in my area are taking an entire week off. Perhaps they are in a different line of business where being there week-in and week-out is not so important. We have a ton of work here and it is good to think that I have some job security here.

I received a lot of nice gifts from my family this Christmas and so did my two little girls. But more important than that, it was just really nice to be together as a family and spend some quality time together. I hope that you and your family did the same.

Help, I’ve Got Ants in my Pants

August 26, 05 by kenrich

Well, it took a while, but the ants have finally made it into my home. I enjoyed a long summer without any ants at all. Even though there are ants in my home now, I noticed there just aren’t as many ants around the house as their were in previous days.

The funny thing is that I just laid down some fertilizer last week that is designed to kill a lot of the bugs that inhabit your lawn during the summer. Perhaps that is what drove them out and into my house.

With any luck, we will be able to repel them without much difficulty. It is really annoying when they invaid your kitchen and (worse yet) your bedroom. I don’t mind the spiders too much, but ants are a real nuisance. They always seem to like to crawl over the areas where you work and play.

Feeling a Bit of Vertigo

June 02, 05 by kenrich

Something hit me last night when I sat down to do some work at my computer. It was something like vertigo where your whole sense of equilibrium is thrown out of whack. It was definitely a weird sensation to say the least. It wasn’t painful at all, just very disorienting.

I will probably need to go see a doctor pretty soon. For now, I seem to be doing just fine. I wasn’t able to get any work done on the project last night, but I made up for it a little by doing some work this morning. The project is the reporting module that I mentioned in my previous post.

On a positive note, the countdown has begun – I only have about two more weeks until my vacation starts. I am looking forward to taking two weeks off for our family pilgrimage to Canada. I will be spending time at my Dad’s house which is right on the lake. Our family enjoys going up there because our kids love to go swimming in the pool and there are lots of fresh cherries to eat.

Not Much Blogging Recently

May 09, 05 by kenrich

I haven’t felt much like blogging here lately, apologies to my readers. I will be posting some updates here in the next couple of days.

My Mom was in for surgery recently and is now recovering. I was worried sick about her but now things have turned around and she is well on the way to recovery. She suffered from a burst appendix which is rather dangerous.

I should be going on vacation in a little over a month. That will be a nice break from the hectic work routine here. Work is busy as ever which is part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much. I’ve been doing further study into C++ and C# programming in an attempt to build some useful tools for my business. More about this later.

My Weekend Chores – Fun in the Sun

April 11, 05 by kenrich

This weekend I put up a new shelf in our bathroom at home – not totally sure what we are going to use that for, but at least it was cheap and it looks darn good if I do say so myself. I also filled a hole in the door jam near my bathroom. The ants found it all too convenient to enter our house that way.

Also this weekend, I removed the vines that were climbing on our trellis. They had been dead for about 6 months now (due to the torrent of rain we had this winter) and they weren’t showing any signs of recovery. They had been pretty big at one point so it was a shame to just tear them down like that. We are going to be buying some new vines to plant there.

The weather is perfect this time of year in San Diego. It’s a shame I have to work indoors most of the day. Currently, I am developing a new “link directory” for Orvado that allows you to define a hierarchical list of categories and then create links under each. This is going to replace the “partner sites” area of the Orvado site.

My Parents Are Headed North Again

April 07, 05 by kenrich

My parents are heading north once again. My Mom always goes to visit my Grandma in Wasco (just outside of Bakersfield) and my dad heads north to visit with his Mom (in British Columbia.) Right now my Dad has dropped off my Mom and is making the long trek up to Canada.

He will be stopping to visit my brother who lives in Pullman, Washington for the weekend before going all the way to Canada. They had some snow in Washington last week, but I haven’t heard about anything this week. Wow! just checked the weather map and I see they are getting a lot of rain up in those parts.

It should be a very interesting trip for my dad. This isn’t the first time he has driven up north when it’s been snowing / raining so hopefully, he will be well prepared. With any luck, I’ll be able to go visit him again this year during my summer vacation. My daughters really enjoyed visiting there and making good use of the swimming pool.

Happy Belated Easter Everybody

March 29, 05 by kenrich

I guess I should write something here in my blog. I hope that everyone had a good Easter weekend! I took my daughters on an easter egg hunt at the local park. There must’ve been about 5,000 eggs out there, but it only took about 30 seconds for the kids to scoop them all up. My two girls got a good amount of eggs without being greedy like many of the parents there.

Work has been crazy busy here. I’ve been slaving away trying to get some of the tougher bugs fixed. It is slow going right now because we are in the process of transitioning to new web projects. I’ve been helping to setup the new Visual Studio projects and configuring web sites (to develop locally.)

The weather is great in San Diego. You can’t beat this part of the country in the springtime. I wish I could spend more time outside to enjoy it. Oh well.