Saturday, October 30, 2010
We don't have a lot of plans for today. Pretty soon we are going to go the Stevenson University open house. It is just outside of Baltimore and where she wants to go to nursing college next year. This evening she is having some friends over for a little fire pit cookout. I am sure there will be a cake in there somewhere.
I am a fortunate man.
Posted by Shawn H at 6:38 AM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Two weeks ago I was in Dallas for the American Society for Industrial Security annual convention. That place was loaded with all sorts of security related stuff and classes. It is good for me to go as I earn continuing education points which I need to keep my professional certification. My boss is certified as well so we will probably rotate our attendance and go every other year. I came back with a bunch of freebies and contacts and ideas for new things at work. I went to the convention years ago in Orlando - always educational. I met up with some old friends and colleagues and that went well. I was also able to take a short side trip too. The weather was beautiful and the city was clean and nice. I took a swing by the grassy knoll where JFK was shot (just a couple of blocks from the Dallas Convention Center). Pretty interesting.
Our company 10-year anniversary is Wednesday night at the Chase Center in Wilmington. Cirque du Soleil is in town and we will get a "private" showing. We saw them years ago and they are fantastic. We thought it would be a good idea to get tickets for the regular show on Saturday and bring Ashleigh and Elliott for Ashleigh's birthday because just Lucie and I can go to the company show. However, they are moving the show on Saturday to a smaller venue and tickets are expensive. So we ruled that out. Then yesterday our company got a limited number of free tickets for the Friday night show at the Chase Center. Thanks to some quick thinking and generosity of my co-workers, I was able to get some tickets. But not just any tickets, we got the "Ringmaster" tickets - $500 each!! Did I say I got them for free?! Includes ringside seats, dinner before and dessert after, etc. That should be great. Here is a link to the site that also has a short video:
Posted by Shawn H at 1:28 PM
Saturday, October 9, 2010
All else is going OK. I was chewing some gum the other day and developed a mild case of TMJ (from what Google says). Wicked pain and popping in my right jaw joint. Taking Ibuprofen and and not chewing on that side but it is sure painful. Nothing can be done but rest it so I am. Fortunately, or some may say UNfortunately, it doesn't interfere with me speaking. Or typing...
Heading to Dallas Monday for a national security seminar. Going to be there till Friday. Should be very educational and fun. It will be the first time that I will see my former employer since I left but that should go OK. I checked out a laptop from work so I can keep up with my work (and personal) email.
Here is a quick funny video from today:
Posted by Shawn H at 8:28 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Today was Ashleigh's final Turf Bowl field hockey game. Turf Bowl is a weekend long series of games where all of the local high school field hockey teams get to play on the University of Delaware artificial turf field hockey field. Her team has never won and they fell behind 2-0 pretty quickly. I haven't made any of her games this year so I was armed with the camcorder and 3 batteries. As they neared the end of the first half, there was a turnover. The girl on the other team puts the ball into play and our team steals it and the girl takes a shot. Ashleigh, #19, closed in and followed the shot. She got the ball and put it in off the rebound! You can barely see it because I got so excited my finger must have hit the stop button but if you watch her closely, you will see her lean in and flip it in! They wound up winning 3-2!
Posted by Shawn H at 4:46 PM
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Work had a few challenges the past couple of weeks. Sometimes when it rains it pours and everything goes wrong at once. But I got through it. And I still say my worst day here is better than my best day at my old job...
Lucie's long lost half-sister and her husband spent the night with us last night. They are originally from Colombia like Lucie, but they now live in New Zealand. He is a PhD and they both work in social marketing. They are on sabbatical for a few months so they went took a trip through Europe and now they are on their way to Lucie's brother in Phoenix, then a sister in Seattle. Pretty interesting people. Lots of Spanish with a few "Shawn's" mixed in (they did speak very good English). We had a fun time with them and they went for a walk with us and the dogs at the pond. Mocha actually saw an animal bigger than her today - we ran into a bunch of people on horseback.
Started the pool close down today and will finish next week. I am off to Dallas the week of the 11th and I want it all done before then.
Posted by Shawn H at 5:55 PM