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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 08:28pm on 12/04/2008 under ,
It's always nice to be able to congratulate someone for an accomplishment they were truly looking forward to - something they were working hard for - and something they really wanted. I'm so happy for my dear friend, Steve McIntyre, for his election to Debian Project Leader today. The Debian community is lucky to have a developer like him, let alone someone like Steve who wishes to take on the duties and stresses that come with this office.

Steve, just remember, DPL or not, you're always welcome back in my home! I won't reject you just because of your position now! (Though I might demand a drink.)
Mood:: 'happy' happy
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 08:58pm on 26/07/2007 under , , , , , , ,
This last week I've been somewhat helping my beloved husband with the inherited Debian booth at OSCon in between work days and hours. Despite lacking in sleep at the moment - I've been a little deprived since Sunday, I've had the pleasure of meeting new people in the open source community as well as greeting acquaintances and new friends. It actually... amazes me... how many people I know in this community /around here/, or at least who travel to the area for such things and I 1) remember and 2) am happy to see. (Tom, you'll always be a pleasure to drink with! Jeff, I miss you again already! And Bruno, I'll remember you by your smile and name, I promise - not by the flag you wear around your shoulders - but thank you for doing that, had you not, I would likely not have approached you to ask why you were wearing a Brazilian flag!) Meeting and drinking with Brad Fitzpatrick was interesting. He's a pretty laid back and nice guy. I swore he was taller, though that may have been in part due to the wine consumption - perhaps my impression is a bit foggy. ;) I believe Steve set out with BDale's plan to make the Debian booth about *community* and *people*, and... I think it was very largely successful. While we didn't necessarily have a lot of people at the booth at once yesterday, I hear that today, there were a lot of people there just talking and generally enjoying each other's company (largely in part to, I'm sure, Keith Packard emerging from work duty rounds!) The Sun party last night was a lot of fun, guys. I really enjoyed myself, and don't think I've laughed that much in a long, long time. (And, Mark, I'm still not convinced I have the biggest smile in Debian - perhaps we should have some sort of contest to see who does?)

But, my life hasn't just been about beer and brownies. I've also had work responsibilities - which, nicely, are very few outside of work. I did use some of my time off yesterday (I claimed the hours) to work on the schedule for the tech (nursing) staff. I, personally, think I did a good job with this one, and managed to make everyone happy (I think). But, I was getting ready to return to work after my lunch hour (I just spent in the breakroom with a book as I normally do), when I was hunted down by the hospital manager (think: Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny) and presented with a nice card and a box of chocolates to *thank me* and show appreciation for my hard work, dedication and ability to calmly handle everything that's been happening lately. It was.. unexpected. Had I not been sleep deprived and unable to think clearly, I would have likely offered up the chocolates to the rest of the nurses and insisted we all had a hand in keeping order and thanked her, but... well, I thanked her, floored and taken quite aback, and put the chocolates in my bag for personal consumption later.

It was ... /so/ ... the right choice. I haven't had chocolates this good in a long, long, LONG time. And while I've been raised to share with everyone around and to be generous, there's only so much kindness one can show when faced with something this delicious. Sorry, Kathy. I know you'd be disappointed to know I'm being greedy with my chocolate, but /damn/. Bernard Callebaut is... simply amazing. I've never had anything that's melted in my mouth quite like this before, and I fear Steve's now going to be stuck when he needs to purchase chocolates for one reason or another. If you happen to be near one of their locations, check them out - you won't be sorry!

But, general social life plus some amazing chocolates. Now if I could just get some sleep, I'd be one happy girl.

P.S.
Switched back to Debian. Multiple Desktops, transparent tool bars and Turny Bally Game make life grand. Skadi seems to be much happier now, too. She doesn't seem to freak out as much.
Mood:: 'tired, but content' tired, but content
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 01:07am on 22/07/2007 under , , ,
I'll be spoiler free, but, good lord, y'all! How the hell did you manage to finish that book in 3-6 hours?!!?! I'm thinking my time was about 15 hours, I think between last night and today. I guess I read slowly. =( (Well, I do. I tend to read at about the speed I speak, and really imagine everything going on when I'm reading - but still!) THREE HOURS?!!?!!?!?! Do you guys even retain plot, let alone details, that way? 3 hours = 180 minutes. For a book 759 pages long, leaving a little over 4 pages a minute - about 14 seconds per page. My brain hurts just thinking about trying to speed read that many pages like that (but then again, I'm easly distracted).

But, regardless. Enjoyable read. And it's nice now to have the entire set so I can start over and read from start to finish leisurely now. (Assuming, of course, I don't run into the issue of Steve reading the one I would like to read at that time... I've finally refused to give any further plot details. If he wants them that badly, he can bloody well read the books, too. :P )

And I must admit, I'm now thoroughly amused with the spoilers I found on the internet earlier this week - and all the cries about them. Amusement.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 10:01pm on 24/04/2007 under ,
Y'all have to see today's XKCD. Hah.
Mood:: 'amused' amused
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 09:10pm on 09/04/2007 under , ,
Huh. Interesting things happen when Etch releases.

...The bed gets made. I asked why. Steve paused and responded, "I don't know... I think because Etch released."
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 07:44pm on 26/11/2006 under , ,
Oh. The Drama.
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I just had the most brilliant idea to help the most vocal opponents of Debian's non-Debian experiment in Debian, aka, Dunc-Tank, really make a dent in their aims.

See, finding bugs, as wonderful as a plot device as it is, isn't going to *hinder* the release. Oh, sure, it might delay it, but you're actually helping to release a quality operating system, and what will that prove? I mean, sure, you state your aims are to hinder the experiment for political reasons, but seriously! It only delays the release! It doesn't stop it!

You guys aren't thinking *globally*, man! You need to hit the release managers where they live! And I don't mean figuratively! See, *I* propose that we set up an experimental fund to pay *me* to distract Steve from actually working on the release. In this way, we do more than just delay the release, we actually de-bunc Dunc-Tank! (Plus, I get dinner, long, romantic walks, extra cuddling, etc.) It's a win-win-lose situation! It's beautiful!

For those interested, I have a Pay-Pal account and am willing to negotiate contracts!
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GIP

posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 01:56pm on 23/10/2006 under , , ,
Because [livejournal.com profile] solcita said I could.

Prius is working out well. I need to take pictures and post to show how really pretty she is. Her name is Celeste because she's jet black and gorgeous. I want to buy her a garage to live in. She and I bonded at the dealership and Steve thinks I'm weird, but. The car we bought was actually the car that caught my eye (and I didn't even go to the lot and scream "THAT ONE!" when we bought it).

We put a few more miles on her last night, just to see how she drives and how well we can handle all the nifty buttons and such. And I daresay she drives spectacularly.

I'm going to have to get an air freshner, though, because the "new car scent" bothers me. :P
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 05:10am on 22/10/2006 under , ,
So. Um. We kinda accidently bought a Toyota Prius today. We went for information on trade-in, financing, test driving, and... came home with a black Prius and no Civic. It was about a 5-hour endeavour that resulted in a black 2007 Toyota Prius with 14 miles on it. This is so something Steve and I don't do. We /do not/ impulse buy like this. So weird.

Oops.

In related news, oooo! Shiny buttons!
Mood:: 'surprised' surprised
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posted by [personal profile] harmoney at 10:03pm on 14/10/2006 under , , , , , , , , ,
Yesterday was my Steve day. It turned out to be quite nice. I made us breakfast (scrambled eggs and toast - nothing spectacular) and just relaxed all day. We made a run to CompUSA to get a new harddrive for Skadi (yes, we had a new one, Steve got the old one to boot up after putting it in the freezer overnight, we returned the new one, and the old one is starting to flake again, so we went back to get another new one and yeah), grabbed some dinner downtown, went to the Chinese Gardens (where they had some Osmanthus plants for sale - so I got one! Hurray! And will pick it up tomorrow (we took the MAX downtown, so had no car in which to transport it safely home). HOpefully I can keep it alive. =(

Went to the ballet. It was my first ballet. I *LOVED* it. I mean, seriously love. Love love love love love. Poor Steve. Now, aside from my desire to see Cirque du Soleil whenever we can (we'll miss Delirium, alas, due to the cost of tickets (right now is not good since we just dumped $1100 into the Civic and are planning on doing ~$7000 home improvement work on the kitchen in the next month or two - floor and cupboards and I'm without a job at this very second)), I now have a new obsession with seeing various ballets (Sleeping Beauty in the summer! Hurray!), musicals and orchestral concerts. Well, he did know I was a little different from mainstream rural Iowan when he married me. ;)

Took a long walk this morning after dropping the car off at the Honda service place, went to the farmer's market (it was practically on the way home), got lots of good yummy stuff (including fresh apple cider - don't even get me started - and some delicious peaches), went home. Rested, and walked back to get the car when it was done several hours later (timing belt and stuffs, oil change and O2 sensor thingy and something else. I don't remember. Lots of stuff. $1100 worth of stuff.). Nice, beautiful walk. Have I mentioned I love Portland? The weather was INCREDIBLE today.

I've received information on who to contact in this area to find clarinet instructors, so perhaps I'll be getting reinvolved in music again soon. Hopefully.

Hooked up with a lost former coworker via email and will hopefully have a chance to get together with her coming up.

Will be borrowing Wicked from another friend.

Have working interviews coming up. One on Monday afternoon for just a few hours. One on Tuesday - all day, with my counseling appointment for them smack dab in the middle of it.

Unemployment claim information came back indicating I'm eligible for benefits (Mere inefficiency due to lack of job skills or experience is not misconduct. - reasoning for conclusion), so that's over. Thankfully. Though, this week will be my last week to claim unemployment (trust me, I prefer it that way). Hurray! I'll be working again soon!

Have watched several episodes of Doctor Who tonight. Hurray for geeky friends in Iowa who send Steve back with gifts for me!

And Milka. I've found Milka here. I now have 3 Milka bars. Y estoy muy contentada. Hurray chocolate!

Went to Elephant's Delicatessen tonight for dinner and /yum/. I had a Croque Madamoselle. Ham with gruyere and hard boiled egg on freshly-made wheat. Oh /wow/ was it ever good. Hurray good sandwich!

Hurray!
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