Sincere apologies. Sometimes life just gets so busy and tiring. Then you start reading pulp fiction at night on your Kindle instead of posting your own scintillating thoughts and ideas to the blogosphere … if you happen to have any such thoughts and ideas that is.
The month of May has flown past in a flash. We’ve had lots of rain and lots of sun and the grass needed mowing three times already. Here it is Memorial Day weekend already, the traditional time when everyone and their sister gets done whatever gardening they’re going to do for the year. We’ll be doing lots of gardening too.
The weather has been pretty agreeable so far, little risk of any more frosts, timely rains, and enough sun to keep things growing rapidly. Good weather for the slugs and bugs too. Slugs ate 20% of broccoli, cabbage, and other brassicas my wife planted out in the little anti-animal chicken wire pen she constructed around 3 beds. Last year critters (deer, woodchuck, ?) ate all our brassicas and lots of our peppers too.
At work we immediately shifted into the post-commencement summer project mode. Bigger IT projects are generally done in the summer. Lots to do, but people also seem to want to take a little more time to chat. There are also 3 major construction projects going on at the college. Two of the older residence halls are having their basements redone with student rooms, and the Ware Campus Center, home to mailroom and cafeteria, is having a major addition built on to its eastern side. Lots of fences, activity, construction dudes and their trucks all about the campus this summer. It’s exciting.
Also exciting, to me and my coworkers anyway, are some of the IT projects that we’re working on this summer. Non-geeks may choose to skip to the next photo or paragraph. Having virtualized our servers a few years back, we’re now getting ready to offer virtualized desktop systems to our various groups of users. These will feature Windows 7, moving us forward from our early-2000s operating systems and will allow some of our users more freedom to customize their desktops. I’ve also gotten better at constructing and deploying Windows 7 images to conventional standalone PCs and laptops. I have to say that Microsoft has done very well with their Windows 7 tool set and documentation, even if I have had to learn more command line and xml syntax than I might have wanted.
There was some animal excitement this week. Monday afternoon brought a bear into our back yard. My wife got some great photos of it. It didn’t touch a thing in the garden, didn’t even leave footprints. It was a big one too.
The other animal event was the capture of a raccoon in the Havahart trap, which had been set for a week or so. Hoping to catch woodchucks or porcupines as they’re the ones who wreak havoc in the garden. So I let the raccoon go. Needless to say, Oliver was not impressed with either of these events and has doubled up on his squirrel and chipmunk sentry duty.
Let’s see … what else? This is the problem with dilly dallying so long between posts. Blog constipation. Which leaves you poor readers with this extra long, compacted, smelly … uh … post. So sorry. Apologies as well for breaking the rules governing blogging with no apologies. But there are a few more photos. They build up regardless, since the advent of the smartphone with camera, which is always with me.
So that should catch us up for the time being. Today is a day off that the president of the college bestowed upon the entire staff via email on Wednesday, in recognition of a very successful academic year. That was a nice email to get, even though I had planned to use a vacation day today anyway. Gives everyone a 4-day break for Memorial Day.
Happy Memorial Day everyone.