The job hunt continues

While I see that the unemployment figures for the state of Massachusetts are slowly going down, I am still looking for work.  I am fortunate enough to have had a couple of interviews this month, but so far nothing looks certain.  Of course Kelly is still looking for full-time work also, and is still grabbing as many shifts as she can at her part-time job.  I feel like I need to do something different, but I am not sure what.   Should I try to get more IT certifications?  Should I try something else?  I almost feel like my answer should be “all of the above” so I don’t limit myself.


Finally, some real winter

Yesterday we finally had a winter weather event worthy of the name.  We did not get as much snow as some other places (the South Coast got 9 or 10 inches in some  areas), but we got a few inches, enough for me to try out the electric snowblower we got as a wedding gift.  I was not sure how well it would work, but wow, it works.  I managed to clear our walk and part of our neighbors’ in no time at all.  Just wait until our next blizzard.  I am going to go nuts with that thing.

Much to my surprise, when given the opportunity to go outside and do their business in the snow, Rerun and Thumbelina both chose to go out into the (at that time) uncleared snow, while it was still coming down, and go potty.

Miracles never cease.


On Football

It’s no secret if you know me and Geoff that I’m the bigger football fan in this family.  While we’re both Red Sox fans, I’ll generally sit and watch a football game on TV with more interest than I will a baseball game.  I enjoy a baseball game live much more than on the TV while I will happily watch football either way.  I am also far more likely to talk football smack with friends and coworkers than Geoff is.  Unless of course you’re a Yankee fan, then all bets are off.

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A picture is worth a thousand words

When the picture is done properly.

I used to work in the retail and online auction industry.  In fact, sometimes I was responsible for actually taking the pictures and photo editing them so that they could be put up online to sell stuff.  That’s why when this photo showed up in my inbox the other day I literally had to do a double take.

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It took a while, but winter may finally be here

When I got up this morning,it was pretty cold in the house.  I turned on a wall heater in our bedroom that we rarely use, gave the animals their breakfast (and in some cases morning medicines) and headed upstairs.  Right now according to Weatherbug on the computer  the temperature outside is about 3.3 degrees, with a windchill of -15 degrees.  It is not supposed to get above 20 degrees today, and tonight the temperature is going to plummet yet again.

Now all we need is some snow and maybe it will start to feel like a normal winter around here.


Happy Friday the 13th

When each Friday the 13th rolls around I know I’m going to get a version of the following email from the good folks at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.  If you don’t know who they are, click on over and spend some good quality time there.  They sell amazing fragrances and things made from essential oils and their Black Phoenix Trading Post has some outstanding items, especially jewelry.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

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Read this and earn a million dollars! No real effort required!

Just kidding.  We haven’t been hacked or anything, I just wanted to get your attention and make a point at the same time.  Friends and family, I have been meaning to do this for a while and just haven’t gotten around to it.  I have wanted to sit everyone down, so to speak, and have a little chat regarding safe behaviors on the Internet.   Some of you may need this more than others, to be frank.

And this is a long post, yes.  But if you are one of the people who ask me for computer advice, especially IT security advice, do me (and yourself) a favor and READ ALL OF THIS because the odds are good I will be sending you here to read this the next time you have a problem.

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They’re using the wrong model

This popped up yesterday in my daily email from I thought it was actually a pretty ingenious invention and that if we had some disposable income we’d get one or two for our animals. There’s only one thing that bugs me about it. OK, two.

This popped up yesterday in my daily email from  I thought it was actually a pretty ingenious invention and that if we had some disposable income we’d get one or two for our animals.  There’s only one thing that bugs me about it.  OK, two.

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