Saturday, July 19, 2008

Flags of QA


My boss and I were thinking aloud one day about the diversity of department. One or the other of us thought having a set of flags representing the various countries of origin of our staff would be interesting. I ran with the idea and purchased one flag from each country that I knew about. I had a little trouble finding Bhutan. I also encountered a political controversy when I put up the official flag of Vietnam, a flag not recognized by my Vietnamese-American friends. To make amends I added the South Vietnam flag.

From left to right, the flags of QA are Bhutan, South Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam, China, Philippines, India, El Salvador, Venezuela, Taiwan, Cambodia and the United States. (We just hired a gentleman from Egypt so I'll be looking for that flag next.)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lilly Walks

So I've been looking for a reason to attach a video to my blog for the first time. And here it is. My niece finally decides it's time to walk.

video

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Library Thing

Some of you may have noticed that there's a new sidebar on the blog. It randomly selects books from my library and displays them for the world to see.

This all started innocently enough when Michelle added a book reviewing feature on Facebook. Being the sort of person that I am, I went about finding more information. Yes, yes, the nerd that I am has long sought a nice database program for organizing my books. It turns out that there is one. It's called Library Thing.

I can hear you asking, what makes this so much better than making a spreadsheet? Simple, all I have to enter, for most books, is the ISBN number and the rest of the information is populated. How fun is that? The perks keep rolling in. The system tells me how many books in a particular book series I have, it tells me how many other people own the same book and it tells me how many books I share not only with other users, but with historic figures (for instance, Ernest Hemingway and I share 33 books). I ask you again, how fun is that?

Anyway, here's my library as entered to date. I have a bookshelf and a half to go.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cousin Trevor's Wedding

Yes, that is a beer poster and if you know my cousin and his friends, there is nothing more appropriate in the world.

My cousin Trevor was married to his lovely bride Misty on June 21st. I was busy ushering so I didn't get too many photos of the actual event, but I do like this one of Trevor licking the cake off Misty's face. (Why stick to the old, tired poses when you can have this?)

Normally I do a fair job at running from any camera, but I was under instruction to do a better job of getting pictures, especially of myself in a tux, so here they are.

This is my niece Shayla.
This is my niece Lilly.
This is my cousin and fellow usher Scott.
This is my "adopted" nephew Thaddeus.


And this is his sister Alexandria with friend Sarah.

And because it's not all about me, here is my sister's little family.

My sister and father having a spin on the dance floor.

And grandpa with his granddaughter Shayla.


Finally, though I may live forever in regret of having done this, here I am in a lighter moment.