Been a while since I’ve posted. Let’s see, what’s happened?

I got older at the beginning of the month. Candice made me
yummy dinner and even yummier espresso-chocolate-chocolate-chocolate
cupcakes and bought me the first item in my future href="http://www.alessi.it/">Alessi collection, href="http://www.retromodern.com/item_detail.asp?1760.">Mr Suicide!
Mom decided that it would make a good family tradition to buy me a
single malt scotch for my birthday, and started with a bottle of Oban.
I agreed that it was a good tradition indeed! My father and stepmother
and little sister came down last weekend and took Candice and
I out for dinner, and gave me a Wusthof href="http://www.cutleryandmore.com/details.asp?SKU=6156">santoku.
Nyxie’s the chef around here and I’m the prep cook, and there’s a lot
of enjoyment to be had in that knife. I can julienne easily now! Now
I just have to convince Nyxie that a sharp knife is a safe knife. All
in all another great birthday surrounded by those I love. It gets no
better than this, I tell you.

There was another small round of layoffs at work, but I’m still there
and reasonably secure — I’m in the middle of the planning and
testing phase of a move from NT4 to Active Directory 2003 and it
looks like I’ll be driving that once the move is complete. That’s a
good thing despite the obvious initial reaction; broadening my area
of responsibility is a sign that they’re planning on keeping me around.
We’ve also got a load of new hardware coming in. I’ll make a geeky
post about that in a while.

Not a whole lot else going on lately. Nyxie’s just getting over some
stomach bug, and I think I barely got it too.

Right now I’m downloading all the Stompin’ Tom Connors I can find on
Limewire. My back still aches when I hear that word!

Odd Canadian music trivia (apologies if I’ve shared this before, or
if everyone but me has known this forever):
Rufus Wainwright is Kate McGarrigle’s son (she of “Log Driver’s Waltz”,
with her sister Anna).

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