Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Summer of....what?

Hello dear reader and welcome once again to my blog.

Is the title too confusing?  To be honest, I'm not 100% sure what I'm expecting out of this article.  Maybe just a run down of all the summer activities to date.  I might throw in an update on Dianne too.  But, for the most part, I'm just going to write whatever I feel like writing...kind of like I always do.

The summer started off real well.  Officially, on July 5th, my promotion at work kicked in.  I went from being a Help Desk Analyst to a Technical Analyst.  Basically, that means that I am now working out at a variety of schools, providing tech support.  This is a very thrilling change for me.  To be honest, it took longer to move off the Help Desk than I expected, or wanted, but there were reasons for this.  I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that the management team at work made the right decision in keeping me in the Help Desk role for the extra time.

The cool thing about the day the new position started is that my holidays started on the same day!!  I love my job.  Yup, starting July 5, I took  2 weeks off....and had a very nice couple weeks.  I spent a couple days at home with Dianne and the kids...and we packed.  We had to pack basically for two trips...one trip to Barrhead and then a trip to southern BC.  As there was hardly any time between the two trips, we had to pack for both before either started.  More on that debacle later (please remind me if I forget).

So, the first week.  Keith and Jessica's wedding.  An event anticipated for a long time.  And what a beautiful day it was!!  But, before I get to the day itself, a bit about the days leading up to it.  The decorating of the school gym was a long, 2 day affair.  I commend everyone who designed, directed and helped, for the place was turned into a masterpiece.  It really was an amazing sight.  Over the days leading up to the wedding, I met some very nice people....mostly from Jess's side.  Her brother Patrick and his wife, Brendan and Lisa, Joel and Crystal, Kelly and Trevor....all of them I really liked meeting.  (I'm not sure the feeling is mutual, but hey....I am who I am.)  There were others I met as well, but I can't remember their names right now.  There was some brilliant golf played (not that the scores indicated our brilliance, but the amount of fun we had was brilliant), and some good food consumed (and maybe the occasional beverage).  All in all, it was a great time!!!

The morning of the wedding, Keith, James, Chris and I went for 9 holes of golf.  I'm sure pictures will show up at some point, because the videographer and 2 photographers were there for holes 8 and 9.  Hopefully the shots are all of Keith....  Now, one thing needs a quick explanation.  For months, I have been teasing / negotiating with Jessica (the bride, not the sister) about what independant choices I have regarding the clothes I was to wear (I was Keith's best man).  I had pretty much no choice (as expected).  However, my awesome negotiating skills and Jessica's willingness to allow me a small victory  produced this:  I was allowed to choose my own socks!!!!  And the choice was revealed after the ceremony, after Keith and Jess and Crystal and I walked out.....before I was allowed to give Jess a congratulatory hug, she asked to see the socks.  And there they were.....baseball style socks (knee length, with nothing around the  heel or toes)....bright orange!!!  Hup Holland Hup!!!!!!!  The hysterical part was that Keith was wearing a pair, as were James and Chris (groomsmen).  Oh it was priceless to see Jess's reaction.  Well played, team!!!!

This article is getting long enough, and you are probably getting bored, so in the near future I will put up another article with the rest of the promised information (2nd week of vacation, Dianne's update etc etc).  Thanks for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it.  As always, I appreciate your comments on both my articles and my photo gallery.  If you have something to say, but don't want it public, then use the 'Contact Us' link on the main page to send me an email.  I look forward to those as well

Until next time, dear reader....cheers.


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