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Three positive things, day fourteen

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(this should have been posted last night)

Another short one today.

The first positive thing was hearing from an old friend. We didn't get to chat for long, because I had to have dinner and leave for a class, but we'll chat more again soon.

The second positive thing was attending my first ukulele class with the extremely talented, and patient, Stuart Fuchs. He had a six week freebie class at the local library during June and the start of July, this was the first full class and it went rather well. Stuart is a great teacher and I look forward to future classes.

The final positive thing was updating a client's website to the latest PHP. It was a bit of a juggle to get it all working, and it felt at one point like I had thrown the oranges into the air but nothing was coming down again, but it all worked in the end. And the odd part was that it didn't work when I tried it the previous night. I dunno, but it's working now.

Three positive things, day thirteen

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So today was the first day back to work after NYC Camp.

The first positive thing was sleep =) I got up a little early this morning to get everything ready for my day back to work, but was so exhausted after the weekend I went back to bed. What was rather wonderful was that my #awesomewife let me sleep in a bit, so I got an extra hour+ of sleep. And then at lunchtime I snook in another fifteen minute nap. After all that I was starting to feel normal again!

The second positive thing was going swimming with the whole family after dinner. The local YMCA, that we're members of, had been redesigning their family changing rooms, and this was the first chance for us all to see how they work, and, you know, go swimming :-)

The third positive thing happened when we were at the pool. One of the things we were having fun with was throwing a bunch of small colorful balls around to each other. I was carrying Kian while bobbing around in the water, splashing around and tossing the balls to the others. Along the way he started asking for specific balls, because clearly the purple one was better than the blue one. Obviously. Anyway, I was encouraging him to say "ball please" instead of just pointing and grunting, which he did after a little bit. Not being content with that, and because he appeared to spy a favorite, he told me "ringe ball" when he had grabbed an orange one. That's the first time he identified something by color! Quite awesome!

Three positive things, day twelve

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After being in NYC for two days, it was time to go home.

The first positive thing was our luck with NYC traffic holding up and our drive home only taking 3 1/2 hours - no stops this time. We had some breakfast and were on the road by just after 8am, and made it home by a quarter to twelve. And I got to chat with my friend Matt for the whole drive. So lots of awesome there.

The second positive thing was Kian started doing the "Bob" part from Sandra Boynton's book "Fifteen Animals" to hilarious effect :-D I'll have to put together a video of it.

The third positive thing was being home with my family again after being away since early Friday morning.

Three positive things, day eleven

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This was my second day in NYC.

The first positive thing was seeing some of my coworkers and people I've gotten to know in the Drupal community over the past few years. Not being able to see your coworkers in person can definitely be a disadvantage of working from home, so it's good to take these opportunities to meet up with them.

The second positive thing for the day was finally getting a chance to work on a bug in one of the Drupal modules I maintain. It had been sitting there for a while, so I was glad to finally get some time to dig in. It also helped that one of the people to bounce ideas off was there too, so we made some progress.

The third positive thing was explaining to a cop, for whom I'd just bought oatmeal at a small store in downtown, why I was wearing bunny ears. And a dozen other people who also asked. :)

Three positive things, day ten

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This is a little late because, well, I was a little distracted by it being a pretty exhausting trip.

The first awesome thing was driving (with my friend and coworker Matt Goodwin - the family stayed home) to the UN office in NYC in 4 1/2 hours, including two stops. Yes, only four and half hours. The best case scenario was three hours, forty minutes, so to add two ~20 minute stops and still make it within that time was pretty incredible. Yes, we got up at 3am and were on the road by 4, all so that we could get to NYC for a meeting by 9:30. Needless to say, we made it.

The second awesome thing was attending the NYC Camp for the first time. There were lots of good things about the event, but most of it boiled down to being able to spend time with my coworkers and people I've gotten to know over the past few years.

The final awesome thing was.. being in NYC for the first time. I'd never visited before and I look forward to coming back sometime when I have a little time to sight-see.

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