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Sunday, November 30, 2008

THANK YOU FULMER!















It was hard to watch Fulmer and the last game of his at Tennessee. I have respected him so much, and I am thankful for all he has done for Tennessee. Although I think it is time for new blood, I also stuggle with the fact that he has given so much to the university and it seems unfair to have him leave like this. He is a true Vol all the way through. THANKS PHIL!








It appears that Lane Kiffin will be the new coach. He is certainly young! I can't believe that the coach at Tennessee is younger than I am. WHOA...He seems to have fire, and I am excited to see what he can bring. He was respectful when talking about Fulmer which gives me hope.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Leaving for Thanksgiving???

So, I struggle with the stupid pain this morning, and I go to the doctor near my house. They are nice and get me into a CT scan. Of course, by this time, Morgan is getting off the bus and I am supposed to be going to get the kids. Poor Morgan got home before I did, and she didn't see my messages on her phone before she got home. I was racing home, and she was fine before I got there.

We went to the CT place where they rushed me into the CT (it was after hours and they were super great). I go to get the kids, and the doc calls and says I have two stones. Lovely. I get the kids, and Mike is landing around the same time. Mark comes and drives my car so that we can still go to Hilton Head. Thanks Mark! We didn't make it there until 3:00 am, but we made it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

YIKES...Kidney Stone

As I stand up from my first presentation, I get the all too familar kidney stone pain. I make it through the other two presentations (barely), and I head to the airport (Thanks Amy!). I get back to Tampa, and I thankfully have pain meds at home. I survive the day and night. Freaking stones.


When I got to the airport, my car was next to Mike's car...awwww.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Miami Again

Today, I flew to Miami again on the little itty bitty Continental plane. I am starting to like this flight. It was smooth again, and I slept most of the way. I am reading Nelson Demille's Gatehouse, and it is really good.

I stayed at a Crowne Plaza. I checked in, and I wandered around to my room. It was many buildings and it was quite odd. I got to my building and to my room. The room was huge!!! Morgan could have done back handsprings if she were there.

I go to get a drink. No machines. Only a mini bar. Oh look, you have to have a key. I call the front desk, and they confirm. I walk all the way back to the front desk and get a key. I get my diet coke. All is right with the world. Then, I go to hook up to the internet. Awww man...no wireless. I call the desk, and they confirm that it is wired and you have to get a cable from the front desk. For the love of GOD! Do they not think that people want internet in this day and age? Are people not thirsty? Couldn't they ask this information when I checked in? I get the cable, and all is right with the world again. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to me, cha cha cha, kum ba ya, HOOH! Today was a great day. Mike and Morgan were wonderful to me all day. I got to take a nap. Morgan made me cake. I got awesome cards (with GIFT CARDS - my FAV). THEN, my friend Denise had a party for me at her house. She had awesome food, and there were two margarita machines. Gotta love it. I got gifts and everything. It was kind of chilly, but they have a beautiful new lanai with a firepit (and a pool/hot tub). Plus, I am still younger than Mark...:)

Mara showing her love for their Margarita machine




Denise's new maragarita machine


Gotta love cups with maragitas and your name on them



Ha Ha - Mark thinks he is funny with the candles (PS, you are older than I am!)
Better

Don't catch your hair on fire! Whew...thank goodness I quit smoking...



Morgan in Victorias pajamas having fun


Little Alexis hamming it up

Friday, November 21, 2008

Birthday Lunch Early

Today was a rare day. Tony came to lunch! We went to Vallartas (Mike's favorite restaurant but he wasn't there) for lunch. It was great to have lunch with the gang and to be in the office for a bit. After work, we went to Friday's for a quick birthday happy hour. I played the part of Travis though and spend more time on the phone than I did visiting with people. Of course, it was Travis who had me on the phone for a chunk of the time! Mike was also calling, and I got crabby and told them to let me enjoy my happy hour! Sorry Mike!

After Friday's, I went to Chuck E Cheese with Morgan, Alexis, Kylie, Mara, and Mara's mom. It was hysterical to watch her mom get so into the tickets. Apparently, they have been saving tickets for over a year to get to 10,000 to redeem them for a pinball machine. They are at 9,600 (well they were before we went). The kids (and Mara's mom) had fun, and Mara and I had a good time talking. Mike then surprised us by showing up (he said he wasn't coming). We had a great time visiting. Reminded me of when Heather, Ashley, Brittany, Morgan, and I used to go to Chuck E Cheese every week when the girls were little in Nashville.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Atlanta for Orientation

I have been in Atlanta for the past three days for employee orientation. I have to say that it is nice to go through an event like that. It truly makes you feel part of a company and helps you know where to go. The HR staff did a great job of putting it together. We had people bingo which I won (you had to be loud and talk to people - my kind of game!). Of course, we had a few nights of social activities as well. :) It was a mini reunion of sorts, and it was great to see people from out of town. I even saw an ex-Misys person I knew there!

We stayed at the Westin, and it was nice. The only thing I have against Westin hotels is that they don't have drink machines. They do have the mini bar, but you have to get a key (annoying), it costs more (duh), and there are limited numbers of each item (seriousy, two diet cokes for three days??? can't you fill it at least?). Otherwise, the meeting space and food were great.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday at Home

We started today with breakfast casserole. It is a fantastic beginning to any day. Let me know if you want the recipe but I am sure you have had something similar. It is eggs, mushrooms, sausage, milk, mustard, cheese, cream of mushroom soup, and bread. Yummy.


We are going shopping today for clothes for the kids and shoes. We are so excited to have a new mall near us. FINALLY. It is really nice to have it nearby.


The Sand Hill Cranes are back. They love to come to the back door and get bread fed to them. Here is a picture. There were two when we first moved here, but now they have a baby. It has grown so much in the last year that it is hard to tell the baby from the mom. They leave every year and come back in the fall every year. We love them.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday at Home - Amazing!

Today began with Mike kissing me goodbye in my dreamy state as he rushed out to the baseball games. I was SO happy to be in my bed and to not have to rush somewhere. Finally, a day at home that I could sleep in. HA HA...jokes on me. Morgan, who has been sleeping really well on the weekends, comes in before 8. Grrrrrr....

She wants to make breakfast. She makes biscuits and brings them upstairs. Very sweet. We hang out and watch QVC. Gotta love QVC. I bought a top, a new wallet, and a Christmas present. :) Of course, I REALLY wanted a flat screen TV, but I was a good girl and didn't get it since Christmas is coming. :)

We hung out, watched football, took a little nap, enjoyed the new couch, and just relaxed. After that, I went the store to get some groceries for dinner, dessert (Morgan was wanting to make cake), breakfast, and lunch stuff. We had pasta and bread for dinner. Mike added ground beef to red sauce and we had some white sauce to mix in. It was awesome. As Morgan is making her cake, I realize we are one egg short for the breakfast casserole I was going to make. Grrrr....back to the store for eggs. I made the breakfast casserole and put it in the refrigerator, and I helped Morgan and Katie with the cake and icing. It was delicious!

Friday, November 14, 2008

FRIDAY and the Bond Movie - Quantum Solace


TGIF! I was very happy to see Friday roll around. I did the last of the demos for this week, and then I headed home to work on many of the items that have been waiting on me all week. After I made a dent in those, Mike, Morgan, Chris, Michael, and I went to the new Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, with the crew. It is a tradition in the Bond Medical Group and the previous Bond Technologies crew. At the last one, Kim was authoritative when trying to get the picture of the crew, and she ended up with an interview and a job in Implementation! Two years later, she and her husband Shane, a long-time Bond man, came to the movie on their first outing after having their beautiful new baby! What a difference two years can make!

The Bond movie was good, but I didn't think it was great. For one, what is up with not having gadgets??? That was always my favorite part of the movie. NONE. Not a single gadget. :( Also, how can you have a Bond movie without sex or tons of sexual innuendos? Of course, Morgan thought it was the "worst movie ever." So glad I paid $7 for a ticket and $10 for popcorn, a water, and a bunch a crunch for that response.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

LONG day of Demos

Today, the demos started at 7am and went until 8pm. Now that is a long day of demos! I can't imagine how hard it is for the people watching to absorb all of that information. Thankfully, they weren't in the whole day or I am sure they would have been overloaded. They had sessions that they attended based on their roles. It was a nice way to do it.

We met to go over tomorrow's demo script, and then grabbed a quick bite to eat (and a much needed Blue Moon). Then, I tried to catch up on email and hit the sack to be ready for tomorrow's demo.

Unfortunately, I did not get to say goodbye to Krishan as this was his last day in Tampa. At least I will get to see him on Monday. I am not sure I want to go back to the office that I was sharing with him. How lonely it will be. There are many things and people I am thankful for surrounding my experience with Bond, and Krishan is definitely one of them. I am excited for him that he and Mona can be together as a married couple should (especially newlyweds!), but I hope they figure out a way to live in Florida soon!

On another note, Brian and Tom's 3rd anniversary with Bond/MediNotes/Eclipsys is today for Tom and tomorrow for Brian. Unbelievable that it has been 3 years. In some ways, it seems like a million and in some ways it seems as if it cannot possibly have been 3 years already. Tony had already come, and Luke was there. They were the next ones though, and I remember how exciting it was to have them come onboard. I truly do not think you could have a better development team than the one that I have worked with over the last few years.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All Day Demo Prep

Today was all day of demo prep. Long day but good. I learned a lot. It is fun to learn more about the inpatient software. I have been in the ambulatory world for so long that it is very fun to see the similarities and differences in the pain points.

I met some people who used to work with Medic years ago. It is so amazing how so many people have at one point worked at Medic or with Medic. Such a small industry.

Mike took Morgan to Cracker Barrell since I couldn't be there. She loves Cracker Barrell's pancakes. I am glad they got some time together without me. Good bonding time. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today, I was working on demo prep for a large demo we are working on. It was amazing to watch all of the pieces come together.

Morgan had cheer, and I got to catch up with some of the moms. I have been traveling so much that it has been crazy. Morgan's team seems to be doing well. It is amazing to watch them gel over the practices. They do some pretty hard stuff, and they work really hard. Their first competition was cancelled, so they don't have one until December now.

If you ask my brothers, today is the day that I should have been born. Mike was born on 9/9, and Mark was born on 10/10. Of course, if I had just gone along, I would have been born on 11/11. Of course, I have to be different so I doubled it. Two brothers. Multiplied by 2. It works. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Productive Day

I worked from home today, and I was on conference calls all day. However, I had a very productive day regardless. :) It is nice to see progress being made.

Morgan came home on the bus today, and it was nice to not be rushing around everywhere. I didn't even leave the house all day. Morgan made me dinner - a hot dog cooked on a cookie sheet on top of the stove. We had a long disucssion about pots, pans, skillets, cookie sheets, etc and their uses. :) The hot dog was actually pretty good though. The pan didn't survive as well and will need to be replaced. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Krishan's Farewell Dinner


















Thanks to Abhi for the pictures!

We didn't do much today except laundry and cleaning until we went to see Madagascar II for Krishan's farewell gathering. It was excellent. The lemur makes the movie, and it was hysterical. After the movie, we went to Olive Garden for his dinner.

Rant about Olive Garden. I worked at Olive Garden in college, and we would accomodate very large parties ahead of time. Either our Olive Garden is different or they have changed this policy. While Olive Garden has never taken reservations, they would accomodate the large parties (like 20 people or more). So, I called on Saturday, and the very rude phone person said that they didn't take reservations and basically hung up on me. So, I decided I would wait until Sunday. I called around 1:00 and said that we were bringing 20 - 25 people in at 7:30 that night and that I wanted to let them know so that they could be prepared. She told me that they didn't take reservations. I asked if I could speak to the manager. She didn't even acknowledge me but clicked the phone on hold. Can you say RUDE? So, the manager gets on the phone and says that they can't do anything to help. I tell him that I need to determine if we should go somewhere else but that the person we are having the dinner for picked Olive Garden. I am thinking he would surely want the business of 20 - 25 people. He says he can't do anything to help.

If everyone hadn't already been told where to go and if Krishan weren't vegetarian which causes some difficulty on finding places he likes, I would have told the manager that we would go somewhere that valued our business. However, because it was Krishan's thing, I was brave. When we show up, they know we are coming and have us down on the list. Someone got there at 7:15 to get us on the list, and we didn't get to sit until 8:15. The BEST part was that the RUDE hostesses just glared at us the entire time like we were causing them major trama. Unbelievable. I believe that things work out in the end, so I think that the very rude hostess will get what she deserves.

Then, we had wonderful service by our wait staff. The food was actually pretty bad, but the waitress was wonderful.

The most important thing (as my mom says) is that we got together to celebrate Krishan and to wish him well. I am still in denial that he is leaving. Thankfully, we will still work together closely, and I will get to see him in a week in Atlanta. :) Krishan, we all wish you the best of luck!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fantastic Saturday

Today was a great day. We slept in, and Morgan made us peanut butter cookies first thing this morning. :) She is definitely my daughter. :) We watched College Gameday (even though I do not officially acknowledge that football season is going on), and we watched most of the Kentucky-UGA game. Of course, Tennessee is SO pitiful that they lost to WYOMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable. I am not sure why Fulmer is even finishing the year coaching at this point, but I guess it doesn't really matter with a record of 3 - 7. What's another loss?


Then, we went to furniture shopping. We have needed a new couch for over 2 years. We finally got one today (well, we paid for it but won't get it until Wed). WOOO HOOOOO! I am so excited. We decided on a 4 person couch. We currently have a recliner and a massage chair to make 6 total seats. Until now, we have only had 5 (makes it hard when you have 6 people in the family). So, we are excited to have a seat for everyone now without squeezing 4 people on the couch. :)
I pretended to back up when Mark was standing behind the car. He then was slinking through the parking lot pretending like I was going to hit him. It was so hysterical that I was crying through my laughter.
After shopping, we went to Macaroni Grill for dinner. We watched Iowa play football in the freezing cold, and I was so tickled to see people dressed in all of those cold weather clothes. Love Florida. It is 63 here tonight, and that is chilly for us. :)
I had my 9 year old (Mike) and my 10 year old (Morgan) picking on each other the WHOLE way home. Morgan was copying everything Mike said on the phone when he was talking to the kids, so then Mike started picking on her back. Then, when I was trying to talk to my mom, he started copying everything I said. Man!
It was nice to spend time with the fam without baseball, cheer, work, or anything!


Friday, November 7, 2008

FRIDAY! WOO HOO!

Today was pretty good - overall a great week. I felt like I made a lot of progress by the end of the week. My brain was so tired by the end of the day. We had a very quick happy hour at Friday's after work, and then I went to the gym to watch Morgan tumble. She was doing a great job on her full, and I got it on video so I will post it here.

After the gym, Morgan and I raced to a high school football game to see Katie do her baton. Of course, it took almost an hour to get there in traffic, and then she didn't even perform. They danced in the stands, but they didn't go on the field. :( The band was really great though, and I enjoyed seeing them.

We went to the "Funny Man" for dinner, and we had a great time. Morgan dubbed Japenese Hibachi grill places the "Funny Man" when she was 2 because she loved the jokes they made, the volcano from onion rings, and the FIRE! FIRE! We hadn't been to one in a long time, so it was nice.

This is the first weekend in a LONG time that we are all in town and have NO required events. LOVE IT.

Morgan's Full

Here it is in all its glory. I will try to get some better videos this week.

video

Katie at Baton

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Working Hard

Have you ever noticed that some people are just naturally hard workers and that others are not? As I get older, I notice more and more that some people will just get a ton of things done no matter what the circumstances and others won't. I am constantly trying to make sure that Morgan is a worker. Today, she didn't do her math homework at the gym "because she needed help." I sit down with her, and it was something she certainly didn't need help with. When I called her on it, she said, "ok, maybe I was just lazy." So, we had a nice talk about working hard and about being lazy. She seems to get that she wants to be in the first group and not the second. I hope she remembers this later. :)

Morgan was doing her full tonight by herself without a coach even standing close to her. Hopefully I can get it on video tomorrow. It is beautiful. Thank goodness since we could have gone on some nice trips for what that full cost in lessons! Of course, being mom, I had to bring that right back into the lazy and hard work discussion. Hard work is what got the full. :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Saddened by Election But Will Support Him

One thing I can't stand about the democrats over the last 8 years is that they constantly tried to cause trouble for Bush and other Republicans. Bush certainly didn't do all the right things, but he certainly didn't do all the wrong ones either.

I do not want to be that way, and I hope that Republicans will not do it either. I certainly was not for Obama, and I have not quite accepted that he has been elected. However, I believe in America's system and in the voice of the people. America has elected Obama, and I wish him the very best as that means the best for our country. I hope that everyone can do whatever they need to do to get past it and pull together for the good of the country.

Morgan came home from school saying that "Obama is going to make the school day longer for 4 of the days and then we won't have school on one day." I am not sure where she is getting this, but it is all over her school. She was very worried because her mom works. She also said many kids were saying something bad would happen to Obama. I certainly hope that is not the case, and I can't even understand why 10 year olds are talking about that. Whoever is sending this stuff to school with their kids should be ashamed.

At least my county voted for McCain, so I did my part. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

NO Line at poll

Voting took no time as there was no Line at all. it was on paper ballots which is pitiful, but more on that later!

Seriously, what is up with the paper ballots? The pen/marker that I used bled through to the other side. I was nervous about it, and I heard on the radio that one precinct had touble. Florida banned machines after the last election as they felt that there was no paper trail. If you use the right machine, they print a paper trail.

Monday, November 3, 2008

McCain at the Rally

Today, Morgan and I got up at 5:00 am (yes, that says 5:00 am) to go to the McCain rally in Tampa. We left the house at 5:40 am and got there at 6:10 am. Uncle Mark was already in line, and we were happy to see him. The line is moving slowly due to security checks. The website says that the rally is from 6 - 9. Well, apparently, they forgot to tell McCain that. :)'

I had told Morgan about Papa taking us to see Ronald Reagan when I was a child. He also took us to see John Glenn and even Geraldine Ferrarro. I have seen both Bush presidents speak, and I even saw Al Gore in Tennessee. The Reagan Rally is what started my love of politics. My best friend at the time, Nicole Murray, was the niece of Jimmy Carter. I loved hearing Reagan speak, and I went and told Nicole ALL about why he would be a great president (remember, this is 3rd grade). She was NOT happy with me. Obviously, she thought Jimmy Carter was the best. We had a student election at school, and we didn't speak for several days. She finally forgave me for putting Reagan down on my paper. A love of politics was born. :)

So, I was thrilled when Morgan said she wanted to go - even more shocking since it was at 6 am, and I thought she wouldn't miss any school since it would be over at 9 (she starts school at 9:40). So, we stood there for over 3 hours waiting for him to arrive. There were bleachers behind the podium, and we could have gone there because of Morgan, but Mark and I thought it would be better to be looking at him when he spoke. If we had known that it was going to be 3 hours, we might not have made that decision. :) The people around us were very nice though, and the cheers were very fun. We especially loved, "We want a HERO, not a ZERO!"

I had forgotten what a production a rally is. There was a guy who made sure that an equal number of pom-poms were there. The signs were handed out as you weren't allowed to bring in signs. Secret Service yanked some people outside and they didn't come back. One man who we dubbed Joe the Plumber, was taken out but he got to come back in. If anyone had anything Obama or negative, they had to leave.

Several people spoke, mainly local reps and a local business owner, and then the bus arrived. Alscott spoke, Charlie Crist spoke, and then McCain. McCain did a great job. Morgan got to stand right in the front (maybe 5 feet from McCain), and she loved it.

After the rally, he came by the crowd quickly, but he didn't sign her sign. She was disappointed, but she still had fun. Even knowing that he probably won't win, it was fun to go and see him.

McCain Rally Pictures

McCain Rally

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Relaxing Day

Today was pretty calm. We all enjoyed the fall back extra hour, but I know I will hate the early darkness that it brings. We made breakfast at home, and then we went to the new bookstore. WOW....it was like the weekend before Christmas or something. We had to stalk people to get a parking spot. I guess that proves that people needed some new shopping and a bookstore. Mike said, "Hmmm....i think the economy is doing ok." LOL... We ran into Mark at the bookstore also. Too funny.

We went to Belk's to pick up the cereal bowls that Grams got us. They are beautiful. Thanks Grams!

We went back home and started on homework. Chris had to make an ad, Katie had to do a paper, and Morgan had to do a character analysis.

All in all, it was a good weekend. It wasn't a cruise, but it was good. Maybe next time Mike's ex will be nice and let the kids go on a cruise. Then again, she actually wanted Mike to go grocery shopping for her tonight so maybe not. Reality check!

I can't believe that the election is in 2 days. WOW....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Kennedy Space Center




Today, we got up at the crack of dawn (ok, ok, it was only 8 but that is early on a weekend!), and we met Krishan, Mona, and Krishan's dad to go to Kennedy Space Center. I hadn't ever been, and I was really excited. Mike and the kids had baseball and softball all day, so they didn't go. I enjoyed the ride over (only 2 hours - I always forget that it is that short!), and we got there around 11:30. We got the up close tour, so we went exploring until our tour at 1:40. We did the simulator that they said cost 60 million to build. Krishan said he couldn't see how it cost that much. I tried to explain that anything the government does costs 10 times as much (if not more) than it does when non-government companies do something. I used that as a time to exlain why republicans are better because they believe in private companies and people determining how the work is done and the money is spent. Bad Democrats. :) The simulator is fun, but it could have been a lot better.




After the simulator, we went into the model of a shuttle (or orbitor as I found out it is supposed to be called). It was amazing to see how large it is. Then, we went to get lunch. Morgan had chocolate ALLLL over her, so we bought a t-shirt and she changed into jeans.



At 1:40, we went on the bus with BZ as our narrator. He was pretty good and told lots of interesting details. We saw an eagle's nest that was as big as a king sized bed. He told us about the carrier that takes 8 hours to take the shuttle to the launch pad. We saw the launch pad that sent people to the moon and the one that launched Columbia and Challenger. We saw alligators. We heard about the 400,000 gallons of water that rush onto the launch pad to lower the sound waves and to prevent them from bouncing back up to the shuttle and causing damage. We learned that if you are within 3 miles of the shuttle launch that the sound waves will stop your heart and bust your ear drums. We saw where the space station parts are worked on, where the shuttles are stored, learned about the escape baskets and the escape vehicles. We saw the HUGE US flag painted on the building. We learned that there are 14,000 employees at Kennedy. Amazing operation. Great tour.




We then went to see an IMAX on the moon. It was pretty good. I never really thought about the fact that only 12 men have been there. Tom Hanks was a great narrator in the movie. I also didn't know about the moon vehicle that crashed. Glad they made it out. It was interesting to see the astronauts leave their pictures of them and their families behind. I wonder if anyone has ever found them?




We made necklaces for all of the family (they can be luggage tags), and we got some t-shirts. Morgan really liked the freeze-dried ice cream, and she got some freeze-dried chocolate also (SHOCKER).




The drive back was good, and we met Mike and the kids at Vallartes. I am starting to feel like the Vallartes are my relatives.
It is official - college football is over. When Florida and Alabama are both in the top 4 AND UGA, Auburn, Mississippi State, AND Tennessee lose, it is time to focus on the NFL. GOOOO TITANS!