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It’s past Christmas already?
December 27th, 2007 by Jessica

Well, okay then.  I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging before!  A lot has happened since Halloween.  Let’s see if I can recap.

November saw lots of homework.  We started two new classes in the MSIM program: Business Process and Workflow Analysis, and Enterprise Application Integration.  We completed the first five weeks during the first week of December, and will resume the next five weeks on January 14th. 

In the meantime, we are working heavily on our applied project, forming a real technology venture and completing the business plan.  We start our Winter Intensive course this Saturday.  It’s a 3-credit Master’s course in just 2 1/2 weeks: Managing Enterprise Applications.  I’ve been doing a lot of homework to get it out of the way before the Intensive starts.  Hopefully it won’t be that bad.

On the work front, I accepted a very cool position working with an excellent team in Operations.  As we grow closer to go-live on February 19th, a lot of changes are in the works.  Ops will take on the challenge of being Tier 2 triage for SIS issues.  There is a lot of work to be done, but I have excellent people to help with the tasks at hand!  I am so fortunate to have the chance to work with them.

Thanksgiving was different this year.  Mom, Dad, Andrew and I went over to Aunt Barbara and Uncle Mike’s house.  That was it!  Nobody else showed up.  The family is still going through some changes ever since Grandma passed away in 2005.  I wish everyone could just get along.

Andrew and I have been playing Rock Band (Xbox 360) and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) quite a bit together.  I enjoy the vocals in Rock Band, and I even managed to make it to #3 in the world on the leaderboard in vocals for Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Freakin’ sweet!  Number three…  In the whole world!  I guess the computer likes my tone.  I can’t sing for real but I guess I match the computer just right!  We beat Super Mario Galaxy tonight, but will continue to play it and try to collect all the stars.  We like both of these games because they are cooperative efforts, and we can both play together at the same time.

We went to California the weekend of December 14th and met up with our friend Mike and his new girl, Rachel.  We tried going to Knotts Berry Farm but it was “Bring a toy and get in free” weekend, and the line to buy tickets was INSANE.  Thousands of people were single-file-lined-up to get into the park.  Forget it!  We drove over to Anaheim and waited a few minutes for a 3-day park hopper.  Then we hit California Adventure, followed by Disneyland.  It was lots of fun!

Andrew’s birthday was pretty good, and we celebrated with dinner at Rustler’s Rooste.  I got him a subscription to gamefly.com so he can rent hard to find games.  He seems pretty psyched about it!  Hopefully it works out well for him.  We threw him a little Transformers birthday party with Snickers ice cream cake.  He loved all the kitchy plastic tablecloths stickers and paper plates/napkins with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.  Who needs kids when we can both act like them?!  =)

December 21st was my last day of work until January 2nd.  The College District is on paid holiday for 12 whole days!  Hooray!  Andrew and I have been quite sick with matching sore throats and head colds.  This is the first vacation we’ve ever had that we stayed home on.  It was our choice to stay home (well, Andrew’s mostly, but I thought I’d give it a try).  It has been really relaxing to just sit around and get homework done and watch television.  I’ve been eating lots of junk food and cleaning up the house.  I guess I prefer to leave town when I’m on vacation, but with us being sick, I guess it worked out well this time.

Christmas this year was really low-key.  We tossed and turned all night with matching coughs and woke up being smothered by our four kitties.  We opened gifts together and gave the kitties their new toys and treats.  Then we headed over to pick up Mom, and Dad took Reesy in his car.  We drove out to the Fox’s for a Christmas lunch barbeque.  After a quick exchange it was off back home to relax for the rest of the day.

That pretty much brings us up to speed, I think.  So as I sit here typing, watching Cars on television, Andrew is resting and all the kitties are asleep…  I guess it’s time to do more homework.  Hopefully I can get ahead far enough that I don’t stress about it in January.  We’re almost halfway done with the Master’s program.  Holy cow!  Halfway point… I never thought I’d get this far.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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