I ran across a website the other day called “This is Broken“. Pretty fun stuff. From there I linked to here, a website full of signs and manuals that should have been run past a proof reader. These got me giggling, and the more I clicked, the more I laughed. By the time I got to page 5, I couldn’t stop. Maybe it was because I was reading it really late on Saturday night (early Sunday morning), or maybe they really are funny. But I sure got a kick out of them.

27. August 2005 · Comments Off on It’s working! · Categories: Blog

My new security features seem to be working. Today I haven’t gotten any unwanted messages. However, poor Lauren’s site is getting more and more spam on her guestbook. We got that set up a few weeks ago so that Daryl, Brian, Carrie, or I could approve or delete entries before they show, but there is nothing to prevent them from coming in (and awaiting our approval). Each day, we have about 2 dozen to delete from the hidden waiting list. At first they were pornographic, but lately they seem to be mostly marketing ones. Maybe we can get Daryl to install some stop-gap feature like we have for our blogs, or maybe we should move the site to WordPress.

I stopped by Mom’s tonight to pick up a poncho she knitted for me. I saw a cute pattern a few months ago and asked her to make one for me to take on my fall trips. She worked feverishly to finish it in time. In fact, she was well ahead of time, because it’s still 112 degrees! I won’t be wearing it for a while. But thanks, Mom! It’ll feel good in Maine in October.

26. August 2005 · 3 comments · Categories: Blog

Twenty four hours ago, my blog began to be hit by spammers. There were about a dozen comments this morning, so I set it so I have to approve an entry before it gets published. But that left the problem of me still getting numerous hits that I constantly have to manage. So tonight, Daryl installed a security feature for me. It’s the one Don uses. You will now have to enter a numerical code that you see in a small graphic window to post a comment. This ensures that only live people can post comments, and not automatic entries. I am keeping the approval requirement for a few days to ensure this keeps out the junk. I also set up a blacklist of common spam words, and if anyone uses them in a comment, it automatically gets nuked. So be careful what you say or it won’t make it to the internet … at least not on azdonna.com.

20. August 2005 · Comments Off on Countdown to Sabbatical · Categories: Life & Family

Don says it’s time for an update, so I’ll comply. Nathan is asleep in the other room. I brought him home to spend the night and we watched Lady and the Tramp. It’s been a long time since I watched that one all the way through. Boy, if I didn’t have grandkids, I would forget all the great Disney Classics!

I’ve been continuing to work overtime as our chip gets closer to tape out. I brought my laptop home last night and did a little work from home and worked about four hours from my kitchen counter this morning. This project should be done in three more weeks. I leave on sabbatical that Friday. Perfect timing!

I’ve got my sabbatical travel plans just about solidified. My first official day off is September 12 (Dale’s birthday). On Wednesday, the 14th, I fly to Anchorage and will be there for a week. Steven’s first birthday is Friday, the 16th, so I worked out the timing perfectly to be able to celebrate with him. I haven’t missed one of the grandkids’ first birthdays yet!

After returning home on the 23rd, I have a few days to prepare for my 4 week road trip. Glenda and I are leaving on the 28th, and driving northeast. We have stops planned in Evansville (to visit Wendy & Dennis) and Niagara Falls, and on up into New England for about a week. Then we will head south through NYC, Philadelphia and Washington DC. We’ll spend 3-4 days there seeing the sights. As we drive further south to Orlando, we’ll stop in colonial Williamsburg, Atlanta, and possibly try to see the Kennedy Space Center. After 3-4 days at Walt Disney World, we skedaddle home, because I’m sure we’ll both be longing for our own beds by then! We’ll also, no doubt, be out of money…especially if the price of gas keeps climbing like it is. That should be about October 24th or 25th.

My main disappointment has been Alice’s recent decision not to join Glenda and me on the trip. She’s feeling snug in her little home in Portland, and reluctant to strike out across the country with us. I told her we had already dreamed of new memories we would be making with her, and so will miss her terribly. Until we arrive in Buffalo, I’m still going to hope that she will change her mind. (That’s where she is supposed to fly in to meet up with us.)

I found a house and dog sitter who I am thrilled about. She’s a friend from church. She said she is looking forward to my cable TV. I think she will be a Tivo fan by the time I come home, don’t you?

I’m off work until November 6, unless I take an extra week or two of vacation, which I might.
So the countdown is really on now. I have 15 working days left and I’m outta there. See ya later, alligator!

Arthur lives with me now. I am sure many of you know who Arthur is. In fact, many of you live with Arthur also. His last name is Itis. You know, Arthur Itis. I found out today he is responsible for my recent back ache. Naughty, naughty Arthur! Although I prefer it to be Arthur rather than Slipt Isk. You know who that is, right? Slipt is much harder to live with. Slipt usually requires a surgical procedure to keep him from causing back aches. Yes, I can live with Arthur. As long as he minds his own business and doesn’t decide to move to new locations.

And puts the toilet seat down.

If any of you have ever worked in a cubicle environment, you know what that title term means. It’s when something happens and everyone sticks their heads up over the cube walls and looks around. That happened today at about 3:30 when the loudest clap of thunder I have ever heard from inside Intel hit nearby. People were rushing to the windows to look out (now isn’t that the safest place to be??? standing by a glass window during a big thunder storm!) One guy near me was immediately on some weather radar website telling us that three storms were colliding over the Valley. It didn’t last long … at least in that area. But on my way home about an hour later, the radio broadcast was warning of 4″ of rain in Mesa, and lots of flooding. It wasn’t bad where I had to go, but I bet Mom got quite a shower.

Boy, were my dogs glad to see me. They get really nervous when it thunders. I love it, though! Wish it would storm all night.

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