What’s Happening?

It’s hard to believe it’s already been over a week since I last wrote anything here. Time has been flying by, and I can see that, like always, summer will be over before I know it. Anyway, here are some of the things that have been occupying my time:

  • Work: I’ve been busy dividing my time between a number of different projects, including videoconferencing, K-12 computer/network security, fixing bugs and adding features to our workshop management system, and doing some high-level planning for a complete redesign of the EduTech web site.
  • Class: I’m already halfway through my summer class, and it’s been great so far. We have this week off but are meeting again next Monday and Wednesday, so I’m trying to keep up with my reading instead of saving all of it for the weekend.
  • Church Web site: Last December I volunteered to do a complete redesign of the Grace Baptist Church web site. Unfortunately, I had way too much going on spring semester, so progress was very slow. I’m almost done with the CSS-based layout, so the next step will be developing the site structure in ExpressionEngine, my content management system of choice for this project.
  • Casey: Last, but certainly not least, I’ve had the chance to spend a lot more time with my lovely wife lately. Friday was her last day of teaching at her school, so she’s been able to spend this week relaxing at home and catching up with things around the house/apartment. We picked up some flowering plants last night, so hopefully it’ll be nice enough for her to plant them this afternoon (I work in a basement, so I have no idea what the weather is like). I haven’t mentioned it here before, mainly because I wasn’t quite sure how to announce it, but Casey and I are having a baby! We’re both very happy and very excited. Our due date is November 26th (right after Thanksgiving). Casey has been feeling surprisingly well, which is unexpected but good! We began planning our big summer vacation well before we found out about the pregnancy, and fortunately, will still work out great. Next Friday (June 10th) we will be flying out of Fargo to Orlando and will then board our cruise ship in Port Canaveral for our 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Our original plan was to make this trip a post-grad school celebration after we graduated from UND with our masters degrees. Casey met her part of the agreement last summer, but time was not on my side. I will be finished with my MBA classes when I finish my summer course next month, leaving only my independent study. So, I’m pretty close – close enough to celebrate. In addition, it will also be one of our last chances to take a big trip with just the two of us before the baby comes in the winter. We’d better enjoy the chance to relax while we still can!