Friday, May 26, 2006

Webstocked

Its 10.50 pm on Friday evening and I have just got home, well back to Joan's place, after the last day/evening of Webstock. I can't go to sleep - I just had to tell everyone, well, you anyway, how totally amazingly fabulous it all was. It set a standard all other conferences should strive to meet. I'm ready to book my ticket for next year, and yes, make that three cos kate and Abs really should come too. Not only was the organisation just great: get this: free massages, pilates sessions, coffee/mocha/cappa/ whatever, ice-creams (lemon gin sounded pretty good) plus all the normal food which was pretty good (although - all Friday we could only get forks: mini-scones with jam & cream and forks? and dinner was served on teeny tiny plates: we decided that it was a test) All of the staff were just great - the conference staff, the tech support guy who charmingly explained that I couldn't use the T3G card n my laptop to connect to the conference wireless and look my laptop had a wireless card built in, just click here, to the Town Hall wait staff who found me glasses and Lindauer. Oh yeah and a big ups to all 8 of the Wellington Combine Taxis who were polite, efficient, and on time as well as interesting. Finally the band - WOW Odessa really rocked - I danced so much that I'm all sweaty and stayed way later than I had expected. Almost everyone who stayed danced and it was just great - even Russ' kids danced - actually they got everyone started. I think that if Odesssa had kept playing I'd still be there. And I met so many great people - Katherine from Reserve Bank, Shelley? The guys from Cabbage Tree, the IA guy in Holmewood Rd. All I can say - that was great. Who's up for next yeah - oh yeah and watch out Russ. I might have to bring more librarians ;-) GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, WEBSTOCK TEAM

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pictures of Lad for Jenni

Nick's horse Lad taken about a fortnight ago. Last weekend Nick took Lad to his first training day and he tells me that Lad performed very well, except for when he decided that the lovely sand arena would make an excellent spot for rolling and tried to roll with Nick still mounted (and saddle etc).

webstock day one

as I write this I am very aware that I am probably not the only person writing about this conference. I'm in Wellington for the WebStock conference, thanks to work for sending me and Joan for putting me up at her place. They bundled me off with a pile of taxi vouchers and a brand new Dell laptop with wireless and hence I am able to write this post, check my gmail and work email (although I can't seem to send anything from the CCC web outlook), and do my banking. I arrived in Wellington on Saturday afternooon and Joan took me to see Mrs Henderson Presents which was lovely, and then to a bar/cafe where I was the only person not watching the Crusaders / Bulls game. On Sunday Joan made a fabulaour lunch and Matt, Michelle (who is very ill) and wee Hannah came over. After they had left we tootled into town to Te Papa and went to the Lord of the Rings exhibition. All that excitement stuffed me completely so I just sat around the house on Monday reading my book and dozing. Still, good resting for the onslaught. All weekend was lovely but this morning it was raining household mammals so I was very glad to be able to call a taxi and not have to catch a bus or train. Except that traffic was crawling - all the way down the Ngaio Gorge. But I had allowed an hour so got there in good time. First person that I saw that I knew was Jennifer Geard (ex CCL and of course SCA) - and moments after I spotted Paul from McGovern Assoc who did our CCL web redesign - but I think that he was at a different conference also at the town hall. At registration I picked up my satchel (pretty cool) and my supposedly large T-shirt (maybe in the Phillipines but more like a 12 if you ask me - I might try to swap for an XL tomorrow), plus assorted pamphlets etc and of course entry passes. Doug Bowman's workshop was great. No Fabulous. I have learnt so much just in the one day and I now have three things to try when I get back to work that I think will fix, or be better ways of doing stuff. By afternoon tea my head was spinning. By 4.00 I had a wee headache. Nevertheless the first thing that I wanted to do when I got back (after lighting the fire) was to try some stuff out on the copy of the MM pages that I brought up with me. Well maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Still May

Well I had promised photos of the coos and here they are - these were taken about a fortnight ago:

Riley & House

Laphroig

Ardbeg

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

May

Soo, Not a heck of a lot has happened over the past month. I got a cold and while I only took one day off with it its made me even more tired that usual. Work is just madness at the moment. We lost Jules, our pulse editor, wow... it must have been February and so Donna and I have been doing as much as we can of that and now Donna is on jury duty for something like 3 weeks. In the mean time I have a few big jobs on which actually involve real design work so I am enjoying that a lot. The cows are getting bigger. Nathan took two of his away a few weeks agao so its just ur four plus two now. Riley's little nubben horns are now proper little horns and he's still very cute (I'll post some pictures soon). Because our paddocks are large they don't need much moving around. We are hoping that we won't have to feed them hay at all this year. Things might get trickier once we're starting building but that is still a very long way off. We had some bad news on that front last week. The architect is finding it difficult to find an engineer who will do the job because they don't know whether the hebel block that we want to build out of is rated by BRANZ for going three floors. If it isn't we'll have to go to hot-blocks - insulated concrete blocks. The upside of that is that they are way cheaper and we'd be able to afford everything no problem. The downside is that they are less well insulated - but as Nick says, with what we save we'll be able to buy a lot of wood. Anyway, we're meeting with the architect on Friday to make some changes to the design and hopefully by then we'll know more. We are very very broke - its our first wedding anniversary tomorrow and we're not doing anything and there'll be no presents. So that sucks.