Stormageddon) while I was at work this morning and it totally made my day!sent me this video of Malcolm Tennant (a.k.a.
Warning! Mega-cute overload!
Problem Solver. Podcaster. Technology & Marketing Consultant.
I extend my deepest condolences to my good friend and mentor Steven Hodson, who’s beloved wife Kim passed away this morning.
Kim had been struggling against cancer and several chronic conditions for many years.
Steven has been unable to work outside the home for several years due to the caring for Kim during the course of her illnesses.
Throughout this time Steven has given a lot of himself to the tech community. He’s worked on many projects, podcasts and contributed to many sites with me, and I’m sure that if you read tech online you’ve probably encountered him at some point or another.
and I would like to give back and support Steven in his time of grief and ensure that Kim’s cremation expenses are not another burden on him during this difficult time.
Steven has been a mentor to myself and others online, and we would very much like to see the online community give back to someone who has given it so much over the past decade, by contributing to this fundraiser.
The impending arrival of a new baby causes one to deal with many changes to life, and last night I surrendered my office so that Malcolm Tennant could have a nursery.
Our home is 4 bedroom, with an office space (off of the kitchen), however my (previous) office space was actually larger than the guest bedroom (which is back to back with the master bedroom.and I wanted to have Malcolm’s nursery closer to the master bedroom (once he stops sleeping in our room), but we also wanted to keep a guest bedroom as it gets used a lot by friends and family that come to visit.
So, the decision was made to move the guest bedroom to the room where my office was, and to put the nursery where the guest bedroom was.
As a result I’ve moved my office to the 8 x 17 (136 square foot) raised, unused section at the end of our bedroom. Since we moved in to the house the space has been unused (except for storing boxes that hadn’t unpacked) so it feels like a good solution. The area is well-lit, has a window at either side, plenty of sockets and most of my equipment fits in with room to spare.
There are still a few kinks to work out, such as where I’m going to set up my green screen for recording, but that’s a minor issue.
The pictures below show what the layout of the office space is currently like, as I test my podcasting rig (after dismantling it for the move) ahead of tonight’s Nothing Serious podcast. Speaking of the podcast, the new space is also better acoustically than the previous space.
It took us a couple of tries as Stormageddon refused to “perform” when Sara was in a sitting position, but once she got down and stretched out on the office floor with some pillows under her, then Stormageddon put on a show
It’s not that I didn’t have an idea that 2012 was trundling towards it’s Gregorian predetermined end, things have simply been so busy that I haven’t had time to pay it much heed.
2012 was an utterly exciting and amazing year. I got my Green card and became a permanent legal resident here in America. Pushed my consulting work out to not just being a full time endeavor, but being a “more time than I have on my hands, how the heck am I going to do all this and my other work, and be a husband?” endeavor.
We moved house, the kids have grown, the rats have passed away, the new cats are awesome, Gabby is dating (second long-term relationship – scary stuff), asshole frog is still an asshole, we survived yet another apocalypse, and did I mention that Sara is pregnant? Talk about a 2012 bomb that is going to rock my 2013 world!
None of what was good in 2012 would have been possible without the support, love and friendship of so many wonderful people. My beautiful, her family, my family, our army of amazing friends… You guys made 2012 a success for me in ways that I can’t even begin to describe and any credit for success I’ve had this year should be laid at your collective feet. Well, except for getting Sara pregnant. I’ll claim THAT success myself, thanks.
New Year’s resolutions always pose a challenge for me, as I rarely stick to them. About the only one I’ve ever kept was a joint resolution with Sara, where we promised to try out at least one new restaurant a month during the past year. I think we more than succeeded on this one.
There are things that I could put here as resolutions but, the simple fact is that they’ll happen this year because I have to do them – get an Alabama drivers licence etc… You know, not exactly resolution material.
Instead I’m just going to resolve to these choice things (in no particular order):
The rest as they say, will be played by ear.
Happy New Year my friends. I hope it’s everything you make it and more.