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The long dark teatime of my soul

So that title has nothing at all to do with the content of this post.  I just happen to like the book of similar name by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame) and thought it might fit the mishmash of details I'm going to throw in here.

First of all, it's been a while since I've posted anything.  Nearly two months!  I've been mega-busy at work and at home so I hope that no one has missed my Internet spam too much...

Let's begin with the important details:

1)  Baby Scan  Kim and I are expecting our first child!  Yup - pregnancy!  We're past our 12th week where they do all kinds of genetic testing, blood testing, ultrasound testing, and Scantron/#2 pencil testing.  Everything seems to be proceeding as it should.  We've got at least 4 books with scary titles like What To Expect When You're Carrying Satan's Child and the like.  Kim's really tired of feeling like she's about to throw up (an every day all day sort of feeling for her so far) but we've not noticed any head spinning or levitating furniture so I think she'll be OK.  She's also tired a lot, early bedtimes and not much in the way of partying during the daytime, but that's probably a good thing.  We're just over 12 weeks in so the baby should start showing its head in the middle of May.  We get to find out the sex in a few weeks.  Finding the right name should be fun - it turns out that Kim and I don't really agree on ANYTHING.

2) aircast boot  Just over 6 weeks ago, Kim tripped on her way into the garage and broke her ankle in two places.  She's been imprisoned in one of these aircast walking boot thingies.  For a period of time we had a wheelchair, crutches, a walker, and a stool for the shower at the house.  She's now walking without assistance and is eager to be done with the boot.  Having a broken leg sucks pretty hard, but combine that with the general malaise Kim's been going through with her pregnancy and it's been a swell time all the way around.

3) airplane  Starting at the very end of October, Intellinet put me on the road.  I've been working for the past three weeks in Indiana, home for a two weeks, then back out on the road in December to a new client in New York City. My being on the road isn't really a big deal aside from the fact that I spend long hours working and no time at home helping Kim manage.  I did discover that there are actually some good restaurants in Indiana and I was traveling with some entertaining coworkers.  That made travel fairly easy to handle.

4) ConcertTickets  Last weekend was our concert weekend.  Friday night we got to see Tegan and Sara at the Roxy.  Zune users can find their two latest albums here: So Jealous and The Con.  Great show.  I missed them the last time they came to Georgia.  I think I've been a fan of theirs for 3 or 4 years now.  Saturday night we got to see The Police reunion concert at Philips Arena with 80,000 of my closest friends.  The last time they were in Atlanta, I was 7 years old.  It was funny to watch everyone recoding the show with cameras and cellphones.  I didn't bother myself, figuring I could find dozens of clips on YouTube later on.  Here is just one of those clips.

5) promotion  Without receiving an official change in title or a raise in pay, I've been selected as the acting director of the Information Worker team here at Intellinet.  Should I get the official title, I'll get to put the word "Director" on my business cards and resume.  The net effect here is that I get to work longer and harder than before, and some of my time is going to be directed at pre-sales activities instead of having a dedicated focus on implementation and delivery.  It's tenuous but it feels like a step in the right direction towards career development.  Not bad, considering my 1 year anniversary with Intellinet was just this past October.


I figure this is a pretty good list of excuses as to why I've been quiet for so long.  I'll start posting more stuff again - doing my part to fill the Internet with drivel and bad information.  Right Doug?

Published 21-11-2007 07:41 by Matt Ranlett
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Job Search: Build a Career, Job Listings, Employment » The long dark teatime of my soul said:

November 21, 2007 8:43 AM

dafaster » Blog Archive » The long dark teatime of my soul said:

November 21, 2007 8:44 AM

Glen Gordon said:

Congrats on the pending (or impending) baby! If it comes out singing "Roxaaaannne" you'll know why. Was fun to run into you guys on the train after the concert!
November 21, 2007 8:46 AM

Becky said:

I am so happy for Kim and you
You are going to make the "world's Best Daddy"
November 27, 2007 6:14 PM

Mom said:

Hi Matthew,
You know how happy Dad and I are for you and Kim and for us! We can't wait to begin spoiling the first grandchild!!!

How about a larger photo of the "peanut"?

the Grandma
November 28, 2007 9:38 PM

What do you think?


About Matt Ranlett

One of the two original Atlanta .NET Regular Guys, Matt fills his free time by helping to run several Atlanta area user groups, the Atlanta Code Camps, and works as one of the two INETA co-Vice Presidents of Technology
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