Hi everyone, I haven't posted in a while...suffering from a bit of mental pause I think :-) Things here have been chuggin' along. The normal routine of working despite still not having a federal budget. The big rumor at work is that there will be a furlough (lay off) of federal employees if a new budget or another Continuing Resolution isn't passed.
In my typical, career broadening fashion, I earned some negative points during a recent meeting on the topic when I spoke up and announced that if they were looking for volunteers to be furloughed that I'd like to be at the top of the list :-)
The last time this happened, in 1995...."non-essential" employees had to stay home for four days...after the budget was passed....everyone received back pay for the days they stayed home...and were not charged vacation time...sounds like a great plan to me !!!
BIG NEWS!!! I finally got to meet LilSis' boyfriend Friday night! It was a very spur of the moment event prompted by LilSis...with great trepidation. Once she made the invitation, she was as nervous as a politician hooked up to a polygraph machine :-) If it hadn't happened so fast (20 minutes from invitation to meeting) I think she would have backed out.
We met at Texas Roadhouse for dinner and if possible, he was even more nervous than LilSis. I must be getting soft in my old age because they looked so on edge and uncomfortable that I didn't have the heart to jerk his chain...even though it would have been sooooooooooo easy to do :-) I was on my best behaviour and didn't even enter into "Protective Dad" mode, we had a nice, quiet meal.
I didn't get to see or hear enough to come to any conclusions about Big Bird (because he is tall, not necessarily yellow) but he didn't say or do anything stupid and he seems to be very deferential to LilSis...which as Dad, I like :-)
That's it for tonight...the Xbox is calling...I hope everyone is well and living the dream.