Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Another one bites the dust

Another Christmas, or another birthday - it doesn't matter when they're a day apart. I'm being coy about the birthday number, but here's a clue - Paul McCartney wrote a song about it for Sergeant Pepper. The weather is not looking promising for a bbq with friends tonight, guess we'll eat indoors.

Christmas Day was pleasant, with a good but not exciting dinner at the Chateau On The Park, then a catch-up with Heather's nephews' families, with 6 kids racing around amid a riot of toys and wrapping paper.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Last day

The last working day of 2012 will end with a slap up Xmas lunch provided by the University for all staff in Learning Resources; about 300 staff from Facilities, Library, IT, and Digital Media (that's us). We'll meet in the student pub on the carpark by Ilam School, to consume the food and our two free drinks, then no doubt we'll pay for a few more.

After a week and a bit at work for me, we'll take a week to visit Dunedin and Otago, before Heather goes back to work; I'm then taking a second week off, partly to use up some of my outstanding leave and partly to rest before a very busy year gets going. With the Moodle 2 upgrade on top of the usual workload, we'll be pleased when July finally arrives.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Still here

I did say I wouldn't be doing much with this blog, but a small update is due - Heather has finished work for the year, I finish next Friday lunchtime with the staff Xmas party at UC. I think I'll catch a bus that day. We are staying in town over Christmas, having Xmas dinner at the Chateau, and generally just goofing around. Some gardening, some sailing, a visit here and there.

I am back on duty on 3rd January, when I'll use the quiet time to do about 1300 course resets taking 3 or 4 days. It's a tedious job; they have to be done in small batches to avoid overloading the server, and checked carefully. On the 12th we will take a week off, and go to Dunedin and Wanaka. So that's our "plans". There are beds here for any passing travellers, of course.