Long Time, No Post

Obviously I haven’t really kept up to date with anything here.  Couple of reasons but mainly it’s just that there isn’t a lot of point with Facebook.  Still, I feel like I should at least try to put something up occasionally.

I’m in the process of updating the gallery site and adding wedding photos to it.  Obviously Facebook works well for sharing some photos but you can’t get the full resolution easily through Facebook so this will help some family members who are trying to make some wedding albums.

Anyway, I’ll post an update when it’s done.

Update

Done! Wedding photos are now available here or through the Photos link above.

There and Back Again

So, I haven’t really been updating anything all that much.  Probably because I’ve got Facebook to post random stuff and pictures to and partly because I just got never really did much here anyway.  At this moment though, I’m feeling a bit motivated so I’m writing this.

First things first, the big news is that I’m actually heading back to the DC area.  There are a number of reasons: Melissa is heading off to Indonesia in the near future for a year of research, I’m tired of missing out on things because I’m working at home, I’m kind of tired of Wisconsin winters, and I don’t really know a ton of people in the area.

Besides that, I just think I have a chance for more interesting times if I make this move.  I don’t know how long I’m going to stay in the area (I did enjoy living out there last time though) and Melissa is coming with me while she is in the country.

Our new apartment will be located out in Falls Church, VA.  It’s a nice area that’s close to the W&OD trail, my work (and locations it might move to), and the Metro.  It’s not as cool as my old Alexandria location or somewhere in DC but for my purposes it’s pretty great.

The new apartment is on the top of a 14 floor building (well actually 13 but no one likes to talk about the 13th floor … thus, no elevator button).  It’s got a decent view and is convenient to a lot of stuff.

The move should be happening at the end of February (2010, if it isn’t clear from the lack of updates) and the logistics are still getting worked out.  Still, should be a good time.  I hope to add some photos once we actually do complete the move.   Whether that will happen or not is unclear though.

Anyway, that’s it for now and if the desire to update continues I may post some more stuff here.  If I don’t, it’s because I got distracted by video games.  Don’t blame me, blame Army of  Two: The 40th Day and Mass Effect 2.

Chipotle Tries to Win Me Back

I used to be a Chipotle regular.  Sunday night Chipotle burritos were a tradition that had made it several years while I lived in VA.  Since moving to Wisconsin though, Chipotle has unfortunately been replaced with Q’doba.

This happened almost entirely because Q’doba is closer (a 2 minute walk vs. 5-10 minute drive).  But with added benefits like Q’doba’s reward program getting me a free entree every 10 visits so there, each time I buy a burrito it’s like I’m earning something. Around Christmas they do free $5 vouchers with $25 gift cards as well.  Combined with the reward card it’s like I’m getting 25% off ever burrito I purchase.  Plus, I like to head up there every Thursday or Friday since they have paper copies of the Onion for pickup.

Chipotle though, finally figured out how to beat Q’doba in convenience.  Giving me free food. They mailed me a coupon for a free Burrito (or burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos).  I’ll definitely make the trip if the food is free.  I don’t know how long they’ll keep mailing me vouchers for free burritos–I’m doubt it’s more than just the once–but as long as they keep sending them I’ll be happy to keep going to their restaurant.

As a more sustainable business solution I might suggest just opening a closer restaurant since I don’t know how realistic of a likelihood it isthat they can afford to keep giving me free food for the benefit of my company.  Still, it’s nice to have an excuse to make the trip and get the better food.

Of course, LaBamba [warning: site plays music automatically]  is closer than Chipotle, advertises burritos bigger than your head, and gets decent reviews yet I’ve never even been there.  So clearly my decision is based almost entirely on proximity.

Long Overdue

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve paid much attention to this site. Mostly it’s because I’ve been really busy with work and school. If you don’t know, I recently started a masters program for a degree in Human Computer Interaction. As I do more in my classes, I figure this site may be a good test bed for the concepts I’m learning.

Also, I figure since I’m spending the cash to keep the site up I might as well try to utilize it a bit more.

Anyway, hopefully it won’t be over a year until my next post.

Whoopsy

Sorry to anyone who tried to go to the photo pages in the past 8 months or whatever.  Somehow a permissions file got screwed up while I was upgrading to a new version and that killed the page.

I’ve since fixed it and things seem to be working better now.  Let me know if you have any more problems.

Moving Up/Out/In

Just another one of my very seldom blog updates.  A couple weeks ago I moved out to Madison, WI leaving the sweet world of Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA behind.  I’ve been trying to settle in and get stuff sorted out and things are slowly starting to shake out.

To answer a couple questions:

Why did you move?

Well it certainly wasn’t because I didn’t like the DC area.  I actually really did.  The issue has more to do with my girlfriend being out here, a desire to be closer to my family, and the need for a little change.  Plus, the fact that my company was moving their office way out to the burbs of Northern Virginia (meaning I’d have to move all the way out by Dulles airport–nowhere near DC or Alexandria–or have a pretty hellish commute).
Where do you work now?

I still work for the same company actually.  They were really cool and wanted me to stay so I accepted an offer to work from home out here in Madison.  It’s been really cool so far and hopefully things will keep going well.

What happened to your giant TV?

Sadly, the giant television was a casualty of the move.  Don’t worry though, it’s got a good home.  I sold it to a friend who works in the VA office of my company and I know it’s getting the love and attention it needs.  Plus, I just ordered a replacement last weekend.

Can I come and visit you?

Yes.  While I currently have no furniture, at some point in the next 3-4 months I will be acquiring some.  So whenever that happens, those who visit will have a comfortable and cheap place to stay.

Ok, that’s it for now. Back to work.

Distracted

PS3Obviously I haven’t updated this page much recently. It’s not that I’ve been so busy the past 3 months that I couldn’t possibly have found time, it’s just that when I do have time posting stuff on this site isn’t really what I’m in the mood to do.

I haven’t really spent the time to finish filling out the site because, I haven’t been working on much that would really be worth putting up.

Plus, I’ve got that new TV and I actually ended up getting a PS3 so I’ve got plenty of stuff to fill up my free time. Maybe whenever I realize this summer that it’s too ridiculously hot to go outside, I’ll get around to finishing up the different sections.

Until then, I don’t have much else to say. If you’re a friend who’s looking for me, just send me an email at joel@joelkimble.com.

Another Infrequent Update

Back with another one of those rare updates that I do occasionally.  Not a lot is up here.  Things have been hectic at work as usual.  I was sad about the Bears loss in the Super Bowl over the weekend but hey, at least they made it this far.

How awesome would it have been to have my baseball team (the St. Louis Cardinals) and my football team win their respective championships in the same year?  Still, I told myself when the Cardinals one that I wouldn’t let myself get upset by sports for at least a year and I think I’m doing a pretty good job.

In other news I finally ordered a new TV.  It’s a mammoth 60″ rear projection from Sony (with 1080p and HDMI) that should be great.  I got a call today and it is going to get dropped off sometime tomorrow afternoon (so I’ll be working home for the afternoon I guess).  The TV is getting delivered via Amazon.com’s “white glove service” via Eagle shipping.  We’ll see how that goes though, some reviews say it’s great while others say they only sent one guy and that they had to help him get it moved and situated (something that should be included with the service).  They’ll also take the packing materials away with them, which is cool.

Now the hard part: should I get an Xbox 360 or a PS3 for HD gaming and movies?  I’m leaning PS3 right now (I’m pretty certain).  I need to scrape together a little more cash though so I’ll probably be trying to sell my PS2, my old TV, and my broadband adapter for my Dreamcast (I hear they go for over $100).

Anyway, just thought I’d post a quick update, hope life’s treating you guys well and I’ll talk to you soon.

A New Year

Hey, my New Year’s resolution for this site is to stop apologizing for not updating it.  It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that I kind of get caught up in various things and don’t post as much as I perhaps indicated I would.

I sincerely would like to post more but I just don’t have that much to say and there isn’t tons of interesting stuff going on right now.  Mostly it’s just work.  And while I could talk about it here, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do that actually.  Plus, me writing about developing software would probably not be that interesting for most of my friends to read.

Anyway, I hope everyone’s has a good 2007.  Also, make sure to watch out for the friggin’ hover-cars.  There everywhere now.

Busy With Stuff

Ah, to ignore the website. I think that one of the primary reasons I have this website is so that I can forget to update it. Well, not so much forget as just choose not to.

I’ve been busy with stuff at work again. After a lot of turmoil within the office and acquisitions and what-not, things have finally started to shake out. I’m busy trying to get some requirements for another one of our clients. It always seems like I get called in when we’ve got a punch list and someone needs to sit there and bug people until things get done (or just do them myself).

Heading back to the STL for Thanksgiving this year. I get in at 12:30 on Thanksgiving but then fly out from Chicago early Monday morning so I can work a full day then. I’ll have to get a ride back there with my parents I suppose. Finding direct flights from St. Louis to DC at a reasonable price is always quite the pain though.

Anyway, I’m going to quit typing now so that I can get back to work. Just didn’t want to let the site go without updates for yet another week.