I had the flu earlier this month that I’m now living in the tail end of, my cough hasn’t completely gone away but I did make it back to the gym finally this week and am back to a reasonable sleep schedule. Aside from missing much of a day of work, I sadly also ended up missing a triage fest for Partimus (details of their work here). I am looking forward to feeling completely better.
MJ recently got a new phone so I now get to use his Nexus S. Along with the phone itself (running ICS!) he bought me a custom sparkley pink fitBAG, which I think is actually nicer than the awesome soft case the Nexus One came with. I am liking the phone itself more than I thought I would, I really loved the solid metal feel of the Nexus One but the Nexus S is quite nice, and so is ICS.
We had one of MJ’s friends from back east visit for a week, she visits the area a couple times a year and it’s always a nice excuse to do some tourist things and check out some new or interesting places to eat. Ended up with some amazing dinners at Waterfront Restaurant and Hillstone.
I made a trip out to the San Francisco Zoo once I started feeling better in order to get some fresh air, some photos from that trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pleia2/sets/72157629212169667/
This past weekend was the calmest weekend I’ve had in a while. Went to a little party Saturday evening, got some laundry done, groceries, made dinner on Sunday. So far this weekend is shaping up to be a bit more productive. For breakfast today I enjoyed a very good bagel, which is quite the statement for San Francisco, it can be hard to find good bagels here. We discovered the place of delicious bagels at House of Bagels. They also have lots of yummy jewish pastries and Challah. This afternoon I need to do some shopping for a new light jacket to replace my fleece jacket when going to nicer places and events. Tomorrow the plan is to head over to the Oakland Zoo!
For Valentine’s day MJ surprised me with roses – including some pink ones! And we had dinner just a couple blocks from home. Good conversation and good company made for a lovely evening.
This past week MJ and I went to a Bay LISA meeting on OpenLDAP Backend Improvements by Howard Chu, chief architect of OpenLDAP. I last saw him speak about OpenLDAP at the UKUUG Spring Conference in 2009 (post here). This time he talked about the development they’re doing on the new OpenLDAP backend that they want to replace BerkeleyDB with: MDB (Memory-Mapped Database, some details here). It’s very cool, the benchmarks for reads were impressive and I like that they actually built something that is not OpenLDAP-specific, instead they built a database and then built a handler for it in OpenLDAP.
We started planning the wedding and are officially shooting for spring of 2013. I’ve reviewed dozens of venues and requested information from the short list. We’re planning on heading to Philadelphia some time in March so we can actually start visiting the venues in person to further narrow down our choices. It’s also quickly become clear how expensive this is going to be and how many sites there are giving terrible advice for cutting costs. We’re also going to scope out some caterers who aren’t tied to the venues. I need to get a proper to-do list together.
Speaking of major life changes, on January 11th my little sister Annette messaged me on Facebook (is that how we do it now?) to let me know she is pregnant! We learned this week that it’s going to be a boy. The pregnancy was a surprise and she will be a single parent and largely still lives with my mother, but she has decided against putting him up for adoption. We’re planning a trip to Maine in July and I expect I’ll be buying a fair amount of baby and child clothes in the coming years to help as much as I can from the other side of the country. I’m going to be an aunt!