I was going to post some random cards but I simply don’t have the energy. I got new cards. Surprise!

I’ve been so busy at work I can hardly stay awake. My company recently won multiple new, huge, government contracts and that’s awesome for us as a whole, for our bottom line, and for my year-end bonus/contribution to my 401(k), but the downside is that it all involves huge amount of time and energy to get up and running. Contracts need websites to take in resumes from incumbent employees. Benefits packages need to be produced. Posters need to be made. All these means huge amounts of work for my group in particular. 60-70hr weeks. On top of that, our already existing products and services felt it was a great time to update their web properties as well. Or, I guess I should rephrase that, they felt it was time for ME to update their web sites. So, I’ve got so many projects floating around at 95% completion I just don’t know where to start, or more accurately, finish.

There’s all sorts of other huge projects sitting just over the horizon too. Another major site redesign, a complete overhaul of a document management system, possible travel to ALASKA to work on things I’m going to need to get clearance for. Ok, that last one is kinda cool. Anyway, the point is that this summer is going to be crazy busy. To a stupid degree.

I’m also working hard on some projects of my own. A card/game site, some new work for my portfolio I’ve been meaning to put up, all sorts of things.

On a personal note, I’m not really sure what do to with my brother any more. He’s a great guy, and I don’t want to throw him out on his butt, however it might just be coming to that. He’s lived with us for nearly 7 months now, trying to get “back on his feet” by going to school. He’s borrowing money, borrowing a car, has no job and nothing lined up for the summer. Personally I think a good kick in the butt is exactly what he needs, but it’s hard to be mean to family. I’ve got to have a talk with him about “transitioning” into another place to live.

We’re also done fixing up the wife’s car. Something about a piston rod not firing in sync, clogged fuel injector and an A/C thermostat problem. Luckily most of it was under warranty so we just paid a couple hundred bucks. This just moves up the time table of getting rid of it. We had been thinking for quite a while about trading it in. It’s not a bad vehicle by any stretch, but it’s a sub-SUV, it gets about 15mpg on a good day, and now we have a kid… and it has a tan interior. You do the math. I’m thinking a small commuter car, like a Mazda 3. She doesn’t want to give up the size/class of car she has, so we’re looking at the Mazda CX5 instead. We’ve actually had an offer of $15-18k for her car, and I think we might just take it. We have $8k left to pay off, so $18k would cover that and give us plenty as a down payment on the next one. I’d love an upgrade myself, it was my turn for a new car, but having it paid off completely is worth more in the long run since my commute is so short.

Anyway, I’ve rambled too much. I have been staying up on my cards, especially Gypsy Queens. I just don’t have the energy to fire up the scanner. I’ve got stuff from breaks to scan, a couple trades coming in, a couple going out (Arizona, yours is on it’s way), and of course of cheapy pick ups from over the weekend. Maybe tomorrow, cause tonight, it’s all about the hockey. Game 7, go Bruins!