Dressing for Success: My wife always says "Josh, you wear your pants hard." Which always makes me laugh. What she's trying to say, though, is I rip up my slacks badly. I had holes in a few of them and some had holes about to appear (rough spots). I tried taking extra stuff off of my keys (which wasn't a big keychain to begin with), and removed extra stuff from my other pocket (now I just have my small cell phone, thumb drive, and usually under $1, if any, change). I think I figured out the problem (walking with my laptop case to work would brush up against the corner of my cell in my pocket causing the holes, I think). Anyway, because of the recent job change and (hopefully) promotion, I've decided to heed my father's advice to 'dress for success.' Kohl's was having a supernice sale on dress pants, (fake) silk button up shirts, and ties. So I used up my remaining 2k4 vacation time (35 extra hours, paid off) to upgrade my wardrobe. I am wearing a tie, nice slacks, and new dress shoes now everyday. Already people are asking my if I'm going on interviews (which is typical of your consultants), or simply being made fun of (at my current client, not even executives wear ties, just salesmen). I'll report if I notice any change in people thinking I'm 'important' just because of dress. The best thing I've got so far is my boss made me go to a few meetings instead of him while he was out (which is really odd, cause he always wants to be apart of each meeting).
Lent: I don't give up something just for lent. I try to give up something to make myself better. For instance, last year I gave up caffiene for Lent. It worked, because I haven't had any since (except accidentally, which I had a cup of coffee and a glass of coke). New Years I tried harder to not yell at Joey so much. That's been working REALLY well, and now I have to play a lot of 'good cop' because 'Ms.9 Months Pregnant' is a very grumpy person. I'll be hitting 'bad cop' in a few weeks anyway. This lent I'm torn. I'll probably stop reading everything but email online during work (which is pretty big seeing as I don't touch anything online at home unless its a game). This is something I also plan on giving up entirely. The other thing, though, is giving up video games. A harsh fast for me, if you know me very well. It'll mean I have to finish up Prime 2 (very possible), and get everything outta my system in a week and a half. It'll be a tough thing to do... I use games to work off stress... but we'll see how I make it.
Jenna Kathleen: For those keeping track, the 'official' induction date 2/22/05. Of course, she could go into labor any day beforehand. She's had the braxton-hicks contractions for several weeks now, and saturday was having 'painful' contraction that were much different than the braxton-hicks, but they eventually went away.
Dune: I picked up Dune Messiah yesterday. It was tough, too, because the store had "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" which I've been wanting to read ever since I finished Starship Troopers. Regardless, I put down the Heinlein and pickedup the Herbert. And I'm going against the naysayers. Yes, Dune was a superb read, but I'm not reading this to try and read a better story... I just want to know how the story ends.
Also, someone (Leons?) said that Dune isn't necessarily the 'best' scifi book according to many. So, I ask... what is your favorite (I have a feeling that if it isn't Dune, it'll probably be Hitchikers)?