January Means Preparing for Taxes

The start of the new year means a lot of paper work needs attention. Paperwork and I are not the closest of friends and I dread tackling all that is necessary for me to do in order to get everything in order for tax time.

Each year I think that I am going to be able to devise a better system in order to make this yearly task easier but it never seems to happen. I’m going to really try this time and make a day of it, possibly this week end if the weather is nasty and I don’t feel like venturing outside.

Music Down In Nashville Way

Each time I call my nephew Steve, who lives down in the Nashville Tennessee area, I get such a kick out of hearing his voice on his voice mail. He is a DJ and I swear he has the best professional DJ voice that I have ever heard. This is one person that I want to not pick up when I call, because I always really do enjoy his voice.

Not only does he do a great job as a DJ but he is really good on the guitar center drums, which happens to be my favorite musical instrument of all times. I wish he didn’t live so far away because I really miss hearing him play. He used to get together with a bunch of friends and have jam sessions that could and would last until dawn. They were a great group of kids. I hope he still stays in contact with them, if nothing else at least via Facebook.

best drums ever

Gretsch Drums Renown Series 4-Piece Shell Pack with 20″ Bass Drum

Always Check Your Child’s Homework


(Here’s the reply the teacher received the following day)

Dear Mrs. Swanson,

I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer. I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get to buy it. Her picture doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.

From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.


Mrs. Jacobs

Merry Christmas on You Tube

I just love You Tube. There has only been a few times that I haven’t been able to find what I was looking for, other than that I have found some wonderful videos during the last couple of years. My sister is great at finding some of the coolest videos on the Internet, most of them on You Tube. She found this one and sent it to me this morning in an email and it has kept me giggling all day. Hope it puts a grin on your face.

Merry Christmas

Vulnerability Management

The IT guys had a long meeting this afternoon and I was not in on it, but when they broke out of the conference room a couple of them stopped by my cubicle and invited me to go with them for a few beers after work. So I considered it an evening in training for tomorrow night’s festivities. We each drove our own car to the pub across the interstate and we grabbed a booth in the bar. They were all abuzz about having caught a hacker attempt this morning. It seems that our Director of IT was reviewing log files and noticed a series of early morning log on attempts. Fred called Eugene into his office as soon as Eugene made it to his desk and together they figured it out.

There is a program called Rapid7 NeXpose that they are going to approach our CFO with procuring for our company network. Fred thinks we have been complacent too long, and with the economy in the tank, we can all expect crime to increase. This morning’s incident makes Vulnerability Management a more urgent priority. It is better to spend the time and money to prevent a serious problem than to have to face a crisis in having our data hacked or customer credit card information stolen.