2006 Year in Review

In the style of everybody else I know I thought I’d post my year in review.  2006 was a crazy, crazy year for me.

January:

  • Rode my first decent EFA dressage test
  • Said goodbye to family and friends
  • Moved to Columbia MD for three months to work at OmniTI.

February:

  • Began work in MD, working on Ecelerity webconsole
  • Made new friends, found a place to ride, met lots of new horsy people
  • Fell over on the ice a lot
  • Fell in love with working at OmniTI

March:

  • Finished work on Ecelerity 2.1
  • Got disgustingly homesick
  • Got promoted to Director of Web Development, and made tentative plans to stay in MD

April:

  • Tore the cartilage in my knee and began eight miserable weeks on crutches and doped up on painkillers
  • Thanked the powers that be for my friends who helped me in this crisis when I was on the opposite site of the planet from my husband and support system
  • Was visited by Luke
  • Spoke at MySQL UC, on crutches

May:

  • Chris became a Principal
  • Finally had knee surgery and could walk again
  • Started riding again

June:

  • Spoke at NYPHP
  • Babysat the office while everybody else was out of town
  • Spoke at ApacheCon in Dublin

July:

  • Went home for the first time since January
  • Went to OSCON and gave a tute and a talk

August:

  • Returned to MD, further homesickness ensued.
  • Went to Germany for long awaited vacation with Luke

September:

  • Travelled to Microsoft for the Web Dev summit
  • Moved to our new, bigger office in Columbia, started hiring a few more staff to fill it

October:

  • Spoke at ApacheCon in Austin and DCPHP
  • Rode in my first US horse trials (and was 5th)
  • Had a hideous car accident

November:

  • Appointed Principal and took a trip home to celebrate

December:

  • Moved into my own house in MD at last
  • Divisional Champion at a jumper show
  • Trip home, Christmas, need I say more?

It’s been a year of amazing ups and downs.  Here’s hoping 2007 has just as many ups and less downs.

I took a photo as a marker of where I am right now:
Self_portrait_2007

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. 
-Benjamin Franklin

Not only is another world possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
- Arundhati Roy

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