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July 2006

2 More Weeks

We're so close to moving, I can almost taste it! Although as I'm writing this, I look around and see all the crap we still have to pack up. Leif says we're "right on track", but I still don't think he realizes how much there is to do. Of course, I'm doing most of it since I'm off of work so it's easy for him to say that. :)

In any case, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

I had a goodbye lunch at Yahoo.
The Viking Table!

We went to the Jelly Belly Factory.

Dropped Linnea off at camp for 2 weeks.
One of the camp horses

Closed on the house.
Front of house

Had a goodbye BBQ for us where it was 105 outside and everyone crammed into our tiny living room just to get some of the AC (except for people like Leif who didn't want to be too far from the kegs).
There's nothing like an ice cold beer in the 105 degree heat

Created a memorabilia page for my Library of Memories assignment.
Memorabilia page for Library of Memories class

The Times They Have a'Changed

As part of my class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, I'm going through all my photos and memorabilia, from....forever. I've come across a lot of interesting photos and news clippings and such that I had completely forgotten about. I saw this one today, and just had to laugh.

This is from the Apple internal newsletter, dated September 17, 1995. At this time I was about 3 1/2 months out of college, Apple had literally just established their web presence, and I was the webmaster of the Apple Developer website. The date is important to put this quote into context.

...Developers like the fact that they can download the information they want - for free. We get about 10,000 people looking at our content each week. It's a really great service for them.

So in 1995, the developer site got 10,000 hits a week. I found some statistics on, that shows the Apple website gets roughly 600 million - 1 billion page views a day. The developer site is 1% of that. So roughly the minimum page views per day for the developer site is 6 million, so per week the developer site will get 42 million hits. I know that's page views and not users, but still, that's still an interesting statistic.

Oh yeah, here's the crappy picture that went along with the article:

Apple Webmasters - circa 1995

Almost There...

It's just been insane lately. We're real close to closing on our new house, so I'm really really hoping that we make it through the last 2 weeks. It's been a real long close, I think it was 50 days, which is fine with us since we're not moving until August, but darn it, I just want the house to be ours! We've barely started packing - gotten boxes (Costco has a great moving kit which comes with a whole bunch of boxes), packing material, mirror boxes, styrofoam for the picture corners, and a whole lot of tape. I honestly think the worst part of moving for me is the packing. Just trying to figure out if you've packed the fragile stuff securely enough. At least we got our moving company figured out, although I'm still waiting for the Fed Ex I was promised on Thursday containing the official quote and info, instead of just an email.

Leif's niece is coming tomorrow so we're pretty excited about that. 7 months ago I got the bright idea that if she was doing real well in school, and doing real well in English that maybe she'd like to go to an American summer camp. The excitement that generated was unbelievable, and Leif found a fantastic camp. She's staying with us for a week, then we're driving her up, she's at camp for 2 weeks, then we're picking her up, with us for another 5 days, and then 5 days after she leaves we're moving. Whew.

I'm actually extra excited because I'm tired of hearing from friends "oh my nephew is staying with us," or "my brother is in town." My brother is a complete self-centered selfish bastard who refuses to come visit. I'll save that rant for another post though since that'll take up a lot of space, needless to say, it's just cool that she's flying on her own from Sweden and staying with us. I've figured out some stuff to entertain her with that she hasn't done out here before (this will be her 3rd visit, but the first without her mom) - Great America, Jelly Belly factory, the Kelly Clarkson concert, Great Mall...and oh yeah, she can help me pack.

And finally, I'm done at Yahoo as of yesterday. There's things I'll miss, and things I won't, but overall it was a good experience.