Put it in my walker?

Benjamin and I are joining a couple of friends at Texas de Brazil tonight. The only way we can afford to eat at that restaurant is from the coupons they sometimes send out.

Benjamin sent me an email from his iPhone last night to remind me to pick up the coupon from my desk. Something went horribly wrong between Benjamin’s hastily-written email and the iPhone’s autocorrection software. This is what I received (emphasis mine):

Subject: Texas de Brazil Coupon

Please grab it from your desk and put it in your walker or something :)

I had to read that line three times before realizing he meant wallet. We both got a good chuckle out of that this morning!

Freezing a $100 bill

Yesterday Benjamin and I spent the afternoon in our back yard doing some spring cleaning and some prep work for some new planting. We went to Home Depot and purchased some flowers for around the aspen tree in our back yard, a couple of mini evergreens for two larger planters on our porch (Benjamin was so excited about these), and a couple of other small plants for the planters on the fence — all for $100.06. It started raining late afternoon before we could get the flowers planted around the aspen so we left them sitting above where they were to be planted…

…only to wake up this morning with it snowing rather hard. The high today is 49 degrees and the high on Wednesday is 72. We’re crossing our fingers that the plants survive.

Update: I just brought all portable plants inside and they’re now defrosting. Drat this icky mess.

Oracle+Sun: Oh my!

The purchase of Sun by Oracle just a couple of days ago was a shocker to just about everyone. Sun employees were a bit shocked (according to a friend who works there) as were IBM employees who were assuming there were backroom discussions still going on between Sun and IBM.

The buyout is going to make things interesting in the Identity Management space — which means it’s going to make things interesting for me. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the product I work on is called IBM Tivoli Identity Manager and is considered one of the top 5 identity management solutions according to Burton Group. The other four major players in the space are Novell, CA, Oracle, and Sun.

The possibility of IBM buying Sun was creating mini clouds of doubt in my mind given that it was virtually impossible they would keep both ITIM and Sun’s product, one of them was getting the axe. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Instead we get a nice jumble of confusion in the marketplace if Oracle’s product or Sun’s product is going to get the axe. Good news for ITIM, however you slice it.

Freakazoid weather

Most of the day yesterday it rained off and on. Last night before going to bed it had turned into microsleet or frozen snow, one or the other. We woke up to it snowing. It proceeded to snow off and on until just before noon. Then it started raining – hard. Now it’s snowing in huge clumps.

If “April showers bring may flowers”, what does rain, microsleet, and snow bring?

Support a local Austin business: ClayWays

ClayWays is a wonderful teaching pottery studio in the heart of Austin (right on Burnet near 2222). Before moving from Austin I took several wheel classes there and fell in love, not only with pottery but with the camaraderie that a teaching studio offers. In addition to a teaching studio, ClayWays has a gallery full of pottery created by local potters available for purchase.

Like many small businesses, ClayWays is having a bit of a rough time and could use any help it can get — both from new students as well as purchases from their gallery.

On Saturday, April 25th they are having a Show and Sale called “Small Wonders” from 5pm-9pm including pottery demonstrations from 5pm-7pm. From their website:

In response to drought, many cultures hold a rain dance. This show and sale is our response to the economic drought. In good times or bad we deliberately go to pot ever day – we are your community potters.

We are also your friends and neighbors and we need your help to create a ground swell of mindful local shopping to keep us in business. Come to our show and let’s get to know each other.

If you’re looking gifts to give, please consider attending and supporting a local business. Who knows, you might find a new hobby along the way!

ClayWays is at 5442 Burnet Road, Austin TX 78756.

My Husband: the worst trip-packer ever

Benjamin flew down to Houston this weekend to visit his best friend and with him to see the Britney Spears concert. Because we’re flying out tomorrow I thought I’d wash the clothes that he took on the trip so they would be clean if he opted to take them with us this weekend. Not knowing what all was clean or dirty I washed everything in his suitcase.

I just washed 15 shirts. Not undershirts, shirts. He was gone for a total of 5 nights and thus needed to pack at least 5 shirts. I know he had a shirt on when I took him from the airport so at a minimum I would have expected to wash 6 shirts but 15? 2.5 times the minimum number? No wonder the man had to check a bag for 5-night trip to Houston. When I went to San Jose last month I took one carry-on bag for an 8-night stay.

To give him the benefit of the doubt I wouldn’t be surprised if he bought a couple of shirts while he was in Houston, so that might account for 2 or 3 of them, but not the entire 9 extras.

And while I didn’t bother counting them this time around, he usually packs more pairs of shoes than he does the days he’ll be somewhere.

My husband officially wins the title for the worst trip-packer ever.

Correction: The above was written after only putting away the load of colors. After putting up the load of whites I must add 5 more to the total, bring it up from 15 to 20.