Saturday, May 26, 2012


     I've set myself up for a big pile of work recently and it's driving my eyes crazy.  It all has something to do with document control.  All of the "prints"  charts, job aides, forms, etc in our dept at work are suppose to be controlled in the sense that there is to be documentation in a computer log as to everything on the floor for keeping everything up to date.  What I'm finding is only about 1/4 to 1/5 of our documents have been officially documented and many of the ones that are, are out of date.  For many of the documents I have to track down the prints they are based on and either make new charts or job aides or update the ones we have or..... on and on it goes.  I may be doing this for months to come.

     This past Monday work had me taking a trip to our Grafton plant to check out some systems that will be coming to our plant in the future. to top that off, we worked an entire 40 hour week which we haven't done in months.

     Here at home we are still working on left overs from my daughter's graduation celebration which we held last Saturday with great success even though it was cool and somewhat wet.  Since that time we have also had to recitals to go to for the two oldest boys - one for guitar and one for piano.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Getting Ready

     Tomorrow is the big day so that means we're going to go crazy getting ready for it.  What day is it?  Graduation day for my first child.

     For the past week lots of food has been prepared for the reception following the ceremony and today much of that food has to be brought together to be brought to town tomorrow. Thank tomorrow we have the ceremony, the reception, the company, etc.  To top it off my Graduating Daughter is taking life guard lesson both this morning and in the morning before she graduates.  And let's not forget that while today is to be in the mid 80's, tomorrow is to be in the mid 60's with 60% chance of rain.

     Outside of Graduation my computer went crazy earlier this week and wiped out several programs.  From what I've been able to figure, I made an update and in the process the program erased all older versions of programs and their dependents.  No Data was lost but what a nuisance getting everything back and working.

     At work this past week I've been finding lots of dust.  Something that has been long overdue for an overhaul is our document control log so I've been digging in all the nooks and crannies looking for potential documents that need to be controlled. I've found over 1000 so far but our log only shows a little over 200. I've got my work cut out for me. Hopefully I'll complete the task before I go crazy - Oh, wait, I already am.......  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Something Fishy

     Yesterday after noon my wife left me - taking three kids - to visit her brother and his wife and their three children in the cities and to go to the aquarium at the Mall of America with them for Home-school Days.  I think she may even be doing some last minute shopping for next weeks big party (That's a story that will have to wait.)  In the mean time I'm here with the oldest 3 and the youngest who has been watching the movie Wall-E over and over.  If anything, I'd say that this week my wife is the crazy one

Friday, May 4, 2012

She's 18

     It's been a couple weeks since I last posted but has anything noteworthy happened?

     Last weekend my wife took 3 kids to the Shrine Circus - The kids loved it and talked about how they were spoiled when they got home.  Some days it seems like the circus is in our living room.  The circus wasn't the only reason she went though.  She was shopping at Sam's Club getting ready for an upcoming grad party which is only 2 weeks away.

     On Monday of this week our family got to enjoy a fry bread taco supper as a thank you for all the helpers who partook in this past year's AWANA. While that's not crazy - knowing I now have an adult child is.

     Is it an oxymoron to say such a thing?  18 years ago today my first daughter was born which means today she is an adult.  How does it feel?  I don't know yet.  Early this morning she was taken swimming and out for breakfast.  Than a trip to Thief River to McDonald's for lunch and than shopping at Walmart and than home for a quick bite to eat and birthday cake and than off to Friday night Youth Group.

     Now to clean house and put stuff away.........