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WordCamp ATX… that’s a wrap!

After many months of planning, hours of conversations, dozens of emails and private blog (p2) posts, lots of small tasks, hard work, and a pint here and there, WordCamp ATX 2014 is finally over.

html tattooIt’s a lot of fun and not a little effort to put on a WordCamp. When it’s a two and a half day event with over 400 attendees, 45 speakers, countless sponsors and a small army of volunteers, all organized by community volunteers in their spare time, it’s definitely not a project for the faint of heart.

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When in doubt… kittens!

My friend and neighbor Diana usually helps rescue and foster dogs. This weekend she rescued a litter of kittens from behind a store’s AC unit. The mom is feral and they’re still trying to catch her. Now she’s fostering the babies and is looking for good homes for the babies. After seeing her photos of the kittens on Facebook, I had to go visit and cuddle them for a while. There’s nothing quite like an armload of fluffy kittens to make you feel better. And while I wasn’t planning to adopt another one right now, stranger things have happened…  

My tough guy Seamus

Seamus is my sweet white kitty, with the blue eyes and the yowls of a Siamese, and faint orange stripes of a tabby on his tail and his forehead. He’s been with me for around 17 or 18 years now. He’s always shown so much spunk and spirit in every situation. Even as an old guy, until recently he loved roughhousing with my new puppy. He’s always loved coming into the bedroom at night, right as I’m going to sleep. He’d climb up on the pillow and get me to pet him by rubbing his whiskers in my face and putting his cold nose against my arm. It became a ritual every single evening, and I could even call his next move before he did it, he was that predictable. He’s always been a stubborn and strong headed animal who did what he wanted. Tonight he’s still fighting. He’s been declining for the past few weeks, and tonight is almost … Read more…