Christmas is a Time of Miracles/New Year's Resolutions

Santa was geeked to take the pic, but Anakin wasn't convinced.

Since the holidays are fast approaching, along with the end of the year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the previous year, discuss some small miracles that have happened recently, and share my New Year’s Resolutions.

My Girlfriend Missy and I at ICE Gaylord Texan

Christmas Miracles?

There have been several small miracles around me lately.

  • Missy has recovered from a devastating injury and illness. Without going into details, this was one of the reasons why I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like. She’s officially cured.
  • An unexpected Day Off. I was waaaay behind in my Christmas Shopping and on Friday our building broke a water main. Since that means the bathrooms stopped working, we were “forced” to take the day off. Not really a “miracle” but it saved my butt.
  • I won an Ipad. Thanks to Brent Ozar (Blog/Twitter) and Red Gate Software, I won an iPad loaded with SQL Monitor. All I had to do was admit an unhealthy obsession for Lady GaGa.
  • I’m teaching again. I’ll be back home in Michigan during the holidays through the first week of January. The reason I’m extending the visit is that I will be teaching three days of SQL Server and Reporting Services classes for several companies in the frozen tundra. I am so grateful that I re-discovered my love of teaching.
  • SQL University. In February, I’ll be teaching a week of Data Warehouse Modeling for The SQL University. I’m honored to be asked and really looking forward to contributing to that cause.
  • The SQL Community. Joining and participating in the SQL Community with blogging, presenting, and networking with people has been a miracle for me, both personally and professionally. While I thanked Brent and RedGate about the iPad the truth is that every one of you deserves the credit for my “win” as well. If I wasn’t involved, I wouldn’t have won that, starting teaching again, or received the multitude of other blessings that have come my way.

Happy Festivus – The Airing of Grievances

Enough of the mushy stuff, it’s time to gather around and air our grievances Festivus style. Unlike traditional the typical Airing of Grievances my grievances are all with me.

Will You Forgive Me?

I’m frustrated with myself because I’ve neglected my blogging. Partially that’s because of my personal life (mentioned above), but also because of the M-Data Analyitics and other projects I’m working on. Rest assured, I’m committed to blogging and this lapse will be rectified.

New Year’s Resolutions

  • Blog regularly and become better at it. I’m on the verge of posting numerous blog articles on Microsoft Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, etc and will hit the ground running in January.
  • Release M-Data Analytics to beta by the end of first quarter 2011. We’re currently re-working the ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) using a sophisticated SSIS Framework with built in logging. It’s not enough to get it done, I want it done right which is why this is taking so long.
  • Work on my presentation skills. I want to be a world class technical presenter.
  • Start posting instructional videos in SQL Server Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. I promise to get that set up and you’ll begin seeing videos in 2011.

Happy ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah everyone! I look forward to “seeing” you in the New Year!

8 comments to Christmas is a Time of Miracles/New Year’s Resolutions

  • Whoa, she’s cured! I’m ecstatic for you both!! I know it’s been a very hard year for you, so congratulations x1000!

  • Thanks Jen. I really appreciate the help you and Sean have given me this year as well. I’m looking forward to another good year of contributing to NTSSUG.

  • Dude that is fantastic news! It’s all up from here and you have quite a head start. Congratulations on SQLUniversity, I know you’ll be a great asset to them. You’ve accomplished some amazing things this year and we couldn’t be more proud to have you as an integral part of NTSSUG. Whenever you want to speak to the user group, let me know and we’ll work you in.

  • I was momentarily excited to read that you were coming to Michigan, then bummed to find out you were leaving the 1st week of January. Would have loved to have you at a UG meeting. Next time you’re in town, drop me a DM. In fact, drop me one now so I know where you are. If you’re close, maybe we can grab lunch or something.


  • Joe,

    Because of the health issue, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go at all. This set of classes has been on hold for months because of it.

    I will probably be coming up sometime in May or June as well. Hopefully we can arrange something on that trip.

  • Merry Christmas & happy New Year, alal the way from India & nepal

  • I’m so happy to hear she’s cured, congrats to you both! Also glad to have you onboard the SQLU project this semester, you’re a great teacher and blogger and look forward to all of your contributions in 2011. Also I fully expect you to now tape a Lady Gaga video with your iPad 🙂

  • Mark


    I’m very happy for you and yours.
    May the force continue to be with you.

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