SQL Saturday 71 – Boston re-cap

Just in case anyone that reads this blog is interested, I posted my re-cap and notes from the SQL Saturday event I attended in Boston last weekend on my relatively new SQL DBA blog: SQL Saturday 71 – Boston re-cap

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Bird Rescue Part 3

This morning Maggie noticed we had ANOTHER bird stuck in our wood stove!  I blame the insane winter weather we are having lately for the birds wanting to take refuge in our chimney at all costs.

This afternoon Maggie was able to coax the bird into the box system we’ve used twice now successfully.  Unfortunately, one of the flaps slid open and the bird escaped into our apartment!  Chaos quickly ensued as we scramble to find a way to free it/keep it away from the cats (although it would have been fun to see them chase a live bird around our apartment for a while, maybe next time!).

Somehow it got in between a chest of drawers and wall in our dining room, where Maggie was able to throw a hoodie over it and trap it temporarily.  While on the floor trying to wrap it in the hoodie to help get it out of our apartment, the bird escaped and flew between Maggie’s legs and into the kitchen, where it proceeded to get stuck between the blinds and the window.  Maggie was able to grab it (while it shrieked to be freed) and rush it out the door and back into the wild.

It was a chaotic couple minutes, but luckily it didn’t damage anything or defecate anywhere.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the hilarity that ensued 🙂

Picture worth a thousand words

This was the scene Sunday as Maggie investigated a bird (the 2nd one in < 1 year) stuck in our stove/chimney, wearing a Packers Santa hat (the NFC Division Champ game was on), with Lucy supervising.  I couldn’t help but laugh at the scene and grab this pic with my iPhone.  I like the array of colors in this pic.

After a couple days of waiting, we were finally able to get the bird out today.  The trick we used both times was to open some holes on the top of the stove, put an open box over the hole in hopes the bird would hop up and sit on top of the exterior of the stove.  For most of the last couple days the bird was in the chimney, unwilling to be coaxed out into the main stove, much less the top, but finally today it decided to explore it’s confines further, probably desperate for food or water.  Once perched on the top, we then slid a folded up (and thus thin) box under the open one, thus trapping the bird between both boxes long enough to get him out side and released back into the wild.

Now we can go back to the peace and quiet of a bird-less wood stove, and the kittens will no longer stare at the stove wondering what is making the racket!

Kittens

I have to admit, our new kittens are pretty cute…

PA Class of 2011 Didactic year is complete!

Yesterday was the culmination of almost a year straight of study and classwork for Maggie and her PA classmates at Yale as they pursue their PA degree. 40 tests up, 40 down! Yahoo! Now they have 3 weeks off before a couple weeks of training on clinical tasks such as giving IVs, drawing blood and other essential hands on skills needed before they begin clinical rotations in mid-September.

Some of the guys and I celebrated with a round of golf at the Yale golf course and afterward went to a BBQ at a house some of the PA students rent together. A good way to wrap up the year for both the students and their significant others.

Looking back, the last year we’ve spent in New Haven has gone by pretty quickly. Much more so than I thought it would considering I’ve been working from home and Maggie was embroiled in school work nearly 16/7…

Hopefully the next 15 months go just as well as the first 12!

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New Haven Turkey

This exchange happened at about 9 am Sunday morning after I was awoken by two loud turkey gobbles:

Aaron: is it just me, or did you hear a turkey gobbling?

Maggie: (who was studying at the time): I definitely did not hear a turkey. (gives strange look)

Aaron: Okay. (Shrugs and leaves)

Aaron: (5 secs later) Come quick, there’s a turkey walking through the courtyard!

And here’s the evidence:

Strutting through the courtyard

Checking out the fire pit

Walking Down the Sidewalk