Friday, December 24, 2004

December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve day!

Had lunch at Kevin and Elise's place, it was really nice. After lunch dad and Kev went out to try to fly dad's kite -- didn't work. It's a little strange to me that on December 24th there's almost no snow, and the weather is temperate enough to fly a kite.

We're going over to the Erin's folks place this afternoon to have our traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas" meal. Mom and dad, Melinda and Micheal, and Grandpa and Grandma Melchin will be joining us.

I've still got some gifts to wrap for Erin.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


In the last year or so, I've seen this cool newsmap at least twice before -- and I've never bookmarked it. Consider it blogged!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Accessing the Child Rows of a DataTable from the DataBinder.Eval Method of a DataGrid or Repeader

I found this article that shows how to access the child rows of a DataTable from the DataBinder.Eval method of a DataGrid.

Friday, December 17, 2004

ASP.NET Databinding Article

Here's a simple, comprehensive article on some advanced ASP.NET databinding techniques.

Monday, December 13, 2004

December 13, 2004

It happened really quickly, but somehow I wasn't surprised. Gracie and I were sitting in sacrament meeting yesterday, (Erin was home with Matt who was at home ill). Gracie cried from the moment I put her on my lap -- she kept complainig about her tummy hurting. I assumed it was because she hadn't eaten enough before leaving for church (this is becoming a constant problem). I kept telling her that I would take her right home after church to get something to eat.

Then it happend. She was still sitting on my lap, and out of the corner of my eye, I could see her slightly hunched over, and could feel that her body was stiff. Right away I knew she was throwing up. And I wasn't just a little bit -- it was lots! I could tell how much she had thrown up because I could feel it almost instantly all over my shirt and tie. I didn't look down to assess the damage, instead I looked over at Lara for a cloth, or at a napkin of some sort -- which she didn't have. I looked behind me at Kevin, with that look of desperation that says, "please find me a cloth...". He looked back at me as if to say, "uh, can you see Gracie is vomiting all over you?" Unfortunately he didn't have a cloth either.

So, without any cleaning device, I picked Gracie up (being very carefull not to spill the vomit which was now resting nicely in a pool that I had created with my suit coat), and walked her out of the chapel into the washroom to clean her up. A special thank you to Lara for following me.

After a brief clean up, I took off her dress and stockings and bundeled her little pantied bum up in her coat to take her home. I explained to Erin what had happened, and I wrongly assumed that Grace was done with the vomitting. It continued on and off all evening. We gave her two tablespoons of water every 15 mintues, and invariably it came back up. I called the Calgary Health Region Health Link number and spoke to a nurse. The nurse advised me to continue with our fluid regimen, and said that it wasn't necessary to bring her in to the hospital. Fortunaley at about 8:30 the vomiting stoped (save one last episode at about 1:30 AM -- which thankfully wasn't a very big deal). Unfortunately for Erin, her sickness was just begining.

At about 9:30 I called Jeff Shipley (our home teacher, who had co-incidently come over this morning to visit us) and asked him to assist me in giving Gracie a blessing. Gracie was very accomodating, even though she was in such pain. I explained to her what we were going to do, and she sat still, and was very quiet. After we administered to her, she said thank you to Jeff, which was the first thing she had said other than "my tummy hurts" all evening. I took that as her first sign of getting better.

Shortly after Jeff came over, we put Gracie to sleep. I slept in Gracie's bed, and made sure she got a little bit of water every few hours. Erin slept in her own bed and tried to keep down what little dinner she had eaten. So far today, Erin has been the worst.

It's now 2:30 (almost exactly 24 hours after Gracies first episode). I typing this entry and Gracie is once again sitting on my lap -- this time a much happier girl. Erin has just woken up from an hour nap, and she's starting to fell better too (sort of).

Thursday, December 09, 2004

AB.NET User Group

I went with Karl and Rich to the AB.NET user group meeting today. It was a lunch-time presentation sponsored by a company called Quadrus. The speaker was a fellow named Joel Semeniuk, he spoke about Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO). He had a really cool demo where he used a webservice to populate an Excel spreadsheet that created a graph.

The format of the meeting was nice and short -- they did a very good job of keeping it to one hour. At the end of the presentation they gave away some prizes, Karl didn't put his name on his entry form, and they drew his form (or at least they drew a form with no name -- which we're pretty sure was Karl's). Too bad.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I'm Drying Out

Man, I'm really dry.