Indianapolis here I come!

Well here we are middle of summer and I have been on a bit of a traveling break. Been home since early June and to be honest I have loved every moment of it. That being said I really miss my #SQLFamily.

We are headed to Indianapolis Indiana for #SQLSat 304. My friend Hope [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ] is putting together another great event and she’s even offered me an opportunity to speak. I will be presenting 45 Minutes to Your First SSRS Report. Also presenting is my dear friend Joseph D’Antoni [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ] and my lovely husband Kerry Tyler [  B L O G  |  TWITTER  ] . There are tons of great sessions, too many to list I think you should check them out (schedule). I will also be performing my Regional Mentor duties and setting up a PASS table in the vendor/sponsor area. Stop by and see us!

This trip we will hopefully get me some HOTSTIX from HotBox Pizza. We do hope to visit Sabbatical again as it is a place my brother is working hard to make successful. If you go in ask for Kevin and tell him I sent you.  Oh, I almost forgot on Sunday we are going to the MotoGP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Time to dust off the suitcase and get ready for this trip!  See you in Indy on August 9th!

PS: One of my favorite parts of last year’s event, celebrating my new presentation.

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Nom-Com 2014

I swore last year that I wouldn’t do this if I had to run a campaign to be on a committee. Well here we are, guess I got some explaining to do. But first let me remind you of last year

I wrote a series about my experience that basically ended up being 4 blog post(below).

Nom-Com Part 1 (Just getting started with the reading)

Nom-Com Part 2 (Discuss application ranking)

Nom-Com Part 3 (Details to what the NomCom was asked to do)

Nom-Com Part 4 (Summary and a request for changes to be made)

 

The committee last year didn’t have to run as only 3 people threw their . . . → Read More: Nom-Com 2014

The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Or guess what? I am going to PHILLY for #SQLSat294!

If you think I have lost my mind just listen.

So this wraps up the spring travel schedule and should leave us at home till Indianapolis in August. Neither of us have ever been to Philadelphia. This is probably the furthest East I have been. We will be arriving on Thursday as Kerry [ B L O G | TWITTER ] is planning on attending the Friday Pre-con Stacia [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and Joey [ B L O G | TWITTER ] are putting on, Analytics Without Limits: The Modern BI Architecture Story. That should . . . → Read More: The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Big Challenges in Data Modeling – Ethical Data Modeling

This Thursday, April 24th 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific I will be participating in a Dataversity webinar. This panel discussion is all about Ethics. The panel will consist of our moderator Karen Lopez [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and panelist Denny Cherry [ B L O G | TWITTER ], Kerry Tyler [ B L O G | TWITTER ], and Len Silverston [ B L O G | TWITTER ].

Details: http://www.dataversity.net/apr-24-webinar-ethical-data-modeling/ You can tweet us questions and comments #BCDModeling (Big Challenges in Data Modeling).

This should be a fun and witty panel and I hope you can join us.

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Orange County, but not including choppers

I am speaking in CA!

At least I don’t think it will include custom choppers. <SMILE> Well it appears that my good friends in Orange County have invited me to speak at their SQLSaturday. This event is happing on April 26, 2014 at the Goldenwest College. This will be #SQLSat289, and that sounds confusing because I did #SQLSat295 just a short while ago. You see you can commit to (sign the contract) up to 180 days out but no later than 120 days. So it is possible to be later in the calendar year but earlier in the numbering schema. Side note we are not hear to discuss or debate . . . → Read More: Orange County, but not including choppers

Houston, you are clear to land.

In other news I am going to Houston, Texas. I am sure many folks are thinking “So what?” or “Who cares?” And guess what? That isn’t going to prevent me from telling you about it.

There are a few things that are going to make this trip different, special and somewhat stressful. I will be making my first solo trip, yup I have never flown alone. No where, not ever. To be honest I have only made a few driving trips alone. I believe that would be Michigan in the late 90s and several trips back and forth to Nashville during our transition period. So this will be what . . . → Read More: Houston, you are clear to land.

Ikea here we come or AKA I’m presenting in Atlanta.

You guys this travel schedule for Spring is CRAZY. We are headed to Atlanta for the second time but this time it looks like we are both presenting. Ikea isn’t in Nashville so we love the fact that we get to go there too! Last year on our journey to Ikea we got stopped on the interstate because President Obama was delivering a commencement speech.

We Kerry will be traveling down on Thursday afternoon hoping to get there in time for dinner with friends. Then Kerry will work all day on Friday and I will …. well I just don’t know yet. Maybe I can go to Ikea alone, no . . . → Read More: Ikea here we come or AKA I’m presenting in Atlanta.

Wrap Up SQL Saturday Las Vegas

 

The last activity done before leaving on a trip is to check the weather and pack. I had packed earlier but still double checked on Tuesday to be certain that I had the appropriate clothing. WRONG! I had packed all jeans only to discover that it was going to be 80 degrees during our visit. I removed all but one pair of jeans and replaced them with capri pants, only to get to Las Vegas where it was colder than Nashville. That is okay it did warm up eventually. What beautiful weather we did had.

Ok, now back to my summary. We arrived on Wednesday knowing that there were . . . → Read More: Wrap Up SQL Saturday Las Vegas

Spring 2014 Where’s Waldo?

OMG spring is shaping up so nicely I can hardly stand it. But just to keep you informed of where you might find sightings of me I am putting together a little blog post. I try to keep it updated, we’ll see how that goes this time!

Date Where What Notes Status 4/5 Las Vegas, NV SQLSaturday #295 Accepted All travel plans made. 4/23 Orange County, CA SQLSaturday #289 Submitted – waiting All travel plans made. 5/7-9 San Jose, CA PASS BA Conference Submitted – not accepted Sad panda. 5/3 Atlanta, GA SQLSaturday #285 Submitted – Accepted Driving! & I get to visit IKEA! 5/10 Houston, TX SQLSaturday #308 Submitted . . . → Read More: Spring 2014 Where’s Waldo?

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless

Unless it is a

I am not sure if you heard the word but they are having their FIRST, yes I said 1st SQLSaturday in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Those folks at PASS and those of us in the community love it when a new city is added to the list of great places SQLSaturday has been held, but this one really warms our hearts. I have been trying to lend a hand here an there to help with this event and since I am getting there several days early I am sure I will be put on manual labor. But at the end of the day it is . . . → Read More: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless