#TSQL2sday Dealer’s Choice

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It always comes to me as a surprise that it is TSQL Tuesday again. I guess time just slips by so quickly these days. If you haven’t heard about or figured out what this Tuesday stuff is all about drop me a line and I will not only sell you on the concept I will convince you to write your first post for next month and even give you a spot to post it.  This month it’s the 99th, amazing that a community has been able to manage this for so long.  This time AAaron Bertrand [    b    |     ] has given us a choice and actually titled it “Dealer’s Choice“.  I’m more of a 5-card stud kind of girl but this also very amusing.  Door #1 “hear about something you are passionate about, outside of the SQL Server or tech community” and Door #2 ” have a long laundry list of T-SQL bad habits (there’s a big index here). What’s your favorite one? Which one do you disagree with most vehemently? What bad habits are missing from my list? ”

 

So what am I passionate about? Nothing. Ok that isn’t really true. But there are no crazy dark seekrits that I’m going to be spilling. I don’t LARP, Karate, or any other thing that might need to be looked up. But there are a couple of things that consume a lot of my time and my heart.

Food, Family, and Fun

My definition of Family is a far stretching one and if I call you my friend you are now given notice that I consider you family. But seriously I work hard to create dinner experiences and if you’ve ever been over for dinner I think you understand what I mean. We have a large garden (I don’t take a lot of photos out there any more) and I spend a lot of time tending to it and preserving its bounty. It brings a smile to my face to come up from the basement with a pile of stuff that I canned earlier in the year and produce a meal. This is something that of course I run out of time for, but I always come back. I love the meal planning, I love the fun tablescapes (looks like I need to load current photos) and I guess it is just a creative outlet. I want everyone to sit down to a meal and I want it to mean something. My dogs are my children. I can’t imagine my life without them and sometimes they demand that I sit with them, or that I take them outside for a stroll in the yard and sometimes they just want to be next to me. I love that about them.
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Being real

Last year I decided I was tired, frustrated with the fake front so many people were putting on. I wanted to not be that person just saying things and never doing anything about it. I want to really be involved, really reach out and really mean what I say. I’ve worked hard at paying attention and watching what goes on and I’ve tried hard to be sincere. I’ve tried to own what I say and I’ve tried to be more “there” and honestly it’s been more good for me than I realized. It is refreshing!

Seeing the world

I’ve been doing trips for #SQLSaturdays and work almost exclusively since 2010. I had decided that the time was running by and I was missing out on the cities were visiting. Last year I became very diligent on getting out and seeing something not the speaker dinner and not the venue. So in every city, we’ve been trying to get there a tick early and see something. I’ve been collecting little pieces from every city and pinning them to the wall.
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Passion not allowed

One thing we were not allowed to talk about for this post is the tech community. But I have to say for the last year, year and a half I have taken to helping individuals in  the #SQLCommunity as much as I can. I’m a bleeding heart, jump in with both feet and do what I can. I blogged about helping new speakers and am proud to say we had 8 new speakers #SQLSatNash .  I can’t imagine my life without paying it forward.

Passion

All in all, I think I am a pretty boring person and if I am inclined to be involved with anything I am passionate about it. I’m a very efficient person and don’t like to waste time. So I am passionate about all the things.

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