Second Xmas Tree – Just Deployed by Santa’s Tree Ninjas at PowerPivotPro HQ

That time of year to rest.  And run around like crazy.

Well folks what can I say.  One heck of a year, this 2013 thing.  And it’s ending on a hectic note – this week I am conducting 3.5 full days of trainings, AND then driving to Chicago.

imageAnd, as pictured above, deploying last-minute “backup” Xmas trees.  You know, the one my wife saw in the movie “Elf” the other day and said “ooh I want one of those someday.”

So she went out to her boxing class tonight and I quickly deployed the tinsel tree that I cut down this afternoon in the tinsel forest.  Let me tell ya, tinsel trees are tough to cut down.  Let’s hope she likes it.

Pretty standard stuff really.

I already see the page view stats doing their standard year-end tapering, so I think it’s time to close up Santa’s PowerPivot Shop until the New Year.

If I get time during the upcoming two weeks to write one of my off-topic holiday posts, I’d very much like to do so.  But I can’t promise to do anything really other than to lay low for a bit.  And catch up on my email.  And prep for big stuff that I want to roll out in the new year.  And drive all over the Midwest, in the passenger seat, with a laptop and a cell phone hotspot.

So if I don’t see you until then, happy holidays / new year to everyone.  Thanks for reading and making my job so much fun.

Oh, and if you’re into 100% politically incorrect, Not Safe For Work Christmas humor that still (IMO) doesn’t cross any truly important lines, I highly recommend checking out this comic from my heroes over at Penny Arcade.

And if you were/are an epic Dungeons and Dragon nerd growing up (like me!), definitely check out How the Illithid Stole Christmas.

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Rob Collie

One of the founding engineers behind Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, and creator of the world’s first cloud Power Pivot service, Rob is one of the foremost authorities on self-service business intelligence and next-generation spreadsheet technology. 

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Any chance during this downtime you could update the user group numbers?

    Would be really appreciated.

    Have a great Christmas.

    1. Yeah, I forgot to mention that one. User group traction is one of the things I am targeting for the down time as well 🙂

  2. Travel Safe Rob, recharge that brain battery, and Have a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to the next meeting-of-the-people-much-smarter-than-I

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