ralphm's blog

Wednesday, 31 December 2003

Goodbye 2003

Hello 2004!

Well, we are all set up over here. All ready to party ourselves into the new year, with a couple of good friends from my youth choir Zajebo. I think we bought way to much food and drinks, but we'll manage. Of course, I made two plates full of Oliebollen.

For me, 2003 was a pretty good year. I finally started doing my Masters' project (which is nearly finished), got my own apartment together with my girlfriend, and even became godfather of Maarten, my nephew.

On the Jabber front, I didn't do nearly as much as I had wanted to, but I got interviewed by offline stpeter for the Jabber Software Foundation website, got a lot of new Mimír users, and a lot more Jabber World Map inhabitants.

The coming year will be a good year, too. In february I will (finally) finish my Masters' and start working as a scientific programmer at TU/e, my own university, but in another faculty: Mechanical Engineering. It is something very different than I had imagined, but should prove very interesting.

Also, for those of you who didn't know yet: I am getting married next year. On Friday 13 August 2004 (yes, friday the 13th), my girlfriend Irma and I will be together for 10 years already, and thought that would be the best date to reaffirm our relationship and become a married couple. Let me tell you: it will be a great day with a good party!

Well, I wish you the best for 2004. Until then!

Thursday, 25 December 2003

Happy Christmas 2003

What more is there to say? Unlike many of you, I'll be spending my time at my computer, trying to write up good stuff for my thesis. But surely, I'll also do the regular stuff like eating at my parents', and spend time with my girlfriend at home. Next weekend, we'll take a little trip near the coast and away from the usual stuff. Then onto New Years Eve, with a party at our place. Should be fun!

PS. Don't forget to check out the Jabber Christmas Tree I've set up for the occasion again.