Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cupcakes for the Upgrade; Are you going to SPR weekend Chicago?

This weekend we upgraded software package we use for tracking grants. There are four parts to my job; testing for the upgrade is one of them (documentation, training, and running the help desk for the software in question are the others).  The first release took 18 months; the second 7; this one took a little over 3 months.

I like to celebrate our releases with my coworkers, as many of them help me test. Here's how we celebrated yesterday:
cupcake-invite
The "picture" is from microsoft.com's free clipart.   I searched for cupcake, then selected "photo" as the type, and the image above was perfect.  I use a program called Snag-It to do annotated screenshots, and I used it to add the text to the invite.  Very easy.  I use microsoft's photos all the time for the covers of the documentation and for my training slides.  I try to add some humor; the last round I had my "small rodent" series (think squirrels, chipmunks); this time it's tropical islands, beaches, and palm trees.  It's a way for me to use my creative self in my work life.

So anyway, I bought 24 cupcakes from House of Cupcakes.  I wish you could smell them; they smell SO GOOD.
Cupcakes from House of Cupcakes



Cupcakes from House of Cupcakes

I had fun selecting them. Unfortunately, there were 11 left over.  Many are on a diet for new year's resolutions. :(    One of my resolutions is to eat better, but I'm not eliminating a daily treat! 

Hey, SPR weekend is Chicago this year!  Are you going??

6 comments:

  1. Hi Kyle, I live outside Chicago, so I'll be there assuming no job interferes with the schedule.

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  2. Didn't know that pr weekend was in Chicago. Would love to go,

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  3. Those look so delicious!! Too bad you had so many left, I would have had one for sure (maybe 2)!

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  4. I can practically smell those cupcakes. I would have helped you eat them!

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  5. I'm planning to go to Chicago! I hope you're planning to go. It was great meeting you in Philly last year. :)

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  6. Ooooh, cupcakes. I wouldn't have said no. I'll be out of the country for PR Weekend, I'm sorry I'll miss it.

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