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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.

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. Rob

    Safe travels Rob. We’re off to Chicago as well. Need my annual cold fix to remind me why I love South Florida.

  2. Jarrad Italia

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

    Would be really appreciated.

    Have a great Christmas.

    1. powerpivotpro

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

  3. Colin Michael

    Have a great Christmas, don’t bustle too much :-) I may do a little PowerPivotPro Online University during my vacation… or I might just hibernate. We’ll see!

  4. Mike Frank

    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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