It’s Friday. December 20…the last day of the school year for my kids and we wake up to no power, rain, and 40 degree temps. On the way to school my 6-year old daughter threw up in the car. Huh…one of those days.

But you know what’s great about today? Voting for the first annual Tribal Awards opens. Not sure what those are? Check out one of these posts at SQLServerCentral or Simple-Talk. Why am I mentioning it? (And why am I asking so many questions this morning?!) Well, I was nominated for something…which is really, really cool. I consider it a huge compliment to have individuals who attended my Extended Events session at the PASS Summit nominate it for best presentation, and it’s even more humbling when you see the other speakers on the ballot. I did not see everyone else’s session (except Dr. DeWitt’s, which I live-blogged), but I know Rob Farley, Steve Jones, and Neil Hambly to be great speakers with deep technical knowledge. I find myself in good company, and I am honored. And I have Rob to thank for helping me make my presentation better. The day before my session at Summit, I spent about an hour with Rob talking through it, asking for his feedback and insight. Thank you, Rob!

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to my SQLskills team members for their nominations. Glenn, Kimberly, and I each have one, and Paul and Jonathan each have three. I am so incredibly proud of our team and everything that we’ve accomplished this year.

Congratulations to all nominees in all categories, and if you want to vote, you can use this link. And in case I don’t post again before the end of the year, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for reading, and here’s to an amazing 2014!