Hey there readers – I know, I'm horrible at blogging. It's been a very busy year actually. First of all, I have to work with Paul… and Jonathan… and [update] Glenn…  that doesn't help. ;-) ;-) ;-)

Seriously though, it's been hard to "do it all" – we've had a bunch of Immersion Events (which I organize – and which takes a large amount of time… wow!), and we've been planning our 2013 schedule for IEs, plus I also act as the CFO (handling all of the financials for the company of now 7 total employees – this has been exciting to say the least [we have the most amazing team!!!]). And, I'm also working on our courses for Pluralsight (I should have my first one out there soon). Then, add in keeping up with SQL Server and everything that's going on technically (which is a job in and of itself, eh?). Oh, and have a life. Which, I've been trying to do a bit more of. I've been trying to work out and get a bit healthier and it's slowly paying off (I'm down 20 lbs but I have a scary 50 more to go…). So, something had to go and well, blogging is an easy thing for me to cut. Why? I'm very self-conscious of my writing and as a result, I'm SUPER slow at it (I can't even tell you how many times I re-read/re-write a post). So, blogging is actually a bit painful (and possibly even scary) for me. To make some of you completely laugh – I find blogging WAY worse than standing up and giving a lecture… even one at a large event. I find it easier to present than to write. No, seriously. I do.

But, I digress. I guess I just wanted to let you know why it's been so long since I last wrote a *real* blog post. And, this one probably isn't going to qualify as a real one either as it's just about upcoming events. But, a couple of them are FREE (one in Omaha and one in NY [with other events all over the country]) and all of them will be fun. So, if you're in any of these locations or are still planning some of your training budget for the remainder of the year – I hope to see you at one of these events!

Tuesday evening October 9, Omaha, NE – Omaha SQL/BI User Group
@PaulRandal, @SQLPoolBoy, @JosephSack and I will all be presenting some of our favorite features in a fun evening UG hosted by FCSA. Here's the link:
http://www.omahamtg.com/Events.aspx?ID=174

Thursday evening, October 18, New York City, NY – DotNetRocks Road Trip
I will be chatting with my DNR (dotNetRocks) friends at the Microsoft offices in NYC (one of my favorite places!). But, there are TONS of these Road Trip (or is it Tripp?) stops all over the country. Check out the #dnrRoadTrip here: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/roadtrip.aspx and sign up for our FREE NY event here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032529023&Culture=en-US&community=0.

Sunday, October 28 through Friday, Nov 2, Las Vegas, NV – SQLConnections
Sunday, October 28 – Precon workshop with @SQLPoolBoy and I: SPR201: Leveraging SQL Server 2012 Features and Tools (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Monday, October 29 – Precon workshop: SPR202: Optimizing Procedural Code: How to Create High Performance Procedures (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) 
Tuesday, October 30 – Microsoft Day
Wednesday-Thursday – Conference sessions…from @PaulRandal, @SQLPoolBoy, @BrentOzar, @SQLAgentMan, @GunneyK and a bunch of other great folks. It will be a great time for sure. And, what happens in Vegas…
Friday, November 2 – Postconference workshops: SPS302: How to Make SQL Queries Faster (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) by @BrentOzar and SPS201: MDX, DAX, and DMX: Understanding the Languages of BI (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) by @StaciaMisner

And, that's it for our (@PaulRandal and I) events for the rest of the year. No, we won't be at PASS this year (but @ErinStellato and @GlennAlanBerry from SQLskills will be!!). To be honest, when they sent out the speaker requests, we were pretty burned out. And, with Connections only the week prior, we just couldn't do another event this fall. But, that's certainly another SQL event for many of you. And, a fun one for sure.

So, thanks for reading. I do plan on resuming my technical posts. I do have quite a backlog… even a couple of where in the world posts (with lots of photos) are on that list!

Again, thanks for reading!!
kt