Author: Aaron Bertrand

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January 2023

I realize I’ve neglected this blog and I’m going to try to be better about it this year. I’ll start with the bad; I was quite disappointed to read Amazon’s announcement that they are...

Honored… to not win a trophy

Last week, I blogged about my Leadership Award for writing 200 tips at MSSQLTips.com. I’m pretty proud of that award, as it represents a lot of work over a dozen years, and I know...

Welcome to the family, Bob Cajun!

Today we brought home a freshly-minted cavapoo puppy we named Bob. Bob Cajun, to be more precise. Not a traditional dog name, for sure. What’s in a name? A lot. Our friends Matt and...

Master Closet Remodel

I recently blogged about what we’ve been doing with more time at home due to the pandemic. One of the things on my list was remodeling our master closet. When we walked through before...

Aaron’s Eggs

We make eggs a lot, and we like a little spice, so here’s my recipe. Leave out the hot things if you don’t like spice. I like a large non-stick pan, and a silicon...

Scenes from Bergen, Norway – Part 2

Flying into Bergen reminded me of flying into Seattle, except all those hills and islands were bare and green instead of peppered with houses over every square inch. There is no practical way to...

Scenes from Bergen, Norway – Part 1

This week I was in Oslo for SQLSaturday #667 – I gave a pre-con on Friday, then two regular sessions and a vendor spotlight on Saturday. I posted my regular session slide decks and...

Please Stop Abusing BCC

I’m involved with many e-mail distribution lists, and use incoming rules to direct those messages – based on To/CC – to a specific folder. Every few days, one of the lists I’m involved in...

Alexis Sutorius

At the beginning of September, I lost a dear friend and fellow nerd, Andy Sutorius. He passed away in his sleep from a heart condition that he kept very private. Our friendship goes back...

Where I was on 9/11

Luke & I – September 2001 About a week before that fateful day 15 years ago, I landed at MSP to meet with my good friend Luke Magnus. We were in a group of...

Real-Life Road Apples

The album that drew me in I jumped with joy when a package arrived today. But I didn’t jump very high, because my heart is heavy.

A Week in Poland, Part 2 : Auschwitz I

I feel all kinds of different emotions for all kinds of different people – sorrow, envy, pity, joy. But nothing is as breathtaking as stepping inside a concentration camp, and the inevitable and involuntary...

A Week in Poland, Part 1 : Wrocław

This week I’ve been in Poland – for the first half of the week I spoke at SQLDay in Wrocław, and now I’m doing some tooling around the country. This was some fantastic isolated...

Recovering old photos

So these jerks over at “New Ventures Corp” scooped up my domain (aaronbertrand.com), are squatting on it, and won’t entertain offers < $500 USD. So, they can keep it. I thought that all of...

A March 2015 Update

Way behind on posting photos, sorry. Mixture in here of pictures from our curling trip this weekend and the month or so leading up to it. UPDATE 2015-03-25 : Added some pictures from Casey:

CanAm Cup 2015

This weekend we had our first full-family road trip since Nora was born. The occasion? Our annual curling pilgrimage. What a blast! While I finished second for at least the 5th year in a...

Madeline’s first haircut

Since she was born, Madeline had never had her hair cut. Lost plenty to hair ties and brushes, of course. This past weekend we decided to go with Michelle and Jen so Madeline could...

Madeline at Disney on Ice

Just wanted to share this quick video of Madeline singing along to “Let it Go” at Disney on Ice in Providence last week. [wpvideo iRIfpD3E]

Madeline turns two!

Madeline had a Sesame Street-themed birthday party this year! Lots of folks came – Mem, Pepe, Liza, Beaug, Sue, Tim, Olivia, Pookie, Lis, Jackson, Michelle, Jen, Henry, Scott, Kristy, Bryce, Rowan. We also had...

My Cup Runneth Over

I’ll be the first to admit—I was nervous about having another baby. I had so many concerns: how would another baby affect our current easy, breezy family dynamic? And how in the world could...

Yard fun, a recital, and Davis Farmland

We’ve been taking advantage of the great weather. A few shots from the yard last weekend: And yesterday we did bacon and French toast on the grill; smashing success! A recital – sort of...

Madeline’s in the Pool

My family took Madeline swimming while we were up in Canada last weekend. Here are the pictures they took:

Can Am Cup 2014

Last weekend, we headed up to Canada for the 7th annual Can Am Cup. The trip didn’t start off great – Nicole got a ticket in New York State, not far from her debacle...

Unboxing the new Mac Pro

I talked at great length in January about the new computer I ordered on December 20th. Today, it finally arrived. Unboxing I took a few pictures as I pulled the box apart and changed...

Italy, September 2013

Sorry it took such a long time to get to these, but here are our pictures from Rome / Vatican City, Pompeii, Positano / Capri, Capo Rizzuto, Alberobello, and Venice. This is a small...

Deer Michigan, I liked SQL Saturday, but…

(Yes, the typo in the title was intentional.) I had a fantastic time at SQL Saturday #256 this weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Great event, hilarious after-party, and some of the best hospitality you’ll ever...

Halloween 2013

For Halloween this year we decided to act as if Madeline and Henry were twins or siblings (as they pretty much are) and dress them up as a costumed pair. At first, we planned...

Madeline turns one!

Our little Madeline has come a long way. These are similar photos at 3 months and at one year… she still loves the light Pepe put up for her (click either to enlarge): Here...

An update for August

Finally catching up on a whirlwind month. First, I wanted to be sure we posted a 9 month picture of Madeline, from June 28th, which we missed in our last couple of updates:

Catching Up

Summer moves quickly. We had Henry’s birthday, July 4th, a trip to Canada… lots of pictures to show but I’ll save the stories for real time.

Madeline’s Last Swim Class…for now!

This past weekend was Madeline and Henry’s last swim class of the season. They both have made so much progress and love the water…which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great that...

Northern Ireland

This weekend I spoke at SQL Saturday #229 in Dublin, and Sunday I went with Magda and her son Mattie to Giant’s Causeway and the 13th Century Dunluce Castle.

Objections to the new Mac Pro?

Yesterday at WWDC Apple announced and gave a sneak peek of the new Mac Pro, which I have been waiting for for a couple of years. For background, here is my current setup, an...

Lots of pictures from Alaska

I spent last week in Alaska with a bunch of friends on SQL Cruise. We left Seattle and headed to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. This was the same itinerary as the trip...

Reflecting on an amazing comeback

A week ago today, I was watching the Boston Bruins on the brink of yet another crushing series loss that had started so well. Even winning a Cup in the meantime, there is still...

Madeline’s first swim class

Today was Madeline’s first swim class. Henry had started last week and tested the waters for us (see what I did there?). The kids are so close in age that it’s easy to compare...

My trip to the UK

Sorry, this particular post is not about Madeline, though I miss her very much! I am currently in Manchester, UK, heading home tomorrow. I’m on a work trip but got to see a variety...

Pepe’s tree is finally planted

So it took a couple weeks before Briggs had any worthwhile trees in stock, but yesterday Pepe and Madeline were finally able to plant their Christmas tree in our yard – a nice blue...

Easter Sunday

We got up at the usual time and had our coffee: Then we went over to Mem and Pepe’s for Easter festivities. Watched some kid videos, blew bubbles in the yard, even watched some...

What Easter egg hunt?

Today we went to Diamond Hill State Park with Michelle and Henry for their annual Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately when we looked up the information last week, the first result showed March 31st, but...

What’s up with Madeline?

It’s been a while since our last update. We had a great trip to Canada after Christmas, but then January and February were filled with lots of changes – Nicole went back to work,...