Friday, December 12, 2014


Since I love my new job, TGIF takes on a whole new meaning for me now.  On the one hand, I look forward to heading to my office on campus each day where there's always a new adventure waiting. But on the other hand, sleeping in is another one of my favorite things to do in life and I would sleep until 8:00 a.m. every single day given the opportunity.  (Unfortunately, weekends and holidays are the only times I get to sleep in these days.)  So for me Friday is just the big "heads up" that sleeping in is just around the corner - but that also involves missing my campus office.  *cue the sappy violins*

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Life of an IT'er

Today I've been blessed to "man" a student lounge and a college art gallery so that students will have tech support while accessing wireless internet hot spots.  (That really should be "woman" or "person" the places, but somewhere/somehow "man" became the term for doing what I'm doing.)  And it's all good.  Not only am I helping these college women by answering their questions ("Is the lab open for printing?" and "Can I sit here?"), but I'm getting all kinds of emails answered from my multitude of mailboxes and catching up on Words with Friends.  Oh and facebook, let's not forget that one.  All of this while eating my favorite Vic's popcorn and Cheese-It Party Mix salty snack.  This IT'er is really feeling all spoiled-like.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Being All Thankful

This week is the week of Thanksgiving, and I have so much to be thankful for this year - including actual holiday pay!  As a self-employed person, holiday pay did not exist unless I worked during that time.  But this year, I will have 2 days of lounging in the comfort of my home and getting paid while doing so.  Now if that isn't a good reason for being employed than I really don't know what is.

Meanwhile, I've been fighting an online "fire" so to speak and getting pretty annoyed by it, as a solution is not forthcoming and I feel like I'm beating my head against a wall.  The worst part is that it seems to keep growing and becoming a worse headache for me as time goes by.  What is it?  Well, our merchant account on disabled SSLv3 support and now when a user attempts to make an online payment, they receive the error, "The client and server cannot communicate, because they do not possess a common algorithm."  I'm googling and working with the server dude to try to come up with a fix for this problem, but it's not coming easily.

Did I mention that I love my job?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Speaking of NEW

... I got a new job starting at the end of September 2014!  Woohoo!!  Which brings me back to blogging again since I'm not all distracted by other activities in and around my Home Office.  So things have changed dramatically over the past couple of months, but for the good of everyone involved.  Besides the fact that I'm bringing home a big fat paycheck to add to our family income, here are some other noticeable changes that have taken place:

  • Replaced our old junker van with a fancy new Honda CRV so we're no longer struggling to transport everyone here and there, including to school/work/home
  • Added 3 new cell phone lines to my Verizon line changing it to a shared family plan so we now have reliable lines of communication, another problem we've been fighting against with previous AT&T GoPhone service
  • Mixed up chores with Hubs so that laundry and diswashing are ongoing, thankfully because my biggest fear was that "house would fall down" with me no longer home to keep things going
  • Paid off recently aquired debt (Peep's wisdom teeth extraction) and in the process of paying of medical bills associated with emergency surgery that took place the week before I started my new job (oldent Peep's unexpected event)
  • Adjusted work/commute schedules so that we can still have a decent home-cooked meal on the table before 6:00 p.m.
And with that I must get back to my work, in my away from home office, where I'm fighting a website "fire" so to speak.  TGIF!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year, New You

Here's my recommendation on this whole "new you" topic: Spread some goodness in the world all year long instead of focusing on weight, success, smoking, etc.  In case you haven't already figured it out, the universe does not revolve around your personal wants, needs, and/or fitness goals.  Everyone has a personal "fix" they need to address, unless you're Angelina Jolie or George Clooney, of course.  Instead, why not make the new year about being a better person to others?

Pay it forward. Give a compliment. Say a prayer for someone. Expect less. Be nice. Open a door. Offer up your seat. Tip generously. Say "thank you" and "you're welcome."  The list goes on and on.

I'm thinking a ginormous amount of happiness could result - as opposed to the inevitable breaking of a resolution too unattainable to keep.  Alert the media?  Let me know how you do on this.