Right on schedule

I didn’t PLAN on blogging once a week, but looks like that’s the schedule I’m on, as today is one week exactly since my last post. I’ll TRY to post more frequently, but I can’t make any promises. Anyway, it is WINDY again, and cold. It’s so windy that Riley doesn’t want to go outside. Well, he WANTS to go outside, but the wind deters him. Instead, he’s laying on the couch, just staring outside, as if he is trying to will away the wind and cold. Sorry, Riley, I’ve got news for you. It’s going to get a lot colder in the days to come.  I think he’s forgotten about last winter.  I haven’t.

Yesterday was a holiday – Columbus Day – and the library was closed.  Those kinds of holidays are great for me.  Most people are working – The Spouse, The Daughter, YS – so it makes the perfect day for working on projects that require taking down servers, switches, and the like.  With the help of the school district’s IT guy, I installed 3 new switches yesterday. What should have been a fairly easy, straightforward project turned into an all day ordeal. The switches had to be configured, so he hopped on that project while I disconnected cables from the old switches and removed the cable management system from the rack. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to bring the L-brackets necessary to mount the switches in the rack, so we had to leave the old switches in place so we cold set the new ones on top of them. Once we connected all the cables to the new switches, we discovered there was some sort of configuration problem, because we couldn’t get to them to manage them. Turns out they had been previously configured in such a way as to preclude this, so we had to do a little reconfiguring.

Once that was done, all was well, except that one of my servers was displaying errors. Again, a perfect day to work on these issues. I had my trusty former assistant stop over to help.  The cable management system was all jammed up, so I couldn’t pull the server all the way out and I had too much to do to spend a lot of time trying to solve it myself. He came over, disconnected the cable management system, and got the server free. I’d been getting RAM errors, so we opened it up, only to find out that one of the heat sinks from the RAID controller was not only not seated, one of the U brackets it hooked into was broken off – and sitting against the RAM chips. Hmmm, wonder if that had anything to do with the RAM errors. Fortunately, trusty former assistant is good with a soldering iron (I’m definitely not), so he resoldered the bracket onto the board, reseated the heat sink, and put it all back together. I had gone in at 10. It was 6:30PM before I left. One thing I had failed to do before I left was make sure that our library catalog server was up and running. It’s a virtual machine on a VMWare server. I had restarted the VMWare server, but not the virtual machines. Doh! So, that was the first thing I did this morning.  All is well now.

Funny, I had so many things I had planned to blog about, but I can’t remember a single one of them right now. I have to be at work in 50 minutes for an early meeting. I just love Tuesdays. I’ve been forewarned that this is going to be a long, arduous meeting. Ugh.

I’ve been listening to “Breath of Snow and Ashes” on my iPod. It makes me remember how much I love Diana Gabaldon. I can’t wait to finish BSOAA so I can start on her newest book – “An Echo in the Bone”. It is sitting next to my bed, just waiting for me to pick it up. I also just got copies of the first three books in the Outlander series. I had read the library’s books originally, then bought the next four for myself. I would like to reread them all, so I decided I needed to get the first three.  If you have not read her books, I highly recommend you go out today and get “Outlander” from your local library. If you like historical fiction, strong female characters, English and Scottish history (especially Highlanders), with a bit of mystery, medicine, romance, and time travel thrown in, then you will love this series. They are very well written, extremely historically accurate, scientifically accurate, and full of drama, intrigue, and more.  Run, don’t walk, to get Outlander.

Now, off to prepare for work.

The Benefit of the Doubt

I didn’t vote for him, and I have some trepidation about what he’s going to do with taxes, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. Everyone deserves that at first, don’t they? I hope I’m not just drinking the Kool-Aid, but I find myself actually hopeful – hopeful that he won’t be partisan, hopeful that he really WILL try to change things (I’m not so hopeful he’ll be successful only because I think Congress is full of a bunch of selfish, greedy, ne’er-do-wells), and hopeful that his election signals a move in our country away from race being an issue. I hope. I believe HE hopes. So, I”m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

I am really a sap, too. I got all misty watching the pomp and circumstance this morning. I don’t know why, but I got all choked up when Obama walked out, when he took the oath of office, choked up when Bush and he met and shook hands… it’s all quite moving, really…this peaceful transfer of power, this election of an African-American. Really shows what a great country this is, despite our differences.

I’m hopeful and I’m giving President Obama the benefit of the doubt – for now. I hope he comes through for us all.

How Lame Am I?

Wow, this is ridiculous.  It has been over two months since my last post. I should just stop blogging altogether, but I can’t quite bring myself to do that.  Anyway, thank you to those of you who have commented and emailed me asking if I’m okay.  Yes, I’m fine, just horrendously busy.  I have been so busy I haven’t even READ a blog, let alone posted to one.  I don’t quite understand how life got so crazy.  I have a lot to report on, especially my trip to Paris, but I don’t have time today.  My assistant is leaving (tomorrow is his last day) so I’m training his replacement.  It’s really, really, REALLY busy!

On another note, I had lunch today with Rosemary and a fellow blogger – CS of Pitted Windshields.  It was the first time Rosemary and I had met CS, so it was lots of fun.  She is ADORABLE and very nice and every bit as terrific as her blog makes her seem.

Well, I have a crisis to deal with right now, so I have to go.  I am in the process of posting photos from our trip and will post the link in the next few days.

And for the record, Paris was AWESOME!