And it’s Saturday, and I’ve got a small cold, or allergies kicking in kind
of hard. Do. Not. Want! At least it waited til the weekend to kick in.
Hoping it passes on through before Monday.
Had a pretty good week at Carcosa. Spent most of my time on Windows 2008
servers, because the universe has a twisted sense of humor. Got my first
full paycheck on Thursday, which was nice…both for financial reasons,
and that I could put a hard number in the ‘income’ field on my budget. Yay
monies. Was also highly social this week, Sunday dinner with the
Musketeers, Wednesday hangout with Amythest, dinner with my friend who
got me the job at Carcosa, and his wife on Thursday, and hangout with
some other friends last night. Yay socialness, though I’m glad I have today
to hermit and chill.
Upgraded the RAM on Hydra this morning, went from 4 gigs to 12 gigs. Planning
on migrating the on-all-the-time server VMs I host on Dagon over, maybe
today. I am working on my usual VM upgrades. I had a fairly long list of
chores to do today, but I think I’m going to just do what I can as
I feel up to it. The only downside is I’m kind of lacking in foodstuffs,
as I was planning on going to the store today. Oh well, I’ll improvise
and/or order in.
That’s about it for today. Quiet Saturday at home with computers and movies.
Wish me luck on feeling better, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.
Week three has started. I had a major case of the insecures about if I
could do a good enough job at Carcosa. No specific reason, just me
being insecure. Do not like, but it’s part of my messed up brain meats.
Hopefully as time passes I’ll be less twitchy.
Saturday and Sunday I was social. Saturday I visited some friends,
introduced them to ‘Deathgasm’ and was entertained by kitties. Sunday
was laundry, NCIS episodes (almost caught up), and me taking Amythest
and Nymaz out to dinner as a late celebration of gainful employment.
We went to local hibachi place, so dinner and a show. Had sushi as
well, my usual yellowtail, eel, and as is my habit, I orded something
new to me, tamagoyaki (chicken egg omelette). Oh that was good, very
sweet and eggy. Definitely will be adding it to my usual orders. The
hibachi was pretty good, tasty. Added to my ‘try new things’ zuchini.
I’m not a veggie fan, but it was ok. Wouldn’t go out of my way to have it,
nor would I turn my nose at it either. Was fun in general, got to hang
out with my bestest buddies. Oh yeah, and I fixed Amythest’s Windows
issue before I packed up my laundry and headed home.
Work was well, work. Once I got there and got moving my anxiety and
feelings of ‘imposter syndrome’ went away. Got two good walks in,
got the keys to a few more things, as well as SOP for fixing some things.
Was going to go by the store after work, but by the time I drove by I
just wanted to go straight home. So I did. I’ll be surprised if I’m not
in bed by 7:30. So hope everyone is doing ok, and I’ll ramble later on
Well, the second week of Carcosa Corp is over. Lots of meetings over
the last couple of days, still getting all my ducks in a row. My workload
is increasing, but I’m also getting more used to the pacing. Test on a
development box and verify it works in general, then test on a staging
server, and let the developers verify it does what they want, on the
same exact config as production. Then schedule an update during a window
and verify again. It’s very different than what I’m used to, but then
again this is a whole different ball of wax. I keep saying that, and it’s
starting to sink in. Next week I get to play cable monkey, but I’m only
tracing patch cables and moving them from one switch to another. Again,
not my choice of fun, but I feel more motivated here, and not just for
the moneys, but because I like my coworkers. That’s pretty good motivation.
Speaking of monies, I got paid yesterday, paper check. That’s…different. (direct deposit should
kick in in a week or two). Not quite a full week, but a nice chunk of
change. Mostly either going to pad the savings, or pay down credit cards.
Going to spoil myself a little too, a smidge. *grin* I deserve it.
Tonight is watching ‘The Thing’ (both the 1982 and the recent prequel),
updating stuff, fixing some stuff for a friend of mine, general tinkering.
How to relax on a Friday when you’re a geek. Tomorrow is adulting during
the day, and visiting some friends I haven’t seen in too long in the
evening. Fun fun fun. Then next week it’s back to work, and getting
stuff in order. Go me! And on that note, I’m calling this a post. Catch
you all later.
Few days into week two at Carcosa Corp. Things are still mostly good,
there are some ‘meh’ things, but nothing that will normally stick in my
head. Trying to squeegee them out of the brainmeats. Nothing to
worry about…if I compared the stressors to late era Shoggoth Pitness,
it’s a whole different, sunny world. With grilled cheese whenever I want
them. *wink* (ok referring to Carcosa as ‘sunny’ is kind of odd, even if
it has two suns)
Outside of Carcosa, not much has been going on. Sleeping pretty ok,
especially getting up early (for me). I get a good chunk of down time
between leaving work and bed time, so I can read or watch TV/movies.
Once I get settled to the schedule, I’ll probably start occasionally
being social during the work week. Eventually. Today I felt going to
Wally World was big enough of a challenge.
That’s about it for today/this week so far. I am looking forward to the
weekend. Down time and social time in equal measure, with a side of laundry.
For now, I’ll finish watching Egyptology shows, grab a shower and hide in the
land of books. Catch you all later.
Well Saturday has been a tad more mixed emotionally. Slept soso, woke up
early, before 10. (Early for a Saturday at least). Got up, decided I would
be semi-social and go see Star Wars VII with some friends again. Since
I had time to kill, I decided to watch episode VI. Figured out the big
celebration scene at the end = emotional rollercoaster for me lately,
seems every time I’ve seen it lately, I’ve teared up or cried. Not sad, but
emotional. Had a nice cry, then got a couple of errands done, and
headed to the theater.
I enjoyed VII as much as the first time, it’s not a perfect movie, but none
of the Star Wars movies are perfect. I saw a lot more easter eggs, and I
appreciated the characters, both old and new more. Favorite is still
Poe Dameron (or as I say in my head Edgar Allan Poe-Dameron), but I’ve
always wanted to fly a X-Wing. Plus he’s what the prequel trilogy needed,
someone with a bit of swagger in them. After the movie I had to take
off, needed to drop some stuff off with Amythest. When I left the
theater my anxiety spiked up, and my moodyness reared it’s head. No reason,
unlike the stressors at work. But, I took my happy pill, and skipped
out on the errands I had originally planned for post movie. Now I’m home.
Going to take it easy for tonight,
finish up the VM updates, probably going to stick to watching
movies tonight. There’s a new horror flick on demand, ‘Jeruzalem’ which
is the first Israeli horror movie I think I’ve heard of (though there
has to be more). Probably will go to head with book fairly early, like
last night. Catch you all later.
It’s Friday night, and I’ve survived my first week at Carcosa Corp. Today
was another decent day, finished up that Exchange issue, well it’s pending
the people who are going to use it testing it, but it worked for me.
Had one meeting and one conf call, where I got to see some of the virtual
guts of the setup. I forget how much stuff you can monitor with Cacti besides
network stats. Day went by pretty quick, I turned in my hours to both my
manager and to the staffing firm (guess they need a name too). Left
at 5, came home, made a quick lazy dinner and have been watching movies.
So, one week. So what’s the verdict? It’s different. If there was a
scale of corpness, with a company run by Discordians on one end, and
the Laundry on the other…well the Shoggoth Pit would be about 1/3rd of
the way on the curve towards utterly random, and Carcosa is about 2/3rds
of the way towards Bob Howard’s average days. This is _not_ a complaint,
I keep saying this, but it’s just not what I’m used to. Also, the
pacing is different. For years, if I was asked ‘What have you done?’,
I’d have to come up with a laundry list of tickets and issues I solved
to be ok. Carcosa is slower paced, with more double and triple checks,
meetings to make sure that everyone is on the same page. So instead of
leaping to fix a problem, and later figuring out that the fix was something
else, they test, they research, and they have the infrastructure setup so
that unless things are really buggered, we think twice, fix once. I think
once I stop feeling the urge to go 110mph, I’ll be comfortable. Also,
my team are a fun bunch, and the other people I’ve interacted with so far
are pretty friendly. There’s a cafetera downstairs that’s pretty decent,
and I don’t mind hanging out with my coworkers, vs my usual sitting at
my desk in a book. Plus the 15 min commute doesn’t hurt.
So long paragraph short, I like this place. I’m sure there will be things
that get on my nerves, but that’s life. And I don’t want to get too
attached, as it is a 6 month contract. We’ll see how things go.
Otherwise, things are pretty kosher. I’ve lost a couple of pounds, I’m
sleeping less but not having crazy times waking up. Less Code Red, and
less snacking. I haven’t been walking much, but I’m still moving around a
bunch, and I added a notification on my workstation to remind me to get up
and move around every hour. All good things. So, I’m going to have a
nice relaxing weekend, and I’ll catch you all later.
Well, the job has an official nickname. ‘Carcosa Corporation’ Not for any bad reasons, but because of a flood of King in Yellow references lately in my life. (New book edited by Joe Pulver, audiobook given to me by Amanda Downum, watching ‘True Detective’ the day of the phone interview). No one walks around in a pallid mask or in ragged yellow robes…but it is only the first week. Expect a real post in a while about my first week. *waves tentacles*
Day three was alright. Got some stuff setup, did 90% of an exchange
foo change, we were unable to test it due to bigger issues coming up at the
end of the day. First real experience with Powershell, I’m pretty sure it
will make more sense than the Windows GUI to me. Also started reading up
on Ansible, which they use. No cables, which is a plus.
Came home after a quick store run, had to deal with Aetna insurance, which
has upped my stress level. I feel like yelling at people, but I was
good and didn’t scream at the CS person. It should be fixed, well for
January. Then I have to call back in Feb, then maybe in March will the
autobilling be fixed. *facetentacle*
Oh well, it’s done. Tomorrow is Friday, Friday good. No real plans for the
weekend, I think I’ll mostly be at home and vegging. It’s not been a
bad week, just so much change. And on that, I’m going to change into a
pumpkin. Night gang.
Day two was alright. A little harder to wake up, work itself was mostly ok.
Two meetings, more tinkering with Outlook/Exchange, and a case of the
flashbacks. One of the other admins asked me if I could help him with
Can I help run some cable?
As most of you will recall, I hate running cable. Least favorite task
by far. But, Admin#2 is a nice guy, and it’s day 2, so I put on my
positive face and we got to work. First time I’ve run cable under a
raised floor. Had flashbacks to ‘Aliens’ when I had to stick my head
under the floor to hand off cable. Neither of us were having fun, so
we snarked about it, something I couldn’t do with exboss #1 at the Pit.
I did have a few ouchies, once was I was further under the floor than I
thought, and I felt stuck and claustrophobia said hi. I also leaned
wrong on my rib cage, and one of my ribs shifted. Owowow. Not a break,
not even a bruise, just…shift = ow. Oh well, we got them done. And while
it wasn’t what I wanted to do, it was good to be helpful, and to have
tricks up my sleeve that made things easier. Oh yeah, and duct tape is
great to block where cable was hanging up. I have mad improv skills.
I left closer to 5, was chatting with coworkers. Got a little turned
around trying to get to the road home, tried to find a new route. Oh
well, I’m home now. Package waiting at the apartment office, and a note
from some of my favorite Cthulhu folks. Going to watch some brain candy
tv, eat some dinner and probably go to bookland early.
Weekend plans are to pretty much be a bum around Château Innsmouth. I
need to probably do a major store run…I keep wanting to do it after
work, but again I’m drained (and sore). Not that I’m _needing_ anything
emergency wise, I’m just running low on stuff. Maybe tomorrow or
Friday, or this weekend. We’ll see. Ok, going to call this a post.
Catch you all later.
First day, and like most firsts, it was kind of challenging. I slept ok,
got up on time without issues, stopped by the store to grab a soda and a
notepad, since I didn’t have any, and got to work on time. Badge to
get into the building wasn’t setup, but the Project Manager for my
group was in, so I got in. (I should get my badge tomorrow). Had
foo with my workstation, but our desktop support guy worked out a fix,
and later figured out it was an image install issue. Nice workstation,
i5, 8 gigs of ram, 3 monitors (one 4×3, 2 widescreen). Windows, but
Day went by fairly quick, two meetings, one ticket pseudo assigned to
me to do research on, lunch with the two other admins and the PM, and
much arguing with Outlook and Exchange and SMB, fixed the SMB, gave up
on the mail issues after I was there late waiting on Exchange to make
up it’s mind after the 3rd attempt. Came home, now I’m writing this…
mostly to get things out of my skull.
The job will be…challenging for me. Not the work itself specifically,
though I expect that to have it’s own challenges. It’s the fact that
this company is run very ‘Big Business’, and I’m used to ‘Small Business’.
I’m used to fixing my own systems, installing my own software, dealing with
issues on the fly, etc. New company is more structured, more belief in
meetings and accountability and…general structure. This isn’t bad,
actually it’s good…as I haven’t worked like this in over a decade. It’s
just a little anxiety inducing to look at things their way. Luckily, I
have meds for that. And I have good coworkers, and good support people
(aka you guys). It will be ok. Just have to work on that being
So, that’s day 1. I’m going to go nuke my leftover Chinese food, watch
something silly, take a hot shower and crash. Catch you all tomorrowesque,
when Vulpine has his first ‘Stand Up’ meeting.