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I am a Leaf on the Wind

Posted on 2008.01.06 at 16:04
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Newman - Serenity
Why, when I talk about faith, do you always assume I'm talking about God?

I haven't quite come to the realization that I work for a living. I've been off for so long that its been...difficult getting back into the swing of things. I was at work three days last week. I was hoping those three days would get me fired up. Failing that, I was anticipating this weekend would do the same for me. Both drained me further.

I am hopeful, though. Lots of fun activities in the wings. drax0r is out this week touring the Northeast. I may triple my output this week. Prime the pump so to speak. Help me set a pace for the rest of the year.

I took advantage of having drax0r's iBook at my house since the party, and not having my own working OSX system to configure wireless access throughout the house. I haven't had a notebook on my lap while sitting on the couch since I left STL. I sure hate XP. My Windows box is the more powerful box I have, and it does things much speedier than my mini - but I'm saddled with having to run iTunes on Windows. It does so much better on OSX. I pity the fools who run iTunes on Windows. They have no idea.

I'm talking myself into a new Mac. I just wish I could salvage the old one. Put it in the kitchen with a small 12" LCD for the wizzle. She'd dig that. Make my iTunes directory network accessible for her. I could accomplish all that for about a grand.

Right after I finish all those other $1000 projects I want to do.

Its been hard here lately because we rolled our own escrow. And in order to ensure 20% down on the house, we paid no taxes at closing. Which mean we had to save a years worth in four months. We paid them this past week. My wife deserves all the credit for her...creative budgeting.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - 2008 is going to be an awesome year. I'm even excited about going to work tomorrow now that I've taken the time to write this all down. I have a new boss, and he's great. Lots of good ideas. I still get to interact with my old boss, which is more awesome than words allow. And oh the toys! I'm building a Solaris 10 x86 jumpstart server which will install both architectures, and then cloning it for deployment to Andover, where drax0r is. Maybe I ought to finish it up before he gets back? Triple my output.

As long as I at least keep going through the motions, eventually everything else will catch up. And once things fall into place, I'll be unstoppable.

You guys have been a blast. Thanks for joining me on this ride we call life.


snapper521 at 2008-01-07 01:57 (UTC) (Link)
I tend to disagree. I haven't been a blast... I've just popped in here and there, bugged you... :-)

Busy busy Howton... :-) I hope you have the emotional and physical fortitude to stand up to the constant stress etc... I fear someday that you will have a break down or something... I fear the same thing for Tomas, but less for him because he is younger. Hasn't had the amount you have. Of course perhaps I should reverse that and say I am more concerned for him because he hasn't had the "experience" with dealing with stress as often as you? *shrug* I dunno whatever.

I'll catch you later. All I talk about is Tomas lately... its what comes of not talking to him (seriously talking to him) for several days.
ehowton at 2008-01-07 02:05 (UTC) (Link)
Talking about Tomas exclusively is perfectly acceptable under a very specific set of circumstances.

I worry about my physical health only. I am currently under the least amount of stress I've been under in at least three years. Go me. Now its time to take care of the physical me.

Though Tomas is younger, he's takes everything far more personally. Its a shortcoming of youth.
snapper521 at 2008-01-07 02:37 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas takes things personally because (mind you this is a theory) of how many times he has been hurt by various things.

Meh. Clarification on the first portion of the comment would be very helpful kind Sir.

You are getting older. You won't be thin like when you were in the military so I'd be more likely to say "enjoy life, but don't be foolish in how much scotch you drink my friend". *shrug* Then again I tend to like me for me and not worry about how heavy I am as long as I stay under a set weight. Now if I were to go over that weight things would change. I would stop eating things like ice cream, walk more often etc... until the weight came off to where I was comfortable with myself. *shrug*

... I feel like I am running around the barn twice to go through it today...
irulan_amy at 2008-01-07 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure if talking about Tomas exclusively is acceptable under any circumstances. ;)
catttitude at 2008-01-07 03:18 (UTC) (Link)

I am a Leaf on the Wind

Slow down there hun, I'm still trying to save up for your digital camera.
ehowton at 2008-01-07 03:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I am a Leaf on the Wind

I'm just thinking ahead...
wardlejew at 2008-01-07 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
I've said it before and I'll say it again - 2008 is going to be an awesome year.

May the Force be with you!

The power of a positive attitude. Thank you for yours. It is infectious.
ehowton at 2008-01-07 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
And thank you sir for the encouragement!
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ehowton at 2008-01-07 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
Once you're recognised for both your can-do attitude as well as your technical prowess, you'll skyrocket. Unfortunately, you're currently working for a manager who's myopic view will eventually destroy him. There's not a doubt in my mind that you'll be the subject of bidding war when the time is right, and that my friend, is the rope-a-dope ;)
irulan_amy at 2008-01-07 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
A new Mac is definitely on my horizon. I've been using Windows for years, but Tim is proudly changing my computer operating system tune. If nothing else, I want a Mac so I can actually use the wireless we have in the house. I can't seem to get my laptop to communicate with the Airport thing - and having a laptop and having to drag the network cable around the corner so you can sit on the couch with it is just annoying.

So yeah, need to look into Mac laptops.

Can your wife teach me some creative budgeting?

Yay for 2008.

ehowton at 2008-01-07 22:45 (UTC) (Link)
I used to get so frustrated at mac being more a 'way of life' than a good O/S - people using mac because they want to represent something rather than actually be productive. All that's changed now. I'm twice as productive on OSX than I am on XP. OSX is the the de facto operating environment for our time.

Its strength is in its unix back-end, coupled with its silky-smooth user interface and lightweight code.

Edited at 2008-01-07 10:46 pm (UTC)
galinda822 at 2008-01-08 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for joining me on this ride we call life.

Sorry if the rides a little bumpy sometimes!
ehowton at 2008-01-09 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
galinda822 at 2008-01-09 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
Well that's just not nice! Bad kitty!!!!!!!!!
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