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I love it. Part of why I love it is that it is constant, enforced learning. Don't know how X works, but think it would be helpful? Start learning! There's new technology to be aware of? Start learning! That's me in a nutshell -- that's what I want to do forever, and they are paying me to do it. I'm new to enterprise systems, and I'm new to working with this BIG of a company, so it's a lot to learn.

What I really, really don't know anything about, though, is the etiquette of being a sysadmin in this larger enterprise setting. You have to have meetings, and make reports to people. You're responsible for relaying communications between departments to the people who make decisions. You have to learn where your own decision making power stops. I don't really mind any of this, but I don't always check in when I should, or push for a meeting when I need it. My previous work had me set up as an island, wherein I provided solutions and worked with everyone, yes, but I had no support or responsibility outside myself. I like this better, even though it's a new learning curve with boundaries.

I'm in an awkward position, though, where my boss is also the only other IT staff. Concurrently, he's the VP of Operations, so he doesn't have time to be an IT guy; that's why he hired me. Often, I'm a little lost at sea determining what I really need his help with in understanding how stuff works, and where I should just figure it out on my own.

My reaction when I'm in a situation like this is to CONSUME ALL THE KNOWLEDGE. Books, manpages, forums, tutorials, &c. I try to slot this all in at work, so I'm not also working at home, but I like it enough that I break that rule plenty. I think, though, what I need the most is a mentor of some kind. Someone who DOES have time for me. Maybe I should find a support group for newbie sysadmins?

Outside work, life is good. We still love the area! I don't love paying for our house on top of our rent, as it turns out, but that was expected. We're still on the edge of our finances every month until the house goes away, which means we can't buy a bed, can't ship our things in from MN, can't start paying off debt accrued from the move, &c. &c. That's frustrating, and tiring. I fell asleep last night with the realization that if our house sold, we could have afforded a one bedroom here, with an office!

However, Gavin's not working yet (applying, however!) and if he finds work, no matter how little it pays, it will make an enormous difference. I'm also due for a potential raise once my "training-in period" is over in the middle of October. Fingers crossed!

Because of that, and because getting used to walking 2+ miles a day has been pretty hard on my dilapidated old body, we haven't done a lot of the requisite sightseeing. We're determined to drive down Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay some weekend, because I haven't seen the ocean yet. My co-worker declared I wasn't a real person yet, until I had!
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