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Work is tiring! Last weekend we had kind of a major outage, naturally, this was while my boss was out of town, haha. I did some emergency fiddling and got the old backup service up and running so that no one was out for more than half the day. Today, my boss said that while he appreciated my initiative, I really should have e-mailed him and detailed the situation while it was happening, because he maybe could have fixed the main service instead (I don't have access to it, yet. Likewise, he hasn't been able to bring the main service back up for some reason).

I totally understand why he would have preferred an e-mail, and I'm kicking myself, but it is REALLY hard to shake the method and mental set I have from working in the Iron Range's culture so long, i.e. "NEVER escalate; figure out how to do it yourself, or you're just lazy." It doesn't help that my boss is just naturally intimidating, and rather stoic, so even minor critiques come across a little heavy. I don't know that explaining myself to him would help, though.

I feel upset. In trying to save him the hassle (knowing that he was crazy busy setting up a new office all the way across the country), and save the day for all our end users, I feel like I caused trouble somehow. Maybe I just need a thicker skin. I gotta remember, though I've done this type of work before, this environment is new; I'M new -- it's not even been two months. I probably shouldn't expect that I'll get it right all the time.

In happier news, the lady who owns and founded the company has been in the office this week, and I've been helping her transfer to a new computer and get used to some new software. She's been incredibly sweet, and told me I was doing a great job, in front of my boss even. That was a real relief!

Also, the rest of work has been going really well (as far as I know!) even with all the new hires and new problems that come with it. I'm in the middle of a big inventory restructure project, and that's going just fine. After this, I wanna ask if I can present some talks on security awareness, 'cause we're also in the middle of a giant influx of phishing spam.

Me. Asking if I can please present a talk. Therapy really does help.

Life at home is good! We got some hopeful news about selling our house, so my fingers are crossed SO HARD right now. Gavin's gotten into an awesome little hobby while all our usual hobby stuff is still in MN, and was also hired part time at a Starbucks just a block from where I work. That shit is AWESOME. Seeing him for lunch will make everything so much better. Not to mention the extra income!

My Bay Area friends are also great. The co-worker that got me the job offered me his piano for playing (after finding out I'd had to sell my Clavinova and all my sheet music, and that I hadn't really played in years, he was appalled and demanded I get on that), AND his dog for petting. The latter is probably the best thing ever. I am really, really missing having animals around. I didn't realize how important to me it really was. I seriously well up a little bit when I get to meet and pat a dog at my apartment.

I also found a patisserie that sells the BESSSST macarons. I also can't wait to try a cupcake!
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Work... )

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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Like my friend said!

We got desks and chairs, which is awesome. My butt is much happier -- the polished cement looks great, but it sucks to sit on! We're getting a bed tomorrow, which is even better. We still need a bevvy of odds and ends, but it's all coming together.

I'm a little anxious about finances. We had to dig into our line of credit for the deposit + first month rent, and we leaned pretty hard on our credit card our first weeks here (hotel stays/food/laundry). I feel like I just got solvent! I know it's all reasonable, and it'll get paid off (a lot of it is 100% deductible), I just hate the feeling of debt. It makes my teeth itch. We knew the first few months here would be kind of janky for money, the main thing is that in spite of that, things're so much better than they were.

Work continues apace. I'm really new to the whole mid-size enterprise office setting, so I find myself learning as much about office culture as I am about the systems I work on. The folks I sit next to are really helpful and aware though, plus funny, so it's been a good experience.

This afternoon, my boss set me some concrete projects in order of priority, which I really appreciate, though I am a nervous wreck around that man. He is super stoic, and while he's also nice and helpful, I cannot get a read on him. I never know if I'm frustrating him and he wishes he'd never hired me, or if things are going as expected, or what. He's very busy, too, which I suppose adds to the air of brevity. Today, though, he seemed to expect I already knew what I ought to be working on as a long-term project, and I felt the worst because I'd been staking out something totally different. I mean, chalk it up to only having been there three weeks, but I felt like I ought to have been more observant.

The Irish accent though? Is super cool. He also has a great sense of humor. I half-suspect he just doesn't do people very well, but I dunno. SO. STOIC.

Anyway, my side project is getting better at Linux. I've really had to hit the ground running with that in regards to the Linux administration. Apparently, I know more than everyone but a few people, which is... well. Happily, I have a really Linux-invested co-worker who is super nice and eager to help me fumble along. To that end, I'm gonna get a blog up and start keeping notes on it. My co-worker let me have space on the development team's wiki for my sysadmin notes at work, so that's great. I really want to keep up the documentation (because there was literally nothing for me when I started).

In area news: THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO DO. I need to start a list! I wanna go to the beach and see the ocean (for the first time. Ever.), I wanna go to Berkeley Bowl, I wanna see the zoo, and go to concerts, and go see redwoods, and take yoga classes, or tai chi, or BOTH. I wanna climb stuff, and get involved in an LGBTQ group, and and and... It's so exciting to live someplace this is all possible!

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