And I’m Back

Sometimes the creative juices just aren’t flowing, you know?  I’ve spent the last week and a half of non-blogging being sick, recovering from that, being productive, being stressed out more than I’ve possibly ever been by work, and planning a big recovery time frame for that.  It hasn’t been boring, that’s for sure.

My first inspiration after the glory of an ear infection was to start house projects.  It was beautiful weather, and sprucing things up inside and out seemed to be in order.  In three days, I wiped out more small tasks around the house than I’ve done in the last several months, including annoying jobs like switching out a toilet seat that wouldn’t stay attached to the toilet.  It was an adventure to sit on that toilet, but that’s not really what I want out of a bathroom experience.  Anyway, between that and planting seeds in pots and the yard and cleaning out my pantry that’s been a total wreck for months, I felt pretty accomplished at the end of the weekend.  It doesn’t hurt that some nice guy came to my house and mowed the lawn and edged and did 80% of the grass seed planting.

So that gets us to Monday morning.  I knew that this was going to be a big week at work, because we’re doing three major software upgrades.  That involves shutting down systems that our staff use every minute of every work day so that we can make changes, which in turn involves angry staff members, even if you do everything quickly and smoothly.

Yesterday was back up every file like your life depends on it day.  Today is server upgrade day.  Tomorrow is computer station upgrade installation day.  Thursday might be the day that involves me collapsing into my chair and hoping that nothing in the library system breaks.  Then again, it might not be that kind of day at all.  We won’t really know if yesterday’s file back-up went well until tomorrow, when installations are complete and we can step back to look at the finished project.

The important things have gone smoothly, but a few big bumps in the road have made work today more dramatic than most days.  The really not fun part is that whatever happens in the next few days, everyone knows that it’s almost all directly because of me.  When stuff breaks, there’s no way out, I’m just in trouble.  At least it’s motivational.  All problems have been promptly remedied so far.

There are lots of other things I could talk about if my brain weren’t fully occupied with thoughts about training servers and SQL and that kind of thing.  I went to see Fast Five this past weekend, and it didn’t disappoint.  I’ve enjoyed lots of hockey lately, even if the teams I’m cheering for don’t have super great luck.  And I really do love spring.  It makes dog walks more fun and neighbors friendlier.  Ooh, and my parents got me gift cards to clothing stores for my birthday and gave me permission to spend them pre-birthday.  I haven’t been clothes shopping in a while, so that’s pretty exciting.

That’s all we have time for today, folks.  I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be thinking about great stories tomorrow instead of broken servers.  For all of our sakes.

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