Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ending on a high note...

November 29 - Today I am thankful for being "one of the guys", I definitely believe that the other people on my team know that I am a woman but they have started to accept me as one of their own.  It's hard starting out on a new team and having to prove yourself all over to people you've never met.  Especially on my current team - since all 8 of us are new, there is an odd competition environment that I am not used to.  But I must have made some progress as my new team saved me a reservation for dinner and my new boss took me around to show me some projects he wants me to take care of.  Work is going well and I feel as though I will be able to make a really good impact on the company, which always makes me happy.

November 30 - Today I am thankful for my sense of humor, the conference room would get very up tight after hours of new engineers competing for the top spot.  I would casually throw out a joke or quote a movie to lighten things up, kind of like a mom thing to get your kids to redirect except these were full grown adults (ones who should know better, but I digress).

***Update - all of my darn fish died. :-(  So I have gone back to the drawing board and ordered all new filtration systems and we'll see if we can get it back up and healthy.

I love my 30 days of thanks, probably more so since this month with two weeks traveling for work it would have been easy to get down...I must admit there were several days that it took me much longer than it should have to come up with a thankful post.  Sitting in a swelteringly hot conference room listening to others boast about their skills and experience knowing that I could be home with my family was a true test of my ability to bite my tongue, luckily I didn't bite it off.

Here's to December and staying on the home front. :-)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Catching up...

November 24 - Today I am thankful for the experience of being a contractor.  I have never done this before, an hourly wage, no paid time off but more money per hour.  It's still kind of odd to me but I am thankful to get to see how so many in my field work.

November 25 - Today I am thankful for Shop Small Saturday, Kelley and my folks and I went to The Keg to have lunch followed by Christmas ornament shopping and Kelley and I left the sleeping kiddos with Joe and ventured out to a brewery to catch up.  Without volleyball every week we don't see each other as much as we would like.

November 26 - Today I am thankful for visitors that just stop by, we were doing our wonderfully normal Sunday routine (I call it normal and wonderful because it very rarely happens but when it does I love spending the day home, cooking, cleaning and hanging out as a family), when Joe got a text that several groups were stopping by to say Hi.  I think at least one set just really wanted to meet the new puppy but that totally works.

November 27 - Today I am thankful for the fish tank in my office, I love watching the fish and just got all new ones yesterday (although minor update, it appears as though two of them have already died and one more is on the way out) perhaps that species does not appreciate my tank.  But nonetheless I like having them around and eventually find ones that do well.

November 28 - Today I am thankful for Joe and his attitude, while I generally think of myself as a super positive person I am packing to leave for Raleigh NC again today and it would have been really easy to get down about it.  Joe just keeps reminding me that it is a short trip this time and I will be back Friday evening and everyone will be fine so let's just get through it.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Laughter, Tic Tacs and Family

November 21 - Today I am grateful for those times that you actually "Laugh Out Loud", I always love these times.  I received a text from Carri today showing me a picture of Summer reading a book we got for is a very heavy book with many stories in it and Summer loves to pick up heavy things.  Which I reminded Carri when she showed me the picture which apparently made her LOL, I love that feeling.  I am reminded on a pretty constant basis (since those that I work with and I USUALLY have very little in common) that at our base all people are 73% water which means we at least have that much similar.  I try very hard to get a long with everyone and find something to talk about and laugh about, so I take great pride in knowing someone actually laughed out loud.

November 22 - Today I am thankful for Tic Tacs, many years ago I started a bribing system in the grocery store that basically if the kid(s) were good we could get Tic Tacs at the checkout.  It has morphed in the years because now they not only all have to be good, they have to unload the car when we get home and put up groceries in order to earn them.  Either way, for a dollar purchase I get a lot of help and a fair amount of reminding the kiddos to watch their P's and Q's.

November 23 - Ahhhh my favorite!  Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving & Family.  Tadd and Carri went to her folks place in North Dakota, which was sad for us but I know how excited her family must have been to see all of them and have them around for a visit.  We went to my Mom's house and enjoyed a wonderful meal and great company.

When did my big girls get so big?  I cannot believe how fast time flies.

A picture with a selfie stick as everyone tells Papa with the longest arms that he's doing it wrong. LOL

These two men and the effect they will have on these little people and who they become.  I am so fortunate and grateful to have them.

Hunter was clearly very confident that Papa would catch her as she zipped off the slide.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Size 11 - And the "Bigs"

November 19 - Today I am thankful for the size 11 high heels that I purchased on accident.  I normally wear a size 10 and heels always hurt to wear, but while at the store I tried on some size 11's and while they were a little looser than I would have liked I went ahead and bought them.  They are cute little bootie ones that when I wear two pairs of socks fit very nicely.  Now fast forward to North Carolina...I went ahead and brought those big beasts just in case and sure enough I wore them and two pairs of socks for the whole trip.  The company I work for chose not to rent me a car since my hotel was only a half mile a way.  Did I mention walking a minimum of a half mile everywhere I went in heels?  So yeah I was very thankful for those.

November 20 - Today I am thankful for the "Bigs", they are officially on Thanksgiving break and are helping out more than even they could ever imagine since this is my first week at home with the new job, it is a very nice and very thankful experience.  Not to mention that again I was reassured that I chose the right job when Chewy was feeling a little sensitive at 10AM and could meander her way into my office and crawl up on my lap for some snuggles while I was busy watching a class on a new piece of software that is getting ready to launch.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My new job

I decided to keep this part separate from my 30 days of Thanks.

My new company is called Tierpoint ( we specialize in hosted solutions which basically means that rather than having a server at your company for your files, emails, websites and such that we will host them in one of our datacenters so you rent space and time rather than buying hardware.  This is a model that most businesses that are in the small to medium size are going since hardware is very expensive.  I work directly for a team that does Disaster Recovery which is quickly becoming the most profitable part of the business, some time ago it became apparent to companies that if all of that data and files you have at a data center being backed up were ever affected by a natural disaster or even just lost power for an hour your company would be held accountant able for that lost customer information.  This is an extremely costly error that a company could make so we sell a service that will make it so your stuff is replicated to another geographical location just in case.  If the entire town of St. Louis loses power we can route all of your information to a center in Tennessee in a mater of minutes.  As you can image we can charge a lot for this piece of mind and most companies are very happy to pay it rather than paying for all of that lost work time.  We currently have 120 clients waiting to be provisioned which means that they have been sold all of the products that we offer (including Disaster Recovery which comes last) and are just waiting to go live and call it good.  They start getting all of their space and what not available to them but we can't charge them their monthly bill until we have gone through every step.  Those 120 are waiting at the disaster recovery line item and since our team didn't exist and the operations team doesn't have time to take care of it, some have been waiting too long.  The operations manager was approached by the CEO to fix the issue and he responded with I need a team that can to the implementation part.  In comes me and seven other engineers to help out.  It's an exciting job and will be very rewarding as we start to catch up on these, although the sales team has backed off of selling waiting for the lag to disappear and have promised to ramp back up when we have cleared we could be busy for a very long time.

I've already been assigned my first projects and am looking forward to starting them on Monday. :-)

Catching Up

Fortunately I wrote some of these while on my trip and just had them saved.

November 9 - Today I am thankful for my Mom and her willingness to help out with the kiddos. I went in to work today and got my hair done before my next new job and my Mom took the time to come down and hang out with the kiddos so Joe could get work done. Our life is definitely a fine example of it takes a village. 

November 10 - Today I am thankful for last days that lead to new beginnings. I dropped off my laptop at People’s Bank today after writing my fair well and shedding a few tears. I have to remind myself to embrace the change and keep a positive attitude - I don’t generally like being at the mercy of a situation so having to find another new job so quickly kind of spun me for a loop. 

November 11 - Today I am thankful for the best type of surprises. We were watching The Avengers hanging out in the living room - with the littles completely distracted and the bigs holding on to every word...when the front door opened and you could hear a soft voice say “knock knock - hello”. When the kids turned around and realized that it was Marmee standing at the door the excitement could no longer be contained.

November 12 - Today I am thankful for rental cars. We don’t have a spare car for me to take to the airport and I was supposed to borrow Tadd’s but it is broke down right now so I concocted the idea to have Carole pick up a rental car from the airport yesterday and drive to our house so I could return it today. Which I will then pick up another rental car on Friday night and drive it to her to be used to get her to the airport on Saturday morning. With some crazy USAA discounts it even turned out to be cheaper than parking would have been.

November 13 - Today I am thankful for first days.  My parents moved around a bit when we were young and we morphed into little people that didn't mind being the new kid on the block.  This type of "training" at a young age helped me out today.  I always find it exciting to be the one that people are still curious about.

November 14 - Today I am thankful for FaceTime, while I just sat there and sobbed after seeing all of my favorite people running around and showing me there day it makes such a huge difference compared to a regular phone call especially with someone Chewy's age.

November 15 - Today I am thankful for hotel gyms.  I didn't sleep particularly well on the trip which was of no surprise to me, but that also meant that I might as well just get up and going.  I would wake early and join the rest of the "I travel but don't want to get too far out of shape crowd" before the sun came up.

November 16 - Today I am thankful for the perfect timing of Grandperson's Day at Tyler and Austin's school.  While I cried myself to sleep thinking about I, myself missing it (for the first time ever) I knew that the magic of having both grandma's there for the lunch was going to be amazing...and it was.

November 17 - Today I am thankful for those random people that come in and out of your life.  While sitting around the airport waiting on our plane to board, I struck up a conversation with two mid-twenty year olds who turned out to work for a networking company I know quite well.  We all ended up sitting together for the 4 hour flight that also happened to be rather bumpy as we flew into a snow storm in Colorado.  It was a refreshing four hour conversation about everything from Gettysburg to Healthcare and I was so happy to be sitting next to people that made the trip go by much faster and more enjoyable.

November 18 - Today I am thankful that the last week felt like a blip in hindsight.  I sat drinking my coffee in the playroom this morning thinking about how long the trip had seemed while on it, but how short it really was now that I am home.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marmee & Two Hour Delays

November 7 - Today I am thankful for Marmee, Carole, Mom, Mrs. DiFabio.  This woman has selflessly given her time to our family more times that I can count.  As my impending training trip to North Carolina gets closer it became evident with Joe's expansion and me being gone that help with the kiddos would be a huge benefit.  As she has done so many times in the past, Carole rearranged her whole schedule and dropped (probably nicely set down) her responsibilities to come out and make sure that my household, children and husband are in the best possible care.  I could never express in words what this act means to me but I can say that she takes the cake for my thankfulness today.

November 8 - Today I am thankful for two hour delays, while I don't want to sound greedy...clearly a full snow day is MORE magical but as it is all of the kiddos are building with Legos in the playroom and will be able to play together for at least the next hour and a half which warms my heart.