State of the Fox

Not sure how long it’s been since I did one of these. Probably not long, but here it is. At the beginning of the month I posted about going to the pshrink to up my meds. I go back next week, and I’m going to say that while it’s helped, it’s not helped as much as I’d want. Maybe another dose up, as I am doing better. Or maybe a different med will be the answer. I don’t know, but I’m willing to try. And that’s a big change from last year, hell, from a couple of months ago.

Work is good. Figured out why I was anxious at the job, even though I’m working with some very cool people, and nothing has felt like the stressors of the Shoggoth Pit. But I still find meetings and dealing with the boss as a cause of anxiety, because for years I’m used to having bosses who yelled, who enjoyed winding me up, who had no clue how to handle people. I now have a boss who’s helpful, and can say ‘you did this incorrectly, here’s what you should have done’ without making it a chances to yank my chain. I just need to get used to it, and it’s probably going to take a while longer. But I see that I can, and why I feel the way I do, and with that, I can change things.

Personal life is good. Been spending a lot of time buried in books. Friends are good, friends are great. Even if I haven’t been quite the social butterfly. Château Innsmouth is as it usually is. Most everything is pretty ok. Well it’s overly warm, and my internet has issues, but nothing I can’t handle.

That’s pretty much Vulpine’s life here at Château Innsmouth. Hoping it stays that way. Catch you all later, hopefully with a stable internet connection. Ciao.

Change for the better

I was feeling quite blue today, no real big reason, just feeling a little useless, and out of sorts. Then I was reminded that I work in a (fun kind of) looney bin. One of the developers decided on a whim to dye his goatee blue. And on our internal chat channel, me and another developer shared a brain and both commented about using the blood of smurfs to dye it with. It’s nice to work with people who are as nuts as me. Also, boss is in town, and took us out for tacos. Yay free lunch.

The other big mood reset was I went back and read my offline journal for last year, for the 3 months around when I quit the Shoggoth Pit. July through September. And it sunk in how utterly miserable I was there, the stress, the ex-boss from hell, along with trying to rebuild my life after Mom’s passing. I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t end up in a psych ward by late August. There was a lot of ick in those entries. But I do remember one thing, towards the end, when I’d already written out my plan to deass the job (aka Operation: Leng), I wrote something in the vein of ‘My dream is to be in a better place by next year, financially, professionally, etc’. And here it is, 9 months later and I’ve got a good job where I feel appreciated (and get paid pretty well), I don’t dread every morning, nor do I have horrible dreams every night. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, but so what ? I’m actually comfortable enough to say to my pshrink ‘Ok, things aren’t as good as they could be…what can help?’ vs my traditional ‘it’s working well enough, don’t change’. And that means a lot.

So yeah, I’m doing better. It’s good when I can catch myself, and reset before I spiral way down. I’m also glad I took that leap 9 months ago, even if it scared the fhtagn out of me, and there were a bunch of times that I thought I’d screwed up royally by leaving the ‘Pit. But I didn’t, and things got better, and life got better, and huzzah for me and stuff.

The Devil Made Me Film It

Well, after a crazy week of working at Carcosa, I’ve gladly lazed most of last night and today. The Thursday night maintenance went much better than Tuesday. Less servers, more help, more planning. Still didn’t get enough sleep, so come Friday night after work I pretty much ate dinner, and went to bed with a book. Was asleep before 10am, and I pretty much slept til 10am. Had some unpleasant dreams about a former friend, and some weird ones about blood relatives and submarine bases (reading wiki articles on subs probably contributed to the later. Also, somewhere there was sabre fencing. *shakes head* My subconsciousness needs a deep cleaning.

Got up today, got moving. Cleaned out the car finally, went and did critter care, got meds, got packages, and ended up coming home due to a lack of tentacles. Been watching a collection of ‘Devil Worship Horror Movies’ mostly from the 70’s. Epicly cheesy and fun, definitely got my money’s worth. Done some chores, done some VM updates, mostly just have been vegging.

My Nexus 5 decided to flake out, so I migrated back to my old 4, and put in a RMA request from the company I bought the 5 from. Very annoying. Glad I hung on the 4 for experimental purposes. Did manage to pull a backup, and reset it to factory default before sending it off. Still a pain in the tentacle.

Ok, going to call this a post, and keep on watching the wild fun of bad movies. Catch you all later.

How am I doing (long post)

I’m not doing so hot. Last night’s maintenance was stressful and ended up having a bunch of issues in the AM, things I was told would just work after reboots. But before that, I went to the pshrink and admitted that my depression cycles are getting worse, my temper is short, and I spend a lot of time thinking about regrets and sad memories. It started during the build up to the anniversary of Mom’s passing, but it didn’t really go away. What really sucks, I looked at my journal entries from a year ago, and it’s like nothing has changed. Same moody, same easily frustrated, same pondering of new monitors. *shakes head* So we’re upping my original med to see if that helps, and I go back in a month (actually 28 days) to see how it’s going. I hate changing meds, as side effect hell is well, hell. But this is a med I’ve been on for years, so upping it shouldn’t cause too many. At least that’s the hope.

Work was insane. Trying to make Sybase databases work, when I have almost no experience with them. I made some progress, but I had to wait on the senior admin to get in to show me how to fix the weird development setup. WHich I ended up arguing with all day on and off. Add to that lack of sleep, and a phone that was in a reboot loop and I was pretty close to having a fit. On the plus side, other than one testy email, no one gave me grief, even got thanks from one of the devs for leaping on to things and fixing them quickly. Was going to leave exactly at 5, but there was one last dev database missing, and since I had it down to a science, I stayed a little late to bring it up. Which verified my notes are good, so I’ll try to write it up in detail tomorrow for the company wiki.

So yeah, I’m very tired, I’m stressed, I’m anxious about tomorrow’s foo, because there’s a ton of servers, and they’re production machines, so not much wiggle room. With the experience last night it should be better, but I’m still worried about a career limiting move. So we’ll see what I can do for better prep tomorrow. Also see if I can beat my phone into submission so it stops rebooting on me. Or contact the seller and get a replacement, since I’m still in the 90 day refurb warranty. But for now I’m going to chill out, got to bed early and hopefully feel better tomorrow.

The Three-Lobed Burning Weekend

Three day weekend. So much yay. Though next week will be kind of crazy making up for extra day off (down side of a contract position). Weekend plans are going to see the new X-Men movie tomorrow, and helping with a certain Amythest organizing a home office. (No, I’m not setting up a minifridge full of Code Red and a Cthulhu statue…not my idea of a home office). Sunday and Monday I’m planning on hermiting mostly, and doing some chores. Mostly down time though. I’m feeling a little kerfrazzled and I think I need me, my bad movies, my computer horde and my books to relax. A little stressed about next week’s weird hours and pshrink visit. Given the rough time I’ve had, I have a feeling we need to tweak my meds. And that’s something I dislike, side effect adjustment sucks. But, I could be better. And hopefully I will be quickly.

Otherwise things are decent. Been reading a lot which is kind of a given. History and Cthulhu, it’s been a bit of a bonanza the last few weeks with Mythos stuff. Work stuff is good, will be working my first maintenances at Carcosa, the above mentioned weird hours to make up for the day off. Which honestly, I’m looking forward to. I do not like making other people do work that I can do. Silly contract limitations. Not really much else for the week. So I guess I’ll call this post done. Probably ramble more tomorrow. Catch you all later.

Shoggoths and Saturday

Well Saturday plans changed. Socializing for today was rescheduled, which ended up being a good thing as I had a low tentacle count this morning. Nothing bad, just am kind of glad to be home. I still need to leave the house to go grocery shopping and do pet care, but that will be towards the evening, with a side of take out on the way home.

Nyogtha is chugging along with backup restores. Like I said yesterday, need to put the array on eSATA in the near future. I also moved Shoggoth back to my desk, hooked it up to the spare monitor/keyboard/mouse, and added an X desktop so it can act as a tertiary system, as well as a display for monitoring foo. I also finished the reboots, nothing else broke, yay. The rsync process is kind of eating CPU, so I’m trying to avoid doing my usual updates on Dagon. Mostly I’m just editing things and watching movies and trying to think of stuff I need to add to Nyogtha that I had installed before.

Otherwise I’ve futzed around the house, done chores, etc. Currently watching the first ‘Final Destination’ flick. Not my favorite, but still worth watching. Not much else of note today. Guess I’ll call this a post. Laters gators.

Time to get out the hockey mask and machete

And it’s Friday, thank Cthulhu. Been an ‘interesting’ week. Boss was in town from Wed-Friday, and that always makes me edgy. Nothing particular he does or doesn’t do, just my track record with managers kind of sucks. But I got a good lunch out of it, and the manager is pretty easy to get along with. So that’s good.

Besides work, I’m slowly crawling out of the allergen infested swamp that my life has been for a long while. But as I get past the allergies, other things start flaking. My brainmeats aren’t much better…between the anniversary of Mom’s passing and Mother’s Day (even with the fun of sending out Mother’s day cards to people I know), I’ve been all over the map. To the point that unless in the next couple of weeks I settle down, my next pshrink visit will be a discussion of adjusting my meds. (Which is one of my least favorite things, med side effect adapting sucks). We’ll see, but really this last few weeks have been unhappy brainweasel territory. And that’s not good for me.

On the brighter side, it’s Friday. Friday the 13th, which means a marathon of my favorite camp councilor slaughter. I’m also doing my usual geekery, currently updating the Ubuntu Desktop VM horde. I had some mental plans to do some more involved upgrades and moves and stuff, but I decided I rather be social-ish tomorrow and Sunday. Best friend time and all, with a possible side of reinstalling Uxía the laptop’s OS. I’m thinking of sticking Xubuntu (XFCE desktop) on it. Not that I use my laptop much anymore, that whole not on call thing.

Not much else, trying to catch up on the to-read pile before a small flood of Lovecraftian fiction comes my way. Yay for preorders making appearances. Yay books with tentacles. On that note, since I’ve been staring at this post for a while now, I’ll call it done. Catch you all on the flip side. *waves a tentacle*

Weekend Rambles

Still not back to normal physically. This has been the worst season for allergies I can remember. Stupid lack of winter this year. I’m also having spikes of emotional foo. Last night in particular. I went to bed to read, turned out the lights about midnight and my brain immediately starting replaying things from my past I rather not think about. Pried myself out of bed and dove back into reading. Went back to sleep about 1am, and that worked out better. Right now I’m ok. Well besides coughing.

Saw ‘Black Widow: Civil War’ yesterday *wink* Was fun, lots of nifty fight scenes, a little too much angst in spots. But it met up to the hype.

Haven’t done much this weekend otherwise, haven’t had a lot of drive. Did hook up the spare widescreen monitor to Hydra. Which was cool in a plug+play kind of way, but it’s not as useful as I thought. Oh well. I may decide to move Shoggoth over, and add LXDE to the server and have it run with a monitor as well. I dunno.

Going to go down to Amythest’s in a while and do all the laundries. She’s offered to make her chicken noodle soup for me since I’m feeling puny. Best friends rock. The work week will probably be a little stressful. I have a number of things I need to get done, and our boss (who works out of Kansas City) will be in town for part of the week. Not a bad thing, but last visit kind of generated a lot of waves. Lets hope this is a good week.

Not much else. I’ve got the TV on one of my haunting shows on as background noise. I’ll probably cook some lunch in a bit, then head on down. Ok. I’m going to call this a post. Catch you all later.

State of the fox

Quick state of the fox post. I was kind of feeling overly anxious Monday, having a ton of stuff to do at work, and not a lot of motivation. Today I managed to flip the switch. Got to work, dug out all my security audit notes and converted them into one file with details and notes and my ideas for correcting them. My two meetings went pretty smooth. I also got stuff done for Operation: Survive Mother’s Day, aka getting a bunch of funny cards and sending them out to people. This year I sent out 8, I’m already pondering next year and ramping it up. I think Mom would appreciate it, and it turned a possible landmine day into something to be positive about.

Besides work and mail, I had a good weekend with the HPL Film Festival (livestreamed for those of us who couldn’t make it). Mood has been pretty good. Looking forward to Saturday, and ‘Black Widow: Civil War’ (lets be honest, I’m Team Natasha). Lots of books to read and movies to watch. Life is feeling pretty ok right now. Hope it stays that way.

Going to try to post more often, don’t want to let my blogging skills get rusty. Catch you all later. *Waves a tentacle*

A Very Good Day

Well, this Friday was a good day. Work was pretty good, even with a very long conf call. My mad skills at system monitoring came in handy, as I figured out a quick organization fix for Cacti, and came up with a ‘in theory’ way under Nagios to alert for processes that A. use 95% of the CPU, and B. last more than 30 min. And I could do it with the built in plugins. I’ve never DIY’d my own Nagios scripts before, but between my brainmeats and Nagios having good documentation it was a 5 min to have a plan. And since I’m working on a Nagios setup here at Château Innsmouth, I’ll test it over the weekend before testing it more on the devel and stage networks at work.

I also volunteered to help a fellow Lovecraftian in Hungary with a thesis he’s doing on HP Lovecraft. He had a ebook copy of Joshi’s epic ‘I Am Providence’, and had about a dozen citations, but he was worried his committee would argue that the citations didn’t match the physical page numbers (which I’ve heard of before). So, I have the 1st edition hardbacks, so he sent me a list of quotations and their chapters and general location, and I verified the page numbers (which were way different than the ebook). Didn’t take long, maybe 30 min. Felt good to help another adept of Grandpa Theobald. *gains 2d6% in Library Research*

I’ve also watched some really bad horror movies. I’ll post one of the reviews later (I did some of my best writing on Facebook ranting about this flick). I’ve moved on to ‘The Descent’, one of my favorites. Ubuntu released 16.04 yesterday, so I’m updating my test VMs. Tomorrow is hermit day, with a side of organizing, and possibly a marathon of the ‘Hellraiser’ flicks (random idea I had). I’ve got to move Dagon and Shoggoth onto the UPSes, as the last power blip showed me I oopsed there. There will probably also be a labeling fest, along with more VM updating and the aforementioned Nagios experimenting. Probably will be other experimenting, I have a list. Sunday is back to normal, laundry and TV and Amythest time. Then back to work. I have a meeting/lunch with my recruiter on…Wednesday? I definitely have to give my recruiter company this, they keep up with their placed minions. I also have a bunch of work to do, still playing catch up from being sick, and I keep coming up with ideas on how to do things, that lead to me getting assigned the deployment of said ideas. But, instead of freaking out (well for long) I take it as the challenge it’s intended as and go with it. So I expect the next 3 months to be interesting, and not in the Chinese curse sense of the word.

So that’s the most of the state of the fox. I’m still feeling fairly meh physically. Worst allergies ever. Mood is better, then again given how low I swung for a while, I kind of have to be better. Looking forward to a number of book pre-orders and future geeking and well, stuff. Catch you all later. *waves a tentacle*