And Change Happens Again

May 24th, 2014

Well, back in July of last year, I went to a company that was going to challenge me.  The technology they worked with, while still being networking, was significantly different than what I’ve work with in the past.  They utilized servers and software to have their network, rather than hardware.  Soft-firewalls, soft-switches….don’t get me wrong – I worked on one of the first ever soft-switches; but, it’s not been something I’ve dealt with in over a decade.

This is getting to be a regular occurrence.

Ironically, I tried to talk them out of hiring me.  At least, I’m sure that’s how it seemed.  Regardless, I got the job and then just about wished I hadn’t.  To say things were a mess would be an understatement.  I’ve spent the last several months cleaning it up, rebuilding it and fighting every step of the way.  Just as I’m in the final stages of actually getting the network stable and supportable…..they sell the company.


You read that correctly. Once again, a company I work for is being sold.  The current rumor is that I will be transitioned with the company; however, given my past experience, I’m not banking on that until I have the offer signed and sealed.  I knew it was coming.  But, you know how these things are.  They often fall through, etc.

Am I stressing over it?  Probably, a little.  But, not as much as one might expect.  Worst case scenario – we go live with my parents for a couple of months.  Alternative scenario – we sell everything and go stay in Mazatlán. Better scenario – I do get transitioned but have to go into the office instead of being able to work remotely.  Best scenario – I get transitioned and after a few months of “getting to know yah” get to go back to working remotely 95% of the time.

Yeah.  I’m not horribly concerned about the state of my employment.  It will be whatever it winds up being and I’ll roll with that.  No, what has me stressing a bit is the state of limbo I’m currently in while they get their act together.  I don’t do uncertainty well.  Not well at all.  Once I know which direction the decision has gone, I can get rolling with what I need to do; but, until then, I’m in limbo…….Limbo sucks, no matter what the situation.  Relationships, work, health, you name it.

Yeah… – let’s see what my employment status is a couple weeks from now……..until then…..pass me another drink would you?




Forever and an Age

October 24th, 2013

It’s been quite some time since I posted to this blog.  Life has a way of just really going crazy.

We have been settling in to our new place in Gtown and loving it.  Our neighborhood has to be one of the most friendly and welcoming there is.  We have a discussion group email list that makes it possible for all the neighbors to stay in touch and communicate pertinent – and sometimes inane – things with each other.  I feel like that really helps the place feel like a community, not just a bunch of houses in relatively close proximity.  Everyone here looks out for their neighbor and they all actually know each others names, and truly care.  I wish more neighborhoods were like this one.

My son is working toward his degree in computer programming, and the CEO of my sister company has said he’d be more than welcome to intern with them when he gets to that point.  I’m thrilled about it – now to pitch it to my son so /he/ is thrilled about it. **laughs**

My oldest daughter-in-law is coming to visit the same weekend as my parents.  My folks are looking forward to meeting her.  Me…I’m hoping for the best and anticipating the worst.  My last encounter with the gal is not one I’d care to repeat at any point in my life. It has made me wary and uncomfortable when thinking of having her in my home.  But, I am hopeful that this time will be genial rather than hostile.  Hey, what can I say – I ever live in hope.

My job is kinda getting to me.  Not because of the work so much as because of some of the people there.  Don’t get me wrong.  They are awesome people.  I love laughing with them and all.  The issue comes in with a few of the ones who seem to just not understand that what they do (or don’t do) matters.  They can literally cause us to lose thousands in revenue a day just by ignoring something, avoiding something or just slacking off.  And, when you have a small company like ours – you can’t afford to lose that kind of revenue.  It’s an uphill battle that is wearing and exhausting.  On the other hand, my direct reports are awesome and I do enjoy the job itself.

All things being equal, though, the long hours are really starting to wear on me.  Something’s gotta give.  :(


Not Your Ordinary Chocolate Pudding

August 26th, 2012

Mike's ServingI had a hankering for chocolate pudding, today. Unfortunately, given my negative disposition toward all things cow-milk oriented, it isn’t just a matter of running to the corner store and grabbing some.

So, I decided to give it a go, here at home – and, of course – I never leave well enough alone, so I gave it a spicey, coffinated, cinnamon-esque twist. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with the results, and even my “not really big on chocolate” husband is going to like it very much….the pecans in his are the bribe to ensure it ;-)



1. Beat the egg yolks and let them come up to room temperature.  While they are coming up to room temp, it is wise to pre-measure and prepare for this dish.  You do not want to stop whisking while it is cooking.

2. Place all the dry ingredients (except the corn starch and flour) in a large bowl.  Slowly mix in the milk, half the coffee and the egg yolks until you have a smooth consistency, making sure to avoid lumps.

3. Melt the Earth Balance in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Add the flour and whisk until the flour is fully saturated by the EB.  Lower the heat and let the pan cool a bit. Let cook for just a moment to remove the ‘raw’ flavor of the flour.

4. It may be that the mixture needs some help setting up.  Since it is highly likely to be the case, mix the corn starch and remaining coffee together and have it sitting near the stove top within easy reach, but out of the range of the heat from the stove top.

5. Pour in the ingredients from the mixing bowl, raise the heat to medium-high and whisk constantly.  You do not want to let this stick to the pan in any way.  If you must stop stirring, remove the pan from the heat and stir until the mixture stops bubbling.

6. After about 15 minutes of constant whisking, your pudding should be thickening nicely. If it is not, slowly start to add the cornstarch to the mix.

7. Once the mixture thickens, remove from the stove top and continue to stir while the pudding settles (ie. stops bubbling and potentially cooking to the sides and bottom of the pan).

*Note: do not let it get too thick or you will have a very thick pudding when cooled.  Remember, it will continue to set up while it is chilling.

8.  Once it has settled, ladel into the cup/bowl of your choice.

9. At this point, I may do layers of pudding, and pecans and then more pudding.  Or strawberries, or – whatever strikes my fancy.

10. Place in the fridge and let chill.  Serve cold with whipped cream as a special treat.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 65 Min




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