Monday, June 30, 2008


OK, so POST-Disney I have some observations concerning Ben.

1. The boy is a Roller Coaster JUNKIE! Loves them. Space Mountain, Rock and Roller Coaster etc... BRING 'EM ON!

2. He is definitely showing stims like mad now. Hitting his head with his pillow. I have also noticed he is REALLY into being a gorilla at the moment (still way into being a cat as well). I wonder if once he has been at home for a while if he will ease off, or if this is a here to stay phase.

3. Ben is not thinking through options unless you walk him through the consequences. An example is I told him to stay downstairs at my Dad's house because THE WIFE and my step-mom were talking upstairs. Ben asked why and I said because "I said so." He looked at me, scowled and went upstairs. I got him, spanked him and he denied ever hearing me tell him not to go.

The next time he was choosing not to do something, I walked him through what would happen and he chose to do what he was told to do.

4. I am more tired now than I was before vacation.

5. I don't officially start my new job until tomorrow and I am already behind.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Not Happy

OK sorry to be a complainer. I am on vacation and I am using my blackberry as a bluetooth modem to access the web (crappy but better than blogging via blackberry, trust me).

I was really wanting to just have the re-org take place and get on with life, now the more I hear about my NEW job, the less happy I am.

I am sick and freakin' tired of busting my butt to get handed more responsibility and a hearty "Thank you" from the company. No more cash, more responsibility and now (from all accounts I hear) more travel.

I have five children and I am at the point where I am not very interested in traveling more. I don't want a divorce to be frank.

I was working tech support where at least I could usually be home after 5. Could occasionally work from the house (although for some reason management is terrified we won't actually work despite being able to monitor what we do at any point in the day). Travel had to happen occasionally, but not often. Word is now, the guys doing tech support will not be doing ANY traveling unless EVERYONE in my department is out.

Thanks... I don't want to seem non appreciative, but I am not. My Dad was on the road non stop for a long time and I saw firsthand what it did to my family. It takes a LOT of work to keep things together.

Good news is my headhunter is still interested, and after reading the job description, I am too. Possibility of working for a company with even more name recognition than the one I work for now (and I don't mean the fictitious PHONECO INC.), working from home providing support on a new computer.

Definitely interested at this point.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Watch Your Fingers

As I type this we are waiting for the Disney parade to start. I felt bad for the lady who had her fingers stepped on by Lucie. I quickly tried to apologize, but she was too busy over-acting about how bad it hurt to hear me.

It hurt so bad she stuck her hand down infront of her again. STEP... "OUCH!"

That's my girl!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Time Off For Sanity

Sorry folks, I am on vacation with my family which is why there is nothing happening here.

The only real update I have on work is I will no longer be "Tech Support" as I have been picked to move to a new group.

This will probably result in more travel, more hours and the same pay.

Right now I just am glad to have insurance while I formulate Plan B.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Why Am I Still Awake

Well folks, if you look at this time stamp you will understand why being a phone man sucks. Calls at all hours of the night looking for support.

The hours of an E.R. Doctor who is on call, but with a LOT less pay.

Time to go back to bed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Am A NINJA, Silent, But Deadly!

I just didn't know it.

Got an email from a guy in our testing group on a problem I wrote up. He told me he couldn't get into the PBX because it had a password. I checked, sure enough, I forgot to include the password. I added the info and sent it back to him.

I then get an email that the password was not correct as it didn't work.

I check my note, call the tech ask another engineer. Three guys, same answer.

I reload the database and verify the password works on my PBX. I email him back, tell him I have verified it and run through the procedures I am using to log in.

It still doesn't work for him.

So I am now removing the password and sending him another backup without the password. What makes this ESPECIALLY annoying is this is the PBX I hardly ever work on, (barely can make it work actually) so I have to read the book on EVERYTHING I DO!

Guess that is too hard for Engineering Level support to do.

New Romero Movie?

Could be...

Not Irony, True Life.

Quote of the month from the always amazing Laurence Simon.

"I'm Pro-Choice. A woman should be able to do what she wants with her own body." "What about smoke?" "It should be banned. It's unhealthy."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

In The Navy!

Congratulations go out to my very much sleep deprived oldest son who enlisted in the Navy. He is now an E2 going in on delayed entry. Before the end of his senior year in High School he will be an E3.

He's going to be a tech geek like me. I AM SO PROUD!

Monday, June 09, 2008

I Hate Being Fat

So anyway, THIS is what I FEEL like...

I am so depressed. I go on vacation Saturday which will be great. The problem is right now my back hurts, I feel (am) HUGE and I know my job is about to change. I'll talk more about the job stuff soon, but right now I can't.

If anyone would like to lie about how sexy I am, please do so. I could use some pity for my pity party.

Cat And Military Obsession

I am trying to figure out, do I obsess over cats, or the military more? Based on the following IM exchange with THE WIFE, I am not sure.

(11:24:53 AM) THE WIFE: 'Lucie's officer just sent her down here to find Boo, because they need to promote her.
(11:25:10 AM) Houston: HA
(11:25:13 AM) Houston: that is funny
(11:26:03 AM) THE WIFE: Well, I was just trying to figure out why they were looking for all of the cats. They are going to promote them one by one, so apparently one is getting out the door each time they find the last one.
(11:26:23 AM) Houston: wow
(11:26:28 AM) Houston: what a ceremony
(11:27:12 AM) THE WIFE: I just heard Lucie ask "Hey, did you say dat I am a wootenant?"

Perhaps we need to get out more?

Friday, June 06, 2008

This Is So Me

more cat pictures

Lab Rat

Today I am playing the part of a Lab Rat.

Lab Rats around here do testing and evaluations for products. I have a customer who just rekeyed their system and I am checking it out. The lab is fairly quiet and you can get stuff done.

I show up, settle in. The door is closed, I am on my own.

I connect to the PBX, begin working, relax...

and break wind.

Not a big deal, I am alone. I am in my element.

The door promptly opens and a tour walks in.

Thank goodness they didn't walk all the way back to my area.

Note to self, "Beano."

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Lock Your Doors Red Lobster!

more cat pictures

A Nice, Quiet Day Off

So I took today off as it is the last day of school for the kids. I am relaxing at home while the rest of you all slave away at work!


Oh well, things are waiting for me when I retunr, BUT that is TOMORROW!

Hope all of you have a great day. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Well, I fully expect to be working for another company in the next week or so. I wonder if my cube will change since this will be the third company in the last 4 years without me resigning or gaining anything.


Monday, June 02, 2008

What Is Sadie Writing?

So what is Sadie writing?

A: A 3000 word manifesto.
B: A letter to Dad requesting he try Beano
C: A resume
D: An email to her grandparents to get her outta this joint!

RIP Bo Diddley

Godspeed and thank you Bo.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happy June 1st


Get a system down call. Guy is a customer who is in one part of the country, down system is in another part.

Can't communicate... Can Telnet, but I don't have a way to do a proper reboot through Telnet.

Sucks... Might could hack my way through a reboot, but I don't feel real comforatable when I am closer to the site than he is.

I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.