2016.01.01 – Hello 2016!

Let’s do this! Yeah it’s an arbitrary date but it’s as good a time as any to reflect on the past and plan for the future. I already know that there is going to be at least one really awful thing ahead in 2016. Sort of a giant train wreck I can watch but not stop unfortunately. I have no idea the impact this will have on me, my family, life in general but here we are. I’m in action mode at this point and haven’t really accepted the reality of the situation. I’m just thankful for my wonderful family and friends who I know will stand by through it all.

I think there will also be lots of good in 2016. I have some goals to work toward and I’m looking forward to getting started. One of them is to start blogging more often. It won’t be daily but hopefully it will be more than once ever several months.

Anyway, here we go…..


2015.06.18 – More Playing at Work

I’m still just working through various apps trying to figure out what they do. There is a lot of reading involved so not much to really talk about. It’s all very interesting but there is a lot, lot, LOT to learn. I was working from home but had a meeting scheduled with Will to learn about automated reports. We had a GoToMeeting uh…meeting and he walked me through getting things set up. He said I needed to have MySQL or Celery, Redis, Python and Virtualenv ready to go before hand. Well I have all of these things installed via Vagrant so I figured it would be sweet to set up a Vagrant instance for this walk through.

He called in the afternoon and I told him I was set up in Vagrant on CentOS. He was a bit unsure about this but we proceeded and things went pretty well at first but then some long command I was supposed to use wouldn’t work because the Vagrantfile was a level too deep in the directory structure. I said I could just move things around but he was unsure of this and suggested I just install MySQL on my local machine. So much for Vagrant and keeping things in a VM!

I got it installed and we started over. Things went well again and we got a bit further but ended up having some S3 error (something to do with Amazon Web Services) and we couldn’t get past it. He said he thought it was an issue with the version of Python and thought an older version would fix the issue but that downgrading seemed like a stupid resolution so we decided to pick this back up next week.

Meanwhile I decided to make this all work in the Vagrant instance! I was able to get it going pretty quickly and ended up at the same S3 error I was getting on my local machine so go me!

Today I learned that I’m getting a pretty good handle on Vagrant.

2015.06.17 – Working or Playing

Right now I just spend all of my time messing with things and figuring out what they are. It’s a lot of fun and feels more like playing than working. I’m not entirely sure what sort of timeline I’m on to get up to speed but I’m not stressing about that. I’m just exploring and hopefully learning a lot. It sure feels like I am.

Today I learned how to make something semi-complicated work from beginning to end. Whew!

2015.06.16 – Plodding Along

I’m pretty much on my own to just learn and explore what things are and how they work. I feel like I’m playing as I cram my head full of fascinating information. I got pretty stuck on something though and asked around for help. Each person I asked said they had no idea but would point me to someone else who also said they had no idea. Hmmm this was not going to work. I didn’t want to be stuck for the next two and a half weeks so I mentioned it to Adam when I saw him. He offered to help me with it at the end of the day if I was still stuck and I was. He sat in the hangar with me and I watched in awe as he worked through everything and figured out the issues. I want to be able to do that! Anyway I’m back on track so far.

Today I learned that Vagrant didn’t properly set up permissions and a vhost for Celery workers so I couldn’t get it running. I don’t know how I would have figured that out on my own.

2015.06.09 – YAPCNA Day 2

Today was much like yesterday. Lots of talks for half the day, lunch at Bud’s, helping Lauren with programming in the afternoon, dinner at a Himalayan place that was really good. Lots of fun social time!

Today I learned that I can’t keep track of much while at this conference. It’s a whirlwind!

2015.06.07 – Learning Some Perl

Today I was in an all day Zero to Perl class taught by Sawyer. He was filling in since the original teacher had some health issues. He was fantastic though. We learned a TON of stuff and I was following along really well right up to the last exercise. Then I got completely lost and couldn’t do anything. Sawyer was wonderful and sat down with me and walked me through the whole thing. I definitely have some studying to do though.

After class Andrew and I went to the Anti-arrival Dinner. The Arrival Dinner had a much larger group so we chose the other. Our group was about 18 people and we were going to the Himalayan Kitchen. It was a short walk from the hotel. They were expecting us so we had a huge table in the back. They had so many vegan options! Our food was fantastic and our conversations even better. We had a really nice time.

Today I learned that Perl is really damned cool. I had never messed with it until now which is funny considering Andrew has been a Perl dev for the last 15 plus years.

2015.06.04 – PLUG

Today I pretty much read a book until it was time to get my hair cut. Wayne dropped me off at the salon downtown at 16:00 and Andrew walked up to meet me once he was done at work.

My friend Frankie does my hair and this time I asked him to put some dark purple underneath in the back so it would really only be seen if I put my hair up in a ponytail. He did it but I can’t really see it at all. Oh well.

Andrew and I had about an hour before we had to be at the monthly PLUG meeting so we hustled over to Veggie Grill for some dinner. They had their delicious street corn so we both got that and some burgers. Yum!

We made it to the meeting just in time but as luck would have it they were having technical difficulties so ended up starting about 15 minutes late. The talk was really interesting. The speaker, John Hawley works at Intel and gave a talk about open source hardware.

Today I learned that the Raspberry Pi is NOT open hardware! Arduino, BeagleBone, and the Minnowboard by Intel are.

2015.06.03 – Doctors and More Doctors

But not for me! It seems like we are all getting this or that done. I had to take Natale to the doctor in the morning. He’s really been struggling with the emotions associated with puberty so this gave us some time to talk about things one-on-one.

I tend to expect a lot from him because he’s intelligent and he works hard. He hasn’t been working very hard and has been making some really unintelligent choices lately so I get frustrated. He said my reaction makes it difficult for him to talk to me. This just isn’t good. I decided then to make him a promise that I would not react to anything he told me even if it made me mad. I told him I might have to walk away and process but I would not react. He promised that he would talk to me even when it felt really scary. I hope this new way of doing things helps improve our communication.

I spent the afternoon working with Lauren and helping her set up a development environment. We got her all set up with Git and Github and I showed her how to initialize a repository, stage her changes, commit them and then push them up to Github. She picked it up easily. We also got her vimrc and bash_profile all customized and she was pretty happy with that.

Andrew had to go back for a repeat MRI waaaaay out in SE Portland. He had to be there at 16:15 so we were stuck in traffic most of the way there. It was raining so it was even worse. We finally made it and the place was packed! They called Andrew up and he came back shortly and said I needed to go with him. Apparently the MRI place decided not to take his insurance any longer so he would have to find a different place to get it done. What?!?! Why? and why are they just now telling us?! She apologized and said they had just gotten the email and that his previous MRI would be covered. She also said a woman was going to help us find a different place that would take his insurance. She handed me a card and told us to call her. We headed back home in even worse traffic and were nearly home when Andrew’s phone rang. Ooooops! They made a mistake! They don’t take his insurance any longer but this is a re-do of the last one so there is no charge. Can we come back? Well shit! I wanted to tell them no but we were leaving for a week and we wanted this done sooner than later so we turned around and headed back in even worse traffic since now it was after 17:00. They were super nice and very sorry though and I understand that kind of thing happens. They got him right in and out and we were back on our way home. Whew! There was still traffic but we were kind of used to it by then.

Wayne made us yummy vegan BLTAs for dinner. I only took half since we were watching a movie later and Andrew was going to make popcorn. Alice came over and we watched Philomena. It’s based on a true story. It was sad but the flow was kind of off. Or maybe I was still off. It wasn’t terrible but not fantastic either.

Today I learned about Vim Awesome.

2015.06.02 – Today is Unclear

I was having a minor outpatient procedure today but that meant no food or water until afterward. Boo! I kept myself preoccupied by reading until it was time to head to the hospital. I wasn’t sure how things would go but it was a bit more involved than I had anticipated. I got my own room, changed into a gown and got in a bed. I was covered in nice warm blankets and the nurse started an IV. Wayne and I watched HGTV until it was time for them to take me away. They said I’d be awake but sedated. I guess that’s what happened because I don’t remember shit. I woke up back in my room pretty confused and was sort of in and out of it even while getting dressed to go home. I was completely unaware of being in the recovery room. I kind of remember the drive home I think. I took a nap for a couple of hours when we got home but was pretty much back to myself by the time people started showing up for dinner night.

Alice and Wayne made a DELICIOUS, partly because it was my first meal in 2 days and partly because it was DELICIOUS, stir-fry and some yummy rice, barley, radish seed mix from Trader Joe’s. Tonight we had Taylor, Delaney, Jason, Alice, the six of us, John and Spencer.

Today I learned that twilight sleep is not what I had imagined.

2015.06.01 – Sickish Day

I spent the day doing nothing but listening to podcasts and reading. It was rainy and cold so it seemed like a perfect day to be under the weather.

Today I learned about implementing social login. Pretty interesting!