My job and career

Today’s list is in relation to my current job, my position, my career. For those who don’t know, I have been work for Cavern Technologies in Lenexa, KS as the Network and IT administrator. Which is totally cool and awesome and a great step for me! Except that I’ve been the only one doing it for 3ish months. Cavern Tech was “acquired” by LightEdge Solutions last year, and while it’s going to be a process, I’m going to be transitioning into a new role of OS Management. I’ve already started. So here goes my gratitude list for the day.

  1. I have had an amazing manager, who took a huge risk to hire me as a network admin without the necessary experience.
  2. I have an amazing new manager, who realizes that it’s not an all-or-nothing process, that it’s going to take time to join his team completely.
  3. I have a new to me Women’s IT group that is perfect for me. Women in Security KC. I appreciate that it’s not strictly coding, that it’s more about what I do enjoy with IT and computers.
  4. Actually, with the exception of one, I’ve had fantastic managers all around.
  5. I’m grateful that I feel like I’m narrowing down my focus in IT a little bit more every year.
  6. I’m thankful that I didn’t have much scheduled for today and could take my new boss on a tour of my data center.
  7. I’m grateful for my favorite restaurant that I could eat a hamburger today.

That’s it for today. I’m grateful for my chosen career and how it seems to be advancing. I’m happy in my work and I hope everyone gets to experience that at least once in their lives.



New year, fresh start

Okay, so it’s not quite New Year’s Day, but I’m ready to post my “resolutions.” Except that they aren’t really resolutions as much as things I want to accomplish.

  1. Read (or listen) to the Bible every day. I’d like to read through it in a year, but it’s really about consistency.
  2. To eat less fast food
  3. To drink less soda
  4. To start tying all my bits and pieces of story ideas into the book that’s been forming.
  5. To post more gratitude on this blog. I’m not committing to daily, but at least once a week should be reasonable, right?
  6. To find an exercise that I will enjoy and stick with on a regular basis.

That’s not too ambitious a list, is it? These things are what I want to reach for, I’m just not going to beat myself up if I don’t manage all of it. It’s goals. Not deadlines.

As far as Gratitudes, here’s a list for today.

  1. I am thankful that I have a job that lets me see the sunrise and the sunset. Granted, it’s in the opposite direction of where I’m driving, but it’s still beautiful.
  2. I’m thankful I have a job that I’m valued and useful. It seems like I might be too valued, but that’s okay. They will adjust.
  3. I’m thankful for my husband who knows when I say I need to sleep, just lets me sleep. I might not be able to get 8 hours every night, but I have to have more than 5 and a half.
  4. I’m thankful for farm fresh eggs and deviled eggs. Yummy.

I hope you have a happy and meaningful new year, and may God bless you and yours.


Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Christmas Blessings

It’s the evening after Christmas day. I have so many blessings.

  1. I’m grateful that my oldest came home for a visit.
  2. I’m grateful that we had friends who were willing to come over for dinner.
  3. I’m grateful for the new vinyl album that both girls got me. 😊
  4. I’m grateful that Dale decided to smoke the turkey, so I didn’t have to cook it.

I hope your day was rich and full of blessings.


Grateful Everyday

Time to start again. I have been working hard, and it’s taking a toll on me. I find I need to refocus, and it starts with being grateful

  1. I’m grateful for a good job and with a good company.
  2. I’m grateful for my health. Even though it’s starting to slip, I’m grateful for the health I do have.
  3. I’m grateful for my husband. He’s such a lovely person.

That’s all I have time for right now. I’m going to try to keep going on this again, but it’s going to take some time to build the habit again.


Phishing emails

This post is a slightly technical post. I want to explain how you can recognize what is called a phishing email. It is a common technique among hackers. And it is SO easy to fall for it, that I want to make sure everyone knows what to look for.

These are examples from my personal email. Feel free to drop me a line if you want.

Oh no! My Microsoft account is going to be deactivated! I should follow the links and verify my account, right?

Well let’s see if this is truly Microsoft first. On my phone, I can tap on the address and see who the email is from. This automatically visible on my laptop. The first thing I notice is that the “From” email address is NOT from an official Microsoft email account.

That’s a pretty good clue that this is a phishing email. But did you catch the grammatical errors? “This’s is the last time we notified you…” That’s another clue.

The next part is not something I can do on my phone. I had to switch to my laptop. The other clue is that if you hover over any links, you should get a pop up with the actual link in it. It’s important that you don’t click, only hover.

The main link, or web address of this one is www dot notion dot so. (I write it this way so it doesn’t show up as a link on my post.)

One last clue. They will send you an email that you aren’t expecting. And they might send it to the wrong account. This next example is regarding my iCloud account.

Only they didn’t send it to the email associated with my iCloud account, so I know automatically it’s a phishing email.

And that’s the basics of how to identify a phishing scheme. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Hugs, Melinda