The word is new.  The year has been filled with new. I have a new certification.  I have a new circle of friends.  I have a new job.

Oh yeah.  I have a new job!  I’m working with a staffing agency, but I’ll be a “Ops Tech I” with CenturyLink hopefully starting the first part of July.  It’s not where I want to end up, but I think it’s going to be an excellent starting point.

It has been interesting transition, this change from being a stay at home mom to full time working mom.  You have your usual problems, such as mom guilt, and housework, and lack of family time.  And then there are the other problems.

The biggest one:  IT is not my background.  I’m a theater girl.  And not even an actor, but tech theater!  So I’ve had to learn a lot of techie geeky type stuff this year.

To be fair to myself, I do have some of the information.  I can’t help it.  Dale likes to talk about his job, and I like to ask him questions about his job.  But the difference is that now I understand what he’s talking about.  But all of the years of asking him how to do something, and having to use Google and Bing to get the answers, and all the years of helping my dad through phone calls and are starting to come together.

Am I going to be perfect?  Absolutely not.  Am I going to work my hardest?  Always.  That’s not new.

And I’ve got a great support system.  I’ve managed to find myself a part of the Kansas City chapter of IAMCP WIT, which is the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners, Women in Technology.  But these women.  I don’t know what it is exactly, other than amazing.  I have never ever seen a group of women as dedicated to helping each other as this group.  Several of us were having trouble getting interviews, so one of the ladies set up a mentor lunch.  I redid my resume from the feedback I got.  Now I have a new job.

That was 2 weeks ago.

It’s been mind-blowing.

And next year, we are going to be the WIT chapter that hosts the IAMCP WIT worldwide conference, here in KC.  I’m just slightly excited about it.

And I’m writing this from the VMUG UserCon.  It has a new name.  It used to just be VMUG.  This is my third year to come.  The difference is that last year, I came for the swag.  This year, I came to get more information.  It’s primarily cloud storage and backups, but there are other things I’ve been learning.

This was going somewhere, but I forgot where.

Oh.  I’ve done this for many reasons, but the biggest one is for my girls.  I want them to know that they can do anything that they want, no matter how old they are or the amount of training they have, as long as they put their mind to it and do the work that it requires.

Now granted, there are some things that have restrictions.  Like, I can’t join the military or become an astronaut.  But I can start a new career, even at my age.  I can do it, and so can they.

So don’t be afraid to reach for the new, for the challenge.  It will keep you young.  I promise.


Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

At this moment

At this moment, I am trying to do a thousand different things at once.  My mind is in a whirlwind almost all the time.  So, let me try to catch you up.

I’m in the middle of a job search.  I love working with customers, but some of the rules from upper management (NOT my store manager, just to be clear), are stupid and ridiculous and makes the job hard.  There are quite a few people who are upset.

I had been studying for the CompTIA Cloud + certification since January.  I am happy to report that I passed on April 19.  Yay me!  So what does that mean?  Well, theoretically, it means I have the knowledge to go into a cloud position somewhere.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the experience, so that’s part of what my job search is for.

I’m planning on studying for the Network + certification as well.  Theoretically, I studied for it before the Cloud + test, but I want to make certain I can pass it.  I’m also going to take an ITIL and possibly Security +.  Long story short, I’m going to be doing a lot of studying to get a good foundation in the information technology field.

My children are doing well, even though they aren’t children really.  Princess is 20, and is at home now.  We’re working on communicating better.  She often brings her nieces over to stay the night.  I like them even though they aren’t “blood.”  I’m trying to get them to call me “Auntie Moo” but I don’t know if that will ever happen.

Boo is 19.  She just finished her freshman year at community college.  And while she didn’t get straight A’s, she kept going, and I’m proud of her for that.   She has decided to be an middle school English teacher.  It is a noble calling.

Little Bit is 13 and seems to have adjusted to public school pretty well.  She loves Social Studies and her flute class.  She has quite a few friends.

But one of the things that has been keeping me busy is that we are dealing with depression.  Boo was diagnosed first.  We’ve been very open with it.  She sees a therapist.  I make sure she knows she is loved.  And that God gives us all feelings, both good and bad.

But then Little Bit came up.  It was just her and me in the house.  She says, “Mom, I need to let you know that I’ve been feeling depressed to the point of hurting myself.”  Well, so we’ve been dealing with that.  I got her in to see the same therapist as Boo.  I took her to the pediatrician’s office.  I’ve been very open with her as well.

But that’s taken quite a chunk of my time and energy.  In fact, it’s drained me.  I was not expecting it.  She doesn’t show the typical “signs.”  It felt a bit out of left field, and knocked me for a loop.  I have moments I can’t breathe.  But I take moment, catch my breathe and keep going.

I’ve also been practicing my photography.  I went to the Ozark Pirate Fest last weekend, and took over 1000 pictures.  Which I also need to edit.  But I had a lot of fun and got quite a few nice shots.  I would love it if you go over to my Facebook page and let me know which ones you like.  Gardner Photographix was named after my dad.

Let’s see… job search, studying, depression, photography.  Oh, I guess I should mention Dale.  🙂  He’s the love of my life.  He’s so very supportive of everything I do.  He’s my best friend.

Well, I think that’s all.  I’ve got to go to work soon.  I’m going to try to keep up on my writing.  Have a great day everyone.


I didn’t forget

Well, I almost forgot.  It’s been a long day.  I went to a career fair that was sort of a waste of my time.  I finished a whole section in my studies.  I did the dishes.  I got my daughter to register to vote.  It’s been a long day.

Alright, time for a little Bible study.  The verse is Isaiah 43:18-19.  For tonight, I’m going to start with the New Living Translation.  I generally use NIV, but I like variety.

18 “But forget all that—
    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19 For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

And we’re going to just start with the very first part.  “But forget all that.”

Well, you know what?  We can’t start with verse 18.  We need to go further back.  In verses 16 and 17, the Lord is talking about the things He had done for Israel before, such as parting the Red Sea and drowning the Egyptians.

But in verse 18, He directs us to “forget all that.”  The rest of the passage goes on to talk about He’s going to do even more for us.  But what do we need to forget?

You know, I want to forget every time I’ve yelled at my kids, or Dale.  I want to forget every time that I’ve had an unkind thought.  I want to forget every time I’ve had a broken heart.

But I don’t want to forget the beauty of the sunrise or the sunset.  I don’t want to forget the miracle of the birth of my babies.  I don’t want to forget any of the wonderful and marvelous deeds of God my Savior.

But He’s going to do something more.  I just know it.  I feel it in my bones.  God ain’t finished yet.

Reasons I love Dale:

168:  He is overwhelmingly caring for me.  If I’m sick, he wants to take care of me.
169:  He’s actually a very good cook.  He made chicken for dinner tonight.
170:  He’s ridiculously smart.
171:  He has a good voice.  I love when he sings tenor.
172:  He always takes a moment or two to talk to me during the day, even just through text messages.
173:  He will take time when he gets home to talk to me about the day. It’s becoming one of my favorite parts of the day.

Okay, that’s all I have for tonight.  I’m a bit sleepy.

And does anyone have any suggestions for our anniversary?  We haven’t got anything set in stone, other than we both have the day off.  I don’t want to do just dinner and a movie, because that’s what we always do.  So, I’m open to suggestions.  Thank you.


Again, thanks to Michelle of M. Smith Portraits for our couples pictures.


Well, hello there.

Hello there, little blog.  It’s been awhile since we’ve talked.  Let me see if I can catch you up a little bit.

No, I didn’t get the job I posted about, even though I felt like I did fabulous on the interview.

Yes, I did set up a functioning network.  Not only that, but I have actually expanded it, and then made a private network and a public network.  (At the moment, they are still talking to each other.  I’ll be changing that in the very near future.)

No, I haven’t stopped writing, but I have had to take a break, because I am trying to study like a crazy woman to get this certificate.  No I haven’t finished yet.  Yes, I am learning new things.  Like virtualization and VMware and datacenters and all that jazz.

Yes, Dale and I are still married, and still struggling, and still learning new things about each other.  For example, Dale likes listening to political commentaries.  This is a new thing, I think.  Tonight, he is listening to one on Thomas Jefferson.

No, I’m not planning on auditioning for Ren Fest this year.  But yes, I will be going to Ren Fest.  As a staff photographer!  I’m actually very excited about this.  I’ve even set up a Facebook page just for this purpose.  Gardner Photographix if you care to take a look.

I’m trying to remember what else I need to catch up on.  To be honest, I’m so tired, I can’t concentrate.

So, the purpose of this little post is two-fold.  One is to catch you up on all the news.  The second is to start counting again.  I’ve noticed that when I don’t count, I loose sight of the fact that I love Dale, and I get grumpy and nit-picky and just over all unbearable to live with.  It’s been almost 2 months since I counted any reasons, and a week ago, we had a huge fight.  Which resulted in a beautiful conversation a few days later, but the argument was ridiculous and stupid and a waste of time and energy.

Our anniversary is Thursday this year.  March 8.  We’ll have been married for 21 years.  I have officially been married to Dale for half of my life.  So, my gift to him (that he won’t see for a while), is to start again.  I may have some repeats, because I’m not going to go and re-read all 162 reasons right now.  That’s my gift to me, to give myself some grace in this endeavor.  But my gift to him is to keep on counting.

Reasons I love Dale:

163:  He can teach me all about networking.
164:  He has a strong moral compass.
165:  He will listen to me gripe and complain about my coworkers.
166:  He will help me cook dinner.
167:  He loves me.  No matter what.

I’ll write more tomorrow.  I also want to start processing and studying Isaiah 43:18-19 tomorrow.  The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that God did give me the word NEW as my one word for the year.

Alright.  It’s been a long day, so I’m going to sign off for now.  As always,


A special thanks to Michelle Smith of M. Smith Portraits for our wonderful Valentine’s Day and anniversary portraits.  She does wonderful work.  Thank you.


Today’s Lessons

Today’s lessons was how many times can you configure a router and not get it working right.  You know that saying, doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is a lesson in futility?  That was my lesson today.

I also learned that a wireless bridge is next to impossible to configure if you’ve never done it before, and that an access point is easy.  But only if you have the cable.

And that stairs are a hard place to run cable.

But I also learned that perseverance pays off.  Today, the network for my church is one network instead of 3 separate ones (preschool will be added soon), and extended the range on the network.  And we have a game plan for adding VLANs and guest networks.

I’m excited.  Strange, but I am.

I need to go to bed because I have an interview tomorrow.  I’m really nervous and really excited.  But no matter what, all glory to God, right?