Buying a house

Never imagined how busy I would be when buying a house. Especially when the closing date of my condo and of the house we are buying are both on September 30th.

There are lots of details to keep up on. All of the real estate and mortgage related paperwork. Inspections, appraisals, the waiting game for answers to questions. Making a list of utilities, accounts, etc. that will need address changes or signups for. Thinking of what stuff we want to bring over to the house or get rid of. Praying that nothing like a hurricane or earthquake suddenly throws a curve ball.

It is very odd creating wishlists on various sites for various things I haven’t used in years that suddenly become a necessity when owning a house. Like a lawn mower and a snow blower.

On top of this, the fast pace life of working for an awesome company of course always keeps me on my toes. Wouldn’t have it any other way though, this is what I am born to do. Work hard, play hard.


A few updates since I last wrote a couple of months ago:

  • Been extremely busy at work.
  • Site is now running on Dreamhost again (but of course still using DynDNS Custom for DNS) after about a year and a half on my own server. This site should be much faster now and have fewer quirks. I have learned that maintaining an web server is a lot tougher than it looks. Time to leave the server and backend stuff to the experts. I will stick with what I know now, which is running WordPress and configuring my own DNS.
  • Reloading my server so it can be a test instance of BIND for me.

The first day

The first day at the new job went very well. Except for the fact I remembered exactly 3 names out of probably 100+ people I met. That is something that always takes some time with me…remembering everyone’s names.

It is a change of pace with no traveling and I think I am going to enjoy it.

The end is the beginning is the end

About a month ago I was reading the Sunday newspaper, as I do almost every Sunday. All was normal until I started reading the classifieds section, which is something I normally don’t do.

All the sudden I stumbled across a job posting. It was really random, but it was for a company I had looked into at one point during college, but never got a response from them when I sent my resume. Even more random, the job posting happened to be for a “Technical Support Specialist.” After reading the job description, I pretty much on the spot decided to apply just for kicks.

I hadn’t been looking for another job. Heck, I was extremely happy at my current job. However, the opportunity to work for a company that was ranked in the top 25 in the nation for small companies is something you don’t pass up. At the very worst, I was going to waste a few hours of time preparing my resume and if I was lucky, getting an interview.

A week after I sent my resume in, I got a call on my cell phone. About 4-5 days later, an interview took place that I thought went extremely well. Another 4-5 days and I was offered the job.

I couldn’t turn down the offer. Gave my two weeks notice, which is one of the hardest things to do since I worked at a company I really enjoyed working for, especially when I had to give my notice to two people I have enormous respect for.

Today I said my final goodbyes. It was hard, but very exciting at the same time. I made a lot of friends over the past few years with my co-workers and even my clients, many who have extremely interesting businesses that I was glad to learn about and in effect, help run.

Monday is the beginning of a new chapter. Instead of traveling every day, I will be in one location all the time. Instead of dealing with hundreds of clients (my now former boss and I figured we handled the IT needs for about 1000 individuals who worked for our clients), I now deal with a couple hundred co-workers for one of the most successful companies in New Hampshire.

I am extremely excited for what the future will bring. I won’t forget where I came from and who helped me reach this point.

First time isn't perfect

Yesterday I took my first Cisco exam, for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification, at New Horizons in Nashua. While I knew almost no one passes the first time around (unless you have been working with Cisco equipment a lot longer then I have), I went into the exam feeling optimistic that I would at least hold my own and at worst, use it as a learning experience.

The exam itself was…hard, just as I expected. 55 questions and lots of them on routing protocols. I really could not figure out the simulation questions that dealt with troubleshooting routers, and the advanced stuff on routing protocols really got me mixing up terms between the different protocols. Oops.

I ended up scoring a 524 on the exam out of between 300 and a 1000 possible points. I needed a 849 to pass. Not a great showing (actually pretty bad), but it proved to me three things 1) I got something right, 2) I learned a lot about what to study for next time, and 3) with some work, I can pass this. It wasn’t over my head too much and I know exactly where to target for next time.

Hey it is a good start. Maybe in a month or two I can go back and kick some serious butt. I really don’t think I am that far away from passing it…I just need to study routing protocols a lot more and really work hard at the simulator to figure out these troubleshooting questions.