December update

Hello! Long time, no see. Sorry I’ve been missing for so long!

I had a lovely last month and a half; I’ve been doing a lot of cool stuff at work recently, including more work on the timeclock as well as putting together a CentOS Linux webserver built on top of a Dell PowerEdge R720. This was the first experience I had with doing secure sites on Linux as well as doing multiple websites on the same Apache server – a ton of fun and a great learning experience for sure. It was especially cool because it’s also the most powerful server I’ve ever done work on – 24 CPU cores and 48 GB of RAM. Working on a blazing fast machine like that is really something else.

This is the new server I get to work on. Amazing.
This is the new server I get to work on. Amazing.

This has turned into a longer project for me, too, which is nice. It’s given me something that’s been a good challenge as well as the chance to continuously refine and improve my skills with Linux. I’m looking forward to see what I can do from here with this.

Thanksgiving was quiet for me – just spent it with my grandparents – but Christmas was a bit more eventful. A lot of family members came into town, so I got to spend my days off with both my immediate family (who drove in from Montana – and brought a lot of books from home as well as a few cans of Cold Smoke scotch ale!) as well as my grandparents, assorted cousins, an aunt, and an uncle.

My sister and cousin came to stay at my apartment
My sister and cousin came to stay at my apartment
Lots of relatives came down for the holidays including my parents
Lots of relatives came down for the holidays including my parents

 

Before they left, my parents did an impromptu folk/old-time concert for everyone.
Before they left, my parents did an impromptu folk/old-time concert for everyone.

It was interesting having people staying at my apartment – especially since I didn’t really have any couches or anything – but things worked out pretty well. It was nice to get to see everyone, and I got some wonderful new things for my apartment! I’m very excited, for example, about my new slow cooker – it’s pretty amazing to be able to just put things in the cooker in the morning and have them done when I get home.

Once Christmas was over, people started going home – so I felt okay taking a couple days to drive up to Ottawa to see my wonderful girlfriend. Once it came time for the visit to be over, we came back to my apartment – she’s going to stay with me for a month! It’s really great that we are able to spend time together. It’s also quite nice that my refrigerator is now full of actual good food instead of pasta and sauce – although we did make a wonderful pasta-based dish a couple nights ago! :D

It was nice to come back home after the trip, although Sarah was very nervous about meeting my grandparents.
It was nice to come back home after the trip, although Sarah was very nervous about meeting my grandparents.
Sarah and I spent a couple nights hanging out with my relatives. Lots of fun was had!
Sarah and I spent a couple nights hanging out with my relatives. Lots of fun was had!

Cooking has honestly been a lot of fun recently. I got to help make a delicious risotto (secret: chop up avocados and put them in) cooked in a wok, as well as put that slow cooker to use and cook up what was supposed to be pot roast (it turned into a delicious stew). I’m looking forward to doing more with it.

I’ll try and post another update again soon. Sorry about the long delay between posts!

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