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 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.
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!
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!