How was your day dear?: December 2003 Archives

Did the whole family/church thing today. As predicted, I came home with a bag of Freddo frogs. Yes that's right, all I got for Christmas was a bag of Freddos. Well until next week at least anyway. I've been promised two dvds from parents and me little brother left my present at his place. So I came home and had a shot glassfull of Luc's pressie, and built my Hogwarts Castle. Like I said, people should just buy their own presents, would be easier. I'm watching my brother's Christmas present now - well he wasn't going straight home so said I could borrow it. Ironically it's also on free to air tv also at the same time. Silly really.

And I left my camera at parents place. Damned flipping.

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Video night at Striker's last night. Watched Duel and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Had so much todo on my todo list that I didn't know where to start, and in the end got almost none of it done.

Carols by twilight at church. Great big family-fest. Yay.

You're meant to be able to sleep in on your day off, aren't you? Well not me. Come normal waking time and I'm up. Had to force myself to try and get more sleep.

Didn't quite achieve all I wanted to today. But did get one thing done that I'd been putting off til the holidays. Then I wandered into the city to do some Christmas shopping. It's starting to get chaotic there. In the end I hardly got anything that I couldn't have gotten in the 'burbs. Still, it was very cool to see some books in Dymocks that a friend of mine wrote. I hadn't realised she was distributing them through big stores, I thought it was mainly schools.

I want to learn to play the piano. Is it too late to start learning when you're 30? My friends' kids are learning, and they're five-ish and already know about chords. I want to be able to keep up with them. I would love to be able to buy sheet music and play it. For $24.95 you can get all the music for Harry Potter. I'd love to be able to play it all. Of course I'd need a keyboard then, and somewhere to put it, and some beginners music to practise with. Not to mention I'd probably want decent lessons. I'll have to ask Sami (author of aforementioned music books) what she thinks, and how much it would be likely to cost.

oh, and I also saw the largest commercial jigsaw puzzle ever made - 18000 pieces!! It has four antique maps of the world, so it'd basically be like mixing up four 4500 piece puzzles (which is bigger than anything I've done to start with) and doing them all at once. Yikes! I shoulda checked the dimensions. I doubt I'd even have floor space to do it :)

as it is, it's tomorrow. :)
mind you, if I'd blogged this arvo it would have been a rather depressing tale of demarcation issues at work, offset by my boss rather sweetly reminding me that yes, I am the server administrator, and all decisions will need to go through me first. *aww*

But after three glasses of wine before dinner, I am still buzzing. It was cia's christmas party, and general merriment was had by all. I guess it may have helped some that I gave just about everyone a massage :)

Is today over yet?

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Harry Potter minifigs.jpg

Took this cool photo of some Harry Potter minifigs today. How cute are they? I want to get one of every character.

I managed to get all the printers setup on our new print server except for one, which doesn't have 2003 drivers, and I can't get xp or 2000 drivers to work with it either. It also happens to be a printer that the guys have spent *ages* on trying to make it work in the first place. It's a toshiba, and has caused no end of troubles since the day they bought it. We sit and curse the people that go out and just buy a printer without asking us first. Most of the printers around are HP, with some Xerox. The ones that tend to give us the most troubles are the dodgy-brothers printers like the toshiba, a danka, etc.

I finished the Belgariad tonight. The ending was a nice tie-up of an epic story. I'm sure Sami will be wanting to lend me the Malloreon next :)

There are still quite a few angel eggs. I now have another tank for them to breed in :) This tank has been passed around quite a bit, and now I have it. I still have no idea where I'm going to put the darned thing though, I'm running out of floor/wall space.

It's late.

Successfully moved global catalog servers from AD DC to another on my test domain today. This was after stuffing around with dns last week doing some trials, and leaving it pointed at the wrong place, so the domain controllers wouldn't talk to each other. "frigging dns" is all I have to say about that.

Also successfully connected an OS X mac and an OS 7.6.1 mac to the servers, doing file and print sharing.

Now that those problems have been overcome I can go back to the original plan of having new print and dhcp servers setup by the weekend for a big changeover. *scary*

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ps, in case you were wondering what on earth I'm talking about.. I'm planning our work deployment of active directory. We're upgrading our windows NT 4 domain to 2003. You know those ads on at the moment that say "we're merging all these domains and making it all easier blah blah blah" to which the boss just looks at him, and so he says "we'll save $2 million a year" ... well we're nothing like that really, given that we only have one domain and two servers, but that's what we're doing. I've been thinking about it for a couple of months, but really working frantically on it for the past couple of weeks when we all suddenly realised that next year was only 6 weeks away, and we plan to go live with it mid January. fun fun fun!

Christmas Tree

Went to church this morning and didn't get home til 4pm. Whoops. Went shopping with George afterwards and got lots of lego. Double whoops. Some of it will end up as Christmas presents methinks.

Got part way through my todo list for the weekend. I don't know that I'll be able to make it to Christmas without a spare day off, but I have so much work on at the moment that I don't know if I'll have a chance to take any time off.

I can't walk down stairs very well at the moment. It can't possibly have anything to do with the fact that I climbed down several hundred stairs in quick succession yesterday. At any rate, they're killing me at the moment.

I uploaded a pic of my tree from last year. It looks much the same this year, except that there's more tinsel, and the floor in front of it is covered in space lego. hrmm :)

24 hours

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23 hours ago I was at drinks at the Corro which was meant to be a reunion of the previous batch of support guys. As it turned out, all three of them piked at the last minute. onya guys. not.

6 hours ago I was on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was fabulous. Although we nearly got blown off - it was blowing an absolute gale. Fortunately it didn't rain, that would have been pretty miserable. Thanks to George for letting me have her ticket.

1 hour from now I'm meant to be at a Christmas party for work. But only one of the guys from our office is going that I know about (well my boss might be also, but he doesn't count cause he doesn't talk to me in social situations), plus being my wonderful partnerless self, and given that this stoopid party is in Mosman, which is a useless place to get to, means I have to drive, by myself, which means no drinking, and I don't think I could face spending the night there with a bunch of people that I really have nothing in common with without at least a decent mugfull of eggnog to keep me going. And have I ever mentioned that I *hate* going places by myself at the best of times?

The alternative is a video night at Striker's, but I'm feeling too depressed about everything to even be bothered with that (sorry Striker). My place looks like a bomb's hit it; I've basically not been home for the past two and a half weeks. The cockroaches, even with me not leaving food around for weeks, live off the sticky gum used to seal envelopes, and who knows what else, and are just as abundant as ever.

So I can go out and get stressed out, or stay home and get depressed. Great choice.

doh, missed it, it is tomorrow already
long day. Lots of AD upgrade planning. Got a couple of hours of free one-on-one microsoft support, very handy indeed :) Thanks James *hugs*

*squelch*

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/me collapses into a gelatenous gloop.
Going to try and have a sleepin tomorrow. Need to catch up on lots of sleep.

Then it's back to planning our deployment of active directory. Sound like fun? :)

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