Category: Changing careers

  • Plugging along at StraighterLine

    I’m halfway through Introduction to IT through StraighterLine, which transfers as Fundamentals of IT at WGU. It’s been a bit uphill both ways, but not in a snowstorm. My hours were cut at work, which you’d think would like life easier, but the amount of work we were expected to do didn’t change. We just […]

  • Well, I’m not dead, yet.

    Well, I’m not dead, yet, but I did get impressively sick and have to get the nasal swab test for the COVID-19 plague. It was less fun than a pony, but more fun than being bit by a pony. I lost a friend in early March to cancer, and another in early April to heart […]

  • Missing the Write 31 Days Challenge

    This week’s FMF writing prompt is: CHALLENGE I’ve been missing the Write 31 Days challenge, and the time I might have spent prepping for it this month. Honestly, I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself over it. What the heck, self? I played in 2012 and 2018, and wish I’d done it more frequently. […]

  • Bats at the umbrella factory

    Meanwhile, back at the umbrella factory. Last May, my landlord raised the renty by $50. On the first of this year, they raised it $85. In September, they’re going to raise it another $50. I’m deeply tired of renting. It’s not like it’s a fancy apartment. The only real amenities are that we can hang […]

  • Window and Freeway

    This week’s FMF writing prompt is: INFLUENCE Not gonna lie. The prompt doesn’t speak or spark, for me, but the point of the exercise is to build discipline around the practice of writing, to some extent. So. Here I am. Rock me like a hurricane. Influence. I influence others. I am influenced. The environment I’m […]

  • Section 3: Package and Software Management

    This suuuuucks. Three sections to go, and not much of November left. I let myself get pulled into taking care of someone who needs to learn to take care of themself. I’m not doing anyone any favors, here. My ex cried, and told me that, if his girlfriend hadn’t come over last weekend, he “would […]

  • NaNoCertMo: Users and Permissions

    Can I just say I’ve missed command line? I didn’t realize just how much. I picked up a smattering of Linux in the 90s. Just enough to play and code for a Mu*. (I miss the multi-user shared hallucination, y’all.) Then in my 20s I worked with a mainframe environment, with COBOL and JCL, and […]

  • NaNoCertMo: Navigating the System

    I finished the first section, which is meant to take seven days, in five days. This will eventually catch me up in the class, so that I finish on time at the end of November. One down. Five sections to go. Twenty-five days left. I don’t think it’s a surprise that I did this by […]

  • Repeat: The quick, quick version

    This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: REPEAT. Hi. My name’s Jae, and this is my brother Pete, and my other brother Repeat.[note]I had to.[/note] You guys. Holy cow. I’ve taken three run-ups for this OS class, and failed every time. But this time I’m screaming through the class like a Bentley on fire, […]

  • NaNoCertMo 2018

    Well, October was beautifully writealicious, and now it’s time to buckle down and also to sack up. I’ve been having an on-again off-again relationship with getting myself up on my financial feet. I started a class, then divorce happened. Pain happened. Loss of insurance happened. Everything happened except me finishing the damn certificate. I got […]