Journal

Summer 2013

Tuesday, August 27th

Hello, August. The summer has been largely dominated by continued work on the house, since we're trying to get a new boiler setup before winter. We went up to Sarah's parents' property over Memorial Day, we went to a cabin in Viroqua, Wisconsin for my birthday, and we went camping in central Illinois at Walnut Point State Park last month. A couple of weeks ago we went up to Mike and Steph's. I set up a NAS for Steph's work and we had dinner in Lake Geneva.

I helped Matt B rebuild the retaining wall between his neighbor's house and his last month and I helped Nicole and Rob paint the back of their house this past weekend. The near-endless help we've gotten from friends and family on our own house is chronicled —as always— on the house blog.

I bought a new (to me) motorcycle in June, trading in the Suzuki for a Kawasaki Ninja. It's red and all scratched up on one side, but it's eight years newer and it starts reliably, something I couldn't say about the old bike. I've mostly ridden it to and from coffee with Mike, as well as coffee with Eriq and Matt B. It's really nice to have a reliable bike.

Sarah's just wrapped up her second-to-last semester of graduate school, with her last paper due tonight. Her final semester starts in a week or so, and we're both glad the end is in sight. We're going down to the Dunes this weekend with my mom. Derek is saying more words, but not yet stringing them together. He's getting much more sure on his feet and falling a lot less. He's sleeping in his own room and finally sleeping through the night (for the most part).

At work I've been setting up Configuration Manager 2012, with luck we'll be able to transition off of Altiris in the next several months. I'm hoping to get to training next month, which should help the process.

I think that covers the highlights. We're excited about the future. This year has been all about moving things forward and hasn't left much time to just enjoy ourselves. Next year I think we'll be able to relax just a little bit, especially if we can get the first floor of the house done.