April 8, 2019: Work Starts on the Atrium

Monday. I actually got to sleep in a little this morning. The team was on top of things and handled all of the early morning stuff.

This afternoon the real work on the atrium began. Paul and Dominica got the beam that has always gone across the atrium removed. I moved it out to the front yard. They did a lot of work on the walls, the old wiring, fixtures, flashing, and stuff. Tomorrow is the power washing. Then painting comes after that. We are going to be putting up strips of coloured LED lighting out there to make for a soft, uniform lighting situation to make it a lot more pleasant out there.

This evening Paul and Dominica had to run a delivery of cookies to Kat. She needs them for her classes again.

Liesl and I spent the evening playing first Deponia together, which she completed pretty quickly. Then we played the sequel, Chaos on Deponia. We played way more of this game than we played the first time. Several hours of it. By the end of the night, I would estimate that we were close to halfway through the second title. Liesl is very much looking forward to getting to play more of it tomorrow.

April 7, 2019: Wrapping Up Migration Weekend

Sunday. I got up on the late side and was pretty much straight off to work. Another very busy day. I worked for several hours this morning, mostly with Allen. It was a long day, at least seven hours of working at the office. Rodrigo is off this weekend for his wedding anniversary so my normal pressure relief valve is not around.

A storm rolled in this morning and it was raining for much of the day. Not too heavy, though.

Kat came over for a little bit today, then she, Paul and Dominica ran out to deal with some stuff for a few hours for her. I was still working.

Rachel stopped by between showing houses and getting ready to go bar tend. But I only got to see her for a few minutes.

Very little to say about the day. I was in my office until after six when I was finally able to wrap it up and walk away. Things should be pretty much good for tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be really busy.

We put on 30 Rock for a while. Everyone wanted Taco Bueno for dinner. Dominica and I went out and swung through Taco Bell for Liesl, then Taco Bueno for Dominica, Kat, and I. Luciana had shells and cheese, Paul made himself something.

After dinner I was in the mood for something sweet. We had nothing in the house. Liesl wanted to come with me. We went to Braum’s and got ice cream. It is right down on Trinity Mills. Liesl got the cookie monster fancy sunday. I just got a frozen yoghurt soft serve cone, small.

Liesl Having Her Sunday at Braum’s

We came back home and watched more television with everyone for a while. Then around ten, Kat went home and everyone went to bed. Liesl and I set up Deponia and played for a while and I poured some wine.

Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day. We did a lot of work today to try to have as much as possible ready for tomorrow. But there are so many people going to be using the network tomorrow that someone is bound to unearth all kinds of unforeseen situations. I am going to be so tired all week.

April 6, 2019: Back to Deponia

Saturday. I slept in and didn’t get up until around nine thirty. Shortly after waking up, the rain and thunderstorm that we were expecting this weekend arrived. Our new gutters did wonderfully and we didn’t get an atrium filling up with water like we have been getting for forever now. No more worrying about atrium flooding! And one step closer to being able to consider selling the house.

Today is the veterinary office network migration that we’ve been discussing for days. I got started right away in the morning and worked in my office until eleven at night! Yes, it was really that long of a day. Totally exhausting. And there is still a lot to be done tomorrow. Sadly, only one of our staff was able to be around this weekend so we didn’t get to use all of this time as training, really.

After I was finally done with work this evening, the girls and I started playing the Deponia video game series again. Liesl and I played the first two games of this series, and started into the third one, a number of years ago. But back then there were only three titles and we had gotten stuck on the third one and had lost interest. But recently she expressed a desire to play them again. But none of us really remembers the story from the original games any longer, so it just made sense to go back to the beginning and start all over again. The fourth game in the series was finally on a good sale yesterday so I picked it up. Now we are ready to play straight through the entire series for the first time.

We played for a few hours, then off to bed.

April 5, 2019: Friday Night Flights

Friday. Today was a long day of customer meetings. After some client drama yesterday, I had suggested that we have a management meeting with the owner of a customer company first thing this morning. That meeting went well, but got me started on the early side today.

Work was pretty busy. These days I seem to be on the phone for enormous swaths of the day. It is a good thing that our crew has grown so much, it is very hard for me to get any real work done because I am in continuous meetings.

I had a few more formal meetings today, plus many that just popped up. By later in the afternoon I was in quite a rush. Paul and I had a meeting at four at the Preston country club that we had to make. My three o’clock meeting ran long and it was a mad rush to change and get out there. But the guy that we were meeting ran quite late anyway, so it really didn’t matter.

Our cocktails meeting was really pointless. I had guessed this and did a full explanation as to the expectations of the meeting to the sales crew ahead of the meeting to make sure that people understood that I had already assessed the meeting and thought that it was going to be a total waste of time, and I nailed it. The guy was nice enough, he bought us drinks and even offered to pay for dinner. But the “meeting” was nothing but inane questions asked to us shotgun style that made no sense, and time was never given for us to answer, and way more than was needed to know about us to know that the meeting was pointless was known well ahead of time. So the guy was just an idiot. The whole time that we were there, he struggled to put together a coherent sentence. My guess is that he was high the entire time, he was never sure what was going on and nothing he said made sense (not like scam not making sense, like drugged up lunatic not making sense.)

The meeting, thankfully, did not last long at all. The nut job just up and left without any pretense after about thirty minutes. So it was easy to escape. In the whole time, he was so incoherent, he was never able to explain even where he worked or what they did. If I hadn’t researched him on LinkedIn, we’d have left not even knowing that he was a sales guy, or for whom he was attempting to do sales. As it was, it was clear that he was trying to make a sale, but was just that bad at adulting.

We got back and I worked for a little bit longer, but Dominica and I decided to go out tonight. She wanted to try out Lonestar Taps and Caps in The Colony. It was relatively late by the time that we were able to go out. Maybe around nine.

Friday Night Flights with Dominica at Lonestar Taps and Caps

We had a nice evening and Dominica liked the venue. It’s really handy for us, too. Straight up Josey. Dominica really enjoyed her awesome beer selection.

On the way home we stopped at Taco Bueno and I introduced Dominica to the potato burrito with beans and she is totally in love with it now.

April 4, 2019: Second (and Third) AT&T Outage for the Week

Thursday. Today was pretty busy. This whole week has been pretty crazy and I am scheduled to work all through the weekend. It’s actually been a few weeks of super busy. But everything at work is going well, stress is down. Just busyness is up.

This morning was standard work plus a lot of dealing with AT&T today. This is the second time this week that I had to deal with AT&T outages. The competence level at AT&T is unbelievably bad. In this case, they even had their own phone systems internally fail while we were trying to get transferred. They own accounting department could not reach support, because their phones were down. Pretty much par for the course. At least we know that they aren’t failing to support their customers because their people are taking care of themselves. They can’t even do that. So technically that is three discrete and unrelated AT&T phone outages that I got to deal with just this week.

The last AT&T outage has been going on for four days and they can’t get their fiber working in Connecticut. This one is a DSL and POTS outage and we will see how it goes. Then there was their internal phone outage.

Around lunch I had to coordinate a physical site visit remotely.

This evening we had some customer drama happen, which resulted in hours of telephone discussion time talking about how to best address it. We will see how that goes tomorrow.

AT&T just missed their appointment to look at the downed lines today. They just didn’t bother showing up for their appointment even though three unique call ins were made for it. Total laziness.

We did have a meeting today about doing a project in Mexico City. Hoping to hear about that, soon.

This evening was just hanging out with the girls.