Purdue Anniversary

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Today was my sixth year of employment with Purdue University.

During that time, I’ve gotten to know a great many people across the University and have expanded my knowledge far beyond what I had dreamt when I first joined Purdue.

On June 30, 2008, I began working for the Physics department as a Desktop Support Specialist.  I helped the faculty, staff, and students with their UNIX/Mac systems – fixing issues and improving their experience wherever I could.  I also helped out with the server-side environment when possible, as well as greatly enhancing the user-facing technical documentation.

On October 17, 2011, I began a new chapter in my time at Purdue as a Messaging Systems Administrator.  I joined a great team and quickly gained much technical knowledge along with a great deal more responsibility.  My new position was managing systems used by the entire University.  However, the biggest change was in being introduced to a world of greater collaboration across all departments and units of Purdue.  Ensuring superior communication during both good and unfortunate events has been a skill I’ve been able to hone the past three years.

I look forward to many more years to come at Purdue University and seeing my career and skills continue to advance!

Fence: Phase 1 Complete

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Last year, we had a fence put in at our house. Late in the year, we started to stain and seal it, but only got about halfway done.

This year, I’ve made it my goal to finish the entire fence before the year ends. I’ve finally completed the first phase by completing the inside of the fence. It has taken about almost 14 gallons of stain, but the results look great!

Next up: the entire outside while trying to use less stain if at all possible!

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Happy Birthday To Me!

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Yesterday, I had my 30th birthday.  I have now entered a milestone year and can look back on past achievements and future endeavors.

In the past year, I’ve bought a house with Justin, gotten married, assisted Justin in obtaining his permanent residency and we’ve celebrated being together for 6.5 years.

Coming up are even more advancement in my career, we will be initiating surrogacy, and I have another ten years until I hit the big 4-0!

Google helped me to celebrate yesterday with the image above.  We had a low-key evening last night with Justin studying after a nice dinner while I painted even more of our fence.  Mom and Dad came down for the weekend as well and we had a nice time together.  Tonight, Justin and I went to HuHot, where the Grill Warriors treated me to a Happy Birthday and a huge oil fire on the grill for my “birthday candles”!  He had to do it a second time because I didn’t make a wish on the first fireball!

A Chick-Fil-A Shocker

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So recently, there was a news story about a group of gay men in New York who were glad that a Chick-Fil-A was coming to their town.  For, what I think is an irrational reason, the gay community suddenly became livid.

As many are aware, Chick-Fil-A, the company, is led by a bigot – Dan Cathy.

Regardless of the views of Dan, my husband and I enjoy eating at Chick-Fil-A when we do go.  We wouldn’t recommend their new grilled chicken as the classic tends to taste better, but I won’t stop eating there.

Plus, the peach shake is back!  Come on, who can resist a shake made with real, delicious, pieces of peach in it!?

Purdue Strength

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Today, a tragedy occurred on campus.  Andrew Boldt, a senior in ECE and TA for ECE 362 was shot and killed by fellow TA Cody Cousins.  The shooting is said to be targeted as no-one else was involved and Cody went outside and waited to be taken into custody.

While completely senseless, the Purdue community has come together to support each other and the family and friends of Andrew.  My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.

Myself, I was in class in KNOY which is the next building over from EE where the shooting happened.

Photo source: @MissHabig on twitter