Archive for June 2011

On the road again…

June 21, 2011

Yesterday was quite the unexpected day. I open the garage door to go to work and it looked like I was in the middle of a hurricane. I decided to honor my wife and wait until the storms passed before I set out for work. Man am I glad that I did.

Despite waiting for the storms before my departure, I fought severe winds and heavy rain once I got out of Tippecanoe county. Trees and power lines were down all over the place and deep water covered the roads in many places. After turning around twice and finding an alternate route to work, I arrived safely shortly before 10 AM. I was greeted at the door by the Plant Manager informing me we had lost power and that everyone was sent home for the day. I stuck around for a few minutes to shoot the breeze but soon climbed back into my car and trekked home.

On the way home I decided to try to meetup with a friend for lunch. Mark (@madmup) and I have been trying for weeks to arrange a lunch and I figured this was the perfect opportunity. He finally replied to my barrage of texts, tweets and phone calls and our lunch date was set.

The rest of the afternoon went swimmingly. I was able to spend some time with Liz (@lizlaughlove) and Charlotte (@CharlotteJoanna) before I was to help out with VBS later in the evening.

Around 3 I received a phone call that power was back on at the plant but guys on the floor were having trouble accessing a few services. I attempted to log into work but had no luck. I directed someone to the server closet and had them try to turn on the servers that failed to come back on with the power but had no luck. I called Jonathan (@jonathanesmith) and informed him that I had to drive into work and that I probably wouldn’t be back in time to help out with VBS (vacation bible school). I got back in the rabbit and drove to work for the second time.

The flooding was worse on the second trip but there were no downed trees to block my route. I arrived at work and was in shock as I opened up the server closet. All my servers were back on and operational. That was when I remembered that the battery backups won’t kick on the servers until they’re about 75% recharged. They had turned themselves on while I was driving. While I was at work, I verified that all of the systems and services had come online correctly and opened up some packages that had arrived for me. After 45 minutes I got back in my car and headed to church to help out for VBS.

I arrived at church in time to help out with practice and experience a power outage about 10 minutes before showtime. We recovered quickly and were able to start the show with no one the wiser.

God is good.


Don’t wake the baby!!

June 4, 2011

It’s been a while since our last update and my how things have changed. She’s not sleeping through the night consistently yet but we have had a few nights with no crying baby. We feed her at 8 and put her down for the night. We wake her up and feed her around 10:30 then we put ourselves down for the night. If she gets a full feeding at 10:30 she’ll usually last until 6:30 in the morning. For the last week or so we’ve had an additional feeding around 4:30 which we’ll gladly take!

She’s a pretty good baby still. She does seem to have a lot of tummy issues… that seems to prompt crying more than anything else.

Charlotte likes to tweet when she has time so don’t forgot to follow her @CharlotteJoanna or friend her on Facebook!