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May. 16th, 2006 11:43 pm Update of sorts

I haven't written or even browsed LJ for awhile, partially because I haven't been feeling well. My flu-like infection stretched into two weeks and now has morphed into something more like a cold. The coughing was bad enough for my singing; now, the sneezing and dripping commences. Sigh. My voice teacher (blueclews) has prescribed nasal rinsing with a Neti pot, and some herbal immunity-boosting supplement, both of which are rather gross but I'm giving them a try. I should probably also take advantage of my insurance and meet the Kaiser doctor I signed up with five months ago.

At least I have my energy level mostly back, and have walked to and from work several times in the last week. boyziggy and I are trying to walk partway together most days that we both have work (being at the opera, his "weekends" are different than mine). His walk is about 1.5 miles each way and mine is about 2.3, and in both cases taking the bus doesn't actually save all that much time. Plus, the weather is so wonderful finally and the days are nice and long, so it feels good to be outside. Also had a nice, though tiring, walk and brief geocache jaunt with opus119 this past weekend.

I'm still trying to do three different jobs at work - programming, video editing, and system administration, and none of them that well. Had a lovely 13 hour day today but I had planned for it, not wanting to take down the production server for a major update before 5 p.m., and got a nap in the sun in at lunch. Other than a scary MySQL update that erased all of my databases, everything went pretty smoothly (and I was able to recover all the data from my last-minute exports). At least we have finally hired a new web manager (thomwatson), so things should improve once he gets out here next month; he's a perfect fit for the position.

We have a great set lined up for my jazz workshop; hopefully I will have fully recovered my health by the time of our concert, which will be sometime around June 19-21. I'm also gearing up to perform in Second Life, where I've attended numerous live concerts from performers all over the world; it's a really neat interactive experience. My streaming software is all set up; I just have to buy some accompaniment CDs to sing along to until I can convince some jazz guitar- or piano-playing friends to jam along with me.

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From:obadiah
Date:May 17th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)

Hi

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Hey sweetie -- I am sorry you're still feeling under the weather. I'll try to make your jazz concert in June, but it would be nice to hang out before then. Been thinkin' 'bout you.

I should probably also take advantage of my insurance and meet the Kaiser doctor I signed up with five months ago.

I agree. You must get better soon!
From:funcrunch
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi

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Hey sweetie -- I am sorry you're still feeling under the weather. I'll try to make your jazz concert in June, but it would be nice to hang out before then. Been thinkin' 'bout you.

Yes, it's been far too long - drop me a line and let me know your schedule! *hugs*
From:opus119
Date:May 17th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that virus was pretty nasty for me, too (pretty sure I had the same thing). I'm hoping that your being outside more in the warmer weather will help you recover more quickly now.
From:thomwatson
Date:May 18th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about your long day with the server update; I was wondering about that from the timestamp of the emails we were exchanging that evening. I sure hope we're able to do something about the workload issues, especially now that you've taken on those new responsibilities.

I'd say that you must be doing all three jobs pretty well, though, given that the site stays up, looks good, and has some cool new multimedia features.
From:funcrunch
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about your long day with the server update; I was wondering about that from the timestamp of the emails we were exchanging that evening.

Thanks. Unfortunately it's not over yet; I'm at this moment recompiling PHP, with an Apache update to follow, to fix a problem with downloading large files. (I don't know why I thought I could get away with not recompiling these apps immediately for the new OS, as the same problem happened the last time we did a major update. Sigh...)

I sure hope we're able to do something about the workload issues, especially now that you've taken on those new responsibilities.

It's not the amount of time so much, as the amount of room in my brain to absorb all of these different required skills.

I'd say that you must be doing all three jobs pretty well, though, given that the site stays up, looks good, and has some cool new multimedia features.

Thanks again - uptime is very important to me. The multimedia site still needs a lot of work to make it more efficient on the backend, but at least we have all of our A/V content now available from one place.