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Jan 2015

I am a recent convert to Ansible and I get the feeling I’ll be using it a lot in my day to day work as a system admin.

Here is an example of what Ansible can do for you:

ansible group1 --sudo -m shell -a "lvresize --resizefs --size 60GB /dev/mapper/vgroup1-var"

This resizes a partition on multiple servers all at once. Which is very handy. And this is just the tip of the iceberg on what Ansible can do!

Morning Mist

Sep 2014

I really should take more pictures…


Misty Morning

Beautiful Misty Morning

Games with friends.

Feb 2014

I just got home from playing Caverna with two friends. This game is a lot of fun, even when you lose! (which I did)


This is set up.


This is my board at the end.


And finally, an above shot of the whole game (yes, I am that tall)

I just noticed that we all had laptops. We’re geeks :-) Mainly we were teasing Internet friends that couldn’t be there.

Fun times, for sure. Knackered now. Bed.

The day the Internet returned!

Nov 2013

Well, returned to normal speed.
I decided at the beginning of October that I wanted to go to a breaking bad party. Having only seen a few episodes, I had a lot of catching up to do.
So I watched episodes to and from work and managed to go through my whole 5gig allotment. (luckily it happened October 30th)
Now I’m back on 4G, and I much prefer it over 2G.

Today we played xbox in an senior living apartment building, played civ and watched sports and rocked a baby to sleep.

Good day.

November 2nd – Seeing a Mizzou game

Nov 2013

I got to see a Mizzou game in person today!  It’s about time.  Nik and I had planned to do it a loooong time ago, but it never quite worked out.  I’ve been gone from Columbia for three years and now we got to go.

I also went out to see another new baby today.  Mirriam was very cute.  I have a kind of, well not quite fear, but an aversion to fresh babys…  I’m just so afraid of injuring them…

So I didn’t hold Mirriam, but I have been holding Neal more.  He’s cute.

The biggest thing today was the game.  We (Mizzou) won 31 – 3.  So my plan worked.  I had two weekends to choose from and I chose the one that they won!  It was a little chili, but totally worth it.

No picture today.  I’ve failed to edit pics, but I did take them!

November and Columbia

Nov 2013

I should have had this blog post up yesterday. (I’ll just back date it)

I’ve decided to post every day for the month of November.

Friday (which is today, really it is! ;) ) was good. Kind of bittersweet. Columbia is becoming less of our place every time we visit..

Today we ran errands with Chelsea’s mom and ate at El Rancho. (I forget how good that place is)

Well that’s all I have now. Here is a pic of one of the babies we are visiting.



Mar 2013

I made cupcakes for Chelsea tonight.

Last year for her birthday, I bought a cake. It was sub par. So I said I would bake her something to make up for it.

We’re doing the elimination diet and today is adding pumpkin. So pumpkin cupcakes!


(and I did it just before her next birthday)

Yule 2012

Dec 2012


Our altar from the ritual this morning. The important thing to note is the masonry jar on the right. This is filled with our gratitudes. It’s nice to have so many things to be grateful for.


Dec 2012


Yule presents. I love giving gifts. It’s kind of selfish, since I get a good feeling from it. Blue is me to her and red is her to me. It looks lopsided, but we both have the same budget. (and i get handcrafted items!)

Picture a day: Day one, “something starting With C”

Nov 2012


This is Chelsea humoring me with a picture.



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