Let’s play some catch-up
Sorry I’ve been silent … all is well!
Just been a busy damn week, with all the running around trying to get the car back and everything else we had to do this week.
Let’s see …
Derwood has had to go on campus all week to take training classes for Red Hat technician and engineer certifications. Today was the two-part test, which he was convinced he was going to bomb. Waiting for him to get home so I can see if that assessment still holds. It’ll be nice to have him back on his regular schedule. Update — he passed part one of the two part test with 81.5%, however he did not pass the second half and will have to re-take it. At this point he is now a certified Red Hat technician, however he doesn’t yet have the Red Hat engineer certification (part 2 of the test).
The blue-screens-of-death have stopped – knock wood! — at long last. Derwood kept swapping things around and it appears that it was something wrong with the CPU heat sink and/or the fan on the heat sink. He’s swapped over a different heat sink and fan and so far there hasn’t been another incident.
We got the car back on Tuesday afternoon, thank God. That gas hog loaner van was killing our budget.
Missy has been busy with dance — she has Indy Feis this Saturday, Louisville next Saturday, and the following weekend is Dayton on Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday. Then we get to breathe for a month before Columbus and Lansing. I *need* to finish up her petticoat, which had to be remade because she’s danced off too many inches and it was falling off her! I’m procrastinating at the moment, but I need to get a move on, because she must have it for the morning.
She’s done exceptionally well this year, especially considering she’s just getting back into it after her long ass break, and she’s still nursing a healing ankle. Right now, she’s also got a blister that took out her heel — literally the thing was the size of her entire heel, it opened last night while she was at dance and now her entire heel is raw and exposed — and I’m not quite sure how she intends to dance on it, but she insists that it will be fine. So far this year she’s gone to five Feisianna and she’s brought home…
2nd place – Treble Reel, Open Jig
3rd place – Set Dance, Set Dance, Treble Reel
4th place – Treble Jig, Treble Reel
5th place – Set Dance, Set Dance
We’re still waiting for the rest of her Akron results (we don’t know how she did in the Hornpipe, everything else she placed in). The worst she’s done so far this year is an 8th place in her Reel at the Queen City Feis; she’s consistently placing in the top half. Once she fully requalifies for Prelim, she’s moving on up — hopefully soon! — she has six more Feises lined up this year, four of them are this month. What she ideally needs to do is to move up by Columbus so that she has Columbus and Lansing to qualify for Oireachtas. It’s a tough order to fill, though, so I’m not sure if it’ll happen. That almost-a-year off has really hurt, but she’s the one who made the decision and she’s the one who has to live with it now. :/
On the T0-Shin Do front, she will graduate to her next belt (blue & black) next month — I had my schedule off and thought she was up for it this month and I’m actually relieved it’s not! She’s had workshops every Thursday and because of the Saturday Feis’ing, her entire schedule is off right now. Monday she has dance. Tuesday she has To-Shin Do coaching followed by her actual class, followed by black belt club class. Wednesday, T0-Shin Do class. Thursday is dance followed by T0-Shin Do workshop (this week and next is Shuriken, the next three weeks after that are “Ground Flow” training. Friday and Sunday (except the last Sunday of the month when she has a Feis) are her only days off right now.
I’ve got some more updates, but they’re going to go under lock and key. If you don’t already have the password and want it, drop me an email and I’ll fill you in. Unless of course you’re aligned with ™ … if that’s the case, don’t bother wasting my time asking!