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Not everyone knows, but I did a webcast over a technical area with my job.  There were over 1,000 registrants, with a good turnout on the actual webcast and lots of questions asked (which is also good).  If you’re interested in “watching” it or hear my voice, check out the video!

I began working with Microsoft’s SMS/SCCM in early 2004.  After being “in the trenches” of systems management and desktop engineering for nearly 8 years, I am setting out on a new journey.  Today begins my new adventure – I am greatly honored to be joining the highly talented group at Catapult Systems  as a senior consultant for SCCM architectures/implementations and Windows 7 migrations.

It’s Christmas break, so I’m having fun reading, baking, deep cleaning and doing all kind of things I do not get to normally.  It also helps having lots of snow, so I don’t really want to go out.

Today, I officially started a new blog. It’s going to be kind of a work blog.  I’ve always wanted to be able to support and help parents through the forest of darkness and confusion that special education holds.  We’ll see how it goes.  If you want to check it out go here.  It’s specialeducationhelp.wordpress.com.

This is a blog of my thoughts and connections about special education as well as recommended sites for information and helpful tips.

 

 

Soon I’ll be posting my 2011 reading list.  I was able to read and listen to many books this year. I really enjoy being able to document them and my thoughts, so that in a way keep a journal of books.  This year I have read at most 5 books at the same time.  Some recommended, some browsed on at the library and others by authors I admire.

We will continue to blog our journey as the Moseley’s here as well as Nick will continue his photo blog and technical blog.

Our life is becoming more black and white. . .

So many of you have seen the 2,010 in 2010 last year when we attempted to dejunk and minimize  our stuff. I continually am reading and doing new things to try to keep our stuff down.  I recently have gotten on the organic kick as I’ve written about a little bit, but also in looking at the organic stuff, looked at the clothing that I wear and want to pair down to less clothing that will be better quality, real, organic cotton or less synthetic materials.  I however cannot afford a ton of clothes that are better so I am thinking that a few key items are what I need, so I started looking into various minimalists bloggers who talk about their wardrobe and how it works for them.  Well, then I came across the 333 project at

http://www.bemorewithless.com/2010/minimalist-fashion-projects/

So I decided to try it. . .the idea is for 3 months to live with 33 clothing/accessory items, underwear, lounge and workout wear are excluded.  So I attacked my closet and dresser.  I was brutal, knowing that I’m not getting ride of it NOW, but just boxing it up to see if I can live without it.  I piled 157 items on the bed and around the floor and boxed it up: here’s a picture.

Total items I counted:

Underwear/socks-43

Shoes – 14 pairs

Dresses – 8

Bathing suit/accessories – 13

sweaters – 10

pants/capri/shorts – 14

tops – 48

skirts – 5

jackets 2

So now here’s what my downgraded closet looks like

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point, the Project 333 is in stage 4 so from July to September, then I’ll go through my box, change out items for seasonal usage, but keep the number the same, should be interesting.  I figure if I do not touch something after doing this for a while, I can completely get rid of it.  I did donate 2 bags today. . . we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s an interesting video I just found. . . on stuff

http://www.youtube.com/storyofstuffproject#p/u/22/9GorqroigqM

Have you ever heard of The Grocery Game?  It is an online service that matches active coupons (however old they may be) with current sales at the grocery store to give DEEP discounts and often times even free items.  Kara has been doing this for over a year to save us a ton of money.

Anyhow, the reason that we are blogging about it is because Kara recently made a personal record by saving us 75% on our grocery bill by getting $160 worth of food for only $40!!  This included some expensive items too, like shrimp.  As you can see in the picture of Kara, it was a long list of items.  She is a Grocery Game Extrodinaire!

Membership to the Grocery Game is something like a meager $3 per month.  If you should want to join, use Kara’s email address because she will in turn get free months for referrals.  Also, the first thing to do is get a subscription to the Sunday newspaper and collect coupons for 4-8 weeks because that will be where most of the coupons will match with the sales….

This is worth doing!!

After 2 years of hard work, I, Kara, finally received my Professional License to teach Special Education in the state of Colorado.  I receive this just in time to enroll in classes at University of Colorado at Denver to finish my Master’s in Special Education.  Although, I should be done in 12 months with nothing more on the horizon for schooling for a very long time!!

Our entire IT department (of 100+ people) recently had our annual meeting to talk about accomplishments over the last year, upcoming developments/projects, and to review general company things that may impact our department.  One of things management did, and they may have done this in years past of which I do not recall, was to give achievement awards to top performers (though there are so many people who give so much effort and time anyway!).  At a much needed time to feel like I was making a difference, I [unexpectedly] received one of these achievement awards.  Just receiving an award wouldn’t be significant, but was said about my performance is what really hit home.  I am very thankful that my company, my manager (Jennifer), and others have allowed me to grow and use some of my creativity to assist in various things in the IT realm.  Before I become overly explanative, here is what was said about me.  Note that this was primarily written by Jennifer, additions added by the VP (Greg), and finalization by the GVP (Jim).  Again, I am very thankful and truly do feel like I’m making an impact.

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This person started with Archstone in late 2003, and quickly proved his motivation and interest in learning new things.  At that time in the company we were experiencing virus outbreaks due to our computers being unmanaged.   Computers were built up manually, software was installed manually, and security updates were not enforced.  We needed a tool, and a person to administer the tool.  Because of the qualities this person held, he was given an opportunity to prove himself in that role.

After this associate’s 4 ½ years in the SMS Administrator role, he has taken our manual processes and created images for computers, packages to deploy updates and software installs, and has removed most of the human intervention involved with preparing a new workstation.  He has also went from being an ordinary member of a Denver SMS user group meeting to being the one people want to talk to for technical or process advice.

The Systems team’s maintenance windows are now heavily dependent on his expertise and in his short time helping SYSOPS he has already improved the accuracy of server patching and helping to bring all systems to a consistent patch level.  In addition to that work with the Systems team, we are undergoing a project to upgrade SMS to the latest version called SCCM 2007.  He plays a lead role in that project and his experience/knowledge are instrumental in the project’s success.

Because of the importance of keeping our computers secure and the fast changing IT environment, he is always extremely busy.  I can’t count how many times I have seen him notice someone struggling or overhear a conversation about a new process we want to implement and he, no matter how busy he is, jumps in with a smile and says, I can help, or I can automate that.  He works with a smile and has a sense of humor that would rival the best of us.

Our environment would not be as secure and our computers as easy for ArchTech to manage if it weren’t for the constant consistent efforts of Nicolas Moseley.

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