Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Forgive me readers, it’s been…

Filed under: Bavarian Death Cake of Love,Dog and Pony Shows,Life, the Universe, and Everything,NaNoWriMo,Personal,The Network Geek at Home — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Pig which is in the late evening or 10:01 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

Too long between updates…

Now, for the two or three of you who actually seem interested in my sad, little personal life, here are some updates.
First, I heard from LK for the first time in months this past week. She’s moved to Colorado and has investors and capital for her business. If I understood her story correctly, she made the decision to move in less than a month and has been there about three weeks now. The good news is that her business is doing fabulously well. The bad news is that she finally had to put her faithful companion of fourteen years down right before she moved. I cannot imagine how hard that must have been for her. I can’t imagine loseing my Hildagard now, much less after another ten years. I wish I’d known, so that I could have been there to help her with that, but… Well, I guess times change.
I have to say that I was quite shocked to hear about the move. I know I certainly couldn’t have made that large a decision in such a short time. I hope it all works out well for her.

Second, I finally have the full, complete title to my house! After more than a year of the divorce being final, the lawyers finally got all the paperwork fixed and the house is titled solely in my name. They had to get my ex to sign a second warranty deed, which got filed in Arizona, after they lost the first one she signed. So, there’s the second surprise of the week.

Thirdly, I’ve written about as many words for NaNoWriMo as most people might be short right now. If I were to calculate it, I’d bet that I’m about 15,000 words behind the projected goal for the month. In short, as I suspected this year, it will be almost impossible to accomplish this goal. But, it’s not a total loss, since I’ve written more words of fiction in the past two weeks than I have all year. So, while I’ll most likely miss the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words before the end of the month, I’ll still see quite a bit of benefit from that effort.

Well, the fourth thing is a two-part answer. It’s work, mainly. Work has been busy and crazy and long hours, which drains me beyond belief these days and makes it hard to find the energy to write. But, also, there’ve been some personnel changes.
Now, that means two things to me. First, of course, it means setting up machines and users and all that junk on servers. In some cases, it means undoing things left behind on machines. This time, though, it means a bit more than that.
There were two women who weren’t quite as productive as one would like let go and three hired. Two to replace the two who were fired and one new hire for a new position. All three ladies are better looking than the ones who were let go. And one in particular, we’ll call her C., caught my eye. I don’t know quite how old she is, but close to my age. She’s got an eight-year-old and a ten-year-old. She’s a writer, though she writes very different things than I do. She’s also very pretty and, apparently, still a little married. Yeah, yeah, I know. See, ladies, it’s not just you who fall for the married ones! I don’t get this at all, but the married ones all seem to find me like iron filings find a magnet. Go figure. Anyway, I had to work on C.’s computer a lot this week and got a lot of positive signals. I did my best to be ultra professional, which meant a lot of very direct eye contact. In retrospect, that may have been sending the precise signal I was hoping to muffle. Ah, well…
At one point, she asked me if I knew what I wanted out of dating, since she knew I’d been divorced for a bit. Maybe I read a bit into it, but it seemed like a signal to me, a sign.
But, I’ll tell you this, I sure don’t want to have the whole office in on anything. Those nosy bastards would be gossiping about us all the damn day. So, now, I’m torn between just ignoring the whole thing, since it’s at work, and trying to find a very discrete way to let her know I’m interested if she is and find out more about the state of her divorce. Until then, I’ll do my best not to notice how nice her hair smells or how comfortable she seems to be in close quarters with me. *gulp* Thoughts? Suggestions?

Well, time for some comfort food before bed. It’s going to be a long week.


  1. She’s married? Doesn’t that make her unavailable? Don’t get all caught up in something that can never be anything. You don’t want to be taken by a lie and miss out on truth should it come into your life.

    Comment by Cheri — 11/13/2006 @ 5:08 pm

  2. You’d think that, wouldn’t you?

    Okay, buckle up, here’s a crash course in how I think…
    So, I noticed she wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. Now, that’s just a general indicator, as my ex didn’t wear her ring most of the time we were married.
    Then, she mentioned that she was staying with her sister, ergo, she’s separated.
    And, she asked me one day this past week, while I was working on her computer, after it came out that I was divorced, if I knew what I wanted out of dating, because she wasn’t sure. Now, that sounds pretty single, doesn’t it?

    But, all that aside, if there haven’t been papers filed, it’s all up in the air. So, that’s all really interesting, but if divorce proceedings aren’t, um, proceeding, then, she’s married and off limits. But, once that requirement is met, she’s fair game. And, therein lies the rub, I don’t know how one would politely ask that question. So, until I hear differently, she’s a nice gal I work with, who’s fun to flirt with a bit, but that’s all.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/13/2006 @ 9:19 pm

  3. Oh, she’s been referring to him as her “ex” now, which I take as a good sign. Also, she was talking about taking “parenting classes” where she met a local author who’s also getting divorced. I’m fairly certain that those parenting classes are prescribed by a judge after papers have been filed.
    Just FYI for my concerned readers! 😉

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/16/2006 @ 8:51 am

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