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the other side of myself
by michael woodward

brittany, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

i had not intended to do a shoot today, but azcra asked me to come to the studio with her and when she got tired, i picked up a few sets with brittany athey.

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liz and michael, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

today, azcra was modeling all day, so i hung out with a girl named liz.

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brynn, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

today, brynn and i braved the cold to take pictures. "i know the perfect place!" she said and proceeded to take me to a spot where she and her husband had gotten lost by accident one time. we only got to shoot for a short while before it started to rain and we ended up back at our studio.

i got some news today on my bloodwork, i don't have mono, but it turns out i have had mono in the past, both forms of it. i was completely unaware of this. i seem to be getting better, so the doctor wants to wait two weeks and see how i am before sending me for a sleep study.

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christina beasley, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

tonight, i shot christina beasley at the studio. victoria stiles did makeup and azcra did styling. we make a fabulous team, the three of us, and we got so many good shots! christina was looking to update her book as she is planning to go to nyc to visit agencies in the near future and this shoot was just what she needed.

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azcra at famous daves, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

i don't know why dave is famous, both times i have eaten at 'famous daves' have been mediocre at best. i forgot to take a picture of myself today. oops.

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my anxiety about active directory server were unfounded as the new server i put in last night fixed the problems and we were able to get a good start to the day. unfortunately, the install process that was supposed to be done by noon didn't end until about 6pm.

problems with the cluster on failover caused the tech to have to install hotfixes to only one of the boxes. it baffles me how you can order two servers with identical hardware and one works fine and the other needs a hotfix. go microsoft.

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windows hell, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

today, i had an installer coming from dell to put two new servers and a storage unit in and configure our os and sql servers in a cluster. the hardware install went quickly, but the software install and configuration took a bit longer than anticipated.

we had a problem getting domain account permissions set up as our controller was allowing the accounts to be added, but the new servers weren't seeing the domain in computer manager. i was pulling my hair out by the end of the night and finally just pulled my directory server out of the rack and put in a spare, configured it and went home (after a 13 hour day).

they are coming back tomorrow to finish the install and i have a lot of anxiety about whether i configured AD correctly so we can get this working. i guess we will just have to wait and see.

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pacing the hallway, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

this morning, i had to go into work for emergency power work. we had to bring all of our servers down while they worked on a transfer switch. what was supposed to be an hour turned into about 5.5 hours. because they only anticipated an hour, none of us planned to do anything other than sit and wait. i found myself pacing this hall when the server room got too cold to handle. there were stacks and stacks of old paper records from another society in the building and a few from ours. i opened one of ours and found invoices from 1984. this building wasn't even built in 1984.

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today was nice. we declared this date weekend and went to lunch, then saw 'the other boleyn girl'. i read an article that made much ado about natalie portman playing anne when it is much more natural to see scarlett johansson as a bad girl. i thought that was pretty silly for anyone who has seen 'girl with a pearl earing' will feel like they are having flashbacks to that film at times. i really liked natalie in a dark role. it reminded me of her first role in 'leon' in some ways. i enjoyed the film and the day :)

oh, and we only got one box of cookies... thin mints

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michael, originally uploaded by photo_obscura.

today i had more blood drawn for my lethargy. they apparently didn't actually test for mono before, but for something called monocites which are mono indicators. this time around, they are testing for everything and if it all comes back negative, next stop is neurology. the doctor has a theory that even though i am getting enough sleep, that perhaps it isn't good sleep. we shall see.

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