Random musings on a Sunday morning after the big game

Did you know that the University of Kansas men’s basketball team will be playing in the NCAA national championship game on Monday night? Who am I kidding — of course you knew about the big game!

I had to ask myself — What’s up with Bill Gates these days? How often do you think Bill Gates checks in on what Steve Ballmer is doing? All I really want to know is when the next edition of Microsoft Office Word will be available. I keep waiting for a skydrive version of MS Word to be announced by Microsoft. I really do use MS Word daily. Like many professionals who spend a significant amount of time writing Word will probably always be a part of my daily life. About ten years ago, I applied to work for Microsoft. Bill Gates never responded. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed living Washington state.

Parenting can be incredibly tiring

One of my resolutions for 2012 included actively blogging/writing every day. The joy of parenthood has dramatically changed my sleep and writing schedules. On a side note, did you know that a baby can squeak? Out of nowhere John Paul on occasion just squeaks… As my new world of eventualities unfolds, I am struggling to find a rhythm between work, personal life, and academic life.

For the last few years, I have worked on different sets of tasking without any real interruption. One of my goals for this weekend is to watch the super bowl and complete my Stanford University classes from the Stanford Center for Professional Development. I have already selected a location in my office for the Stanford University advanced project management certificate.

As part of my journey into the world of project management certification, I recently acquired Rita Mulcahy’s book, “PMP Exam Prep, Seventh Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam.” At some point within the next 3 months, I plan on taking the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. After gain the Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) and PMP credentials, I plan on focusing my attention on earning a few Cisco certifications.

Thinking about country clubs and golf in general

During the course of 2012, I want to spend more time playing golf and less time watching television. Are both cable and satellite television companies swimming upstream against the growing force of internet enabled content? We cut the cord (aka cancelled our satellite and or cable subscription) about a year ago.  For the most part, the transition has been relatively seamless. I have been asking myself the question, “Who really needs to watch several hours of television per day?” Giving up watching live sports on ESPN was probably the hardest part of cutting the cord. Cable news networks are capable of providing hours of mindless background noise, but they rarely deliver truly informative content. We just got a flyer from Xfinity (Comcast) that would provide cable, internet, and phone for about $89.99 a month. It is interesting to see the difference between the on demand video content services provided by satellite and cable companies versus the on demand content that companies like Netflix provide.

Weekend Activities Reconsidered

Apparently, the Joni plan involves some type of activity during every day of every weekend. My weekend may very well involve a trip to Costco or maybe even Lowes.  After acquiring a Keurig Platinum B70 gourmet single cup coffee maker with 60 samples I have watched my supply of k-cups dwindle. Costco only sells a handful of K-Cup varieties. It would be nice if Costco sold a sweet variety pack. Outside of coffee considerations a trip to Lowes will probably involve looking at ceiling fans.