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.

Notes from 20101129

  • Joni and I just adopted a new (new to us) Australian cattle dog this weekend. Peppercorn the dog definitely is used to flying solo and having the complete run of the house. Puppies are (and will always be) an adventure. Training a dog without the use of treats or fear requires an extreme amount of patience, but the results are well worth the effort.

  • A few pages for the new novel are starting to turn over (albeit slower than expected). Writing has to become a state of mind for the writer. Being drawn to the page requires a certain degree of passion for the project. Being forced to writer defeats the purpose and ultimately cheats the project. Professional writers certainly end up writing on a schedule and only an endless reserve of passion for the work allows that compromise.

  • Stream of consciousness writing produces strange and interesting results. Going back and editing prose generated from a stream of consciousness writing session can be challenging.

  • Over the course of the last few months, I feel that the amount of interesting video content on Netflix has disappeared. Maybe my moving watching tastes are changing.

  • The new dog had a successful visit to the local veterinary clinic. Queensland heelers appear to be both intelligent and hearty. The test the veterinary technician ran to determine if the new dog had heartworms was negative. Overall, the morning seems to be rather peaceful and otherwise uneventful.

  • All of the cyber Monday emails seem to be delivering on the promise of specific sale items targeted at laser shoppers. If you know what you want or can be easily persuaded, then the deluge of cyber Monday online deals could be just what you are looking for both now and in the future.