A focused Wednesday

I’m back from Chicago. I’m running on a treadmill before 7:00 AM writing this post on my HTC One Max. Pretty much everybody who notices the phone thinks it is a tablet. It works for me and that is what counts.

My exercise routine took a hard fall off the wagon last week. I kept up with my vitamins, but the only exercise I got was walking around the City of Chicago.

Joni had me walking all over Chicago. We walked from Hot Doug’s to Wrigley field for the Cubs opening day. We walked from the hotel to Sable Kitchen and Bar for dinner one night. It felt like we did a ton of walking.

Strange things were afoot while I was away from work last week. Apparently, the IT team planned a mud run. In a couple months they think it is a good idea for me to run 5k in the mud.

I have time blocked off to exercise each weekday. I have time dedicated to writing everyday. The 30 day book writing plan is in progress. A shell has been setup. Chapters have been drafted. All that is left is the execution part of the plan.

More on that tomorrow…

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Making progress

Two things of note happened yesterday. 

First, I made some real progress on answering one of my principle electronic government research questions. Stay tuned to figure out which one.

Second, the event last night was pretty decent. I got to meet Jeff Kaplan from CIO magazine. It was a relatively small 50 person meet and greet. Now that I’m living in Denver, I feel like making a better effort to network. So far I have been converting that strategy into action. The IT community is smaller than the broader business community, but it is still pretty big.

The event was hosted by CDW. They titled it “Maximizing your private/hybrid cloud strategy.” The speakers/hosts were from VMWARE, CDW, CIO Magazine, and NetApp. The best commentary of the night surrounded getting data back from the cloud for business analysis, long-term storage, or to manage vendor change. Some partnerships requires so much integration that vendor lock in can seem irreversible.

It’s interesting to hear people talk about Amazon web services. People have such different takes on cloud services. I still look at the cloud as an off premise service, but I do acknowledge that some things exist in a hybrid format.

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Workout week 2 is go

The weekday working out plan has been successful. Today marks my 6th consecutive weekday workout. The vitamins appear to be working. I don’t have any complaints about them. My routine appears to have changed. My big plan for the day includes documenting the top 10 things I’m working on. I spent an hour working on my main data collection script yesterday. I still need to build some visualization scripts to take the project to the next level.

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5 for 5 this week

The new weekday gym plan worked this week. From Monday to Friday my mornings started with a trip to the gym. That’s right. I went 5 for 5 this week. Today I’m going to finish up editing my MPSA paper and watch some March Madness basketball games. I will be clicking the submit button for my paper before lunch. It should be a good weekend.

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Match Madness Thursday

The second round of the NCAA tournament starts in just a few hours. The Jayhawks have experienced losing this season. The team knows what it is like to watch the other team celebrate. That experience may drive them forward during the tournament. They have the talent. Bill Self probably has been coaching them to play defense. It could happen. They could rally. We will know for sure tomorrow.

Today I’m going to be watching the games. Like a growing number of College basketball fans I took the end of this week off. To get prepared for the big day I spent a little extra time at the gym today. The weekday gym plan has been working. So far this week I have been to the gym four out of four days. That almost represents a significant change to my pattern. One more week like this and I’ll be on track to sustain the weekday gym plan.

Four days in and I can already text on the treadmill without falling down. The gym is only 25% occupied this early in the morning. I tried to work out after work one day, but it was just to crowded. A lot of the same people work out every day at the same time. I’m not going to be running marathon s anytime soon, but I won’t be winded walking up a couple flights of stairs anymore.

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