It's been over two months since my last post, and although not many people really care, I am rather disappointed with myself. When I started this blog I had already prepared a large chunk of notes for taking the upgrade exams to go from MCSD to MCPD. Since I finished posting those notes, I struggled with what to blog about. I tried briefly (1 post) on reviewing technology podcasts. But I just didn't have the committment to do it. It's time consuming enough to listen to them, but blog about them too is too much time and energy.
It's not that I wasn't busy over these two months. I could have blogged about any number of things that happened. Like:
- I was able to get the Nintendo Wii a week after it launched. It was worth the hour wait in front of the Times Square Toy's R Us. The system is quite simply fun to play. Since purchasing it, I have beaten Zelda Twighlight Princess, DBZ, Rayman Raving Rabbits, and more recently Warioware Smooth Moves. I have "pro" ratings in Wii Sports for Tennis, Bowling and Boxing. I definitely recommend bringing the system to work to play during Friday night deployments to production.
- I went to Killington in Vermont to ski for the first time in four years. Sure there's not much snow here in the North East, but when all you need are green slopes, you don't need much snow at all.
- I went for a sleep study and was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. I am slowly adjust to wearing a mask every night to bed. I can't help but feel a little depressed about the situation. Knowing that gaining over 20 pounds in the last two years hasn't helped.
- I traded in my old phone for the Motorolla "Q". This is the first smart phone I have had, and I am very happy so far.
- I finished reading the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. And by reading I meant listening. (Audiobooks rock)This is a great book and I wish I read it sooner. I mean listened to it.
- I took several Skillsoft training courses for Work including "Principle of Conflict Resolution," "Critical Thinking," "Developing Customer Loyalty," "Business Case Development," "Assessing Risk," and "Influencing without Authority." This is a great benefit that avanade give's it's employees and worth taking advantage of. However some courses are better than others.
- I started reading up and researching Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 in preparation for going to a "Train the Trainer" Airlift in Redmond, Washington. It will be my first trip to the Microsoft Campus and I am looking forward to it. I leave in a little over a week.
I was going to talk about why I can't keep a commitment to regular blogging, but I'll save it for another day. When that day comes is anybody's guess.