Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Time for an update:

New house is coming along:

This is it from the front as of 10/10/10
And this is it from the back as of 10/10/10

I'm sure we have a roof now.  It's funny how the structure looks smaller than it really is, but we were expecting this because the same thing happened with our other house in NC.  We're starting to get excited and I hope that we are in there before the end of the year, really before x-mas.

The DJing thing is not coming along as fast I want it to but I'm blaming the lack of an ideal setup right now. I'm in the basement of my parents right now sitting on a little table with my theater receiver and two speakers setup.  While it functions just fine, it's not that conducive to getting down there and actually practicing.  I hope once we get in the new place I'll be able to have a better place and set up.  

The job is going nicely, I'm really getting up to speed.  Had my 100 day review and, surprise, they have keeping me on!  Woohoo!  They like me, they really like me.  Finally got the clearance to work OT!  Nice 12 hour shifts at time and half.  Can't wait for my first holiday OT (double time and half) 12 hour shift!  That's 30 hours of pay in one half day of work for those of you digging for your calculator or phone app.

Upcoming projects (maybe):
  1. Thinking about building a DVR/PVR to get us away from the monthly payments to Tivo.  Would also get us a LOT more storage!  Just not sure how it all works with the upper level HD channels.  Still doing the research. 
  2. Going to build a media server for the movies and music in the growing collection.  Going to get a switch and interconnect the PS3, router, server and (Tivo or homemade DVR).  This will allow me to stream to the PS3 for the home theater setup; to the laptops for mobile viewing around the house.  Might also serve to allow the DVR to use it as storage.
  3. Get better at DJing so that I can justify getting this:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Boom chicka boom


Ya know?!


Seriously, I've got some stuff going on in my life...

New house: selections have been finalized for everything, signed, seal, and delivered.  Now they just need to start building the stupid thing.  There has been some delay in getting permits, or at least it seems that way.  It's been a month and nothing has happened, but they assure us that everything is fine.  Met one of neighbors today at the design center, seemed nice.

DJing: Got my issue with the delay from the stereo figured out.  It was the sound processing that happens.  All I had to do was select "Pure Audio" and all was right with the world.  Makes beat matching possible when the headphones an stereo are playing in sync.  I'm picking up this Numark device pretty quickly.  I just need to learn my music selection more/better.  All the while getting better with the actual mixing and effects usage.  Live DJing now is all about music selection (while it's always about that) and the use of effects to make unique music on the fly.  Looking forward to seeing where this might actually go (as a hobby of course)

School: Is starting back up on thursday and I have all the required reading already done!!  I'm ahead of the curve this time.  We'll see if I can stay there!  I should be able to with my new work schedule.

Work: New 4x10hr work schedule started this week.  Working Tues thru Fri.  Kinda have to get the better schedule because I'm still new and can't really be by myself just yet.  Actually thinking about possibly working on getting some Juniper certifications to better myself and help with my job.  First time I've ever had that happen.  Plus I really seem to actually care about this job.  It's a new thing for me.  Kinda diggin it!

I think that covers just about all of it.  Oh I'm actually getting out a night or two a week to parties at local bars.  It's nice, don't drink and there is no cover so it's cheap but I get to listen to nice techno!  Win/win situation really.  Plus meeting the people that throw these things might pay off when and if I want to start spinning out some place instead of the basement! ;-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Once again

So this evening finds my wife and I at the selections table with a new house.  3 years ago I would never have thought I'd be doing it again quite so soon.  Please don't think I'm complaining.  I'm actually excited that we get to do it again, it's a fun process.

Tonight we're just doing the structural stuff as that has to be done first for permitting reasons.  At some point in the future we'll do all of the other design studio stuff.  It all translates to $$$.  A bit more than we were hoping to spend but I think we'll be alright.  It's a good investment and we intent on staying in this area for a good 5-10 years.  We're just tired of moving.

Wish us luck.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wrestling with Windows

That's how I spent over 12 hours on Sunday.  First, I didn't listen to advice or my gut and I did an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.  That took about 4 hours alone and the computer was not faster when I was done.  So I decided to do an over-write style clean install.  Not really any better and it started freaking out about some virus or something.  So I installed again.  Same thing.  This time I did a low-level format and started from complete scratch.  This time I was a lot more careful about what "abused" software I put on it and everything seems to be stable now.

Downside is I'm going to have to get all new drivers for everything.  Video resolution is hell right now.  This really makes me love my Mac even more.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Things are panning out

Alright so we've been back in northern VA for a few weeks now.  Actually almost a month!  Wow, time is flying.....back in the fast lane.  So we are about to work up a contract on a new build home in Herndon, VA.  Really awesome house!

Stanley Martin

So we have that going on right now.  I'm slowing getting things setup to start practicing DJing again.  Alright so I'm actually having some trouble there but I'll get the best of it one way or another.  It's just a matter of getting all of the inputs on the midi controller mapped the way I want it.  Right?!  Here's what I got:

Numark Omni Control

Connected it up to the Mac and I'm using some nice (read: complicated) software.  Once I get a good handle on everything I should be good to go.  It's just a matter of getting to that point.  In the meantime I'm going to work on expanding the music collection a bit.

I'm getting up to speed a work, although not as fast as I think I should be.  Should talk with my manager to get her view on how she thinks I'm doing.

School is still a little bit of a struggle but I'm getting more into the swing of things.  I think the next class with be better because it has more to do with my major.  This should provide for some more interest in the actual subject matter.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Well we're back up in Northern Virginia, "settled" in slightly with my parents.  Looking for permanent housing.  Job is going well so far.  Yet I find myself disgruntled for some reason.  I don't want to be one of the bloggers that just whines about how bad it is, but it's a pain in the ass to be in a foul mood and not act out.  It just takes energy that I would rather spend in other areas of my life right now.

Maybe it's just from the move.  Not completely sure but I've had enough of it.  I need to find a hobby.

Which actually brings me to another topic: Hobbies.  I need one.  Right now all I have is school, work and sleeping.  I'm missing the thing that you look forward to doing on a weekly basis.  Some of the guys here at work do gaming as their 'thing'.  Others I know have biking or gardening.  Okay the last one isn't as cool as some of the others but it's better than what I have: nothing.

So I'm thinking about picking up DJing again but this time moving into the digital music mixing arena.  I know, I know.  If it's not wax it isn't real.  Trust me, I'm going to miss having real turntables with actual records, but I don't have any records.  I don't want to have to go buy a good collection.  It's a lot of money to invest.  Plus the equipment rather pricey too.  Next step would be CDs, well I sold all of those about a year ago to moved everything to mp3.

I don't know how serious I'm really going to get so I think starting with the format where I already have a bunch of music is the smart choice.  Now it's just a matter of finding the right set up to start out.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yeah know?!

I recently noticed two things that I thought I would take this time to share with you.

(warning: these are in no way ground breaking, breathe taking or intelligent!)

The first one has become a personal pet peeve: Adding "take a" in front of words that are already a verb by themselves.  For example: 'take a nap' (now I'll admit that one isn't that bad), 'take a shower', 'take a piss', etc.

Biggest offender in my life right now of this verbal assault of the language: ....me.  Damn it I can't seem to stop saying it.  "I'm going to take a nap."  NO, no you're not.  You don't actually 'take' anything.  You are going to nap.  *sigh*

So I stay vigilant.  Always correcting myself.

Now I know that I had another thing to write about but I can't remember it now..........oh well must not have been important.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A set back.

I had been pretty good about working out and eating right for a little while but then life happened and I while I've been holding most of the weight off (not all of it), I haven't been working out.  Traveling out of state a couple times a week can do that to you and I'm not done yet.  It's just rough trying to balance it all, finding a job, getting a job, moving, packing and traveling.

This morning though I decided I needed to step up the game a little.  I have invested a small amount of money, less than $9 to sign up for the DailyBurn website.  While they have a free account it is, of course, severely disabled.  They also have two apps available.  One that is just a companion for the website and another that is a food scanner for easy entry.  I figure will all of this at my finger tips I should be better equipped to stick with my work out routine.

Although starting a new job might cause some temporary upset, but one of the guys I'm going to be working with is into fitness.  Not sure what his workout schedule is like, but it might be worth asking him.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't know about you but...

When I feel high amounts of pressure to make a choice about something I deem to be important, I get flustered and stop listening to rational sense.  I make the most impetuous decisions on the face of the planet.

Yesterday was one of those days.  I was faced with a dilemma on a very important topic and I crumbled under the pressure when left to my own devices.  Fortunately everything turned out fine in the end, but if I weren't lucky it could have been catastrophic.

Am I the only one this happens to, I certainly hope not but at the same time I don't wish this upon anyone.  It just leaves me frustrated, angry and exhausted.  *sigh* Oh well, just another day.  No one died.  Move on.

Oh yeah, I have a job again.  I start next Wednesday.  Leaving my poor wife to fend for herself with the last of the packing unless we can get it all done while I'm still here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The picture at the top of the page:

I don't know if we've ever discussed it...  wait we can't discuss anything, this is a blog.  DUH!  Allow me to start over; I don't know if I've ever written about it before but the picture at the top of the blog is me.  This shouldn't be a surprise, but I figured that some of you might not have put any thought into it.

That was my first and only sport bike.  A 2003 Yamaha R1.  Some fun stats: top speed that I got her up to (yeah she's female) 162mph.  I once chased down an 2005 Corvette.  Over took them doing 105 in a 35mph zone.  Biggest mistake I ever made with her: selling her in 2006.

I basically learned how to ride a motorcycle on that bike.  I'm living proof that it's possible to learn on a 1000cc motorcycle.  Now back to the picture: that was taken during a track day at summit point, WV.  Track days were and are the single awesome-ous thing you can do with a sport bike!  I have never been and will never be again so focus on one thing.  Every other thought in your mind falls away as you completely concentrate on what you're doing at that exact second on the track.  All this and you can hit 140mph legally!!

After that bike I got a BMW which was a great bike but was a little too big and cumbersome for me to deal with after having the R1.  So after 2 years I sold the BMW and now I have nothing.  I think I'm going to get something again though, it's just a matter of re-taking the test.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Well if you bored then your boring?

I don't think that's true.  It can't be, I'm bored right now and it's because I'm up at a retarded hour and can't do a lot around the house.  So I think that statement is total crap.  Why am I up?  Good question!  Might be because I have two job offers and a tough decision ahead of me.  I know you're tired of hearing about so let me say how thankful I am that I'm in this position.  There are a lot of people out there right now who would kill to be in this position so I am very fortunate.  VERY fortunate!

I just wish that the decision was clear cut, making it a fast process, but it's not.  I am very happy with the way the timing has worked out.  Not only did the two days present their respective verbal offers on the same day but my potential start date will fall right around our planned move up date.  I love it when a plan comes together!

My first point of concern is the location.  One is in D.C. and the other in Herndon.  Given that I want to live in the Reston/Herndon area it makes sense that I would prefer the one in Herndon.  Both are on par with pay so I can ignore that aspect.  There is the possibility that the one in D.C. could have me moved to Chantilly which would be nice.  If they were to say that would happen relatively quickly then I would have to consider something else to make the decision.  Then I guess it would come down to which is worse for me: a crappy schedule (possibly) or being on-call 24/7?

Surprisingly in all of this my gut has actually been in touch a couple of times, but it keeps waffling on which one to go with so not much help there.  I really just want to be sure about my decision so I don't have the chance to regret it later on.  Wednesday is the cut off for the decision (self imposed).  I would like to make the decision later today and get it out of the way.  We'll see what happens.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I know you all might be a little tired of reading about poor me and my job picking troubles so I'm going to jump to another topic for now: my websites.

Some of you may know that I run a couple of websites in my spare time.  Etch-reviews.com is my main one where I review iPhone apps (hopefully soon to expand to iPad apps).  I used to have appchat.net which was a forum about apps and the phones they were one (any phone, not just Apple products).

When a little while ago I partnered up with a guy in TX; did away with appchat.net in favor of his cooler appQandA.com.  This hasn't worked out as well as we had hoped because our available extra time has shifted.  Oh and during this time we brought up an ad server, and a corp website.

Now I am backing away from the connection to AppQandA.com and I have brought back Appchat.net.

You know if you're still reading this, I'm impressed.  This has to be the most blah entry I've written yet.  It's just all information, no life, no energy....

I'm going to try this again, be right back.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What a day!?

So I start my day with about 3-4 hours of sleep!  Should have fought harder to stay in bed, in retrospect.  They I wasn't thinking ahead and was only really drinking diet sodas and not nearly enough water for what was to come.  8:30am rolled around and I was off to pick up the U-Haul trailer.  After some corporate website issues I was able to get the trailer and get back to the house.  I think it must have already be in the 80s with high humidity when I started loading the trailer.  I was working very well for about 1.5 hours until my body decided to shut down.  Not only had I not sleep, not drink enough water and drank too much caffeine but I had neglected to eat any breakfast!  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  So I ate, drank some water and laid down for a bit.  After a brief 45 minute nap I was back at it and only lasted 45 minutes before feeling like crap again.

You get the idea of this cycle.  So my 1:30pm phone interview rolls around and went well.  Well enough that the manager wanted to do the technical interview later on around 3pm.  So I agreed as this is also via the phone.  (Do more packing and loading of the trailer)  3pm rolls around and I think I did pretty good on the interview......(turns out I did well - a little birdie told me to expect a written offer)!  So now I shower and get ready to leave.

I feel like I'm forgetting something....oh right.  All the while my lovely wife is communicating with our property manager about selecting our tenants.  Oh and I forgot to mention that in the middle of loading the trailer some random couple stops by (without an agent) and asks to see the house.  Hahahaha...so we showed them the place and they might be in the running.  I won't really go into all of the details of the flip-flopping that has happened with the possible tenants.  Fortunately there is one constant couple and we think that is who we are going to go with.

So I drive 6 hours up to VA (burned an entire tank of gas - normally it's only 3/4 of a tank) and now I can't fall asleep.  Oh joy.  Have to be up and moving by 6.....ready to be out the door by 7 to get to the metro station and commute with the other robots into D.C. for this interview.

Enough babbling for now....must sleep.

These times

There are some times where I enjoy this time alone in the middle of the night.  Being awake at this time of day is somehow therapy.  It allows you get a fresh perspective on things without all of the day time distractions.  You can focus.

Then there are the other times where it's just pure hell.  There is nothing to do and even less to do to pass the time.  Unless you know people in other time zones (outside the US) it can be a lonely place on the Inter-tron late at night.

It's funny that I see myself typing something like that because there was a time when night was the time that everything came alive.  Be it out clubbing when the doors would open to a magical world of lights and sounds or meeting up at a friend's place for late night shenanigans.  There was an electricity to it all.  It certain feeling that was, well, energizing.

It's just funny how things seem to change slowly yet you only notice them once they have completely changed, thus appearing to have quickly changed.  I would say getting old sucks but the pay is a lot nicer! ;-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Busy, busy, busy!

I'm taking a break from packing to update you all on what has transpired over the past.....well day.  I got the call from Blackboard.com about the face to face interview (should be Thursday or Friday).  So that puts Blackboard.com in the lead right now in the race to get Mat!  HA!  Like I'm that important, anyway.  Next up is Abovenet and they are quickly closing in with a phone interview tomorrow.  If all goes well I should have a technical interview, again via the phone, on Thursday or Friday.

So why the packing you might ask?  Well I pick up a U-Haul trailer tomorrow morning.  I'll be packing most of the morning and departing for VA as soon as possible.  Probably pulling over somewhere for the phone interview!  Upon arriving in VA I have to unload the trailer.  Well actually I can spread that out over  a day or two if I want but I still have to unload it.  I'll be staying in the area until I feel like coming home. HA!  Probably Thursday or Friday depending on the various interviews.

Busy, busy, busy.  Alright back to it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I forgot to tell you all:

All (currently) 8 of you.  I didn't come back and tell you what happened that fateful Friday with my interview.

Basically, I ROCKED IT!  Will be getting a call to setup a face to face interview!  The whole call took about 15 minutes.  Wasn't the big, bad interview I thought it was going to be, but I did manage to stay on topic and point out all the right stuff.  So I just have to do well at the next one and I think that's it.

In my celebration posting on Facebook another friend/ex-coworker approached me about another position with a different company!  Turns out she's the manager of this group and they have an opening they are trying to fill right now.  She thinks I would be a perfect fit.  AWESOME!  So what was once a sole prospect has morphed into two.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wow....just wow.

I feel as though I should apologize for the last post.  What a giant waste of time that must have been to read.  Absolutely no content of value.  Well I'll at some meat to this one.

Here I sit 40 minutes from my phone interview.  First interview in 3+ years, for a job that I really, really want.  I'm not saying that I'm putting all eggs in one basket but right now this is the only basket I'm pursuing.  I have to say that I think the coolest part is my inside contact (friend) is fully confident that I'll get the position.  Not only that, but he and I come from the same work lineage for the most part.  I have spoken with a wise neighbor about how to work to sell myself during the interview.  Also how to handle myself on some of those annoying questions.

I think I'm going to do fine.  NO! I KNOW I'm going to do fine.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why do you taunt me?

This obnoxious blinking cursor.  It's staring at me taunting me to write something.  Here I sit, unable to sleep for the second night, hoping that I'll get tired at any moment.  What more to say?  What more to write, I'm not really saying anything.

What the hell am I listening too? "Strange Music Box" by Tech N9ne

*clicks forward* ahh...some Tool. Better.

Don't get me wrong I like Tech N9ne after all it wouldn't be in the Pandora rotation if I didn't!  It's just not what I wanted to hear right now.

...........and apparently I have run out of nothing to talk about.  Excellent.  Off to scour the Internet.

Grrrr....and it's not for GREAT!

So my phone interview got postponed.  A common place incident but it has really pissed me off.  Maybe it's just the lack of sleep talking right now but I was really ready for this interview and I was going to knock it out of the park.  I know I still have the chance to and will probably do it but I wanted it to happen today damn it.  Gimme, gimme, GIMME!!! NOW NOW NOW!

Pssssssssbbbbrrrrttttttt.....Take that universe for making me wait.  How dare you!?  *sigh*

Unfortunately I don't have anything set in concrete yet for tomorrow so I don't even know when tomorrow.  Very frustrating, mainly because I know that I shouldn't really be this up set about it.  I wish I wasn't so tired so I could work out and work off some of this anger.

Can you still see me?

Hahaha....alright I've only lost 8lbs so far so I'm not going to disappear or anything, but I really think I'm starting to see a difference.  At least in my belly.  I have to say I definitely happy with the fact that I'm this close to the 10lbs mark already.  I just hope the weight loss doesn't grind to a halt soon.  I understand that at some point it is going to slow, I'm just hoping that it's not a drastic slow down.  right now I'm on course for 5lbs/week which I know is a bit high.  I would be happy with 2lbs/week as a normal loss.

Alright enough of that, on to my really cool news.  I spoke with the recruiter for Blackboard.com today.  I've got a kick-ass friend that works there and he has been working hard to get me in there.  So, today the recruiter for the company finally called me and he likes what he sees on my résumé and has setup a phone call tomorrow (wait what time is it...), rather, later today (@ 2pm) with 1 or 2 of the leads.  I think this will be a more formal interview.  At least that is what I'm expecting from the call.  If I pass this then they will have me come in (to the D.C. office) to meet with the team next week.  So, I'll be traveling up to VA at some point for this, of course!

I'm so giddy over this chance.  I really want this job.  Not just for the sake of having a job and not just for the pay.  It's really about a feeling that I have.  My inside man says the company really takes care of its employees and besides my gut is telling me this is the right fit for me.  When my gut tells me something it has a proven track record of being right.  Keep those fingers cross for me.  I'll try and let you all know what happens.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Forgot the fact that I have successfully started working on fairly heavily (pun intended) and I have managed to lose up to 5 lbs but it wasn't sustained.  Right now I'm about 3 lbs down after about a week.

High protein diet, 7 day workout schedule but I'm only working out 6 days a week so I just rotate the workout days accordingly.  I have 1 cheat meal a week where I disregard what and how much.  All other meals are strictly portion controlled.  I'm strictly monitoring my caloric intake as well as my workout regiment (thank you iPhone apps!).

See I told you there was more to come just didn't quite mean that soon.

Hello again

Hi there.  Welcome back.  Been a while.  How have you been?  Oh really, that's great to hear.

Alright enough of the pleasantries.

I need to figure out if I'm going to keep this blog around or not.  I'm seriously slacking on updating it and so much has been happening lately.  Moving back to Northern VA, starting school on July 13th, might have found the perfect place to work (just need to actually land the job...but I got an inside line).  We have a house that's not selling.  Going to live with the parents for a while, but if I get the job we'll be able to afford an apartment, no pressure.  There I think that covers most of the major stuff.

Now what should I do about this blog....I'm going to have to think about it.  It has served a purpose and still could.

Alright off to do stuff.  More to come.......hopefully not in another 2 months.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Time for big changes

Well I have been successful thus far with the little changes I've made in my life with one glaring exception. Working out/dieting.

What to do???

Well in other aspects of my life if I run up against a problem that seems to big or difficult to solve, what do I do?  Well considering that multiple attempts have failed, it's time to step back and re-evaluate the situation.

What does that really mean?

I recently did a little soul searching (been doing that a lot lately it seems) and noticed something.  In the past I have been most successful getting into shape when I hit the weights hard (w/ cardio).  As for the diet, that comes with it.  It has too!  When you are serious about weight lifting you have to feed your body correctly otherwise you're just wasting time.  Need higher protein and be careful about what else you're shoving in.  I don't know, or care why these two have such a strong bond for me.  I'm not really going to question it because it works and it's smart.  What I don't understand is why I don't do this with normally.  Oh well!

Alright so I think you can see where I going with this.  I have starting hitting the weights again with a mix of cardio.  For at least the first month I'm not going to over worry about protein and other supplements.  Although I have been adding some rice protein into a post workout mixed berry smoothy I've been making.  Yummy!  Now for the diet part...I have download (wait for it) an app to help me track my caloric intake.  This app is actually rather detailed and accounts for what you burn off due to working out.  Even go so far as to increase the total amount of the calories you need in a day if you work out!  So I feel that I'm going to have some pretty good guidelines for eating.  Well, rather, I'll know how bad something is when I eat it and should be able to steer myself into eating better.  Like for example I've started to eat more fruit because I know that it's better calories to take in.

I know there are a million ways and ideas of what is the right way to get in shape.  Everyone has heard/seen something different.  I'm just going for what works for me.

Oh almost forget the incentive program I have set up with the wife for when I start to lose interest.  I get a dollar for every day that I work out.  I know it's not much but I should be working out for me, not for another reason.  It's just to help put some money in pocket even though I'm unemployed.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tough nights

I must have hit some magic point in my sobriety because I have master the control of the expected desires for alcohol.  You know when you're out with friends, at a party, eating bar food, etc.  Those times are a breeze, I just simply realize that I don't need it.  After all, if I don't have one, I can't have ten.

It's these nights where I find myself alone that it truly strikes with a power and depth that is hard to explain.  Have you ever gotten hungry only to let it pass, then some time later you're body simply takes over and compels you to eat?  It's like that but hits with the power of ten.  I don't think my depressive tendencies help rather they serve as a tool for the thirst.

These are the nights that I feel the most alone in my fight.  I feel as though no one around me can fully comprehend what it is I'm going through.  Words are only words and can not supply someone else with a proper sense of what this feeling is like.

Fear not trusty reader, I WILL make it through these nights.  I have too.  I will not let my demon win.  I simply can not.  Every other addiction I have ended has only forced the monster to move to another substance.  Now there is nothing left.  Caffeine isn't strong enough to feed it.  Soda, while bad, again not enough.

Tonight, I wait.  For what?  The sanctuary of bed and the healing sleep that it brings.  For all is washed away (most times) during my slumber.

Alright enough of that, I have dishes to do.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cannan '04

Hey I tried out this new service called Animoto to make a free video of some pics with my music. Tell me what you think of it.


Friday, March 12, 2010

My new addiction

So I'm still sober and clean...although I did go back to drinking soda.  Just had trouble letting that one go.  Been sticking to a couple of my last 'rules', mainly the one about not eating fast food.  Which I think is really good, right!?  Of course!  So where does that leave us???  Well my new addiction......ready for this one?  I don't think you really are because it's confusing as hell.

I'm addicted to naps and getting up really early in the morning.  For example recently I seem to have developed the ability to take a nap when ever and almost where ever I want to, a great thing!  At the same time I go through this phases where I'll wake up really early and stay up all day.  Take today for instance.  It's currently 10:40pm EST and I have been awake since midnight EST.  Almost 23 hours and I'm about 85% normal feeling.  Today is a bit of an oddity though because I seem to not be able to nap today, but I have been feeling better than I normally feel.  Weird trade off.

Some say that it might be the adjustment of my Abilify (never heard of it?  Go google it and check out the long list of side affects.  Lovely drug!) from 12.5mg every day to 15mg every other day.  The only problem I see with this theory is that it does not seem to coincide with the days that I take the medicine.  Some might think coffee or soda but those actually tend to make me sleepy.  Honest to god I can drink a cup of coffee and be asleep 30 minutes later.

Big news I'm going back to school.  Going to work to get my bachelors.  Changing careers to web development.  I'm really and truly tired of the Internet Support/Install routine and need to do something different.  Given the amount of programming that is in web development I think it'll be a great match!  Oh and I found a cool (but $$$) 7 day class on iPhone app development that I'm going to hopefully take at some point.

Move along nothing to see here.  (you'll have to excuse any and all typos, I've been up for 23 hours now!)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I'm baaaack

Okay I didn't really go any where, but it's been a hella long time since I posted.  Almost two months.  What happened?  The holidays, trouble on the home front, trouble on the biz front.  Wow that really makes it sound bad.  I guess I should elaborate but I really only want to talk about the biz section.  Mainly because the holidays are what they are, and the home front stuff I'm going to keep hush hush....BUT....things have all been worked out.

The biz was suppose to be gaining momentum with the addition of a new person that was to bring a lot to the team, both with doing reviews and assisting and a multitude of other ways.  I'll shorten this up by saying after much trouble and effort on my part I was never able to get anything out of that person beyond a single review.  In their defense they were having trouble with an overload of work, but that's all been resolved now and I'm still not getting anything from that person.  On top of that I lost an editor.  So, now it's back to just me the wife pulling all the strings.  To compound matters I have added another site, a forum, but hopefully that'll just run itself.

This year I'm planning to make this biz into a biz that actually makes money.  I'm going to be adding some other arms that should produce some cash flow.  Although some doubts have been raised by others, so we'll see what happens.