Feb.
12
2017

2017 Week 6 Review

How the week went overall: This was a good week.

One thing that did not go according to plan: I did not finish the Web Services section.

One thing that went well: I gained a lot of knowledge about web services.

Plans for the coming week: Finish the Web Services section :)

Feb.
06
2017

Mondays are not shaping up to be great days for me

I did talk to a couple of people today to get in put about whether they think it makes sense to use a HELOC to earn money. I did also drop Eli off at school and did my workout.

Last night was the vegan potluck, which means that Eli gets to be a little bit late. Thus, he's a bit slower in the morning.

And even with all that said, it's probably not a legitimate excuse for letting almost the entire day pass by. I've got just over one hour to rescue a bit of productivity on the class.

Feb.
06
2017

2017 Week 5 Review

How the week went overall: I'm happy with the work on did on the Modal API section. I spent a fair amount of time continuing to research investment opportunities. I'll rate the week as average.

One thing that did not go according to plan: Completing the Modal API section took much more time than I anticipated.

One thing that went well: I did a good job with the Modal API section.

Plans for the coming week: I want to complete the Web Services section.

Jan.
30
2017

Okay I have a pretty good excuse today

It's 3:48 pm right now. I have not worked on my class at all. However, I did make some good progress yesterday afternoon. And I have a good excuse.

This morning I stopped by two credit unions to ask about a home equity line of credit. I am starting my research into investing in either rental properties or "fix and flip" properties. Mondays are also one of the days that I take care of getting Eli ready for (and to) school. I did do my workout this morning as well.

Jan.
29
2017

2017 Week 4 Review

How the week went overall: I have to say that I was far less productive than I had planned to be. I thought I had the pieces in place to get a lot done during the week.

One thing that did not go according to plan: I certainly hadn't planned to let all of Monday go by without getting anything done. I had to rescue it a bit in the last 30 minutes of the day.

One thing that went well: I had a great lunch date with a friend. We discussed job hunting and technology. I'm looking forward to continuing the discussion with him.

Jan.
23
2017

Well, so much for that

It's just before 5pm now. I've managed to let the whole day get by me without making one bit of progress on my class.

There, I said it.

It's not that I sat on Facebook or other social media fooling around all day. I could point to some things I have done, some more "legitimate" than others. Nonetheless, I do need to take responsibility for the fact that I accomplished not one thing for the class.

Well, I do have about 30 minutes before I need to leave to pick up Eli. How's about I get just a wee bit of work done now? Fair enough?

Jan.
21
2017

2017 Week 3 Review

Well one thing I can mention that didn't exactly go according to plan was that I missed doing my Week 2 Review. However, I've got a great excuse.

My parents arrived in town on Thursday, January 12 for my son's 5th birthday party on January 14. I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday with them and we had a great visit. On Saturday evening I went to my parent's hotel room and talked with my dad about planning for retirement.

How about the rest of Week 2?

Jan.
08
2017

2017 Week 1 Review

How the week went overall: It was relatively productive. I did a good job of setting and sticking to my goals. I was able to solve some challenges and learn a number of new things. I'm happy with the way the week went.

One thing that did not go according to plan: I had planned to have three new video lessons submitted for my "Mastering Drupal 8 Development" course, but submitted only one.

One thing that went well: I really enjoyed my Zumba class yesterday morning. I laughed a number of times during the class and I felt like I was really starting to dance more.

Dec.
31
2016

I am open

It's New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2016. I'm not the type of person to engage in a look back and make resolutions based on some particular day on the calendar. Or at least, I don't like to think of myself as that type of person. And yet, here I am writing this four hours before 2016 ends (at least in my time zone). So here we are. Before we go any further I want to put you on notice that I am going to be sharing specifics. Things may get ugly, raw and hard to read. Feel free to stop right here and return to whatever you were doing before you came across this post.

Dec.
19
2016

Here we are, again

I've been filling out applications to become a full-time employee of different web development companies. I did get one response that said they couldn't even come close to my expected salary range. Apart from that, it's been a deafening silence. (I guess I never did write about interviewing with a company that did extend an offer for $95,000. However, we had discussed that I was looking for $115K - $125K. On all my applications since then, I've been specifying that I was seeking $120K - $130K.)