Thoughts from the night stand: Intel Agile Conference

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Over the last 2 days I’ve had the good fortune of being surrounded by some really bright people at the Intel Agile conference.  While Oregon weather isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I’ve enjoyed my time here listing to all the interesting talk around the method by which we attempt to develop & deliver value to our internal and external customers.  It’s exciting to find a community of people that are interested in a topic that you are passionate about, and I believe I’ve found that here at the conference. Continue reading

Birthday Weekend

Saturday was Kal’s birthday and we celebrated here at the house. The poor guy got a fever at 8pm the night before and got hardly any sleep all night. He was not real happy the afternoon of his big 1st birthday. He was a trooper though and hung out with us outside for his big party. We put him down to eat his birthday cupcake that his mom made but he wasn’t terribly excited. So we filmed him having at it again the next night (tonight)… which was a bit more fun because he was feeling a lot better.
Enjoy!

Here’s the fist take on signing happy birthday to kal:

Here’s a video of Kal getting whacked in the face by the elastic strap on his birthday hat.

Being Sick Isn't Fun…

Penicillin.jpgSo, I’ve been pretty much out of commission for the last week. I woke up early on Monday morning raring to go and hit the ground running.
I had a busy week ahead of me with lots to do:annual performance reports to be written, a friend leaving our team and Arizona all together to say goodbye to, Sand Volleyball games, basketball practice, family reunion dinners, 4 wheeling, and finally the week was to end with a 3X3 basketball tournament. NONE of that happened. When I woke up I knew immediately that something was wrong. My eye was hard to open and see out of. Sure enough after a quick check in the mirror I knew I had pink eye. I was waiting patiently at the CVS Minute clinic with in a few hours of waking. I got my prescription and headed home confident that I’d do some work and be back in the office in 24 hours…. boy was I wrong. On Monday my eye just kept getting worse and worse. I didn’t spend a lot of time on the computer because my eye was tearing so badly. I did do a few conference calls but that was about all I could muster. On Tuesday I set up an appointment first thing in the morning with an eye doctor because my entire eye had swollen up and turned a much darker red. As it turns out the eye doctor confirmed that I had the viral form of conjunctivitis… a much more rare form but much longer lasting and more contagious. Unfortunately the antibiotic eye drops don’t do anything for this form of pink eye and I just had to “let it run its course”. Early Wednesday morning I awoke in the middle of the night with a bad fever and chills and hardly got any sleep. I also started getting a really bad sore throat. By late Wednesday morning I was taking 600 mg of Advil every 6 hours just for the pain with my throat. Fast forward a day and though I was sleeping constantly and alternating Tylenol & Advil I was so sore all over and the fevers were still causing me a bunch of issues. Fearing that I might have strep throat I headed back to the Minute clinic this morning and through a simple swab on the back of my throat they confirmed that I indeed have strep throat. The attending nurse practitioner said that I was the most contagious person that she had seen in a very long time. Oh… and I had an ear infection.
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My 2011 New Year’s Resolutions

You can see the details in the embedded mind map below. I like the format that Kevin Rose has for his New Year’s Resolutions and decided to adopt that format here. These aren’t in any particular order. Enjoy!

  • Read More
  • Be in the best shape of my life by 2012
  • Make a mental shift towards self actualization
  • Value experiences over material things
  • Spend more quality time with my boys
  • Earn $5K / Month as side income by September

 

A crazy thing happened today…

Last night I wrote a post on iUpgrade.me (A site I created to track my personal transformation from fat to fit) about my first impressions of a book I’ve been raving about called “The 4 Hour Body“. I received an advanced copy of the book in the mail about a week ago, and my results over the last week have been amazing (see my post on it)!

The book got me super motivated and I was fired up about telling the world and anyone that was thinking about getting the book. I posted a chart of my results and sent a thank you note to the author over twitter. I also wrote a review on Amazon.com and pointed at my chart on the website. The Author of the book ended up sending to all 200,000 of his twitter followers a note pointing them to my transformation blog: iUpgrade.me. Pretty cool, and needless to say the hits on that website went through the roof today!


Cardinals Combine This Saturday!

CleatsTo this day I still have reoccurring nightmares about forgetting my equipment, jersey, or cleats as I arrive the locker room right before a big game.  Back then it was Dryden Cardinals football… this Saturday it will be Arizona Cardinals football! 

I’m lucky enough to work for a company that does great things for it’s people.  Intel is sponsoring 100 employees to go compete in a “combine” style event this Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium down on the floor where Larry Fitzgerald, Beanie Wells, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the rest of the Arizona cardinals get it done on game day!

I’m psyched about competing out there on Saturday…. I’m so out of shape…. way better than where I was 6 months a go… but I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be a bit sore come Sunday morning.  The top couple folks out of the 100 of us will get some phenomenal tickets to a couple of future games. I’m for sure going to remember to bring these new cleats I just bought this Saturday. Wish me luck!

Weekend highlights

1. Ignite Phoenix: Wabi-Sabi “wear your old furniture!”
2. A lucky “Da da” while my 6month old crawls to me… Impressing other parents by accident!
3. Successfully executing on Ethan’s 3rd birthday party!
4. Family time with another birthday celebration thrown in on Sunday night!
5. Driving home after moving a ton of stuff from Gilbert to Buckeye… Good lord we moved a ton of stuff!