I have zero motivation but still I've been really busy. I've been skimming through journals and posting a comment about once a week or so.
Here are some things I've done lately.
I went to visit our field offices in San Clemente and Colorado Springs. Had a lot of delayed flights and missed connections because of weather. Yes, all of my connections were supposed to be through Chicago. When the airlines can use any excuse to claim weather caused the delays they give a big "F you" to their customers.
Because of all my delays, I got to do ZERO sightseeing. Instead, I got to hang out in airports and be yanked around by the airlines. I did get to touch the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life but at the time, I was extremely tired. My Navy time was spent in every ocean but the Pacific.
Our company got some grant money from the state for IT training. I guess Pennsylvania has some programs to increase their technology industry. Our HR dept. told us to put a wish list of training. I did and all of it got approved. I was a very happy boy.
Last week I went to a CCNA class. I took this same class about 3 years ago but didn't put any of it into practice at the time. This time I'm getting the certs. I swear. Really. No kidding.
A few weeks ago I also took an Exchange 2003 class, ditto with the certs. No, really. This time I mean it. Really.
My daughter got potty trained. She is doing really well with it. From what I hear, number two is always hard to train for and she almost has that completely down.
Things are going well with the gf and I, although she thinks I get jerked around by the ex- too much. She gives me a hard time if I wind up having to cancel plans to keep my daughter. Yes, its short notice cause the ex- will never grow the hell up.
I feel its just part of being there for my daughter. I don't want my daughter to ever feel like she is a burden. I want her to always know I'm there for her. While I understand part of a relationship is the two of us spending alone time together, she has to understand what I'm trying to do for Emily. If I turn down watching Emily, who the ex- gonna get to watch her? Its a difficult balancing act sometimes.
Went to Pocono this past weekend for the NASCAR race. Watched Jimmy Johnson just run away with the thing. I don't like Pocono as much as the other tracks I've been too. Its too damn big you can see the other side of the track with binoculars. And for this race I had to throw away my binoculars, they got some moisture inside and they are pretty much worthless.
I was really sad and digusted last week. Friends of the family had a daughter who left for the Navy at 18. Right after boot camp she got pregnant from a guy who then got stationed on the West coast. She married him and stayed on the East coast, in Norfolk.
Anyway, this girl (we'll call her Stupid...or worse if you want). She got a boyfriend in Norfolk after darling hubby left. About a year ago the bf watched the baby when stupid had to work. Bf can't stand crying and beats the crap out of the baby. Messed the 4 month old up really, really bad. Broken ribs, broken legs, broken arm and she had to breath through a tube. Said the baby would never walk. No one got put in jail. Some charges got filed but the bf stayed out of jail. Stupid tried to make up stories to protect the bf.
So cut to the present. A year later. Bf is still not in jail, the baby is walking but still breathing through a trach tube. Doctors still don't know if the baby has much brain damage. In the middle of the night the trach tube comes out. Pulled out from the side where the baby had a really messed up arm. The nurse I told this story to told me those tubes just don't pop out on their own. Still, a week later, no one is in prison.
Makes me just want to hold my daughter and never let her out of my sight.