FOR MAY 2012
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3 | WEEK 4
ending Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Memorial Day Weekend!
Fi to my fellow Marines, past and present, who have fought
in every war this Nation has ever had to face. You will never
be forgotten. Often times its quite easy for people who have
the freedoms we have here to know how blessed they are by
God just to be here and not in a forsaken land where having
a house over your head, food and clothes are hard to come
by -- if ever. Amen.
week was OK I guess. It is confusing to me sometimes when
people who don't know where I came from question almost every
thing I say or do. But, I have a solid background from a 750,000
user Enterprise to a much smaller one. I do understand things
are different here but getting them to a point where everything
works the way that it should is just going to take some time.
I did get a lot of things accomplished and who knows what's
coming next. Only God knows, that's for sure :)
far this weekend I did a ride on the CBR with a friend of
mine. We rode from here to DC and back and took the twisty
road to get there. Just like some parts of San Diego (Palomar
Mountain for example), you're always going to have cars pulling
out in front of you so you just need to ride as if they never
see you (because quite often they do not!). Today I actually
mowed the lawn and while I was going to do a night cross country
flight it just wasn't in the cards given how the weather has
been. It's ok since it's a holiday weekend I will try and
pick that up again next week when there is time.
was an off week for the P90X program and I am grateful but
tomorrow starts the next phase (month two) and I have had
a few cheater days, lol. It's ok, not much of any soda, sugary
foods and definitely nothing fried! I've already lost almost
10lbs so I know that it has to do with both the workouts and
the diet plan I am on. Not really a diet per say it's just
what I should not be eating (all things that are bad for you!).
Either way it's coming around and I am excited about what
the end of Month 3 will be like.
was good this weekend though our Pastor was out. We had another
guy that Preached and he works the Ministry in DC. He was
pretty good and for some reason he reminded me a bit of a
famous actor. Nothing bad it was just something that I noticed.
Tomorrow I will start P90X month 2 and then I will get the
laundry and grocery shopping done. Time is just flying by
and I can't believe I've already been here nearly 15 months.
I do miss San Diego a lot but hey like I always say "You
go where God wants you to go" and I'm ready and listening.
the weekend and don't forget to THANK A VET!
ending Sunday, May 20th, 2012
fun and weird.
much went on this weekend that I stayed very busy but a bit
perturbed. Work is fine, just weird getting questioned on
things I am told to do. One side saying no, the other saying
yes and I'm stuck in the middle. It's really hard to find
a balance keeping everyone happy but in the end, all I am
trying to do is get the work done -- which I did. I also proved
that when I say a plan is going to work, it will because I've
already done the homework :) As an Engineer, it's my job to
find solutions that work, not that break things. The others
that question me -- well ,they just need to do their part
and everything will go as planned.
weekend I actually took a long ride on the CBR. I rode out
Andrews Air Force base with friends to attend the Air Show.
I've seen the Blue Angels many times so that really wasn't
why I was there. Was hoping to see a F-35 but they didn't
bring one. But, I did get to see a V-22 in person (which I
never have) and got to chat with some current Marines. They're
supervised to know I am a former Marine but knew that I know
my stuff when it comes to planes. I did get to see the F-22,
B2 and of course, the Blue Angels but the F-22 was really
awesome to see. My friends keep calling it "Starscream"
(From Transformers) but I had to remind them "Starscream
is imaginary, the F-22 Raptor is real!" haha).
for the workouts go, I have not missed a single day of the
P90X workouts! I finished week 3 yesterday so next week is
the lighter phase before going to phase 3 in a week. I've
lost about 8lbs so far and even had to go down a notch on
my belt buckle. I have been sticking with the diet plan and
I can tell you that I am sweating a lot during these workouts.
I also have a lot more energy and look and feel good. I can
safely say that you don't really need a gym and that Tony
Horton in your face is actually a good thing (even if it gets
annoying at times, haha). I've taken photos at the end of
every week and although I don't think I'll ever be a cover
guy for the product, I can say that it works if you have discipline
was great yesterday and our Pastor is actually pretty humorous
with his delivery. Maybe you just have to get used to someone
different standing at the pulpit. I was thinking of going
to Israel with them next year but think I will wait until
the year after for that. I definitely want to go and see all
the Biblical places. I know it's dangerous to go there but
it's important to see it in person.
racing was great this weekend so hope you got to watch it.
I have to downstairs and mow the law and then I have a short
flight today and then a night cross country flight on Tuesday
and I should be done with them. I would say I am about 10-20
hours away from completing my Private Pilot's license! Can't
wait for that to happen! I definitely feel blessed by God
far more than I deserve!!!
you a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, May 13th, 2012
your week was great!
a good week by all standards. I actually got so much done
this week that I am hoping the boss takes notice. There were
some licenses that needed to be installed and then copy data
locally from one array to the other one without breaking anything
which went pretty darn good. Now we're going to test it early
Tuesday AM in production so I have to be at the office by
6am. No big deal, I just hate getting up that early, lol!
We'll see how it goes! Other than that, work has just been
keeping me busy and though I constantly get calls/emails from
recruiters about jobs back home in San Diego, I am here for
the long haul.
weekend I went to Church and it was a great service (on overcoming
temptation which we will have to deal with all the time, it's
how we handle it that shows whether we're believers of Christ
or just going through the motions.) After the service I actually
went and got some Sushi down in Ashburn. It was ok. It was
by no means San Diego style Sushi -- the best in my opinion,
but it was still good. I didn't eat much rice because as you
know I've been on that P90X system and well, I want to punch
Tony Horton, lol. Not literally, just figuratively but honestly
this is the best thing I have done. I've only cheated on the
diet a couple times with soda but never more than 12oz in
a 24 hour period over two weeks.
of that workout, my legs are KILLING me. Well so are my arms,
shoulders back and stomach as well. I've been really good
about drinking a lot of water and I haven't missed a workout.
After next week we have a week of cool down period before
we hit the next, different session. Looking forward to it
and in fact, I need to leave after this to get more stuff
that I can eat, haha. Oh and I have definitely been taking
whey protein with skim milk. Lowest calories for the protein
I need. No fried foods, no red meat, no sugary foods, etc.
weekend I also did a cross country flight from Leesburg to
York, PA. It took us about one and a half hours to get there
and come back. We had to watch the restricted flight areas
(such as Camp David) as well as other traffic. It was windy
in the air but calm on the runway. The only issue was coming
back as I was on final from base and twice in a row other
airplanes pulled out in front of me so I had to go around.
Rude people, let me tell ya. I didn't tell at them but over
the radio I reminded them that aircraft on final have priority
over people taking off. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I am
not in a hurry to cause an accident. In the next few weeks
I'll get my final night flights done and do my 100+ mile cross
country flight. Should be great.
that is about it for now. There's a WSBK race coming on in
an hour and I need to get my chores done. Already fixed a
few dents in the walls due to hanging the blinds so the house
looks great. Just need to get my throw rugs and then I can
have friends over for a BBQ.
Enjoy the rest of your week, may the Lord bless you, be safe
and above all -- STAY OUT OF TROUBLE :)
ending Sunday, May 6th, 2012
busy, fun and HARD week!
it's been an extremely interesting week for me to say the
least. Work has been going fine but there's a few issues where
I may have to rebuild my home PC as I cannot log in remotely.
That means I will lose a lot of applications and that means
my ability to update my web site may be delayed as the disks
and licenses I used were lost somewhere between OC, SD and
VA. Oh well, more money I'll have to toss away.
I had to drive to one of the remote sites on Friday because
they did not follow the instructions I sent them for removing
a Disk Array Enclosure. So, I had to drive up there and fix
everything to get the array working again. It is back up and
working but I will probably have to drive back up there next
week to find out what is going on with the backup power supplies.
I do love my job though and I love a challenge!
was my first week of "Home Gym" with the P90X system.
Let me tell you something right now, this is definitely not
child's play. If you are serious about working out and getting
into shape and are feeling like you're at a plateau at the
gym, this is the way the go. That was my problem. I was getting
stronger at the gym but not getting in better shape. One reason
was the same workouts and the other was not eating right.
Well I changed them both up since I started the P90X system
and I couldn't be happier. I have all the items I need to
work out at home and I am following the strict diet plan.
Well, I had one off day but I am still watching what I eat.
Lots of water, no sugary or fatty foods, etc. I'll know in
another 21 days if this is working or not. I work out six
days a week and only take off Sundays (Lord's rest you know!).
night I went to dinner with a Christian friend of mine so
I missed Church but I do think it's a good way of doing God's
work and plans for me. I'll be happy to get back to Church
week I did my first night flight and we took a friend up with
us who is also interested in learning how to fly. We stayed
in the pattern while I did take offs and landings. I was supposed
to work on flight maneuvers today but the weather is really
bad (low ceiling) so that isn't going to happen. Regardless,
next week we're doing another cross country flight, this time
to PA so that will be fun. I'm really excited and looking
forward to it. I should start my cross country planning --
MotoGP, WSBK and AMA racing all this weekend (what a great
weekend!!) so I am going to watch that. Hope you had a great
week and stay out of trouble. Oh and I will post the before
and after P90X photos when it's time. Talk to you later!