What a Sucky Blogging Year

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Realizing that this would make the 6th blog post of 2014 for me makes me sad.

Yeah, I sucked at this blogging thing this year. If you are reading this, then you must be related to me or something.

I don’t know what else to say other than I really blew it.

I have a lot of ideas cooking for this blog, but part of my problem is that is where they have stopped.

I think it is time that I blow the whole thing up and start over.

Cincinnati Zoo in the Fall

Here are some photos from a recent trip to the Zoo.

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My Escape From The Cubicle

White Sands

About a week ago, I unpinned the pictures of my kids that used to adorn the dull-grey canvas wall that loomed over me for forty hours a week. I packed them in my bag, said some goodbyes, and drove out of the parking lot with mixed feelings of elation and fear.

Step 1: Escapte from Cubicle. Check!

So now what?

I did not leave this cubicle to go occupy another one.

I did not win the lottery.

I did not go crazy and walk out without thinking things through.

It was simply time to do something different.

This all kind of started back in November. I was asked to take on a temporary part-time roll at my church to help coordinate the weekend services. The temporary role has turned permanent, although still part-time. Adding those hours on top of my full-time job has proved to be a great challenge. After discussing things with Faith, it became very clear that something had to change.

So we set a date and now I am free.

My new primary job is a stay at home dad. This allows Faith to get a lot more sleep and much of the housework is now my responsibility.

Yeah, its kinda weird.

But I now have time to do things with my family. When I was working, I dropped the kids off at school and got home in time to tuck them into bed at night. The weird hours at my job  were not helpful. (10AM – 7PM)

Now I make my own hours.

I will continue to work at LifePoint as the Web, Social Media, and Celebrations Coordinator part-time and do the kind of work that I like to do. And the best part is that there are no cubicles.

Step 2: A whole lot of change.

There are a lot of adjustments to be made. The decrease in income means that budgets have to be tightened. I have a lot to learn about taking care of things at home. I think the biggest challenge will be leading myself. There isn’t anyone else to blame if the chores are not completed.

I am grateful that I have the support of those closest to me. I was worried going into this that many people would think it was a bad idea. I was surprised to find the opposite response. Thank you to those of you who have been encouraging. You know who you are.

Step 3: What is next?

I hope that once things are settled, that will allow for more blogging. I have a few ideas that could develop into something bigger in the online community, but I must take care of my transition first.

So there is my overdue update and first blog post in a really long time.

If you are still reading this, I thank you and hope to bring you more in the coming days. Please leave a comment to let me know you are still alive. It is no easy task to resurrect a dormant blog.

 

The Trend of Wearable Technology

There is a new trend in the world of technology. Wearable Tech.

It isn’t enough to have my phone in my pocket any more. I might accidentally leave it somewhere.(Not likely. I feel naked without my phone.)

I have become very attached to my phone. I take it with me everywhere. I am always just a touch away from the Internet. But what if I could wear my technology and not have to worry about carrying my phone with me?

Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear, FitBit, and now Android is jumping into the wearable tech market.

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Will the future be all hands free technology? Will my grandchildren laugh at me when I tell them about actually having to touch a screen? It is fun to dream about what the future holds.

The only wearable tech that I currently use is the FitBit Force. I am lucky that the FitBit rash has not affected me. The FitBit Force tracks my activity while sleeping and awake and periodically syncs the data to my phone through a wireless connection. I don’t think about it at all. I just wear it and go about my day. I can then see reports on my phone or computer about my activity. I love it.

I believe that wearable tech is something we should definitely pay attention to. The wireless networks are already in place to support this kind of constant connectedness. The tech giants of the world seem to be getting on board although I have yet to hear anything from Apple about any wearable products.

With technology getting smaller in size every day, the possibilities for wearable tech are endless.

What do you think about wearable tech?