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Some Major Updates In My Life

First, a disclaimer. I have real reasons why I haven't updated my blog in the past 20 days. The number one reason? I'm a dad of course. She was born on Halloween and we took her home from the hospital on Monday the 5th (she's adopted). She's a doll, and I relish every living second with her. We're still up in the air on the name, but it looks like we're settling on Jacquelyn Aubrey Toponce, naming her after my grandmother. (She's actually sleeping on my chest this minute as I am typing this post.)

So, now that I'm a dad, the rhythm of my life has completely changed. I used to get up first thing in the morning and check my email, then catch up on all my RSS feeds. If time permitted, I'd blog and hit IRC. But with getting up during the evening to feed little Jackie and change her diaper has pushed my sleeping habits past the traditional 6:30. So, my rhythm is off, and I'm not sure where it's going to go from here.

Aside from becoming a father, there has been a couple other notable changes in my life. Also on Monday November the 5th, I received my Red Hat Certified Engineer. I aced the exam with a near perfect score, taking 100% on all sections except one, where I scored 93.5% (yeah, I'm bragging). It was a difficult exam, and took a few weeks of heavy study and tons of practice. All I can say, is it is a great relief to have all that studying off of my shoulders. All is not over, however. Being a Guru of Guru Labs, I have yet to receive my Red Hat Certified Examiner, of which I can administer the Red Hat exams to other students. Probably will be a few months before I see that certification.

Finally, I got a new toy to play with, and it has literally kept me from getting on my laptop. I just recently purchased a Palm Centro smartphone with service from Sprint (I got the black phone- the red one is ugly). Having unlimited web, email and data access has been taking up several hours per day when not with my daughter, as I read my RSS feeds, check my email, browse the web, and even log into my SSH server, pulling up irssi (more to come about that later). I have a few gripes about the phone, now that I've had it for a week or two, but overall, it's a great toy to have around and it's fun to show off.

I don't make any promises on the frequency of updating my blog, but I will do my best to keep on top of it. There are a lot of topics on my mind that I want to blog about, I just need to spend the time sitting down and doing it.

To be continued...

{ 6 } Comments

  1. pr0le using Firefox 2.0.0.7 on Mac OS | November 23, 2007 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I think I talked to you on IRC this morning about authconfig... didn't even realize you were from Utah as well. I took a class from Guru labs a while ago at your office.

    Thanks for the help, by the way.

  2. Steve using Konqueror 3.5 on GNU/Linux | November 23, 2007 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    congrats again on the baby :)

  3. phoenyx using Firefox 2.0.0.9 on Mac OS | November 23, 2007 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    She's adorable. Many more nights of interrupted sleep are in your future, but it's totally worth it. Congratulations again.

  4. Aaron using Firefox 2.0.0.8 on Ubuntu | November 24, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone. She's a cutie, and certainly won't starve for attention around here. :)

    @pr0le- I don't think it was me you were talking to about authconfig. However, if you need help, let me know. :)

  5. Nathan using Firefox 2.0.0.8 on Ubuntu | November 24, 2007 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    yay!! Daddiness is awesome and it totally changes things like, you'll find yourself concentrating on Edubuntu and OLPC much much more intensely as time goes along. You'll be looking forward to teach her how to read and use a mouse but most importantly bhow to use the toilet.

    But not for a couple years. You will have trained a large number of Red Hat (and Ubuntu) Certified Engineers in that time.

  6. AmyRose using Firefox 2.0.0.8 on Kubuntu | November 26, 2007 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Congrats on adopting your daughter!

    I'm surprised you became a RHCE, though. I don't recall you mentioning RH on your blog much, if at all. But congrats on that anyway. :)

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