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...