Being a Dad

Being a new Dad there is so much you learn right off the bat. You never know what to expect when your boy/girl is born, but we try to prepare by reading magazines, books, blogs, etc. The crazy thing is, you forget most if not all once they are in your arms. It’s crazy, but I think we all have a inner instinct to know what to do when we bring our baby home. I’ve found myself being more alert to my son’s whines and grunts. (My boy is a grunter in his sleep.) I think it’s the love we have for our children and the blessing from God that gives us the alertness to the needs our kids have. Some would say, it comes with the job, but it really is a lifestyle. Once a parent always a parent. You’ll learn more in the first few weeks than you ever thought possible, and we never stop learning. So keep up the good work parents, and keep loving your kids. There’s so much more where that came from.

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You Simply Cannot Make Mistakes

I heard this quoted from Pastor Lon Solomon who was also quoting a song in one of his, Not a Sermon, Just a Thought radio messages. It rings true in our daily professional careers, and never more than this morning. I had a call with a potential new team lead, and I was 45 minutes late! Although, he was very understanding and played it off well, it doesn’t look good at all. After three years of working in this professional fast-paced business of government contracting, you really can’t make mistakes like this. Reputation is all you really have when you don’t have the technical expertise to sell yourself onto another project, and at any moment, it can be tarnished. The saying, “Time is Money,” is true on almost every level. If you’re getting paid to do a job, or taking time away from that job, you’re either gaining or losing something. Nobody wants to be on the latter end of losing $$. In the print industry they put it this way, “You’re only as good as your last design.”  With that said, keep up the good work.

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First Time Dad

Those who know me, know that my wife and I are expecting our first child in June. Having only been married for about 8 months now, you could say life has been one big exciting event after another these passed few years. While I could easily reflect on probably one of the best years of my life, 2009, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on being this year so far.
It’s easy to be scared with your first kid, and here I sound like someone who’s been there before. Seriously though, it’s hard to fully comprehend the fact there is a little baby boy swimming around in my wife’s belly, and that he will be born in a few months. I remember seeing the sonogram for the first time and having this surreal moment of excitement and expectancy. It was like I wanted the little guy to be born and in my arms already. I wasn’t one who wished boy over girl, but for the baby to be healthy. We found out we’re having a little boy, and needless to say, I’m a bit excited! Every Dr.’s visit I hear his little heart beat, beating at 200 bpm, it’s truly amazing to think that’s perfectly healthy. My wife gets to see him poking on top of her belly, and she feels him moving around a lot. I seem to miss those little pokes a lot, but when I felt that little guy “kick” my hand for the first time, it was just awesome. It felt like a little high-five from my first born, and I just remembered how blessed I really am.
It’s not going to be easy being a Father, and nobody ever said it was. Thank God! I don’t know the first thing about it, but I do know that God never gives you more than you can handle. It will be an adventure that’s for sure. How fitting, since “The Adventure” by Angels & Airwaves was one of the songs played at my wedding. Just keep this in mind: Life really comes at you fast, and like Ferris Bueller said, “If you blink, you might miss it!”

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Cell Phones

All, I am an iPhone 3G user and I love my phone. Granted I do drop calls, just like I did all the time with Sprint (previously a customer for four years before I got my iphone for my birthday). Anyhow, with all the talk about which phone is best, and how much Verizon advertisers are smacking around AT&T adds with Luke Wilson (yes, the guy from Old School), it’s important to note that iPhone users just don’t want to lose their phones. Yes, they complain a lot, especially over the internet on various cell phone gadget sites, but just enough so AT&T can justify their expensive cell phone plans. Sprint has the deal and so does T-Mobile, all the bells and whistles for a low flat rate. Verizon is not exactly cheap, but their cell service (call quality) is best overall all over the nation. I travel mostly to the Midwest and Northeast, and I’m happy with my service. You won’t see me complaining about my lack of 3G coverage in the middle of the PA mountains because I can’t update my Facebook page in the middle of a snow storm. If I can make call out, that suits me just fine, it’s what I am paying for in my 450 minute plan. So iPhone users and Droid users remember, we bought iPhones because we wanted the phone, not because AT&T is something special. Yes we hate dropped calls but who doesn’t? Enjoy your new gadgets everyone, and that new Nexus One looks like it could be huge this year.

Which was chosen first? The Provider of the Phone?

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Jack Handy#134

Sometimes a question is not only a quest for knowledge, but an opportunity for another to express there’s.  This usually comes in handy (no pun intended) when your roommate calls you in the middle of a meeting saying, “Guess how many cookies I have in my mouth.” Ah sweet Chips Ahoy!

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