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If you want to see big changes

I'm in the process of getting myself set up for a butt-kicking 2018. I found the Passion Planner, signed up for the free template download, and decided I'm going to try it out for the month of January and see if I can make that a habit. I'll be combining it with the Staples Arc system because I have a few personal project ideas floating around that don't quite fit into the Passion Planner setup.

Journaling with pen and paper is something I've been trying to get back to since last year when I started The Artist's Way (or maybe the beginning of this year? It's been a long year). I also increased my Moleskine and other journals collection exponentially, so I had better start using them.

So many ideas, so little time, and even less focus.

Motivation and Purpose

Now that I have my PMP, I seem to have lost mine -- my motivation and purpose that is. I find myself suddenly exhausted, tired, unmotivated, and unsure of what to do with myself next.

The first few days after I passed the test, I was still in shock. I went to work on Friday, we celebrated again that night, plus Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Still waiting in line for theater 2 10:30pm showing of #LastJedi what gives @AMCTheatres BOS Lowe's location. Movie is supposed to start in 7 minutes. And no downstairs concessions!!! — Annette (@daNanner) December 16, 2017
Saturday was a whirlwind of getting Joy off to the airport (that was a minor misadventure), and I think I finally started collapsing on Sunday. I didn't want to do anything or go anywhere, especially since I had gym at 6am on Monday morning.
I don't have to study, the house is clean enough, dinner has been made and eaten ... and I have gym at 6am. But I have like 4 hours to veg out or whatever for the first time since Se…

Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

Brain Candy for Firefly Fans

Problem: Solved

Ok, so I had a real weird problem while I was away from home.
hey @onedrive -- I have some tutorial videos in OneDrive that I need to turn into a playlist on my tablet. Is this possible or a pipe dream? — Annette (@daNanner) November 30, 2017

Of course, as of this writing, they still haven't answered me. Nothing I could find related to Microsoft, OneDrive, or any of the other MS apps worked either. This means I had to figure out a solution myself using the tools at hand.
Problem Solving Methodology On my Pixel C, VLC wasn't working the way I needed it to, but the other option to view the videos was Plex. Plex???? For playback of videos in OneDrive? Ok ... Hit Plex, voila! Video lesson played flawlessly. No buffering, no other issues I was experiencing with VLC. But I still really wanted a playlist, ya know.

So I remoted into my home computer (because who doesn't, and I couldn't create the playlist in the Plex app, that would have been lucky),

grabbed the files…

Book Review: Artemis

Artemis by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A little science/chemistry heavy...

But I expected that since it is Andy Weir. Rosario Dawson makes an amazing narrator for the character of Jazz. Thoroughly enjoyable on multiple levels. I was laughing out loud on multiple occasions and quoting bits to friends in random text conversations. I wouldn't mind listening to it again. Weir did a fantastic job creating a strong female character who is not (technically) a Mary Sue, she just has a lot of wasted potential and I found her to be relatable. The Lunar society he creates is very believable, and he goes so much into the science and chemistry that my eyes may have glazed over a bit.

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Extras: Audible also has a bunch of cool additional material like a map and unofficial guide to Artemis. Interactive dome maps and more.

Review: Pixel Buds!


Google Assistant in my ear. It also showed me that I really need to clean out numbers for everyone on speed-dial. Took entirely too long when speaking because Assistant kept asking me which number to use for the various contacts I wanted to call. Instead of, you know, the one that I text and call all the time. So for all you conspiracy theorists, Google does not know all, even when it's on your phone. Either that or the AI needs a lot of tweaking.Google Pixel Help - Can it be broken? Just hand it to me. I'll QA that thing in ways you never imagined. via GIPHY The Google Chat help techs were good, even if I did eye-roll once or twice (because, help desk, and I am contacting you because I couldn't figure it out on my own and I am not a normal user).  I haven't had a chance to play with translation, but the Babelfish ability was the main selling point.

Cons This list was surprisingly easy to come up with starting within just the first few minutes of wearing…

Photo Friday: Weather

Went for a hike. It started beautifully if a little humid. Opted to take a trail instead of staying on the paved loop. Hear a roll of thunder, hope it's just the train. If only we had been so lucky. I had just been contemplating my success at not getting muddy while at the park. Mother Nature has a sick sense of humor. Not only did I get muddy, we got drenched through! My shoes were squelching while running with Pluto who was having none of it. Just as I would get him down to a walk, another roll of thunder or flash of lightning would send him dashing off again! After the storm the clouds looked pretty awesome though. Only had the iPhone SE on me. Does that count for #shotoniphone?

Originally posted on my instagram.

The Final Countdown?

I certainly hope so! I don't want to even think about having to take this test again! And if that unfortunate event should occur, I will have to take it before March 2018 when it switches over to the 6th edition of the PMBOK. I'm not sure my mind could handle the overload of information.

But we're not going to consider that right now. I'm going to join the ranks of people who pass on the first try.

They've even published their how-tos. I'm just trying to do it in a quarter of the time. Yeah. This is going to be epic.

Wait, positive thinking. I know I can do this.

I am so nervous. I keep forgetting that I have a study plan and that I have been studying, and yet if the test were tomorrow, I am not 100% confident that I would pass. So I need to study more until I hit that "know-it-all" level that my family loves me for.

And then there will be much rejoicing.


Menu Plan Monday: Fall Feasting

The plan this week was to cook everything on Sunday and reheat throughout the week because evenings this week are hella busy. That didn't happen (but the house is clean!!!) I mean, look at those floors...

I managed to menu plan and place my grocery order on Friday for Saturday delivery (yes, my time is worth the cost) so that was an organizational win. Maybe you'll have better luck with AmazonFresh. I'll be able to make and prep at least two meals tonight, probably have leftovers on Wednesday, and we'll have to see how the week works out. Adjusting to being out of the house for 10+ hours a day is still happening.

Monday: Shepherd's Pie (recipe adapted from Caveman Casserole)

TuesdayMoroccan Chicken Stew
Apparently, when I nuked G+ I lost the photo to this one.

ThursdayBlackened Chicken & Avocado Sauce--Over Zoodles
This one is quick and easy. I'll probably cheat with some guacamole instead of making the avocado sauce. Finding good avocados in MA is getting…

Menu Plan Monday: Humpday Edition

It's been a busy week and I  am woefully out of the practice of blogging on a regular basis. My goal is to change that in the coming weeks (let's be real, months).

Monday was extremely busy with trying to catch up and get ahead of the housework. With two dogs and weather, I don't know why I bother. I hit and exceeded my step goal, so that's a bonus.

I was lazy and ordered Indian food from the local restaurant. I have no idea what I would do without Eat24 .

Tuesday: Butternut Squash Soup with Chicken Sausage
Wednesday: Chile-Crusted Scallops with Cucumber Salad

Thursday: Ratatouille with Chicken

 Friday: Little Lamb Meatballs in A Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

 Saturday: Chicken Cacciatore

Co-Host Duties: Bob Anstett & The Virtual Dungeon Master

Trying something different....

Menu Plan Monday: Back to School Edition

What a day!!! I know that for most of you, "back to school" means a return to routine for yourself and your kids, and probably started at least a month ago. In our case,  I started a new course today. Since becoming unemployed back in May, and with everything else going on that I haven't had time to properly document here, I haven't really menu planned and I've been really horrible about going to the grocery store just ... whenever.

This past weekend was a bit packed so I didn't have time to properly sit down and plan things the way I prefer. Inspiration hit on the way home from class with a little help from my daughter, who requested Cajun Salmon for tonight.

Monday: Cajun SalmonTuesday:Cod and Chorizo
Wednesday: Jambalaya

Thursday: Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Friday: Leftovers

Cardio (test post)

Cardio and I are not friends. Never have been. Never will be. At this point, I wasn't sure if I was going to pass out or just puke, so I was just sitting, head down to get through the dizziness and nausea while I caught my breath. I'll take strength training over cardio any day.

(This is a test post to see if email to my blog still works).

Menu Plan Monday: Tasty Veggies

Caprese Stuffed Portobellos

 Chicken, Zucchini, and Prosciutto

 Little Lamb Meatballs in A Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

 Roasted Chicken with Figs and Rosemary Recipe

 Strawberry Spinach Salad W/Poppy Seed Dressing

Menu Plan Monday: Blizzard Watch and Beer

Ok, not really, but there is beer in Friday's meal.

Monday: Pineapple Baked Chicken

TuesdayMahi Mahi Grilled Fish Tacos with Simple Homemade Paleo Coleslaw

 Wednesday: Curried Turkey Cutlets with Dried Apricots

Thursday: Chile-Crusted Scallops with Cucumber Salad - new recipe to try this week.
 Friday: Crockpot Corned Beef & Cabbage
Right now I'm standing above dinner, slow cooker corned beef and cabbage. Not boiled. #cy365 #whereistand #project365 #stpatricksday A post shared by Annette (@dananner) on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:27pm PDT

Menu Plan Monday: Sweet Meats

Ok, not really, but it is Valentine's Week. Yay. And I have managed to hit 190 again. Not so
Awesome Sarcasm GIF from Awesome GIFs

And so we find ourselves focusing on discipline. Clean eating. Willpower. And horrible weather that encourages #emoeating.

Shall we begin?

Sunday: Zuppa Toscana - with sweet Italian chicken sausage.

Monday: Paleo Spaghetti - really, zoodles, homemade marina sauce, and meatballs.

Tuesday: Something special -- Seared Steak with pan-roasted grape and port sauce -- wait! Breaking News! I don't have to cook. That will be saved.

Wednesday:Paleo Butter Chicken

Thursday: Paleo Avocado Burgers - modified from the original recipe. No dressing needed.
Friday: Paleo Cream of Broccoli Soup with Chicken and Bacon
Saturday: Crockpot Chicken and GF Cornbread Dumplings

So, how are you dealing with the dead of winter?

Where am I now?

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