What Keeps Me…

I am sure many of you who read this know me and for those who don’t…I want to establish this baseline. I am an honest person. I don’t like mind games and I try and be as straightforward as I can when dealing with people. I like to establish a baseline of trust before I continue on with anyone, otherwise there  is room for the niggling thought in the back of my mind that something someone is saying is not meant the way it was intended or had some other meaning. I HATE THIS. It is unproductive and harbinger to end relationships.

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Please Sir, Can I Have A Job

All of us have been there. You are working at a company, hoping to build a career when things change and you find yourself no longer a fit for your employer and your find yourself back in the job market. Some of us have more forewarning than others but the blow is essentially the same. Job searching can be hard but it is how you view things that makes all the difference.

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Home Automation – The Electricity Strikes Back

Full disclosure, this should have been posted back in 2014. Alas there is so much time to do things with a 7 month old around the house and a full time job. Some time ago I posted about setting up the Nest Learning Thermostat and the hoops jumped through to get it up and working. Well, I decided to take the plunge and instead of paying someone smarter than me in the field of electricity, wire my own Nest Protects.

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2014 – A Look Back

As I sit on my couch upstairs watching the clock tick I can’t help but look back and reflect on 2014. It was a big year for myself as well as for my family. It marked a year of beginnings and endings. Check out below for less vaguity and more clarity.

2015 Digital

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Nest – The Beginnings of Home Automation in our House

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It has been a recent interest of mine to start working to make our home more automated and easier to maintain. Home automation has only really come into the limelight in the past few years and it seems that it is picking up pace. I decided if I was going to start somewhere it might as well be with Nest. For those unfamiliar with Nest they make a learning thermostat and a carbon monoxide and dioxide detector. I took the plunge and decided to check out the learning thermostat first and try and install it myself (no electrical work done in my life…EVER).

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A Mantra For My Daughter

You are Smart, You are Beautiful, You are Important and We Love You!

This mantra as seen above is something my wife started and got me on to saying to our daughter Alice at least once a day. Just to be clear the idea originated from the book “The Help by Kathryn Stockett”. Alice is only 5 and a half months as I write this but as I think about it more it makes complete sense to start as early as possible. Why? Why start telling someone that they are important or beautiful or smart? Shouldnt they know this already or should they even care? The sad fact is that most people dismiss this as a given in a childs life and therefore shouldn’t have to be said.

Alice Reading a book

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