Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

October 4th.   That was my last post.  Pathetic.

I only have one excuse.

Life.

As usual, with everything I do, I either go big or go home.  I couldn't go big, so I went home.

The main reason I took a hiatus was work.  They asked me to get my CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.   For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is a bear of a test that confirms an individual's knowledge in the field of information security.   I guess I am official now. Whatever that means.

It was brutal.   There was no way I could keep up writing, working, being a mom and a wife, sleep, write this blog – and pass the test.  One had to go and I didn't think I could write this blog poor, living in a cardboard box under an overpass.  Nor could I get rid of my husband and kids.  At least that would be frowned upon.  And well, you really don’t want to be around me with no sleep.  So, the blog was placed on hold.

To give an idea of the stress I was under, half way through the test I went to the bathroom and, with tears in my eyes, told myself that passing this test did not define me.   If I failed, I would still be a good person, a mom, a wife and a friend.   I channeled Stuart Smalley:  I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!

I then wiped my tears and rocked that test on December 5th.

Although I was happy, I was a little disappointed fireworks and a year supply of ice cream did not spontaneous appear.

After that, there was the Christmas party that I decided to throw for a few kids that ended up including 15 children, a bouncy house and a visit from Santa.

Add an over indulgent holiday, family in town and several failed Pinterest attempts and that pretty much covers my time over the last couple of months.

I think you are caught up.

So here is to a happy, healthy and hopefully productive blog in 2014!

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