Monday, February 25, 2008

PMP test finally finished

I PASSED, I PASSED! I am now PiMP certified, wheee!

The exam was this morning for 4 hours. Thank goodness Mike and I did a practice run on Sunday cause it was a bit tricky getting to the testing center. The test wasn't quite as hard as I expected but that's probably due to 1.5 months of almost straight studying and taking a multitude of practice tests.

I thought I'd find out my test results from PMI in a week or so but I got the results as soon as my test was over, one of the advantages of computer-testing.

I plan to spend the next week vegetating, then it's time to dust off and update my resume and go job hunting.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I finished something!

Ok, so it's not something that will contribute to the improvement of humanity (or even myself) but I did finish three xbox games recently. For someone who gets bored easily and always looking for something new, this is quite an accomplishment. I finally got all achievements for Viva Pinata and I finished the storyline for Half-Life 2 and Overlord.

Viva Pinata is a similar to a simulation game, more information on Mike's blog. I've been playing it on and off for a while. It's very enjoyable but can be a bit slow at times. I usually play it as a nice distraction after getting frustrated with FPS games. I only had about 6 more achievements to complete the game so I just finally sat down and finished it up. This will probably be the only game I'll ever get all 1000 pts.

Half-Life 2 is a fantastic FPS game, Mike's review here. I thoroughly enjoyed the game since it wasn't just a straight out shooter like Halo 3. There is a rather involved storyline with exploration and puzzles involved. I still half Half-Life 2 Episode 1 & 2 to complete although those are much shorter. Apparently Valve (the makers of Half-Life) didn't want people to wait 6 years for the sequel, so they released smaller episodes instead. Half-Life 2 episode 1 & 2 are actually misnomers, they were meant to be Half-Life 3 episode 1 & 2. Valve plans to release episode 3 sometime in the near future, hopefully with Portal 2 added in!

Lastly I finished the storyline for Overlord. Overlord is an interesting game, similar to Pikmin (gamecube game). You are the Evil Overlord and control minions (4 different colors - each has their own strengths/weaknesses) to do your bidding. I found Pikmin to be much more fun and easier to control but Overlord was still enjoyable. I finished the game with 0% corruption (I was a *good* Overlord). If I want to collect more achievements, I need to replay the game to get 100% corruption (*evil* Overlord).

Three games down....infinite more to go.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

There's a party in my mouth!

Ok, so this is gonna be a bit graphic about infections and stuff so I'm giving you fair warning. If you're squeamish stop reading now!

Last friday I had to get an old root canal retreated since it had gotten infected. The endontologist went back in and packed it full of meds. She said it looked pretty infected and gave me some antibiotics. She also warned me that with the change in environment (the dental work, added oxygen, etc) the bacteria may go a bit nuts and multiply. She wasn't wrong! After the Novocaine wore off, I felt some aches and pain but it really didn't start hurting until saturday and my left cheek and gums starting to swell. By Sunday, I had upped my Motrin from 2 to 3 to 4 pills and it was still just taking the edge off the pain. I gave in and called the endontologist on Sunday. She switched my antibiotics to a stronger type and called in a prescription painkiller (a very very mild narcotic).

In the past I haven't done well with any products containing codeine/narcotics. Darvocet (what she prescribed) didn't appear to have codeine and it's supposed to be an extremely mild narcotic so I figured I'd chance it since the motrin wasn't eliminating the pain. That was a very bad decision on my part, I ended up extremely nauseous and in the bathroom for about 4 hrs until the meds left my system. NO MORE NARCOTICS FOR ME.....EVER! I switched to motrin and hoped for the best.

Monday morning I saw her again. She said the infection hadn't localized so she couldn't drain it. She doubled my antibiotic dosage and gave me prescription ibuprofen. The antibiotics are finally doing their thing; I no longer look like I'm chewing on a golf ball and the pain is finally eliminated when I take the meds. I see her again on wednesday but I think the infection is finally under control.

Unfortunately I had already scheduled my PMP exam for next monday 2/25. I was torn on whether to postpone the exam or just study through this week. Studying won out, I'm so darn tired of waiting to take the exam and studying that I decided to just get it done. If the pain became problematic, I could always postpone the exam up to 48 hours before Monday.

It's been a doozy of a week so far and it's only tuesday!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine's stuffins

We had a fantastic Valentine's dinner with Jen and Din at Filomena's in DC. I was nicely surprised when Mike was able to get reservations in early January there. Traffic was less than optimal, but it was a thursday and Valentine's day to boot so we weren't surprised.

It's always fun to hang out with Jen and Din. When Jen and I are together, we always end up getting so silly. I think Mike was just glad that we weren't driving home in the same car together.

Filomena's is a fantastic Italian restaurant located in Georgetown. We've been there only a couple of times, but the food is outstanding. Everything is homemade and the portions are huge. The food was definitely as good as I remembered but Jen's chicken ravioli was ...interesting. We all tried each other's food (except mine... no one's really a fan of seafood at the table), and when we tried Jen's ravioli, we were trying to figure out the unique flavor and realized it was smoked chicken. Mike tried it and was more direct in his assessment. He said it tasted like a fireplace, then said, "No, it tastes like an ashtry." Jen mulled it over and replied, "No, it tastes more like a fireplace." The chicken was definitely oversmoked, but it still tasted ok. I got the cheese ravioli with giant scallops and shrimp in a creamy lobster sauce....YUM. Even two days later the leftover is still delicious.

Then of course we all had to get dessert. Mike and Din got the chocolate cake while Jen and I got the white chocolate macadamia mousse. Both really good but by the time we finished, I think we were all ready to explode. Sleeping on a full stomach is quite uncomfortable, needless to say both Mike and I had a really light breakfast the next day. Excellent way to spend Valentine's day - good food and family.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Finally!! More studying ahead

After almost 2 weeks, I finally heard back from PMI. I have successfully met the requirements of the PMP certification audit so I've been approved to take the test. That means no more slacking off like the past week. I plan to schedule the test for the 20th or 21st of this month which gives me a week and a half to cram all the info into my brain. Let's hope it's good enough to pass!