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HA! I haven’t really moved an inch since my last status update. Work is always playing havoc on my plans. This weekend while we have our main clinical application down for maintenance I will be cleaning out a main closet in one of our facilties that is a wreck. I have two 48 port switches going in hopefully to help condense it down and get it in prime shape.

I am only at the beginning of workbook two lab seven. I am right at the private vlan portion and that is where I have been for over a week now. I came to terms last week that there was no chance in the world I was going to take the lab on July 14th so I cancelled my date and cancelled my Internetwork Expert mock lab for next week as well. I am not even close enough for a mock lab. Honestly at times I feel like going back and reading my BSCI book from my CCNP days.

Right now my lab was rescheduled for November 17th. A few reasons I moved it that far ahead. First reason is I get my vacation time again in September. Second, the baby is driving the house projects list even longer as we speak. You would think since all the grandparents have already crowned him the next “savior” I would get a break! He will be the first grandchild for my wife’s family and second for my parents, but the only boy for both sides. This kid has it so made already and he still has four months to figure out how to say hi to everyone. He already has more clothes than me…

I am honestly at a mental roadblock with everything. You sit and read everything they are saying about the economy and start to think “Is this the path I should be taking?” Then I start to think, well if the economy is getting hit hard no matter what field you are in you might still be affected so at least be in a field that always needs help. My biggest problem is I get a few good solid days of labs in and then I am busy with work and real life that I am away from it for days and lose all my momentum.

I was still considering a five day bootcamp thirty days out of my lab date which is why I put it off until November as well, since I am saving the vacation time I have left for when my wife gives birth. Someone asked me the other day what I would do if he came out a girl! I answered that first I would make sure she was healthy and then start to cry uncontrollably for hours upon hours upon hours… I can’t even think of that at this point lol. Internetwork Network is done with five day camps for the rest of this year. I am still looking at Narbik’s camp as well. I emailed him a few months ago to talk about his camp and my time with the internetwork expert material. I was almost set to book his camp then, but got cold feet. I am thinking of taking his class in October and then hitting the lab if I am ready. I am not sure if I will be bored to tears by then though if I am doing labs and reading from now until November… I honestly have no idea what to do lol. Maybe I will get some time Sunday to finish lab seven and get some momentum back after that.


3 Responses to “Status Update 04.09.2008”

  1. AmAN on April 9th, 2008 10:23 pm

    Good luck with your studies

  2. cciepursuit on April 13th, 2008 9:35 am

    Good luck man. I hope that you continue to pursue the CCIE, but the time, cost, and stress of that journey does take its toll. You’re going to have your hands full with a new baby. That’s going to take priority over the CCIE. Moving back your date is a good idea.

    Anyhoo…good luck.

  3. Carl Yost Jr. on April 13th, 2008 7:12 pm

    No way I will stop the journey. The wife would kill me for how much we have invested so far it it :D. It is just going to take a little longer than I had planned. Today instead of doing labs I moved one room to the basement to make room for baby. He already has the most rooms in the house.

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