Micro-Certificate Progress

I’ve got a lot going on these days and not a lot of time to write. So I decided to post an update that covers that last few weeks. Most of my time has been spent absorbing the next level of training from Treehouse. At this moment, I’m sitting at 164 badges and 15014 earned learning points. In the last two weeks I’ve covered…

  • SQL Basics
  • Modifying Data with SQL
  • Reporting with SQL
  • Understanding Promises in JavaScript
  • and Using SQL and Node.js with Sequelize

Right now I’m working on project 10 (of 12) and have it about 99% completed. It is a big stretch because it essentially covers NodeJS, ExpressJS, SeqeulizeJS, SQLite, and Pug. I guess that I could have also used AngularJS, but it really is just a website that uses CRUD functions, so a dynamic interface really isn’t important. It’s a stretch because there is a big leap from what what I was taught to do in the lessons and what is required in the project. I’ve been working on this project for almost twenty hours or so, ten hours in the last two days.

Travel Plans

Other things that I’ve been juggling are getting my travel plans for 2017 in order. I’ve been going back and forth with a tour company about scheduling a few day trips in and around Chișinău and southern Moldova. Amy and I will be heading there in about a month and I want to get in a few touristy things… visiting interesting and historical sites, vineyards, etc. The biggest problem is getting people paid. My bank and credit card companies flag everything heading to eastern Europe as fraudulent. I had similar issues when I visited Kyrgyzstan. Luckily deposits have been paid and I’ll just have to pay everything in cash when I get there.

Also, I purchased my tickets to Colombia and plan on heading to Cartagena in August. I’ve never been to South America before, so I’m pretty excited about the trip. That’s about it for travel plans for 2017. I might try to squeeze in a trip to Alaska later in the year, just to knock it off the list of states I haven’t been to yet; but I’ll have to wait and see.

New Toy

I picked up a new toy yesterday. It’s a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield. I’ve wanted a small weapon for concealed carry for a while now. My short list was made up of…

  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
  • Glock 43
  • or a Beretta Px4 Compact

I went with the Shield because of price and size. The Px4 compact is a little larger than Shield, but the 43 is a wee bit smaller, though more expensive. I would have gone to the range today and fired a hundred or so rounds through it, but I’ve been too busy on my school work.


That’s about all I have to post about. There isn’t a lot super exciting going on. I’m just doing homework, learning new stuff, and lifting weights 3X a week. Oh I guess I’ve started to use Snapchat. I posted a link to my account in the sidebar/footer section of the site. Just find the heading Projects & Social Media and click on the ghost. If on your mobile, it will open the Snapchat app. If on desktop, you’ll see my username. I have no idea if I’ll stick with it, but my brother started using it to send me silly messages. So I’ll give it a go for a while.

That’s it. More later.