Archive for September, 2008

A heroic cat

Today, at the animal shelter where I volunteer, I was handed an article from the local paper. The story talked about how the family cat (Holly) came out of nowhere to distract two pit bulls that were attacking a 3 year-old boy. The dogs took off after the cat instead, chasing it into the house. It took two people to pull the dogs away from the cat, but the cat survived with relatively minor injuries. This brave feline certainly saved the family’s 3 year-old from harm.
What makes the story even cooler? I was the one who adopted the cat to that family last December!

Sending myself on vacation

It’s been a rough couple of months around here. I’ve been working really hard, and making less money. The economy stinks. I’m stressed. And life is just feeling a bit… routine.
So, I’m sending myself to Maui next weekend. I’m going to take it easy… laying around, seeing the sights (for the umpteenth time), and just NOT WORKING.
I’m not thrilled about going by myself, but my desire for a break is too strong. Next stop: the beach.

Jeff goes on a diet, or: How I learned to stop eating crap and love vegetables

I’m officially on a diet as of this weekend. The first “real” diet — err, lifestyle change — I’ve ever attempted. My initial goal is to lose about 20 pounds, which would be fantastic.
The hardest things for me have always been 1) thinking about what I’m eating BEFORE I eat it and 2) limiting portions. I eat out a lot, and after I’m done, often think “geez, you know, that probably wasn’t very good for me”. I have pretty horrible willpower, so resisting my favorite foods (or at least limiting how much I eat) is going to be quite a challenge.
I’m going through WeightWatchers, who make it fairly easy to figure out how much you get to eat per day. They have some high tech online tools, too, so I can track my “points” on the computer, or even my cellphone.
So, we’ll see how it goes… I’ll post an update in a few weeks with my progress.

DCRP plugged on CNBC!

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Man, I couldn’t ask for better publicity… thank you David Pogue and CNBC! Click the video to watch…

Career choices

Following up from last week’s somewhat somber entry: the other night I took the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey, which attempts to figure out what kind of careers might be a good fit for you. Taking the test was a bit odd — I felt like I was back in high school trying to figure out what major to pick when I got to college.
As for the results? The first area that’s scored is called orientation scales, which is sort of a top-down look at what kinds of things might interest me. They include influencing, organizing, helping, creating, analyzing, producing, and adventuring. Of those, the only one worth exploring was analyzing, which Campbell defines as “analyzing data, using mathematics, and carrying out scientific experiments”. With the exception of creating (for which I got a mid-range), everything else was “avoid”.
Next is orientation and basic scales, which gets a little more specific. The only thing to “pursue” was mathematics, which will surely please my mom, who’s a math teacher. The survey also encouraged me to “explore” science and animal care.
The last part of the survey results suggests what kind of jobs would be a good fit. Once again, there were a lot of “avoids” in the results. The jobs it thought I’d be best at include veterinarian (don’t see that happening), physician (gave up on that one in college), chemist (uhh, no), medical researcher (maybe), engineer (dunno about that), math/science teacher (have considered that), and statistician (hell no).
While not life-changing, the survey results were interesting. I was a medical researched for the summer before college, used to want to go to medical school, and have thought about teaching. Seeing how I volunteer at an animal shelter each Saturday, the vet job isn’t that off-the-wall.
For now I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, but with a bit of looking ahead toward the future. Yeah, I’m burned out, and the economy is really hurting my site’s bottom line, but I’ve worked too hard to just give up on it.