Personal New Years Resolutions

I am going to do a 2 part New Years Resolutions series on my personal blog this time.  Today’s post is all about my personal resolutions for 2012 and what I hope to aspire, achieve and conquer in the upcoming year. My second post tomorrow will be about my blogging goals for 2012 and center around expanding my hobby turned obsession.

Losing a Little Weight

It is not without irony that I like may other people want to aspire to lose a little more weight and tone up more in 2012.  I have gained about 10 pounds over the past 15 months or so and though I am not nearly as heavy as I was back in 2006/2007 I can’t afford to become complacent either.  In the latter part of 2011, I was only going to the Gym 1x per week and doing my home exercise about 1x per week in addition.  In 2012, I am hoping to work out no less than 3-4x per week with 2-3x being at the gym where I have more equipment at my disposal.

Now that I have a new iPod Touch with Spotify, I have more incentive to work out and have great tunes on to assist with the mood.  I really enjoy working out to heavy music and it seems to help relieve stress while working out.

I would like to finally hit my bench mark of being able to do 10 reps of benching 200 pounds.  I was never able to bench more than 180 pounds and even that only a few times.  It shouldn’t be impossible but this is a personal strength goal I am trying to achieve. 

Being a Better Father

I strive to balance a work / home balance and want to make sure I continue to take as much time as possible to enjoy life with the kid while the are the ages they are.  We engage in play activity no less than 1 hour on weekdays and several hours each weekend and I am looking forward to helping my oldest dive into LEGO Mindstorms and play more with my youngest.  I always need to strive for more patience and I hate that I yell more than I should as a parent.

Patience and calm are something I strive for more as a parent, I find that the older my kids get the more frustrated I get with mistakes or behaviors that wouldn’t have bothered me if they did them when they were 3 or 4 years old.  The good thing we don’t believe in physical punishment, never have but I don’t want to be the type of father that is too harsh and leaves psychological scars from scolding them either.

Being a Better Husband

I have made many mistakes over my 15 year relationship with my wife which will make 16 years this may and 13 years marriage this July 4th 2012.  I also need to apply my patience and understanding a little more here in this relationship.   I strive to be a better listener and communicator, I find bad habits I have developed (some say because I am a Libra) where I am always rationalizing, arguing a point or trying to prove one side or another.  It has lead to some of the moments I am not proud of in myself and I will continue to improve as a person.  It is funny how one can lose rationality in the heat of an argument, yet be perfectly logical and choose the right course of actions when not in such a “fight or flight” situation.

Last but not least I continue to strive to be better at my job which is the foundation on which my life is built.  It is my great job and role that provides many of the benefits that allows my family to live our lifestyle which is fairly modest.

These are my personal goals for 2012 and I will continue to work on them.

-Justin Germino

New Years Getaway

My wife and I managed to escape to Encinitas together for a post holiday recovery and to ring in the new year together while Grandma watches the kids.  This is a tradition we have done for many years were we celebrate the New Year together and the previous several years we have rung in the New Year in Las Vegas usually at The M hotel drinking Champagne while we watch the ball drop.

This year instead we are doing a Dinner Cruise to ring in the New Year, and the 4 hour cruise will actually be on the water when the ball drops.  2011 was a fairly good year to our family and any complaints I have are more than outweighed by the blessings for sure.

Today is just a relaxation day and maybe dining out on some great restaurants around the area.  You know we will be visiting East Asian Village Diner which is one of our favorite places and we order a Monk Stone Pot every time we come visit California.

This will be the first trip where I have my iPad 2, Bloggie Camera and iPod Touch in tow, so I should be able to take more pictures of the beach if I should go down there.

-Justin Germino

Stomach Issues Resurfacing?

It would seem lately I have started to become plagued by my stomach issues again.  It started out with nearly daily upper intense stomach pain that leads me to vomit usually 1 or more times per day.  I have vomited about 4 times in the past 7 days, and this isn’t a bug but something wrong with either my digestion or overall health.

The last time I had such a string of issues like this was 3 years ago, and not sure whether stress or simply needing a chiropractic adjustment resolved it.  I have pretty much cut out coffee these past few days but it hasn’t helped and I can’t seem to find a trigger.

It may be the sour cream or milk based products I had in a few side dishes around the holidays, I am very sensitive to butter, cream, sour cream, milk in any dishes lately and get severe problems with stomach pains when having it.  But cheese doesn’t seem to affect me as negatively for some reason.

I will have to find time to go back to the chiropractor and see if simply I have a nerve pinched which is affecting my digestive health maybe that will resolve it.

-Justin Germino

Cox Bill Consolidation Problems

What I don’t like is when in this digital age companies are unable to allow a customer to have multiple accounts and yet still require them to have separate emails and passwords to log into those accounts to manage and pay bills. What’s worse is when a company will not send you a bill from one of your service accounts to your address if it is in another state.

It is a minor annoyance that I have to get an email with my statement or use another service to monitor my due dates, but the fact that I had to create a fake account I never use just to login to pay a 2nd bill is really annoying.  I have enough online accounts and the fact that I have to keep one more orphaned account out there is just something that shouldn’t be needed.

-Justin Germino

Post Holiday Update

It was a hectic but fun last couple of days where I spent many hours putting together Lego sets for my 5 year old and playing with my kids during the Christmas weekend.  We enjoyed some playground battles with their new Nerf guns and hand axes as well.

My son’s loved their Kindle Fire’s even more than I thought they would and one of the best scenes was seeing them tucked into bed and getting 1/2 hour Kindle Fire time before sleep.  My youngest was watching a movie I preloaded on his while my 8 year old was playing a strategy game on his Kindle Fire.

We almost have a daily tradition now where my kids and I go to the Amazon App Store to see which app Amazon is offering for free that day and my kids were delighted to pick up Where’s My Water? for free yesterday which was a game they loved playing on my iPad in which you have to help a Crocodile (or Alligator) take a bath.

I took some home video with my new Bloggie Touch 4GB and already loaded Spotify and a few apps on my iPod Touch 32GB which also has a camera and does Facetime.

My mother in law also loved her Kindle Fire we got her and came over to preload new applications for it.  All 3 Kindle Fire’s were great gifts and nobody was disappointed with them.

The kids adapted to them much better than I thought they would considering they were so used to using my iPad 2 for the past 6 months.  Not 1 complaint, not 1 this doesn’t do what the iPad does or anything about the size of the screen.  It was like the perfect tablet for their ages.

The only gift remaining to be open is the LEGO Mindstorms NXT set that my son got from Santa and I will help him build some robots and program them in the near future.  I intend to video record some of our creations too!

-Justin Germino

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