Monthly Archives: May 2017


May

29

2017
Unexpected (and Very Welcome) Memorial Day Visitors

Unexpected (and Very Welcome) Memorial Day Visitors

On Cape Cod, Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of the “official” summer season. Overnight, the jackets and jeans of winter get traded for pastel “chest embroidered” polos, white shoes, and navy blue shorts with printed red lobsters. It’s glorious. And Yuppy. At the same time. In Arizona, it’s the official opening of pool season. Somewhere around Memorial Day, we hit our first 100 degree days and...

Read More


May

26

2017
Take The Weather With You

Take The Weather With You

Today is the last day of my unexpected, unplanned, and certainly long “vacation” from working. The excitement and high from landing a great new job seems to have worn off–just as the weather here as gotten a little gray and windy. Though I am genuinely looking forward to returning to work on Tuesday, there is an unmistakable melancholy that has crept in as well. Recently...

Read More


May

25

2017
We’re a Crew

We’re a Crew

My wife wears a tee shirt that says “I’m a Project Manager, What’s Your Superpower?” It’s cute and she looks great in it. It’s also funny because it’s true. As PMs we’re constantly balancing different constraints and expectations in order to keep our personal and professional ships on course. Between travel, conference calls, nasty-grams from customers, and endless reports, our jobs can be all consuming. Even...

Read More


May

23

2017
Our Magna Carta

Our Magna Carta

History Lesson! The Magna Carta is widely recognized as the most important political document ever written. In its various stages, it defined freedoms for the English lords and unified the country after the First Baron’s War in 1218. Amended over the years, it served as the basis of the British government. America’s founding fathers used many of the principles defined in the Magna Carta as...

Read More


May

21

2017
Time to Get Serious

Time to Get Serious

There is a consistent piece of advice that every cruising book and blog I’ve read has shared. PICK A DATE! The general consensus is that if you don’t put a flag in the ground you’ll never get off the dock. As a project manager, I’ve experienced this many times. There are just some customers that are afraid to pull the trigger–even after they’ve spent a...

Read More


May

19

2017
Fate Things

Fate Things

The other day I was having a conversation with my Dad about my job search. He’s an academic counselor at the University of Phoenix who helps students navigate their college career path. He asked me a question that Sheryl and I often receive. “How do you become a project manager?” In his case, he’s got several students in UoP’s Project Management degree program who have figured...

Read More


May

18

2017
VLOG Update–The Not-So-Waterproof Digital Camera

VLOG Update–The Not-So-Waterproof Digital Camera

So it turns out it’s hard to take exciting, daring and captivating YouTube footage when your camera is broken. The other day I was waxing poetic in the pool about the romanticism of sailing and how important life by the water is for me. It was a great speech and I’m sure you would have been ready to cut the lines and join us on...

Read More


May

17

2017
Oh Where, Oh Where, Did My Sofa Cushions Go?

Oh Where, Oh Where, Did My Sofa Cushions Go?

So the year of weird weather continues. We arrived home from a nice visit in Phoenix with family and friends to another mess of a deck. I intentionally checked the weather before I left and the winds were forecast “normal,”10-20 knots from the West for the whole weekend. Typically, that would be fine and wouldn’t have any impact on my deck. However, when the “red...

Read More


May

12

2017
3 days of rough wind and seas

I’m gonna huff and puff and blow your deck chairs away….

On what is without a doubt the nicest, warmest, driest day we’ve had in Penasco in 2 weeks, I’m sitting in bed nursing an upset tummy, a sharp headache, and an entire body’s worth of muscle soreness. I have a bug. Since we’re going to Phoenix tomorrow, I’m intentionally forcing myself to rest and recuperate in an effort to kick this virus’s butt so I can...

Read More


May

05

2017
Cinco de Not-a-Big-Deal-Here

Cinco de Not-a-Big-Deal-Here

So it’s Cinco De Mayo in Mexico today in our little fishing town on the beach. I’m sure you’re picturing the playa lined with rows and rows of revellers waiting to celebrate the biggest Mexican holi…..oh wait. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco De Mayo isn’t a big deal in Mexico. This minor, non-legal, holiday is NOT Mexican Independence Day (September 16) and there are about...

Read More



Page 1 of 212