PMP Application Is Finally Complete!

It’s been a long time coming but I finally completed my PMP application.  You have 90 days to complete the application and I am finishing it just a few days before the time expires but it feels great to have it done.  Now comes the hard part of studying for the test.  That will have to wait until after my 2 month trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Taiwan. Super excited for that!

Kayak On Order!

I finally ordered my kayak.  I tried quite a few different ones and finally settled on the Riot Edge 13.  REI in the United States had it on special from its outlet store so I pulled the triggered and ordered it.  I have a business trip June 25th to 28th which will be when I will pick it up.

 

Riot Edge 13 Top View Riot Edge 13 Side View

Wytheville, VA Trip Report

I’ve been to Wytheville, VA many times for work. Its not a bad town, but its small; I can count the number of restaurants on my fingers. However, there are a few pretty good places to grab a bite to eat in town.

I would suggest trying the Japanese Steakhouse in the Walmart plaza. Its listed as a few different things on Trip Advisor but its the only Japanese place in town. El Puerto on Main St. is also delicious and cheap. My last recommendation is the Log House 1776. This place is a bit pricey but the food is very good and so are the beers.

Normally, I would fly into Greensboro and make the 2 hour drive to Wytheville. I’ve done this many times so I wanted to try something different while also taking in some of the beautiful vistas in this part of the country.  This time I flew into Asheville Regional Airport. The plan was to drive 230 miles from Asheville to Wytheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have heard how great the scenery is along this historic route so I made that my plan.

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Completely Blown Away By Passport Canada!

PassportWhenever someone thinks about the government, FAST is not a word that comes to mind.  So when I received my new passport just 4 business days after I submitted the application I wanted to share that rare and wonderful experience.

I was a little bit concerned with submitting my application on Monday afternoon and then having Victoria Day as the next Monday, that the 10 business day process would actually stretch into a 3rd week. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to have it at my door from Canada Post Xpresspost on Friday.  That is an amazing turnaround time, especially for government.  Not only that, but also they did not call my references or guarantor which I thought was a bit odd.  (this was a NEW application, not a renewal)

What a pleasant and unexpected experience.  It is possible people are waiting for the new 10 year passports that are coming July 1st.  I needed mine so I had no choice but possibly that is why these is a low time right now.  Lucky for me :)