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My May 2021

Written By Craig Wall

What’s Going On?

  1. A Peloton joins the FightCamp setup as home workouts
  2. The kids don’t want to sleep anymore. RIP my study time.
  3. Weight Loss held steady.
  4. Microsoft Exam study continues for my late-July exam.
  5. Genealogy work concentrated on my Polish side. Discovered that part of my ancestry heads into Ukraine instead of all staying in Poland / Galicia.
Craig Wall

Craig Wall

I’m a public sector IT Administrator, specializing in configuration management and mobility. 

Health / Workouts

My wife got a Peloton! Oh boy. 

I’d make fun of her, but I have a FightCamp bag setup in the basement that features on every videoconference I’m in now.

I didn’t know you needed special SHOES to ride the bike!

I wear Size 15 shoes (14 in a running shoe), so it’s not like Peloton sells my size shoes anyway. If I want to ride “with” my wife, I’ll have to find my own shoes, and buy a toe cage to strap onto the bike pedals.


My Weight Loss Progress

What Progress? I’m stuck in neutral, still at 338 lbs.

This is a big month for me to resume progress, especially now that my wife’s Peloton usage is going to help push me.

I’ve been researching strength training programs to go along with the FightCamp workouts. I’ve always, always struggled with weight training, even through my first time losing 150lbs (Yeah, I’ve done all this before).


Parenting / The Twins


The Limbic Leap: The Kids Sleeping Even LESS Now Through the Emotional Milestone

Our 4yo twins entered their Limbic Leap

It’s a big emotional development stage that comes with an out-of-whack fight-or-flight stress response. 

So yeah… parenting’s been fun with two of these lately!

Partly as a result of this, they’re also now waking up earlier — at 6:15 instead of 7:15, and banging on the doors in a panic to go pee.

For parents like us who only have about 2-3 hours a day of “us” time, including time to do housework and such, this is devastating. 

After the morning workouts and shower, and getting the kids’ lunches ready, there’s no longer downtime before the kids are up.


Career Study


AZ-104 Study — continuing. I’ve started to write up notes on every single subject covered in the exam, with the intent to blog on every subsection. My exam date is July 30, but I may reschedule that.

One big exam issue: I’m not sure where in this townhouse I’ll actually sit for the exam online. Testing centers are all still closed due to COVID restrictions, and to do it online, you have to be in a room enclosed by a door.

In this house that covers only 2 rooms — my bedroom, which will never be clean enough to sit for a Microsoft Exam — and the kids’ bedroom.

My desktop computer is in the basement, which won’t work for the exam.

I’d probably have to stick a folding table in the kids’ room and use a laptop. But mainly I’m just crossing my fingers that the testing center at Brookdale Community College opens up before then.



Tech Stuff – What I’m Working On

  • Intel EMA Server (vPro Platform) – The goal is to remotely manage laptops over WiFi.
  • Microsoft Azure Labs – I tried to do the #100DaysOfCloud challenge, but with a guy with my limited timetable to study in, adding the extra time to blog about every single day’s study is just… it’s not there yet.
  • Microsoft SCCM – Working on fine-tuning task sequences, making sure drivers are updated, that sort of thing. When school’s out for the summer, IT has to rush to update everything.
  • Papercut MF – Imagine how much paper a University goes through each year, and you’ll realize why print management is a priority for different departments. Another “rush to update stuff while school’s out” deal.

Genealogy Work

This month it’s been my Polish side. I got contacted by a DNA match who was able to expand my great-grandfather’s Polish side of my tree.

As a result of finding that GG’s immigration records, I found an error in my great-grandmother’s Polish ancestry, too.

I initially thought her village in Poland was Zieleniec, in Lower Silesia. Both great-grandparents came from “Austrian Poland” (Galicia), and it was the closest village name I could find in that area.

Turns out I was wrong. My Great Grandfather’s immigration record was specific about the spelling, so I found a Library of Congress document that put the village, Zieleniów, not in Lower Silesia, but in Rohatyn.

That means she endured some real bad stuff. 

And she was one of the “lucky ones”, out by 1910. “All” she had to deal with was a crippling famine and inheritance laws that made family farmland very difficult to hold onto.

After she left, the area was ravaged by World War 1, then by ethnic strife between Poles and Ukrainians, then ravaged again by Russia in World War 2.

I also stumbled onto a Polish webpage dedicated to the village’s Polish history. A fantastic, but deeply bittersweet find. It details some of the horrible conditions people had to endure in Inter-War Poland leading up to Nazi invasions. 

Even if I wanted to “go back to my homeland” or whatever, there’s nothing Polish about it anymore. Stalin of course wouldn’t have allowed that — after the area was annexed, the Poles were forcefully resettled, the village destroyed and rebuilt (see the webpage link above).


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