FOR DECEMBER 2011
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ending Sunday, Dec 18th, 2011
update next week...
what a great week this was! So much work was accomplished
so I felt like we really made some progress. Unfortunately
my boss's boss left to go to a non Government project and
I do wish him the best. It's not like he needs my help because
he knows his stuff. I know my boss and him got along well
and I think they will stay in touch so that's good. It's just
a bummer when you lose the top guy where you work and you're
not really sure what's going to happen. The main thing is
the rest of us are wondering "Is the new person going
to clean house and make lots of changes?! Will we have jobs?!"
Nobody knows but that's where having your faith in God is
only got 2 of 3 workout days done this week because I wasn't
feeling well on Friday so I just went home and rested. I needed
to because on Saturday I was supposed to do my first solo
in a 172 but that didn't happen. Not because I wasn't ready
(my CFI thinks I am) but the wind had picked up so much during
our flight that he said he didn't think it was safe. We did
get to fly out to our practice area where we did some slow
flight, power off stalls and power on stalls. I do know that
I need to work more with my CFI on this so I can get really
good at doing them. I bought some flight simulator software
and I will do that when we can't fly. Earlier that morning
I had to go to the VA DMV and swap my California driver's
license for a VA one. I'm hoping I get it before I leave for
San Diego on Thursday or I am in trouble (LOL).
after the DMV trip and the flying we had our "Entwined
Technologies" company party which was fantastic. That's
the most fun I've had in a long time. It's a great company
to work for and everyone is such good souls, good people that
it's hard to not have a good time. We went to the Texas Brazilian
BBQ which was great! Then the boss gave us iPads for Christmas
and a small bonus (which I was NOT expecting and that was
so nice!). I feel that I should take the money and figure
out what charity I could support. Maybe a homeless shelter
would be the best place but I am also think about Orphanages
too. I mean, all kids need love. Adults have every opportunity
to succeed here if they want (and have faith in God!) but
kids, they need help. I'll talk to my boss tomorrow about
it and see if we can figure out which one we can help. I know
he's into helping others as well.
(Sunday) I went to look at some houses in Leesburg. That's
where the airport is that I am taking my flying lessons and
it would be a great place to live. It's one of the top cities
in America to live in so I hope I can find something that
isn't big or over the top (or too expensive) because I am
really tired of throwing my $$ away on rent. We looked at
four places and they are OK. The last two better than the
first but we'll see what happens.
you won't be receiving any updates next weekend as my plane
for San Diego leaves on Thursday. I will be back the following
Monday and back to work on Tuesday so I suppose this is the
last blog entry for 2011. I will update it again on January
1st, 2012. I cannot wait to get back to San Diego and so are
my friends. We have a great out on the town night on Friday.
I am not sure what I am doing on Saturday but I am sure we'll
have some fun.
I am going to go back and listen to some more J. Vernon Magee
messages online. I have gotten connected to KWVE online as
well so though I haven't found a good Church for me here,
I suppose I can listen online and I get to hear from the Pastors
I came to know well in SOCAL. I hope you all have a great
rest of your weekend, that you stay the narrow path God has
laid before you and that you find no trouble along the way
ending Sunday, Dec 11th, 2011
glad to be home! I really loved the time I spent with my family
but it's great to be back in my regular bed and getting much
needed sleep. Not only that but I got back into the groove
at work and got some much needed things completed. Doesn't
usually take me much time remember what I am supposed to be
doing (that is why note taking is so important because I don't
have the best memory cells nor do I have "instant recall"
memory either. Let's just say I don't have much RAM space
in my head (though I can always recall things from years and
years ago for some reason).
I said work went went really well. Since I couldn't fly on
Saturday (high winds) me and my CFI flew today which was really
great. Smoothest air I have flown in a long time. We even
got to push the plane to nearly 150kts (of course, down hill)
but it didn't bump at all. Only a little bit over the pass
and at 1500 feet. Otherwise it was smooth as glass and lots
of fun. He said my flying skills are good and if we had more
time he wanted me to solo but we ran out of time. He is going
to have me solo next weekend which is fine for me. I much
prefer the older 172 than the new 162 (which is as thin as
a sardine can IMHO).
did spend a lot of my time on vacation looking for airplanes
but after talking to a few owners today I think my best interest
in waiting and buying a house first. Of course that depends
on this job lasting. I would hate to buy a house here and
then the Government end up cutting jobs. I guess I can always
rent it out if I have to go somewhere else. And anyone who
knows me knows that I miss San Diego extremely and I cannot
wait to get back there in a couple weeks and hang out with
friends and just roll around in my old stomping grounds.
since we couldn't fly I went to the dealership and go my oil/filter
and air filter changed and while I was there I made a business
connection. You never know who you might meet when out and
about. I then went to look at tires because Friday AM there
was ice on the roads and my truck was slipping around a bit
(albeit I was not using 4WD). Me and John talked about getting
these new Bridgestones that are really good for snow and ice
but I am not sure how well they will do in the summer so maybe
I need a winter and summer set of tires. If I do that then
I'll just get new wheels too, haha. We'll see.
did end up going out to Thai last night as well. It's ok but
I wish that VA had a really good Sushi place and I'll just
park my tail there. Everyone here knows I am a Sushi snob
(I won't eat at a sushi buffet!). One thing is for sure, I
do not like the cold. I hate it, in fact. Can't play golf
when I want to nor can I ride the CBR. It better start snowing
soon so I can at least enjoy that part of the winter. Maybe
do some skiing.
haven't been to the new Church here since I got back but I
do need to go again. I really want to focus on my faith in
God and in Jesus. To some degree that has waned recently with
life getting busy and me trying to stay on track when really,
I want to know what God has planned for me? When I was in
the hospital, died and saw my mom standing there with Jesus
I was thinking "Hey, this is a great opportunity to tell
me what your plans are for me" but I got ripped back
to Earth so fast I never had a chance to ask Him. I am sure
when He is ready to tell me, He will. It's my job to be humble,
to be patient and to wait on the Lord.
you all have a fantastic week!
ending Sunday, Dec 4th, 2011
What a great vacation! I am so glad that I got to spend a
lot of time with my family. To surmise the trip:
All pics from the vacation are on my FB profile. I will try
to bring them here when I have more time.
VA after work on Friday (got to leave at noon since I had
already worked extra hours during the week and weekend. Hit
the road and made it to St. Mary's, GA around 11pm. The reason
it took so long was due to a one hour delay on the I-95 due
to road work. Seriously, it was an epic "LA" type
traffic jam. The good part was that I could listen to my Sat.
radio the whole way there so I never had to change stations.
Friday night I chatted with Pops and Lorraine then the next
day we walked over to the beach, had breakfast and then went
over to the Naval station as well and took some photos of
us with a Naval Submarine. We also walked over the to Airport
which is REALLY close to Pop's house. I also had a chance
to go over to the music store and chat with him and the owner.
Around noon I hit the road and made it to Sebring around 4pm.
week I was able to help my sister with the Thanksgiving preparations,
hang out with the family and some friends I haven't seen in
forever. I even bumped into a few people I hadn't seen in
years while I was at the (mini) Mall and eating lunch. Sebring
is such as small town that it isn't hard to bump into someone
you know no matter where you go.
night before Thanksgiving I took some friends out to dinner
and that was a lot of fun. We went bowling as well as I haven't
bowled in years. I think I bowled like a 154 so not too bad.
Thanksgiving was awesome as Dad showed up and we got to hang
out some more. The next day I took my nephew golfing and he
didn't do too bad.
I took the Family to Tampa where we got to see the home we
lived in when our family moved to Florida when I was very,
very young. I went to first and second grade there at B.C.
Graham elementary and my sister saw the Catholic school she
went to. After that we went to the Lowery Park Zoo and had
a great time with. Then I told them "Let's go to One
Buccaneer Place so I can see the home of the Bucs" which,
of course, was closed on a Saturday! Can't believe that. So
we ended up going to the beach and having a really nice dinner
before driving back.
next week I played a lot of golf. Couple of games with my
best bud Robert cannon. Also took my Niece up to Orlando where
we went to D&Bs and had a lot of fun as well. We also
went out to dinner again later that week with another one
of her friends that I've known forever. I also got to hang
out with a friend from H.S. so we had dinner and watched a
movie. It was really fun to reconnect and talk. Been forever
and glad to know that friends can and often do last a lifetime.
did do some driving around Sebring to see my old stomping
grounds so that was fun as well. The first house we lived
in burned down years ago but I saw the house my mom owned
before she sold it and passed away in 2005. The house sure
looks a lot different. Last Wednesday night there was a group
of four 18 year old kids who robbed a bunch of unlocked cars,
garages and even stole someone's car stereo on my sister's
street. Yep, they got into my bro-in-laws car and stole some
of his stuff. They hit about 11 houses on Weds and then hit
houses on the lake and go CAUGHT! Most of the items were recovered
but a lot of it was not. I'm impressed with the Sebring Police
in how fast they caught them.
at 7am I left Sebring and drove back to St. Mary's so I could
hang out with Pop for a little while. We went to grab some
lunch and then I hit the road again back to VA. I arrived
here at 10:30pm which isn't too bad considering it was 980
miles and my truck tripped 2900 miles for the total trip.
Now I have to get the oil and filter changed, replace the
tires and then get the plates swapped over to Virginia.
I was on vacation I did some research and found a couple of
airplanes that I am interested in. Now all I need to do is
see if I can work out a deal with a finance company so I can
get the plane over here to KJYO, get some airport space, get
the insurance and then finish my private pilot's license.
Once all that is complete I will start making flights everywhere
I can, including flying down to Key West and do some snorkeling
over the summer. That will be a hoot!
think that is it for now. I have laundry to do, a game to
watch, some KART racing to do and then I am headed back to
work in the morning. As much fun as I had it's good to be
back in my own place :) Again, it was a really good vacation
and great to spend time with my family and reconnect with
says He has good plans for you and He has proven that to me
time and time again. I have been blessed far more than I personally
believe that I deserve and I pray my faith continues to grow
so that I walk the walk he has in store for me and that I
do not deviate from his plans.
three weeks I'll be flying to San Diego to see my "true"
stomping grounds. I really miss it but like I always say,
you go where God leads you, not where you feel comfy and content.
Being in VA has definitely been an adjustment but I love my
job and what I do and feel that maybe God brought me here
so that I will live the life He has always had in store for
a great week!