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ending Sunday, February 26th, 2011
TOMORROW AND OTHER THINGS!
The time has arrived for me to pick up the house keys for
my new home tomorrow and I'm extremely excited (can you tell?
lol). After the pre-buy inspection was done a week ago Friday
we had a follow up "Post 'we fixed it'" inspection
which went pretty well. They fixed all the minor things they
needed to fix and then I found a little rust above the garage
door where it looked like the paint was a bit thin. They said
they would fix it before Monday which is good (this was as
of this past Friday).
Monday I will meet with the lending company and sign all the
documents (which should take about an hour) and then they
will hand me the keys. From then on it'll be a race for me
to get the blinds and install them, find the throw rugs and
mats I need as well as the Epoxy for the garage floor. I also
need to buy paint as well as the garage is not finished. That
means a lot of sanding and prepping but none of that is going
to be completed before the epoxy is done as I need to move
what is here in the garage to my new place before the end
of March. I can do it, I am sure of that.
March 4th my friends are helping me move the big furniture
so I have to get the blinds purchased and installed before
then. I don't want to move anything over to the house until
the windows are covered for sure. I most likely won't have
internet access for a week as the internet and DirecTV folks
can't make it there until the 10th. In fact I think they're
both going to be there the same day. I also need to have the
company that installed the networking equipment in the house
to reconfigure it as the way it works now I cannot get internet
access to all the rooms so we're going to get that fixed asap.
As you can tell I have a lot of things to get done in the
next 30 days. I did tell my landlord yesterday that I was
moving. He was happy for me that I found a place and I am
glad that I had a place to stay while I was getting adjusted.
addition to all the good stuff going on with the house, work
is going well too. There are always things you have to pay
attention to but so far I guess everything is working well
because I haven't had any emergency calls. Once I get settled
into the house I will continue flying as I have a new flight
instructor. I guess the one I had and I just weren't on the
same page. It's ok as neither of us are angry at each other.
I just need to fly with someone who is on the same page.
top of all the good news I was searching more for the right
kind of Church and I found one. And not only is a great Non-Denominational
Church, the Pastor is also affiliated with Calvary Chapel
and knows my Pastor from Horizon RSF! And the best part is
the Church is about 1/4 of a mile from my house and they have
Saturday night services (which I prefer). Did you ever have
so many good things happen to you in a row that you wonder
"Is there bad news coming to balance everything out?!"
I definitely don't believe that I deserve all the blessings
that have been bestowed on me but I do know that God loves
me. I'm not perfect by any means and there are many things
I need to clean up but I'm getting there -- and He is shining
upon me. Thank you Jesus!
birthday this past Tuesday was quiet. It's been two years
since I had that accident and I would like to say that I'm
a lot better off now than I was then. I'm still amazed that
I am alive. To say that I am grateful is an understatement
at the very least. I've seen other people with similar injuries
who never recover and it makes me wonder "What plan do
you have for me, God?" I know that He does and it's my
job to be patient, to be quiet and to listen intently.
Superbike is on in a few hours so bring on the Motorcycle
that's it for the week. Hope your week went well and know
that I'm praying for you as well!
ending Sunday, February 19th, 2011
week of getting things done! As I always say, work is going
well and I am getting my targets accomplished. There is a
lot of work still to be done with how the storage is laid
out but that is coming along nicely and no complaints. It's
always good when your boss is on your side, that's for sure.
I still haven't found a good Church yet but I'm waiting until
I move at the end of the month to see if there is a good one
close to home. In the meantime I am reading my bible every
day and I should finish up the New Testament again by the
end of March and start from the Old Testament again.
Friday I had to take a half day off work and meet the home
inspector. I hired an independent inspector come and check
the house out prior to this meeting and reviewed his notes
before I started with the homebuilder's inspector. He found
about 6-7 things that needed to be fixed and I went over them
with the inspector. They are minor things so it's not a big
deal. They know they have to fix everything before I get the
keys at the end of month. I did find out that I have to move
what "little" yard I do have. That's part of our
homeowner's agreement. I also have to shovel out the sidewalk
in front of my house even though I don't own it (LOL!). So
I have to buy a hand push (no engine) mower and some snow
shovels. Probably a weed-eater too.
I get the keys I have to go get the blinds and the epoxy for
the garage. I want to get that finished first then every day
or so I will start taking stuff over to the new house. The
epoxy on the garage floor will take about week for it to be
safe to move the motorcycle over as well as my tools and other
things. I want to get that settled in first. I also have to
buy an approved garbage and recycler cans which have to be
moved out on specific dates. There's a lot of work in owning
a home, I am finding that out for sure, but it'll be worth
it in the long run. Already the home's value has gone up as
they're selling the last few Town Homes in my area 6k higher
than I paid.
Saturday I did a check flight with a Senior Flight Instructor
from the school. We worked on the following maneuvers: Slow
Flight, Power OFF stalls, Power ON stalls, Steep turns and
Turns around a point. I got good grades for everything and
just some minor instructor on turns around a point, slow flight
and power off stalls. Nothing big just some things he said
the FAA Officer might nick pick about. It was pretty windy
too (gusting up to 25KTS) so it was good to get in more seat
time when the weather does not want to behave (which happens
a lot around here). In the end he said "You're definitely
ready to move on to stage two..." which means the cross
country flying/navigation and more solos. Let's hope the weather
clears up. It's supposed to snow tonight (heh).
have some minor concerns with how my training is progressing
because according to their own syllabus I should have been
soloing after 10-12 hours and I didn't even get to solo until
25 dual flight hours. I remember back in the mid 90s I had
soloed after 12 hours and had flown roughly 45 hours so it's
not like I am a newby. I just have to deal with the "Special
Flight Rules Area" stuff that goes on here near Dulles
and DC. You have to be really aware of what's going on lest
you have a F16 escort you to a base and get suspended, which
I definitely don't want to happen.
part is several of my new neighbors are pilots and they fly
out of the same airport I do so we'll have something to talk
about. Hopefully this weekend we can have a community BBQ
or something :)
I am headed out to have dinner with a friend and since there
is no work tomorrow I'll have to figure out what to do with
my time. Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. I had such a huge
crush on her when I was a kid and this is a shame, but I know
that she is in God's hands and singing her heart out with
the rest of the believers in the Kingdom of God.
a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, February 12th, 2011
in a holding pattern...flying wise.
I hope you all had a good week. Work was busy as ever and
I am getting a lot of stuff off my plate so that we can move
on to the next project. The next few phases will be very important
and I know everyone is looking forward to getting to that
point. As I said it's going well so I am going to keep my
nose to the grindstone and make sure that happens.
wise -- the weather here just isn't complying. I could do
more dual instruction but we're not getting anywhere. I need
to do the solos and work on my own so that I can get in enough
confidence to be able to take my instructor up with me and
show my progress. So far they're saying "No student pilot
is going to go up with winds any higher than 10kts".
Well, the winds are almost never below 10kts so I sit in another
holding pattern waiting for the weather to clear up. In the
mean time I've been studying my books and trying to stay on
top of everything I need to know.
has been a sad weekend for Whitney Houston fans. May she rest
in peace and may God comfort her family in their time of loss.
I hope she is up there singing with God's choir. I'm not going
to speculate what happened (though I am sure most of us have
a pretty good idea of what went on). Let's let their family
grieve, heal and pick up the pieces of their lives.
Saturday I went to Liberty Mountain Ski Resort (pics on facebook).
Had a good time actually. It's a lot smaller than Mammoth
and there wasn't a ton of soft snow there (mostly hard packed
snow) but it was still decent snowboarding and I am sure we'll
be headed back there again, soon. Being a small ski resort
it's not nearly as packed as Mammoth so that's good. I might
even pick up a pair of skis as well so I can board so ski
if I want.
is going fine. I have the walk-through to do on the new house
this Friday. Just received my homeowners insurance and I still
need to call the other facilities to get my electricity, gas,
water, etc transferred over to my name. I am just not going
to do that until the walk-through has been completed so I
can make sure everything is in order. Once that happens I'll
switch the services over. On the 27th I will sign the mortgage
paperwork and then I'll go to Lowes or Home Depot and get
the epoxy stuff so I can fix up the garage.
that I need to buy the floor mats, throw rugs and blinds.
Then I will still need to get new living room and dining room
furniture and set up a time to start moving what I do have
now over there. Eventually I donate my old furniture. I said
a long time ago I was never going to buy furniture until I
bought a house and that time has come -- so away with the
"bachelor" stuff. HAHA!
you had a great weekend and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, February 5th, 2011
a holding pattern...
wise everything is going great right now and I hope it continues
to stay that way. I've been spending a lot of time creating
storage pools and migrating the luns over so I can clear up
white space and reclaim unused storage. So far, so good. I
just have to do it after hours because we don't want to interfere
with normal operations. It's going smooth and I really do
love what I do and feel very blessed.
far as being in the pattern, it's really about a couple things:
The House and Flying.
I've been told that I cannot do any solos when the wind is
10KTS or greater. And around here, it always seems to be very
windy in the winter. I mean it hasn't snowed in a couple weeks.
It was supposed to snow this weekend but didn't and it's going
to warm up again this week. It was 68 degrees last week and
I feel like I brought some of that San Diego weather with
me (haha). My instructor said "Don't worry about the
solo time you'll get that when you do your cross country flights..."
And that's fine. We're going to see if we can do night flights
as well since I need at least 3 hours (and I really like flying
at night). We'll see how that goes.
for the house, all the paperwork has been filled out electronically.
The next step is to meet with the builder on the 17th to do
a walk through. I am having my own home inspector check out
the place before we do that and make sure that this home is
built to specs (and not having any flashbacks to the 70s-90s
when they built homes really badly). When that is checked
off then I have to meet with them again on the 27th, sign
the final documents and then they will hand me the keys.
still have to get blinds, throw rugs and I still have no decent
Living Room and Dining Room furniture. I may have to take
some time doing that right now as that's a pretty large expense.
I just paid off my bedroom furniture and I want to pay down
all my credit cards (nothing too high) so that I can spend
what I need on the new furniture and maybe get a dog (small,
my place has no room for the dog to run around anyway). Not
to mention that I want to get my private pilot's license so
I can start doing some flights to Florida and maybe even California
not forget that I still have to MOVE (which is a pain) but
hopefully I won't ever have to move again for a long time
haha). I think I will rent a moving van and move the stuff
myself with a friend instead of hiring movers. I don't want
them to damage anything including the walls and floors). I
also have to move all the utilities over there, change my
address with all my accounts and so on and so on. It's not
easy being a first time home owner, lol.
on top of that I still haven't found a good Church here but
I am hoping that the new city will offer a place like Horizon's
in San Diego was for me as well. You know, God always has
great plans for you and I trust that He has a reason for me
being here (and I can see that already) and that whatever
happens, I trust Him completely.
that is about it. Hope you enjoy your Super Bowl day! Game
comes on at 6:30 and I am going to my bosses house. Been helping
him work on his rental place so it'll be good to just hang
out and talk. Have a great weekend!