FOR JANUARY 2013
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ending Sunday, January 27th, 2013
work, some headaches, regular stuff...
this week I got a ton of stuff done. Lot of it is reports
that has to be done for the new VP of the IT group that I
work in. I also have been trying to teach another group how
to figure out the problems with their storage so they know
that it is not the storage I am working on but some other
vendor arrays that are causing the problems. I did get my
EMC Certified Professional book to study so I need to work
on that but that will come after the next project on my bucket
This week I got to work with my instructor on a practice FAA
Examiner scenario. There are a lot of things I have forgotten
after not flying as much as normal so there are a lot of things
I have to pick up. I also found out we have a new (2009) Cessna
182 in the inventory and got to talk to the owner today. He
bought in brand new in 2009 and has sub-leased it to AV-ED.
That's pretty cool. He is "retired" at a pretty
young age so he flys it a lot and that's good for him and
proof that if you work hard and make good decisions with your
finances you can do whatever you want in this world (legally!).
home inspector was supposed to come to the house on Friday
so I worked extra hours to make sure I was here but alas,
he could not make it because of the snow. The schools had
closed early so he had to go pick up his child and him being
a single guy I can empathize with him. I don't have kids myself
but I know you have to be a parent all the time and kids come
first. He is supposed to come out this Friday so I will take
the day off and work the hours when I get back so I am don't
short change myself.
was great as always. Didn't see my new friend there so maybe
she just showed up for one service. Sometimes you just have
to jell with the Church and the Pastor so I can understand.
I do like the new Church though I do find myself occasionally
missing Pastor Bob and Horizons. The next time I am in San
Diego I will stop by for a service. It will be good to see
Don't think I missed anything else. I did have to use my new
snow shovel to clean out my driveway and my front yard area
(pics posted on FaceBook). It's been cold here but it's supposed
to get warm on Wednesday then slowly, the snow is coming back
again (boo!). I really only enjoy show when skiing or boarding.
I think that will be about it. Nothing else new to report,
just getting my work done and trying to improve myself wherever
I can. I hope you have a great rest of your week.
ending Sunday, January 20th, 2013
my fingers to the bone.
a good thing this is a holiday weekend because I definitely
need it. Since I got back from Christmas vacation I've been
going non-stop every single day. I don't mind though because
it makes the days fly by and sometimes I just lose track of
time. There are so many projects that have to be completed
and a short amount of time to do them so there's always pressure.
week the final inspection on my townhome will be completed
and like I said last time, there are a LOT of things that
need to be done. The same inspector who checked my place out
I had referred to my neighbors. They said that their place
was in much better construction shape than mine is (which
I already knew) so there are a ton of things I want fixed.
They will be out here on Friday so I have to take some time
off work. Trust me I am going to make sure everything is fixed
and where it should be.
a lot of other crazy things going on as well so we'll see
what time has in store.
week I found some old friends from way back from my early
days post Marine Corps time on FaceBook. So neat to find friends
that I have lost touch with in years so its good to reconnect.
I hope I can find some more old friends as well. This week
I got the car washed, cleaned up the house and did some SAN
and Flying study work done. Worked with my flight instructor
on flight planning which I needed to do some work on.
again was great as always. Didn't see my friend this week
but I'm sure they'll be back. God always has a way of tugging
at your heart when He thinks you're straying off the path.
Lord knows I've fallen off the narrow path several times myself
(the last 3 years should prove that).
that is about it for the week. Wish I had more to say but
in time I'll post more information about what is going on.
Hope you had a great week and stay bundled up. Always cold
ending Sunday, January 13th, 2013
year of home ownership coming up.
next month will be my first year of owning my own home. It
was a smart move on my part after paying rent for most of
my life. There are benefits of NOT owning, of course (you
could pick up and leave just about anytime you want) but there
are a lot of side benefits. Such as, for example, my credit
rating shot up -- and it was already up there. Next month
I have the builders coming over to do the final inspection
but I already hired my own inspector come over yesterday.
He found a lot of the same things I already knew about. After
his review he sent me the PDF review which I sent to the builder
and said "You need to fix this!"
they better, lol. After the first year if there is anything
else wrong with the house you have to have your insurance
take care of it. So, that is why its important for me to get
them out here ASAP and review what is in the inspection list
and get it taken care of. Mainly, I want these stupid nails
that are pointed out through the ceiling replaced by screws.
The nail pops are making me crazy. They also found a nail
pointed through the roof but so far I haven't found any leaks.
I washed the car because its black and it tends to get really
dirty. Much more so than my old Silver Tacoma (which never
looked dirty). After that I went to Church at Cornerstone,
which I love a lot and really, I do like our Pastor. I actually
saw someone sitting there by herself so I sat by her so that
she had some company and didn't have to be alone. After that
it was back home to watch some movies and get some sleep.
Sunday, I haven't watched any football because I am taking
care of some of the things on that inspection list. Mainly
I am making sure that caulk and sealant is everywhere so that
the house doesn't leak any heat, especially during the really
cold periods here in VA. Well, it gets cold but not really
as cold as it is just a little farther North. Because of the
bad weather today my scheduled flight with my instructor was
canceled. We were going to simulate an what an FAA examiner
does so we can see where I am at. We'll try next week and
if it looks good and my ground tests look good then I will
schedule both exams and try to get my license before too long.
That'd be great.
honestly that is about it this week. I know there are a lot
of crazy things going on in the world right now and more than
ever, we really need to be praying more. There is no one on
Earth that can't fix this Nation's problem. Only through God
and His will and purpose for our lives can we get things straight
in this country. I won't get into a political thing, but I
can say that this country is fed by greed and it's destroying
us from the inside out.
it. Have a great rest of your weekend and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, January 6st, 2013
NEW YEAR (Again)!!!
it was a good December and an OK start to 2013. I'll update
you on what has gone on since the last blog entry. I know
a lot of you wondered why the writing stopped but again, I
was back in Florida for a week and a half for the Christmas/New
Year celebration and it was good to stay with my family.
time I did not drive up as it was too far and since I already
bought the ticket I could not drive the new car down to Florida.
Yes, I actually own a car now. The original goal was to give
my brother-in-law the Tacoma and then just buy a new car but
after talking to my boss it made more sense to trade the truck
in since it had a high amount of resale value. So -- and you
know this-- I bought a 2012 Lexus IS350. Yes, I bought an
end of the year vehicle with no mileage on it because I got
7k off the list price. The car's list value was 47k so take
7k off and then another 12k for my truck trade and I ended
up paying 28k for a brand new Lexus. Now you understand why
I did that, lol. I've never had a car this nice before and
honestly, to say I feel blessed is an understatement.
I got the car on the 19th so I only had a few days of driving
it to work and then had to park it and flew down to Florida.
I had a great time with my family, got to hang out with friends
and even played some golf. Got to see my nieces that I haven't
seen for a while and even played some tag football to stay
in shape. Actually my legs are still sore, lol. My sister
gave me a full body massage for Christmas. Best thing I've
ever had that didn't come wrapped up in a box. So that was
really nice. On New Years day I flew back here to VA and got
back into the work grind.
is going ok. To be honest, if it wasn't for having such a
great boss to work for I might have left already. There have
been a ton of offers to work for other companies and for more
money but honestly, this isn't about money. I make more than
what I need and I give to others as much as possible. I help
my family, I support a child that isn't mine (donations!)
and give wherever I can. I do good things for people because
I feel blessed and I think that is the way God would want
me to behave. To strive to help others who are having a rough
time. There's not much more one can do and when you're single
and don't have kids I think that's where a lot of your time
should be spent.
far I've been feeling better and better since that last "episode"
in early November. Now I have a cold which is stopping me
from getting back into my P90X workout but I plan to start
it again when I feel healthy again. I think the key for me
to staying alive this long given all the adversity that I
have encountered is to stay in shape and work out.
went back to Church on Saturday. It's always great to get
back and this year it was a little different as the first
service was a Q&A session. Pretty good as a lot of questions
were answered so I am interesting in seeing what's on tap
for next week.
I planned to go to DC on Saturday but my friend didn't call
back so I ended up doing some shopping and getting my car
washed. It's black so it gets dirty pretty fast so I'll have
to wash it a lot. The house is clean, chores are done -- now
it's time to watch some football!
Have a great rest of your weekend!