FOR MARCH 2012
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ending Sunday, March 25th, 2012
I knew being a home-owner was going to be a lot of work but
not THIS much work. Hah. It's all good, everything I needed
to accomplish has been done so far. The only thing left is
the old furniture and the person I had been trying to donate
to doesn't seem to want to come get it. I've actually contacted
Goodwill but they haven't responded either. I will keep asking
around but if I can't find someone in need soon I will have
to take the stuff to the dump. What a shame.
walls of the old house are clean and I did a walk through
with the owner. There are just a few minor things to take
care of (carpet cleaning, minor wall things, etc) but he did
tell me "Thanks for taking care of the place". I
guess that's a good pat on the back in addition to the very
nice congrats he gave me for the new place as well.
a half day off on Friday to let the Pulte Contractors come
over and redo some of the tiles in the kitchen that were not
installed properly. They did a really good job of fixing that
up so they took off. Then I noticed that there's something
pushing the roofing down in the guest bathroom so I need to
have them come back and check out what that is. I noticed
it after they were doing some pounding of the bedrock where
they're building more homes so I bet that has something to
do with it. The house just hasn't settled in yet. I also picked
up some new things for the kitchen as well so things are finally
starting to settle down (I just need my new furniture!)
some flying after that was done! Got to actually solo away
from Leesburg so I went over the practice area and did slow
flight, power off stalls, steep turns and turns around a point.
Then -- I sort of got lost. Well, not really lost, I had a
good idea of where I was but I was further South than I remember
being so it took me a second to get my bearings. I would have
done some practice landings and take offs but the guy with
the same place as me came back with the plane really late
so my start was late. I was supposed to solo today (Sunday)
but the rain has not let up this weekend so we'll have to
try for next week.
went to Cornerstone this weekend and I'm really warming up
to the place pretty quickly. It's very much like Horizon and
the Pastor can be very funny when he wants to but he's got
a message to deliver and we owe it to him to pay attention.
I do like him though and like I said, God has plans for us
all and we're to trust Him -- always. I find the greatest
stress in my life always comes when *I* think I am in control
and don't give that over to God.
in two weeks we have some MotoGP racing again and then in
September some football -- but in between I hope to enjoy
the summer. Hope you all had a great weekend and I will talk
to you later!
ending Sunday, March 18th, 2012
a very busy week...
this has been an extremely busy week for me. There are still
so many things to get done on the new house and of course
it's coming along slowly. Just to let you know what was completed
The garage floor coating has set in well. It was finally completely
dry and safe to park the CBR on it so I brought it home yesterday
(Saturday). Today (Sunday) I went back over to the old house
to pick up the trickle charger, my air compressor and a bunch
of other things I need in the garage. Next weekend I will
go get the tool box, my gas grill and a few other things.
Then all that will be left in the garage is the old furniture.
Since the person who asked for the furniture has made no effort
to come get it (he wants me to drive it to him two hours away
which is a four hour drive) I suppose I will give it to Goodwill
or post it on Craigslist.
on Saturday I decided that I needed to replace my very old
and aging wireless router, especially since I wanted to route
the network in the house. So I bought a nice new 8GB D-Link
wireless router along with a D-Link 8 port router. To do this
I had to change out all of the connections in the garage and
rewire them with RJ45s to every room in the house (which I
did) and then connected my cable modem downstairs to the router.
Once everything was done I was able to plug anything into
the walls and it works just fine! All it takes it a little
pre-work and study!
also purchased a programmable thermostat. The one that the
house came with had one you cannot program so I wanted to
make sure that the A/C or Heat wouldn't be on when I wasn't
home. The installation was pretty easy and I was done within
an hour. I have to study the manual because the controls are
a little confusing so I'll read up on that tonight.
weekend I was supposed to do a dual flight with the instructor
on Saturday and then solo to the practice area on Sunday.
Can you guess?! The weather was horrible. Not that it was
bad temperature wise but simply that it was too hazy/foggy
for any VFR pilot (much less a student) to do any flying.
I have scheduled another solo flight for Friday so I am hoping
by then the weather is fantastic. All I really need to do
is practice my maneuvers.
this weekend I had a long enough break to go check out "Cornerstone
Chapel" which is a Church that is less than a half mile
from my house! I had been looking around and trying to find
the right kind of Church for me and this one never showed
up. It turns out the Pastor (Pastor Hamrick) went to Seminary
school with Pastor Botsford and they are a Calvary Chapel
based Church so I liked that a lot. The service was great
and reminded me a lot of Horizons RSF so it felt good to be
"home" in a way.
been saying that God always has plans for you (far better
than you have for yourself) and this is proving to be true.
I didn't want to move to VA, but God sent me. My Church, Friend
and everything I knew was in San Diego. However, God did have
a great plan for me. A great new job, new friends (without
losing touch with my SD friends) a new home and best of all
a new Church that felt was home for me. God's direction He
has sent me has been good (and we shouldn't expect less!).
that is about it for now. I plan on getting these other projects
in the house done while I get my tail back to the gym. I'm
still waiting on the new furniture to get here but soon it
will be the way I would like it to be. I hope you all had
a great week and I will see you next weekend! AMA Racing started
this weekend so I have something on TV to look forward to!
ending Sunday, March 11th, 2012
news, terrible news...
been a very busy week trying to settle into my own place.
I'll give you some updates in a minute but I wanted to post
about something very sad to all of us from Sebring.
Friday, March 9th, 2012, Jensy Frey passed away. I had known
Jensy most of my childhood from at least 3rd grade until I
graduated. Jensy was such a fun and loveable person who always
had a smile on her face. I did not even know that she had
a personal medical issue -- in fact hardly any of us knew.
The news was broken on FaceBook and I was just shocked. She
passed away and none of us knew she was in a serious state.
We would have liked the opportunity to pray for her but I
can also understand this is a private issue and her family
dealt with it the way they wanted to. All I can say is that
Jensy will be sorely missed but that Heaven has another Angel
to watch over us all. Rest in peace, Jensy.
a lighter side I have missed the gym for the last 2 weeks
as I have been moving everything over to my new place. The
guest "master" room is set up downstairs (with DirecTV
and a TV!) as well as my main guestroom on the third floor.
I also set up my office room and have all of my musical gear
in my "music" room. It hasn't been set up yet as
I need to get a true "office" desk at home instead
of this small one I have now (which I'll use for the musical
equipment). Once my office is setup correctly then I will
setup the music room.
some living room and dining room furniture (and I grinded
the dealer on it since the last time I got really hosed on
the bedroom furniture) which will be here sometime in the
next 2-7 weeks! I know it's a long time but I know that I
got some popular furniture and that it is definitely not "single
dude" furniture. Very classy and makes my new home a
true home! I'll be excited when it gets here. In the meantime
I moved over everything from the other house so all that is
left is the garage stuff. The reason for that delay is this
morning I epoxy'd the garage floor. So far it looks ok but
it's going to take some time (at least 3 days) for the epoxy
to harden. When it's ready I will bring the rest of the garage
was here Friday night so they got my internet all setup so
at least now if I need to I can work from home. Saturday DirecTV
was here and they setup all the connections in the house.
I can pretty much run a TV in every room, including the kitchen
as well and watch any show from either of the two DVRs. That'll
be pretty cool. I cleaned up the old house as well so now
all I really need to do is get the marks off the walls and
clean out the garage which I will do this weekend and then
I'll be completely out of the old house. I had to move the
CBR to a friends garage as my neighbors were gawking at the
bike and I felt like it was just a matter of time before it
was stolen. Better to be safe than sorry.
I epoxy'd the garage I had to rush across the street to Leesburg
Airport to do a dual flight with a new instructor. We basically
did pattern work as he had to check out my flying skills which
he said were pretty good. Next weekend we'll do some flight
maneuvers and then Sunday I'll make a solo flight out to the
practice area to work on my flight maneuvers solo. That'll
be good! Then we're going to work on some of the cross country
stuff. I'm about halfway to my pilot's license so now I just
need to hunker down and study the books. I hope to be able
to fly myself to Sebring this November for Thanksgiving, provided
I can find someone or a school that will rent a plane for
at least a week :)
is about it for now. While there is some good personal news,
the loss of Jensy has hit me pretty hard. I hate to lose to
people we love. Mom, Kristen and Nana hit hard but this one
hurts as well. Sometimes I wish God would have taken me first
so that I don't have to bear the pain of losing people I love
for the rest of my life. I know that's a very selfish viewpoint
-- and that no matter what trial God puts us through, He will
always bring us through. It's just something that is really
hard to deal with.
hope you had a great rest if your weekend. After I've had
some time to sit in at Cornerstone Chapel I will let you know
my thoughts. I am hoping this is the right Church for me.
ending Sunday, March 4th, 2012
for the short update but I got the house keys on Monday afternoon
and I have been doing nothing but preparing and MOVING my
stuff to the new house. My friends from work came over today
to help me move the bedroom furniture and that's all in place
so right now I am trying to bring over all the bits and pieces.
I did buy a new living room and dining room set so all of
my old "Bachelor Pad" furniture is going to someone
who needs it. Not sure when that is going to happen.
work is fine, life in fine and I am -- as I always say --
blessed far more than I deserve. Hope you're
having a great weekend yourself and try not to blow as much
money as I've already poured into this house. Much more to
come next weekend!