Wow, has it really been 3 months since my last post? I guess I’ve been busy.
Where to begin?
School. I have decided to tap the brakes on my MS Accounting degree – at least for a little while. It’s just too much for Jenny and the kids to bear at the moment. Going to finish out the semester but take a break from the Fall semester. It will still be here when i’m ready to come back.
Health is still going to plan. Trying to maintain a nice, even BMI /weight range for now. Of course, my mom now thinks I’ve lost too much weight and looking unhealthy.
Work. Been extremely busy, but I’ve been given lots of opportunities to participate in some pretty important meetings, analytics, and projects. I feel like I’ve built a good working relationship with my team, my boss, and partners across other lines of business. I’m also hoping to have some good news to report in a few days or so.
Church. 2 of the 3 elders have left in the last month for various reasons, though a lot of it ‘feels‘ like there’s been some bad blood. As a result, there’s a lot of turmoil and uncertainty right now. A couple dear families have also left. My family and I are daily seeking God’s direction. There have been a few good things to come out of all the chaos. But i’m praying that God will make His will known to me so that I can lead my family.
Repairs. Our house is about 7 yrs old. We have 2, original A.C. units – one for each floor. Well, the larger, downstairs unit died a couple weeks ago. Thankfully, it’s been raining, and we’ve had a relatively mild TX summer ever since. But the one unit can’t keep the whole house cool when it’s 110 outside.
I had 4 companies come out to give me their sales pitches. And for those of you who have never been shopping for AC, it’s a nightmare. Imagine inviting a bunch of used car salesmen into your home to spout off a bunch of confusing, technical sounding jargon and trying to convince you that everyone else out there in their industry is crooked and thieves, but THEY are going to be honest and trustworthy. And you know there’s no uniformity of quality / service because prices range all over the map. I got quotes as low as $6000 and and as high as $12,000.
And of course, they’re counting on the fact that you can’t tell one from another so, if you don’t do your research and comparison shop, you will surely get taken.
Anyway, one older gentleman came to the house that sounded legit, his prices were very reasonable, and I felt like I could trust him. Most likely going to hire him in the next few days, but that’s a big chunk of change that I wasn’t planning on spending this summer. The upside is that his prices were reasonable enough that I’m considering replacing both units – instead of waiting for the other one to die as well. We’ll see.
Politics/News. Don’t want to spend too much time here other than to say that I’m not looking forward to the ramp up for the Presidential race. Can’t stand either candidate and I hate having to explain to my friends and family that Romney is just as bad, if not worse in some cases, as Obama.
Does anyone else think the Olympics is a major non-event this time around? Seriously, I haven’t paid attention to anything Olympics related. No clue what’s going on, though I’ll admit I didn’t really pay much attention to it in previous years either.
Looking forward to our family summer vacation in less than a month. Driving to Williamsburg, VA and meeting my parents there. Kids are looking forward to just spending time around the pool for the most part, but we’re also planning on hitting some of the historical sites. Jenny’s been making up kids’ colonial costumes to wear in the historic districts. I’m looking forward to it because it will mark the end of the summer semester, the end of a major forecast cycle at work, and just completely relaxing for a week.