Before I get started, ever wonder why a general update is less important than a major update, and in the military, a general outranks a major? Of course, they have major generals, but that's another story. Anyway, to get back to this update here...
Things have been going well here. The weather has been nice for the most part, and I'm enjoying seeing the high temperatures in Wisconsin where I used to live. (Especially when their high was three degrees Farenheit.) Work is going pretty well, and I'm getting an overdue pay raise soon (it's kind of a long story on that one.) More money is rarely a bad thing. I've been doing a little bit of training new people at work also, and that's kind of challenging but fun.
I also just renewed my apartment lease. The rent is going up some but not too much. After my apartment manager said he couldn't reduce the amount any at first, but we were able to come to a compromise. (The net price increase will be $15/month. I'm satisfied with that, especially since one of my co-worker's rent is supposed go up by over $200/month. He's planning on moving, and I would too.) I like my apartment pretty well, other than it lacking a washer/dryer, and I love the area and my commute, so I think staying here is a good decision for me. I may buy something someday, but I'm just a bit leery right now of jumping into any major financial commitments. So, maybe in another year or so...or longer, as I'm really not in a big rush. An overly long and probably dull video tour of my apartment can be seen here if you need to kill nine minutes or so.
I finally got my car's front license plate mounted. I should have done it a year ago, but better late than never. New Mexico, where the car was registered until I took possession, has no front license plate requirement (one of a minority of states that doesn't require them, it seems.) So, the car never had a front license plate mount installed. I bought the mount from the Chrysler dealer, which was a rather expensive piece of plastic in my opinion, but there were no holes drilled to put it on, so I had to get a drill to do that. I got a used from a friend at work, because he said the batteries on his cordless drill were shot. I figured that worst case I'd have to buy new batteries, but I got one of the batteries to take a charge, after some effort, and I finally got the holes drilled and the mount and plate put on today. I never did have a cop stop me for it and I doubt it's a big deal to them...but it's good to be fully in compliance with traffic laws.
I've been enjoying my new gym enough to try an exercise class. You know, when you haven't taken one of those for a couple years, you definitely feel it. The name of the class was "Pump, Define, and Align" but I thought a more appropriate name would have been "Pump, Define, and Die" by the time it ended 45 minutes later. Of course, the female instructor who was about half my size made it look effortless.
I was pretty sore the next day, and I had just gotten my tax rebate back since I did an early e-file, so I decided to splurge and get a massage at the club the following day. It helped, but my legs still were hurting, even after that. But I'm kind of jazzed to be exercising again and I'm planning on going to do a class tomorrow if I can stay awake after work. (I'm working afternoons, and that's going well, but I'm doing a trade with someone to come in and work a morning shift tomorrow after working an afternoon shift tonight.) Anyhow, if I can get a class in I won't feel guilty drinking beer during the Superbowl. I don't know if I'll become as much of an exercise fiend as Heather has been lately, but I'm trying to make the gym more of a habit, so we'll see. The class I want to take next is called "Strength and Sweat" so I'm sure I'll be sore after it also.
After tomorrow I have four days off, and I'm going to head out to Albuquerque and meet my friend Melanie there (she's taking a mini vacation.) It will be good to see Mom again since I haven't seen her since Thanksgiving. The last time I was in Albuquerque, Mom was in the hospital, so it will be good to be at home for a more fun trip. According to her main caregiver, Mom's doing quite well.
I then have some vacation later in the month, and I haven't decided for sure yet what I'm going to do. I'm leaning towards a road trip. I know that seems like a waste of my flight benefits, but sometimes I just don't want to deal with aviation at all, and my time off is around President's Day weekend, which is a rather busy travel time. But we'll see. Some of my friends say I should go to Europe or Latin America and that does have a certain appeal (especially Latin America) but I'm not sure yet. I will keep you posted and provide pictures of wherever I end up going.
I have a meme to work on from Facebook that I'm going to post here, but I don't have time to do it today, so maybe tomorrow afternoon or next week. Hope everyone is doing well and has a good Superbowl Sunday! (I'm rooting for the Cardinals, since I used to live in Phoenix and they're the underdog, but I have no strong feelings either way this year.)