It’s been a bit since we’ve chatted. How’ve you been? What’s new, exciting, or even boring?
Tell you what…to break the ice, I’ll start, okay?
First, the good news
For us, nothing’s new, but something’s exciting. The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, gave us enough money with our tax returns and what we could save from my last bonus to get a different car. It’s not brand new – far from it – but it’s new to us, and we really like it. It’s tricky because we have to actually learn 21st century automotive electronics, even if it is almost a decade old.
The car has higher miles than we wanted, but beggars can’t be choosy. We wanted to be able to OWN the vehicle outright, and we had little time to ponder, as our old car kept getting sicker and sicker, and would cost more and more to repair and keep up. This one will have higher cost of ownership overall, which is an owwie, to be sure, but a necessary one. Good money after bad on the old vehicle was the only other option, and there were certain things we didn’t have which we wanted in a car.
So, goodbye, old friend. We loved you, and you loved us back. We will miss you in many ways, and you take many memories with you. I’m sorry I couldn’t be better to you and didn’t have the means to keep you going. Go with God, for He surely sent you to us.
Our new car is nice, but has a REALLY big engine and seems REALLY large to me. It fills up the entire parking space – deliberately sized to be too small for large trucks and SUVs in this state – and it takes a little more care and finesse to get out of its parking stall in the early morning hours on my way to work, but it is very nice. Not perfect. But nice. I think we’re going to enjoy it, and to Christ be all the glory and may He bless us with this one as much as He did the last.
Work continues to get less and less…well, scary for me. I’m nowhere near the jackrabbit I was before. I tackle my projects with a lot more confidence than I did a year ago, and maybe even as recently as six months ago. I’m far more sure of where to find information if I don’t have it, what to look for, and how to work around things when I’m stumped. I feel very confident my boss now has a better programmer than he did when my predecessor left, at least in most ways. He did a good job, but he certainly didn’t appear to enjoy advancing his skills. He knew what he knew and he knew enough to do this and do it fairly well. I have to take things farther, in my opinion, and so I have.
I think so, anyway.
I’ve learned how to do some pretty special things with Microsoft Excel VBA macros. I’ve learned how to do some pretty nifty things with C# (pronounced “C Sharp” if you don’t know) and general managed code which make replacing our nightly VBA macros a very real possibility. (That should be good news to my boss, who will likely not care at all. He didn’t acknowledge in any way my achievement of learning a computer programming language in 28 days, why would he care about anything I do?) I’ve learned how to make the email capability work, which will also be good news if/when I have time to replace the Authorization To Return (ATR) system. It does a lot of emailing around. And it will also be very useful if/when I get back around to Appmageddon, because it has to be able to notify people too. So HUZZAH for me, right? 🙂
And that’s the good news so far. 🙂
Now, the bad news
There really isn’t much bad news to report. Things are going great, honestly. But there’s this one little thing…this niggling little, nagging little thing. I hate to bother the Lord with it because He’s been so generous, so kind to us. But…
…man, I miss writing. I haven’t had much chance to do any of it for a while. The convergence of time and motivation hasn’t come since before we crossed the galactic plane, it seems. I’ve done a bit here and there, but when I finally find time, I’m too tired to do much of anything but veg. And when I have energy, there always seems to be something else taking priority.
Maybe things will settle out, but I don’t know when or how. Or even why, since nothing’s been particularly UNsettled for us of late. Still, I hope I’m not watching my dream of being a full-time author who writes for his bread (AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! sorry, sorry…) drift away. I guess I should just learn to accept my lot in life and be happy with it. The Lord *is* blessing me in it, after all, and He’s made it more than apparent He’s going to be with me every step of the way. But I still want to be a writer if I grow up. It just feels very, very unlikely right now.
And that’s the bad news. Not too bad, as you can see.
So I ask again…how are you? How are things going in your life? What’s new, exciting, or even boring? Sound off and let me know, if you’re of a mind to. I’d love to hear it.
God bless, all.