Updates a-plenty

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. One after another, things happened that completely interferred with anything remotely related to fun. My day job moved to a new office last weekend. Physically, it is only a few hundred feet down the hall, but we had to move roughly thirty machines, three racks, and coordinate the transfer of 5 T1 lines, all with minimal downtime. The move took nearly twelve hours on Saturday, but it is finished. I even have my own office, to which I will be eternally grateful.

Dena’s car has been acting strangely lately. Despite new tires and breaks, there was still a persistent squeal whenever the car turned right. Then, late last week, the ignition froze up while Dena was running errands. After twenty minutes of trying to force the wheel to turn and free the ignition, it turned. With nearly 115,000 miles on it, we decided to call it quits and get a new car. Dena is now happily driving a 2003 Kia Optima SE V6. It’s a nice, classy-looking car. It’s more compact than her old Chrystler Sybring Convertible, and actually fits in the garage without me having to knock out a wall. I expect this one to last much longer than the previous vehicle.

To top things off, I had to miss my writers group meeting last Thursday. That was made worse by the fact that I had a story up for critique. That’s been postponed to the next meeting.

Taxes. Let’s not mention taxes, or the large checks we had to write yesterday.

Speaking of writing, I have two new stories on the burner. One in-group, and two more waiting for revision. I don’t have any set deadlines for when they’ll be finished, because I seem to miss every one I set. Instead I’m just going to keep plugging away at it, until I feel like one is ready enough to submit. I am starting to make more time for writing, now that things have settled back down again.

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