Whatever blogging muscle I had has gotten completely flabby from nonuse. I had several posts started and waiting on my dashboard but could never manage to finish any of them. So I’ve condensed them in list form below. Even this list took multiple attempts which is why #1 is probably no longer timely. But I didn’t want to change the title to Six Snippets, so there you go.
1. Taxes. We’re done! And, heaven help me, we’re not moving states mid-year again if I can help it. January start dates are going to be our new jam because that was way too many W-2s and calculations for my liking. Because of the move we got a nice little refund that went right back to the government in the form of a student loan payment.
2. Travel. March was nutty. I am back from a work conference and boarding a plane again in just a few hours. Literally hours after that plane lands our visitors will be disembarking their own flight to New England and staying for the holiday weekend. And after four quiet weeks at home we’ll travel three more times this spring for commencement ceremonies.
3. I’m old. I think I experienced “throwing my back out” for the first time. It was awful. Forget the gray hair I’ve found. This was the worst part of ‘getting old’ yet. I could pathetically be described as an amoeba-like creature on the couch for most of last weekend.
4. Snow. This is a thing that seriously impacted #2 above. Gotta love the unpredictability of March. It didn’t help that the places we were traveling to/from had crazy winters. I’m not normally a nervous traveler but something about snow just makes me extremely uncomfortable with being away from home. However, now that it’s mid-April I think we might actually be able to say that we’re done with all of this nonsense for another year.
5. Moving. We are! Most of my free time lately has been spent laundering, cleaning, organizing, packing and hunting for things that we need for our next apartment. I actually do have a longer post penned about why we’re moving but it can be summed up by saying we’re downsizing to increase our rate of saving for a down payment. We are those oddballs who want to put down a very large downpayment (at least 50%) so it will still be a long while.
6. Health and wellness. My main resolution/goal for this year was to really focus on my health because it’s something that I’ve taken for granted for far too long. I was never a sickly kid – I was either perfectly healthy or needed surgery/immediate attention and so I’ve been lucky (?) enough to get by without any focus. I’m really trying to change that because, to be blunt, my health is a really dumb thing to take for granted. I still sometimes have coffee and cookies for breakfast, but I have established care with a primary provider, have had blood work done (all good!), set up an appointment for a precautionary skin check with a dermatologist, and have joined a gym. I still need to find a dentist and an eye doctor but it’s only April so I’m feeling pretty good about my progress thus far.
7. Books. I have been in such a reading slump this year. I have given up on every single fiction book that I’ve started. Have any good suggestions? Right now I’m reading Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com’s book and while I’m positive that plenty of it is going over my head I’m finding it a fascinating introduction to Big Data and the analytics field.