So, this is my blog! I almost forgot what it looked like! I know I’ve been scarce around these parts the past couple of months. I think I am averaging about 1 maybe 2 posts per week, where it used to be a daily happening, and sometimes several times per day, not to mention the banter we have in the comments.
Many things are happening in my life right now that seems to be pulling me in about a gazillion different directions at one time. First, this unemployment thing is getting annoying. I have been applying for jobs all over the country, trouble is, there aren’t too many positions available in what I do (Transportation Planning) and mostly they give the positions available to people locally who fit the bill. Also, I’m a bit of an anomaly in that I do transportation planning, but most of my experience is in rural areas. Most positions for transportation are in your larger metro areas. Leave it to me to make a career out of a job that has no demand!
So about 3 months ago I decided while I was looking for a planning job, I’d also begin the process of trying to open my own craft beer store and restaurant. I thought this was a great idea, because it combines two things I really love, craft beer, and food. Just ask Jim, I’m pretty sure he never got any dessert growing up as a kid. That endeavor has gotten off to a rocky start. We are now in negotiations on our third possible location. Hopefully three times is a charm. We have also had to shift our focus from Nampa, the town 20 miles west of Boise, to Boise itself. This isn’t as fantastic for my commute, but at least it is a job. Lets hope it comes through.
The last several weeks have been loaded with other challenges too. About 20 years ago now, my wife had back surgery to remove a squished disk. Ever since she has had pretty good success with it, only being laid up on occasion with back problems. Well three weeks ago she put it out, really bad! So I have been tending to things around here while she recuperates. Things are getting better, and improving slowly so she is definitely on the mend. That has been rough, because she couldn’t lift much, and had to be on bed rest throughout the day. She hates that!
Finally in my list of lame excuses for not posting more regularly, the kids are out of school and noisy, intrusive, etc. I know that this blog isn’t English Lit by any means, but I’m a bad enough writer that the distraction that comes from kids roughhousing, playing video games, needing this and that is just enough to make me crazy and stare at this screen until I get the call for the next fire that needs to be stomped out!
Combine this with a Grandson that is about to be born and all the preparation for the arrival, a Daughter in law having premature contractions, a yard sale, a kid in football camp, Sports meetings, Senior Parent Meetings, Trips to the doctor and dentist, and couponing at the grocery store (yes, we had to go there) everything is crazy all the time. I have a ton of posts that are backed up now, and I hope to get to them all eventually, but I thought I would give you all an update so you know I’m not dead.