Just Touching Base

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted. It’s been an interesting month, to say the least. I’ve attempted a few times to write, but didn’t think the contents was exactly what I wanted to post.

Early on in October, our little family encountered a bit of car trouble. As a result, I spent a good portion of October out in Silver Springs. It worked out well enough—we were able to relocate the chickens and the goat named Pebbles out to the property, but after returning to Sparks last week, I’ve been slothing around doing the basics to catch up on life (laundry, dishes, working out…). The last week of October, we had a bit of a Halloween/House Warming in Silver Springs, so the timing of my stay worked out well.

Throughout October, there were several attempts to revitalize the old Nissan, but alas, it’s still park outside of my apartment in Sparks. Without a reliable mode of transportation, it was time to go car shopping.

After about two weeks of searching, last week we changed the oil in my Silverado, and drove out to California to the Sacramento Auto Mall. About two hours later, we drove off the lot in a brand new 2018 Honda Fit. 5-speed with all the bells and whistles, it’s gas mileage is phenomenal. One problem solved.

The other half of this is the slow and miserable death of my Moto Z Droid. I’ve been a bit hard to maintain contact with via cellular, as well, the last few months, actually. A huge contributor to that is the unreliable, ever dead battery that I couldn’t take out and barely charge in the phone. Two charging cables later, with a battery that dies 3 hours after being taken off the charger from 100%-35%, I visited the Verizon store yesterday and walked out with a new Google Pixel 3. Spoiler: I had no idea how new that phone actually was. Initially I was looking at switching to an iPhone; however, price point to what you get, Apple was off the table and it was a toss up between the Galaxy S9 and the Pixel 3. Features and memory, Pixel 3 won. Same screen size on an all-around smaller phone was a huge portion, but then the memory and the camera—plus, zero clutter apps. Long-story-short, you can now reliably reach out and contact me, and I’ll actually be able to answer. Yay! And guess what I also did…I also bought insurance for it ( ‘^_^)

Now that we’re almost two weeks into November, it’s an odd realization that I’ve been out in Nevada for just over 8 months. It absolutely does not feel like it’s been that long…that I’ve been in this apartment for 7 months, and yet still have a room full of unpacked boxes and packing paper blocking the way into and out of the main entrance.

It’s been over 8 months since I’ve seen my family, which is actually the longest stretch of time, ever. I wish I could say I’d be home for Thanksgiving, but right now work has announced we’re likely working through Thanksgiving, a holiday that falls on my regularly scheduled work days. I already spoke to my manager, though. I’ll absolutely be there for as much as they need me to be over Thanksgiving, but I’m taking at least a week off come Christmas. It will be the first real break from work since I started, back in March. It will be good to go back home.

Logistically speaking, flying would be best, but I really hesitate flying with the dog…if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears. Unless I’m taking 2 weeks off, I can’t imagine driving back and forth across the country that quickly. We’ll see how it goes.

Speaking of puppers, he’s recovering very well. He had his surgery, and when we went for his first session of physical therapy at 2 weeks, he was well past what he should be in terms of range of motion in recovery. It’s been over a month, and yesterday we hit running 2 miles and walking 1 mile. We went for an easy 20 min walk this morning (about a mile) up the road, and this afternoon we’ll go back to the Marina for our easy jog. Doggy-sages (massages) in his chest and hind legs help loosen up and lengthen his walk, and walking up and down the stairs to the apartment several times a day makes him have to lift his hind legs and practice tucking his knees. He’s still has a way to go—I don’t let him sprint around everywhere endlessly, still, but he’s able to accompany me on just about everything else, again.

That should be about it, for now. Hopefully, we’ll have a November adventure up to Apple Hill—I went to a class at REI in October all about dehydrating foods and it has me itching to purchase a dehydrator, including all the apples and pears I can get my hands on. But after my recent spending between the dog and tech upgrades, I better cool it before Christmas season rolls in (because November isn’t Christmas season!).

I hope everyone had a great October and is embracing the heart of Fall :) ‘Tis the Season to Give Thanks, and I’m particularly thankful for my family, my friends, and for your support.

Much Love,

Andy