Friday, May 05, 2017

Life Update: May 4, 2017

Wow -- it is hard to believe that I haven't posted in almost three weeks. April was one heck of a month. With that, what has been going on with me?

Work: Ahhh ... the feeling of freedom! My last official work day as director of my department was Friday, April 28. Although actually not in charge this week, I am still finishing up a few things dealing with the transition. I am hoping to extricate myself from all that sometime next week. I was able to walk away from a difficult personnel situation, which certainly will make my life much easier. It's been a long five years.

My roof: The roof on my house had been degrading in quality. While still protecting the house, the organic shingles were starting to look pretty bad. Some bad wind days blew off a significant number of shingles. I'll spare you the details, but add in a good homeowners policy and a favorable determination by an insurance adjuster, and lightning is a happy guy.

My Mom's house: This past Sunday, my brother, thundering36, moved back to Melbourne, Australia, vacating my late mother's house. Now the work of cleaning out a house that accumulated 50 years of junk begins in earnest. On Friday, my brother-in-law and I will be hopefully making some decent progress.

My family: My wife loves the new job she started working at in February. We are very thankful that she was able to get into a position where she is appreciated, unlike her previous job. In just over a week, my oldest daughter will be graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. My son is finishing up his program at Illinois in Math and Computer Science with an online class he is completing while working as a software engineer in Seattle. He will likely earn his bachelor's degree this summer. College costs have significantly cut into my sockroll over the past several years. It will be nice to have that monkey off my back.

Las Vegas: I will be heading out to Sin City July 17-22. One evening during the trip, I am hoping to grab dinner at Hugo's Cellar. What about it -  Koala, Alysia ChangVegasDWPgrrouchie? Anyone else?

Finally, the beginning of May brings some time for reflection. My father would have been 93 years old. And this year for the first time, my wife and I will be celebrating Mothers Day without our mothers. If your parents are still alive, appreciate them while you can.

Thanks for reading!


Blogger thundering36 said...

Seven bloody paragraphs and I only get a mere 16 word mention? Enjoy paying for your rooms in Vegas. Hey, don't forget to give Tony the new Aussie tea towel and poker chip from Crown Casino when you see him in July.

And I do expect Ms Chang to visit in the near future since I do have a two bedroom unit.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

My Mom is 96 -- trust me, I appreciate her.

1:01 PM  
Blogger mrben09 said...

I echo the comments having lost both before I was 40.
However, things appear to be looking up all round and Good Luck in July Sir.

7:09 AM  
Blogger thundering36 said...

Today in honour of dad's 93rd birthday, I wore the Bulldogs ribboned badge that he wore to the match when he and mum visited me in Melbourne in 1979. The Bulldogs won tonight's match by five points. :)

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Poker Meister said...

A lot going on in the Lightning36 household! Seems things are mostly breaking your way with the house & job(s). Enjoy Vegas - will you be playing any WSOP events?

9:28 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I am heading to Las Vegas right as the WSOP is ending. I scheduled my trip this year to be able to see Aussie buddy Koala.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Koala said...

Lightning, can you email me your new address and cell phone number. Tried emailing you at smiling brown bear and they are being returned. See you in July.

4:07 AM  

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