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For love of riding, animals, and living in the country

by on Nov.23, 2008, under Personal

It’s been a bit since I’d posted anything, and though not a huge amount has changed recently, I thought I’d toss in a few things.  November is rapidly approaching a close, and there’s at least a few newsworthy events in life that are of worth noting.

First, Malcolm is very close to getting a sibling, as I’ve been debating heavily getting another dog.  There are a lot of reasons for and against that, mostly dealing with expense and whether or not I’ll be staying where I’m currently living.  However, I do think Malcolm could use someone to hang out with when I’m not around.  He’s not getting any younger, and having someone to play with might help him stay active and young.  I went to the humane society the other day, and there are some gorgeous dogs there… the trick is picking just one and not taking home 4 more!  Hopefully more information will come regarding that soon, as no decisions have been made yet.

Second, my brother may be leaving me soon as a roommate, leaving me on my own for the first time since I first moved out of my parents house.  I have had a roommate continuously for the last 7 years and this will be a major change in my life.  I do think it will be a good change for me, and hopefully a step towards my long term goal of home ownership, but I also wonder about the side effects.  It can be pretty lonely living on one’s own, and I don’t actually talk to that many people anymore anyways. I don’t go to the bars all too often, and aside from work, I don’t have a large amount of interaction with people.  Hopefully that will change in the upcoming months, but it’s still someone concerning to see how I do with no one around all the time.

I’ve talked in the past about buying a house.  Here recently, I made a decision to wait and instead focus on paying off my truck.  I want a house, 10 acres of land, and to be outside of the city limits, and that is expensive and with the truck payment, more debt and such than I want to consider at this time.  I know there are cheaper options if I wanted to live closer to Columbia or not have so much land, but I’ve been riding enough and doing enough thinking lately that that’s the kind of life I want to lead.  Don’t get me wrong, I like cities, and being close to people on occasion, and I know I’ll miss being able to hop over to Wal-mart at 12am because I ran out of something or other.  On the other hand, being out in the country where I have my own house, no neighbors partying and smoking and such until wee hours of the morning, well, that will be priceless.Of course, with 10 acres, I can have a party and bonfire and not worry about disturbing the neighbors, which will be even more awesome!

SO, the goals I have for the next year at this point are to get my truck paid off, purchase a horse saddle (western seat, roping), and probably a horse trailer, and maybe a horse depending on finances.  I’m getting the saddle and trailer out of the way, as I can use those now, and those are one-time purchases (hopefully!).  If all goes well, and I continue to like horse back riding and the things I’m doing, the horse will come later next year I hope!  Then, once that’s all taken care of, I can look at the house and 10 acres, though I must admit, I do browse the real estate guides occasionally, and man there are some nice houses available!

There’s a number of other things going on in life, related to all of the above, but I think that’s enough of an update for now 😉  More importantly, it’s time to eat.  Malcolm is complaining very loudly about his food bowl being empty, and I have more cleaning and organizing to do.  Take care all, and god bless!

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And now for an update

by on Nov.09, 2008, under General

Hrmm, how crazy the last year has been.  Regardless of the level of activity I should have posted something sooner, but I really just haven’t had the energy or drive to do much outside of work this past year.  SO, I apologize to all my readers (whoever is left) and here are some updates.

First, I’m still working at Carfax and am past the 1 year mark now.  It’s going pretty well, and I am in a slightly different group than where I started that has really challenged my abilities.  I’ve been able to deal with everything from VMS to low level byte manipulation to performance tuning to threading issues – it’s been a fantastic ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to the future working for Carfax.

Aside from work, I’m still living in the same place, and am trying to get my truck paid off before purchasing a house.  I came close to a few places earlier this year, but never saw anything that really caught my eye, and with the economy being unreliable, I’ve been pushing off the house purchase until I was sure I found something I wanted – I intend to stay around for a long while, so I don’t move fast on something like this.  I’m still not sure whether I want to buy land and build, or just buy something already built with land.  I’m definitely sure I want at least 10 acres of land though – I’ve started horse back riding this year, and it’s one of those things I’m loving, and intend to continue.

This segways nicely into other activities over the last year.  I’ve not managed to take any major vacations, but I have managed to visit parks and other places locally pretty regularly.  I’ve been to rock bridge a ton, my grandmothers place out in the country, finger lakes, and a few other places off and on.  I’ve been horse back riding now for about 2 months (something like that I think, I’m losing track), and that’s keeping me pretty active.

Aside from horse back riding, my home life is interesting.  For the first time in perhaps 8 years, I may not have a roommate shortly, as my brother is looking at going back into the military.  It’s going to be an interesting switch for me, and I’m not 100% sure yet what I think of that.  I’m still waiting to see what happens though, as nothing is confirmed as of this time.  Malcolm is steadily getting older, and he’s losing his eye sight, and I’ve also noticed that he no longer jumps up on the bed like he used to, and overall just has slowed down immensely… It worries me a lot, but I’m doing my best to just enjoy the time I have with him.

In other news, it’s now been about 8 months since I quit smoking.  That’s been a MAJOR improvement on my life and something I’m very glad I did.  Other improvements and changes in my life, well, I’ve been eating better and not eating out so much, watching a lot less tv, and trying to read more, but that’s pretty normal stuff for me.  One more … major? change is my views on religion and life.

Over the last year, and a lot of introspection, I’ve discovered that I’m very Catholic in MANY ways.  I dated someone earlier this year, and I think I realized after dating her just how Catholic I was, in how I looked at so many things regarding my faith.  My views on the saints, communion, love, marriage, birth control and so many other aspects has really been affected by my religious views.  This fall, I’ve been doing my best to be more active in the church, and to really follow that path in my life.

There’s a whole lot of other small things I could relate, such as how I’ve been doing a number of DJ gigs, that I’ve been trying to clean my house every weekend and keep things neater, but overall, life is just that – life and it’s going and I’m doing my best to just keep living each day and praying for God’s guidance and direction.

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It’s time to start posting again

by on Nov.03, 2008, under General

I realized the other day that it’d been a year since I’d posted ANYTHING on my blog… I’m thinking it’s time to start posting stuff again 😉  And, I also need to start posting more pictures of the trips I’ve been taking!  SO, stay tuned for new content!  In the meantime, here’s a few photos from earlier in the year 😉  They’re on my gallery page if anyone wishes to look at some of the other photos (again, more to come soon!)Rock Bridge State Park 2.jpgRock Bridge State Park 27.jpg

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