So, let's see, where do I start?
In a little less than a year, I'm getting married. The Lady and I celebrated our 5th anniversary just recently. Generally speaking, things between us are wonderful and she continues to make me happy and be my favorite person in the world.
I work full time as an I.T. person at a company that distributes food, mostly eggs. I've been working here almost a year and a half now and I love it. The pay is a little lower than I think I'm worth, but I feel really lucky to have a job that I enjoy and co-workers I like (for the first time in a decade), so I'm ok with it. The fact that The Lady makes almost three times as much as me makes the luxury of it a lot easier to deal with, as well. Sometimes it's really stressful, in fact the whole last few weeks have been, but even still, I like this job.
I recently purchased a new car. Maybe 5 months ago? It's a 2011 Ford Fusion and I fucking LOVE it. It drives nice, it's attractive and it was within my price range. It has a lot of cool features that my previous car, a 2001 Saturn, didn't have that also contribute to my love for it. Most notably, its CD player can play CD-Rs, there's an auxiliary jack for mp3 players and even a USB port for thumb drives.
My Saturn would only play officially pressed CDs, and even then some newer ones it had a hard time with. Now, I can burn what I want or just download music and put it on a thumb drive. It's glorious. So thanks to this, I've returned to the land of acquiring music electronically and have started listening to new stuff, something I was missing dearly. If you've been around a while, you may remember my Media posts. I definitely don't have time to do something like that anymore, but if someone wants me to post some good links, I can do that...
I'm going to be 31 on Friday. The number doesn't really bother me, but I do feel my age pretty often. It's getting less and less weird to be watching a hockey game knowing that most of the players on the ice are younger than I am, but it's still a little... unsettling. Turning 30 was pretty much the same.
I try my best not to be that old guy that complains about the youth of today being so much more rude than when I was young, but I do feel that way sometimes. That's probably when I feel the oldest. I tell myself that I'm probably just romanticizing the past, but I'm not sure myself completely believes me.
Back in February, I purchased a gym membership for myself. The Lady and I go together whenever we have the time and the inclination. I don't go anywhere near as much as I should, and probably not even as much as I can, but it's something I do mostly enjoy. I do have a belly on me that I would really like to get rid of and looking at myself without a shirt on in the mirror is an excellent motivator. I used to be so skinny...
I'm still in school. I started going again a couple of years ago and that continues. I didn't complete a degree the first time I tried it and ended up being academically disqualified, but I'm back in the swing of it now, taking 2 classes a semester mostly. I'm aiming for a Business Administration degree with a focus on Computer Information Systems. Thanks to my not having majored in that during my original attempt at college, I have a whole lot of classes to take to get there, but... I'm gettin' there.
So far, I've done well in all of my classes except one: C++. That class kicked the shit out of me and I got a D. Part of the blame I give to the instructor, as he didn't have us writing ANY code in class. It was all him on the board. The rest of it I give to C++ itself for being such an asshole. I'm pretty sure the degree I'm aiming for doesn't require programming, which is really, really nice.
I'm currently taking an intro to HTML course, which actually doesn't help me reach my degree at all, that has been by far the most useful class I've taken since returning to school. I knew a lot of HTML already thanks in large part to being self-taught using this very LJ, but now I actually know how to create things like style sheets.
I find this stuff comes to me pretty easily and I like it a lot. I wouldn't mind taking more web design related courses, but as I mentioned they don't really help me reach my degree. I'm only taking this one now because the class listing and my work schedule did not afford me many classes I needed at the right time. I'm assuming that all the budget cutting that's been going on has played a pretty big part in this. So I took something I thought would be useful, and it has been.
I think that should do for now. I will effort to write about things like movies and comics soon.