I can't believe that just happened

First a bit of context: Things have been going well for Lana and me. We just purchased a new car this past weekend and we are excited to get rid of her car.

At first we were thinking about donating the car to a charity. However, we don't generally itemize our taxes and wouldn't end up gaining any financial benefit from the donation. When I looked online at the Kelley Blue Book value of our car I realized that we might get considerably more for our car than I thought. So, we have decided to see about selling the car on Craigslist.

Here we are, again

I've been filling out applications to become a full-time employee of different web development companies. I did get one response that said they couldn't even come close to my expected salary range. Apart from that, it's been a deafening silence. (I guess I never did write about interviewing with a company that did extend an offer for $95,000. However, we had discussed that I was looking for $115K - $125K. On all my applications since then, I've been specifying that I was seeking $120K - $130K.)

I was wrong

It's so important for me to record this right now. It's the reason I started this blog in the first place.

I feel like I've had my whole world turned upside down. I feel like I'm a fool who has been living in an alternate reality, a fantasy world. I feel like I've been totally delusional.

Checking In

TL;DR I started this blog so that I would remember times when I was struggling, even after better times might come along. I've still got my share of struggles and learning I'm experiencing now.

I've been remiss in posting to this blog. I was good about posting every day when I was training for the IronMan. It was easy to document my workout. I didn't really talk about much else, though. I have been reasonably disciplined about continuing to follow a workout schedule. But, that's not why I'm making sure to sit down and write this post now. Let me finally get to it.

Checking in

I've started doing (at least a few) things a little bit differently in 2016. Maybe there is still more that I'll need to do differently.

After fighting against a cold for a ridiculous amount of time, I have begun exercising again. It's not just about getting into shape; it's also about making sure that I don't just sit in front of my computer all day long seven days a week.

Time for a quick flashback

This morning I realized how much things are already starting to turn into a blur and how fast the first month has gone by. So, I want to briefly capture what I can recall from my first weekend home. Eli was born on Monday, January 2, 2012 and we brought him home on Friday, January 6, 2012.

True Confessions

For the most part, I feel that my life has gone extremely well. This is both a blessing and a curse. So, this challenging time in my life that I have been experiencing is a good learning experience. It will help me relate to what others experience. Of course I'm looking forward to coming out on the other side and flying high again. But, there is a part of me that wonders whether I have had the opportunity to experience enough pain and struggle for it to leave a permanent mark. Now that things seem to be looking up again I am wondering if I will forget the lessons I have been taught.