Hello again

It has been quite awhile since I last posted here. I can’t say that I have much to report. This is my first day off in seven days so I’ve just been recharging. This week has been very draining. Paul has been sick and I’ve been trying to keep up with my committment to the gym. As a result, I haven’t had much spare time!

The gym thing has been going better. I used to be so good about going to the gym but that habit died off and then when I resumed it was more of a chore, not something I wanted to do. I joined Gold’s Gym back in October and once again, started trying to go more often but it still wasn’t very much fun and for the slightest of excuses, I would avoid going. However, I signed up for the 12-week challenge and invested in a course of personal training sessions. In the last few weeks, my attitude about exercise has been changing and I’m feeling more compelled to go exercise instead of finding reasons not to. I don’t know if I am losing weight or inches or any of that stuff but I do know that I am getting stronger and as a result, a lot of aches and pains are diminishing. I’ve still got a ways to go but I find that very encouraging. I don’t think I would be achieving as much if I didn’t have a personal trainer. Weight training has always been a mystery to me and I’ve relied on using a series of machines to exercise certain muscles. My trainer has been isolating a lot of areas of weakness and as a result, the improvements I’ve been making have been considerable. If you are considering getting a personal trainer, my advice is to go for it!

Apart from that, I’ve been busy doing my taxes. They were kind of complicated this year and I did them via H&R Block. I wasn’t able to efile thanks to the kajillion forms I had to fill out. Hopefully they will be ok. I managed to glitch up the system a bit and spent some time talking to customer support to make sure everything was ok. I figure that if there are any problems, at least I’ve filed ahead of time so there is time before the deadline if the IRS gets back to me! Next year, they should be much more straightforward, which is a very good thing! I can also recommend H&R. When I started having problems, their customer service was awesome.

I’m trying to get back into making jewelry. I’ve signed up for an online video course but this poor little netbook can’t hack the whole multi-media thing. I’ve been thinking about upgrading and that finally moved me to action. I got a great deal on a Sony VAIO and it should arrive this coming week. I’m also planning to get back into playing around with graphic design. I have this cool illustration tablet that I haven’t been able to use because the netbook is not really suited to that either. I’ve never used one and I’m really looking forward to learning more about that.

I guess that is about it for me. Thanks for reading!

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