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06 January 2017 @ 12:35 pm
Plans for the new year  
This have been going pretty well this month. I'm still dealing with house issues though. Chris and I have been working hard to clean up our house and make room for the furniture we want to bring over here. I do want to make this house look as nice as the other house. Though there's less stuff this house might be harder because we have nowhere to put stuff. All we do is keep rotating the mess and the stuff in our house that's my mother's that didn't fit in the storage units. I ordered a two hitch for my Jeep though. The first real customization for it. Called tire kingdom but they won't install it. They got a new manager a few months ago and I have not liked him at all. He's been rude and snooty to me on sight. I don't know what his problem is. I don't believe they won't do it. It's not hard with the right tools. You remove the bumper, put it on, put bumper back on and wire through the tail lights. If I could do it myself I would but I don't have the lift, the tools or the strength. I need it done for me. So I called the dealership instead. I need to go for my first oil change and I got a recall thing in the mail. I asked if they can install the hitch and they said yes no problem. Very nice lady on the phone and so far I'm happy with the service from this place. Not as awesome as Toyota's but better than the new jerk running Tire Kingdom. I miss the old crew there that was so nice.

Anyway point of this is that with a hitch perhaps I can borrow Mike's trailer and transport some of the furniture.
Chris and I opened the NutriBullet we found at the other house and have been loving it. We've been making fruit and veggie smoothies with it and it's fun experimenting putting in different stuff. This is the version we got.
https://pegsgottado.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/nutribullet-box.jpg
There's also one that comes with all the cups but that's somewhere in storage.
Chris took the Sony soundbar from that house and has been enjoying it on his system. The playstation sounds great on it. We played Batman on it and wow it was cool the crisp sound.
And I finally got to play with the new GoPro my mother in law gave me for Christmas. I'm still getting used to it. It's different but I think I will like it way better than the old one. Biggest complaint is the screen shuts off. Perhaps that is a setting I can fix somewhere. I haven't made any movies worth uploading yet. But I will. And I finally have time so I've made some art. I finished the next page of Fear Before the Fall so it's nice to make art again. I'll post that later. And I've finally been going through my photos and can enjoy the cruise I have so few memories of. The photos and video will help me remember and finalize those memories in my mind. I've started to post those to DA and it's been very enjoyable. Almost done with the photos from the NC trip.

And good news on the laptop front. I had ordered a battery for mine that did not work right. I finally ordered another that came off the same laptop as mine this way I know it's right. They had it disclosed that it only works for a half hour. I think when new it was an hour battery. But I don't care so long as it works because I run it through the power cord anyway. I need my laptop working as I might be traveling a lot this year. More on that in a bit. Chris's laptop had lost its power cord and I was worried because that's where I had all the cruise photos. But during our clean up of the bedroom Chris found it. So now I have transferred everything to my external drive and been looking for what to upload. So now both our laptops are back in business.

So yes this year I might travel. I hope I can do a road trip to Canada in spring. April would be great to go up there for the Spring migration and to visit my friend Gamma-wings. We've been talking about me visiting her for two years now. I hope it will be this year but we'll see how finances are and things are still iffy with the house and legal stuff on this end. Chris is encouraging me to do it. He wants me to get away and that I need a real vacation. I am thankful for his support. I want to do this but part of me is afraid I admit. The whole drive into the unknown and border crossing does scare me a bit. I've already looked into all the legalities and will consult my travel agent if I do this.

The other trip may be much sooner. We have to decide if we will celebrate Feb 4 this year or Feb 14 Valentine's day. This year will be our 21st anniversary. It has to be somewhere close so within Florida so Chris doesn't miss too much work. I'm thinking I want to go to Cape Coral to go see the burrowing owls. Want to see those for my life list. So that's a possibility. I need to run this by him.

Then there's the solar eclipse this year in the United States. Might be my chance to see one in my life time. Aug 21, 2017. Here's info on it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017

Looks like Carbondale Illinois is the place to be so that's where I want to go. An ugly city and I may fly there. Not worth the road trip I don't think.

Lastly I'm very likely going to Spain in the Fall. No set date yet but we'll see how that goes. So yes very exciting year.
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actipton80actipton80 on January 6th, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
I hope to chase that eclipse. The path of totality looks to go through Columbia, SC, which is only an hour and a half from me. I hope I can convince Mom or Dad to drive me down to where I can see it. Carbondale is just where totality lasts the longest.

I've seen an annular eclipse that was near total, but those aren't as cool as a real total eclipse.
Des: Sorath the Blacksunthagirion on January 6th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah I remember seeing that on a map I looked up on google. That would be good. Yeah in CArbondale it will last 2:40 though 2:30 isn't bad but I think 10 seconds makes a difference.

That's cool I've only seen lunar eclipses and they are nothing special.
shanglong87: let me knowshanglong87 on January 7th, 2017 03:22 pm (UTC)
Despite your house issues, it's nice to read some good news and projects for this new year. All your projects about trips seem really interesting and i agree with Chris, you should go visit Canada and Gamma. You really need a true vacantion. Aww burrowing owls, little adorable birds, i hope you'll see some. Great a Solar Eclipse too bad it will be invisible from Italy ):

How curious this year i'm going to go to Spain for my spiritual practices but in the Spring, it will be my first travel in a foreign country and i am very excited :D :D

Great plans!
Desthagirion on January 7th, 2017 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes there's great hope for this year. I hope I can do all of these things. Glad you agree with him. Yes I would so love to do the road trip to Canada. I do need to get away it would be nice. Yeah I'd love to go to Cape Coral and see Burrowing Owls. I have never seen one. We have needed one in the US. It's been a long time.

Oh that's great. Yes I might be visiting a friend in the Fall so I hope that will happen. I can understand why you'd be excited.

Thanks.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 8th, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, you DO have an exciting year coming up! How nice of Chris to support you. He is gold, that man, but you know that.

I'm glad the dealership can do that for you. Bah about the guys at Tire Kingdom. I guess they just lost a customer.

That is a very nice present from your mother in law. I'm sure you will use it when you have time.

Yay on the progress on your laptop front!


So, the only glitch is your mother's house. I sincerely hope that this is cleared up for you soon.
Desthagirion on January 12th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's much to look forward to.
Yeah I have not been happy since the new staff there so I'll go elsewhere. Shame because they are so close and were good.
I used it a bit yesterday. Have to get a better pole for it.
Yes good to have working laptops again.