First, the big one. I almost lost my wife very suddenly around the beginning of the year. It's been a long road, she's had a surgery, and is doing better now. However, it was scary, and we're not out of the woodwork yet. As it's a fairly rare genetic thing, next up is getting kids tested to see if they carry the gene too. If so, then it's just a matter of worrying.
On a lesser degree, I hadn't seen a dentist in about 15 years. I got a cavity and went to a dentist. Apart from the cavity I was fine and just needed a cleaning. I expected it to be more serious.
As for COVID, I lost two (step) grandfathers, and a few other relatives. 3 of 5 in my immediate family are fully vaccinated and we're just waiting for Pfizer and the government to approve the younger ones and we'll be good to go after that. I'm tired of all the idiots trying to put my family's life at risk and in-person school will be required in the fall so let's get on with the shots.
I got a promotion last year. This came with no pay raise and I was not allowed to replace myself because we had layoffs. Also, because I became management, we were not allowed to telecommute during the pandemic. We were also the first company downtown to require everyone back in the office earlier this year prior to vaccines being available. They also didn't give us a bonus, took away our LTI program, no cost of living raise last year, and they stopped 401K matching until earlier this year.
Suffice to say, I hate my company, and we've had very high turnover but I am not being able to find a job elsewhere. Let me rephrase that -- I probably could find another one that would require me to move, accept a pay cut, and start over again. I need to develop some new skills or something.
I guess I've been in a bit of a funk, I mostly just ride my bike and play video games. I'm fairly bored and need to do something else too. I could play guitar, learn other coding, etc. but I'm a little burnt out. I'm considering a gym membership to go at lunch while in the office but the one I would go to is like $165/month.
Orange man bad...but seriously, I have a bad feeling about the future of things in the U.S. so part of my job angst has me looking in other countries too. I went through with claiming citizenship in Ireland based on my family so I have that all worked out and that should get me access to most of the EU and even the UK if I would like. In any case, I am not sure that I would make the move at this time but it is in the back of my mind often.
I recently decided to get caught up on scary movies and just finished all the films in The Conjuring series. I liked it, and while some were not great overall it's an interesting theme. That being said, the real life Warrens were full of shit so I just have to accept it all as fiction.
Apart from that, I can't recall anything great that I've watched in the past year. I did get a cheap projector and set up a big screen in my back yard to watch older movies and will do that again in the fall. It should be nice to watch the original Ghostbusters on around Halloween.
It was nice seeing what's going on with you all. Feel free to drop a comment and I'll try to respond. If there's somewhere else you all talk online let me know. I've never used Discord before but am fairly familiar with Slack.
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