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So it’s been about 10 days since I have updated this (and even then that was not a true update), and I feel its about damn time for an update. Life has been so crazy busy that I have really only had time to look at LJ but not really update. Plus, there has not been too much "earth shattering" news in my life, just much of the same old stuff that I am sure would just bore you all to tears if I posted about it everyday. LOL. So anyway, with that said here we go:

This past weekend, I helped out at a youth lock-in / yard-sale at my church and all I can say is what in the hell were we thinking? I mean really? A lock-in and a yard-sale all in the same weekend. So ya, must have been a laps in mental judgment if you ask me.

Last Friday was our monthly company breakfast we do at work, which is good and all, but still sucks to get up at 5am, when normally my alarm does not go off until sometime between 6:30 and 7am. So the breakfast was good and having a chance to hang out with co-workers that I do not often get to see since they are in the field a lot is nice too. Anyway, Also on Friday I drove down to CNM on my lunch break to get my CNM ID (ya, I never got around to it until last week) and to take a test for my networking class since I will be out Tuesday at some continuing ed stuff for work. I finally got out of the office between 5:30 and 6pm and drove up to Holy Cross with a stop at Starbucks along the way.

Walked into the church building to find a lot more crap then I was expecting. For the yard-sale, we had members of the church drop off stuff they wanted to get rid of and then we would sort, price, and sell it with all the money going to the Storehouse (a local non-profit that helps very poor and homeless people). We took the divide and conquer approach and start to work our way through all the stuff that litterly filled the whole church up.

We sent the youth to sort clothing, toys, and other stuff of the like in the back of the church, so that the adults (wait, I am an adult now, holy crap when did that happen) could get started on all the stuff in the front. Can you guess what I got stuck working on, yep all the electronic devices that we got. And I really must say that 95% of the stuff was really good and high quality stuff, and only maybe 5% was crap. So all in all, not bad.

So we got done with all the sorting and stuff around 11pm I would say, and put on a 2 different movie for the youth, one movie (Ratatouille) on the big screen, and then on the normal Tv in a different room, I put on "I am Legend" as one of the youth has seen Ratatouille and really did not want to see it again. Both movies finished within about 5 or 10 minutes of each other, which happened to be around 1am.

After making sure that everything was turned off and all the doors were locked and secure, I finally got some shut-eye with our morning wakeup call coming way too damn early at 6am. We get the youth up and I must admit that my butt was a dragging too. I am so not a morning person, but that is another post for another time.

Anyway, we turned our attention to getting all the crap for the yard-sale setup in the parking lot. Luckily the weather was with us, if maybe a bit cold, but no rain or snow which we had just days before. Almost right on clock-work, people started to show up for the yard-sale right at 7am, but we were not 100% ready (opps, o well).

The actual sale it self was great, but very busy the whole time, even when we thought it would slow down around 10:30 / 11am. It was busy all the way from 7am, right up until we decided to close up shop around 1pm. We made something large, like 1,200.00 dollars or something, which was really above and beyond anything we thought we would get. Cleanup took about an hour and at 2pm'ish we were out the door.

Property Taxes:
So I found out that my property taxes are going up around 300.00 this year due to a really stupid state law, which means my property taxes will go from 800.00 a year to about 1,000.00 a year. The way this works, is that by state law, the county can only increase your taxes 3% a year, so a lot property is under valued. The only way they can play catch-up is when someone buys a house, they get to hit them for all its work and value the property at the current market value. So that’s some fun...

School:
So we are in the last two weeks of school and I am ball-to-the-wall right now. We are in our last round of normal tests this week and next week is finals. I am still on track for good grades so long as I do not screw the pooch on something (which I am not planning on doing). I must say that it’s really weird to be done with school before May, but at the same time it will be very nice to be done with school for the term. To answer your questions, no I am not taking summer term classes, as I need some time to regain my mental sanity.

I think that is all for now...

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