Wow. We have been here at Aggieland RV Park 2 weeks and a day as of today. It sure seems like a lot longer to both of us. That’s not a bad thing, really, it’s just that we have been busy. The days seem to fly by and run together. Dave has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off, so our days get a bit blurred; our “weekend” starts Monday night.
Let’s see. He survived Black Friday, although it sure was crazy, especially Thanksgiving evening and Friday, and he did work some overtime. Crazy. He’s getting a firsthand glimpse of the retail world during the holiday season. Yes, he worked Thanksgiving, and so did I. This was the first time in decades that I did not prepare a typical Thanksgiving dinner. Oh well. I did cook bridies while he was off that week, so we had a nice meal. He is settling in quite nicely with his job, even enjoying it now, and we hope – but not expect by any means – that he will be kept on after the holiday season.
Although I’m still in training on my MT job, I am making good strides. It’s not the medical terminology/knowledge part, it’s becoming familiar with and implementing the specs, the software requirements, etc. Things have changed re: formatting, punctuation, etc., since I was an MT 8 years ago, and the specs of the company/accounts are quite different from the “old school” way I was taught and used back when I worked before. I am still not enamored with voice recognition and being a medical editor; I really still prefer straight transcription. Well, I’m giving it a whirl, and it is getting better.
My virtual assistant job is percolating along nicely, and I am picking up some additional responsibilities. I really am enjoying it! Honestly, if I had a couple of long-term VA clients with ample work, I would seriously consider ditching medical transcription/editing.
I believe I mentioned my work laptop crashed and burned. Yep, turns out it needed a new hard drive. It had been in the shop but is home now, and this evening I have it set up to be put back into service. I’m composing this post on it. There is still some additional tweaking to be done – getting things back on it – but at least it’s usable again. I sure missed my larger screen!
Our gray tank is being ordered, being delayed by some issues pinpointing with Keystone exactly what type of tank is needed. Hopefully we will be having the replacement work done in the next couple of weeks. They might be able to do it on-site . . . that sure would be nice, although they are only about 10 miles down the road. We are thankful the facilities are nice here, so it’s a short stroll down to the showers near the front of the park each evening. Each is a suite unto itself, so one has privacy when showering. Nice.
Our allergies are finally getting under control. Yay! I was able to actually sleep prone in bed last night for the first time in a couple of weeks. My recliner is comfy, I slept well in it, and I can watch TV from there if I want, but Maggie sure appreciated me being back in bed. Me, too, I tell ya. Dave was suffering equally, with the added frustration of plugged ears. We both are much better with regards to our noses, and his hearing is much improved.
We are even having evening meals together twice a week, the 2 days Dave is off. I had taken some Mexican lasagna out of the freezer the other day, so that was last night’s dinner accompanied by a green salad. Tonight was baked fish, wild rice, and sweet corn. The rest of the week, we’re on our own, obviously because of work schedules.
Mr. Sun finally made an appearance today after being AWOL for 4-5 days. We have had definitely chilly weather – highs in the 40s and 50s – with miserable, drizzly, nonstop rain. Ugh. Sure was nice to see sunshine today. I made a run to a self-serve car wash and washed off a lot of mud from the truck. It could stand detailing, but at least it looks presentable again now.
Last week I went over to Suddenlink (the park’s ISP) and purchased a modem and then to Walmart for a wireless router. We now have a direct “pipeline” into the Internet service here at the park, and it is a secure connection via our own router. Pretty darn speedy, too. Yay! We’re wireless and secure in the rig! Woot! This is wonderful, as my iPhone is getting a well-deserved rest after serving as a hot spot for a couple of months. (Note: The park WiFi is actually quite good, but not secure. Getting one’s own modem and router is suggested by the park owner/manager if one wants a direct connection and secure network within one’s rig. If I wasn’t working online from home or we were just here short-term, we would not have done this. It is groovy, though, eh?)
We have had issues . . . gray tank, computer crashing, Internet and cable going out for 24 hours, miserable rain, allergies, yada, yada, yada, (yes, all in 2 weeks and 1 day) but we truly are liking it here and thankful that we are both working and have landed in a nice environment for our home.
Have I mentioned I really, really appreciate stepping out onto concrete and not mud?
Thanks for stopping by!