Friday, September 01, 2006

Welcome to September

OK, so it's been forever since I blogged. August was a busy month.

Let's see, what's up. Well, I'm done working on Sopranos, so happily I'm back to actually drawing and painting again, which is most welcome. We've got two new games starting up so as you can imagine I've got a lot to do. My drawing skills have bounced back quickly but my painting is pretty damn rusty...

The result of the Supernova Crash is that I'm losing the car no matter what happens. It's just too damaged to dump all that money into fixing it, and by law if insurance "totals" a car it has to be declared "salvage" by the DMV and hauled away by a salvage company, who will probably fix it up and resell it - or dismantle it for parts. Sigh. Poor car...

I did find out exactly what happened, it was a hit-and-run where the offending car hit someone else's car first, which then hit my car. The someone else driver came forward and told me about it, so I'm working out my compensation with their insurance company. Hopefully that won't take too long, but I'm sure they'll drag their feet on a payout... ah well.

In happier vehicular news, I've paid off the Stealth Fighter (my motorcycle), so it's all mine now, no more payments. Nice to have that $175.90 per month back in my pocket. Of course it will now go to paying off other things faster. I just passed halfway through the Camaro loan, so adding maybe $100 to that payment will pay that off several months faster, which drops even more into my pocket. I like paying things off and having more of my cash, yes I do.

Otherwise there's not much else going on. I have a few bits of art left over from Bats Day that I have to finish, but after that I'm giving myself the whole month of September off from doing any "extraneous" artwork. I've just been too busy the last few months! I need to clean my apartment and catch up on my financial planning and change the oil in the Camaro, and other normal life things like that. TGF is studying for an important test over the next couple of weeks so that will give me more alone time to get things done.

I am actually going to PLAY some video games, dammit! Other than Tetris DS and Brain Age.

My boss came to me about two weeks ago and said, "You're going to take a vacation between now and the end of September. We just finished the game, everyone needs to decompress, so let me know which week you're taking. That's an order." Well, all right! So I looked around for my favorite type of vacation, which is one involving three locations in close proximity: a bed, a bar, and a beach. If the bar is at the beach, even better. Y'know, your basic Tropical Paradise Getaway thing. Unfortunately, on such short notice the prices for all the usual locations (Hawai'i, Mexico, Caribbean) are pretty steep; a trip for me and TGF would have blown my budget entirely. But then I saw the little icon that said "Cruise Deals..."

So we're going on a cruise the last week of September. That fits my requirement for bar and bed, with the "beach" being the top deck by the pool. I plan on doing pretty much nothing other than eating, drinking, swimming and sleeping, but of course on a cruise ship there's lots and lots of activities for TGF to indulge in as she is more active than I am, so we'll both be happy I think. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to knuckle under and take a dance class or two, but I'll survive. :)

Hey, it's lunchtime. I gotta go get me some food.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol....let me know how the cruise is. you and i have the same mentality on vacation and hubby is much like TGF.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Jeff Z said...

We're really looking forward to it, neither of us has ever done a cruise before. The Dad and The Mom have cruised on this line and they said it was awesome, so we're pretty excited.

Hopefully the political unrest in Mexico won't impact our trip!

10:26 AM  

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