Hiya guys and gals, just wanted to drop in and say hello... hello!
My new job has kept me busy (IT manager for a medium-sized medical office... yep, just me), as has my hobby (working on a new helicopter, as if I needed another flying machine), as has my phone (Galaxy Nexus and the one-way audio issues). The latter has really exhausted me mentally, so much so that after checking/posting/crying in 2-3 threads on the forum, I just didn't have the energy to come over here and check in. I've made peace with my Galaxy Nexus, as Spousal Unit reminded me that I'm eligible for an early upgrade in October. If 4.0.4 really didn't fix the issue for me, then I'll simply deal with it until October. The Nexus will be less than a year old still, so hopefully I'll get a decent amount of money for it to help offset the cost of the new phone. I've really liked the "pure Google experience" and I hate to go back to MotoBloat, but I've got plenty of time to figure out what I'm gonna do.
Anyway, the new job is going well. The medical office I work for is around 100 employees in a central office and 4 satellite offices. There's plenty to do but I'm not overwhelmed so it's a good balance so far. I'm also being exposed to technologies I've never had a chance to mess with, such as SAN management and working with virtual servers. Having the Internet at my fingertips, as well as premium support for all of our products is peace of mind. The fact that's there's no on-call is icing on a very tasty cake.
We were very fortunate... I was a little worried that I wasn't going to find a job. The medical office came through at the last minute, which meant we were able to use my severence and retention bonuses from the bank to pay off bills (both cars and the credit card) rather than live off it. I realize I'm very lucky... there are still many people that lost their job with the merger who have yet to find a job.
I've also become tired of being fat so I got myself back on my bicycle. Spousal Unit was inspiration as she enjoys running and she's training for her first race (a 5K in July). I've only been riding for a few weeks and my stamina is quickly coming back. I'm up to around 8 miles/ride and I'm trying to ride 4-5 times a week. My goal is to ride around 10 miles/ride, 5 times a week. The Strava bike app is working very well on my Nexus too - keeps track of miles, time, speed, elevation, etc. It's more accurate than the speedo/odo unit that's on the bike!
Finally, the aforementioned Spousal Unit and I turned our screened-in porch into an outdoor living room. We're VERY happy with the results and we did it without spending a ton of money too. Check out the pics below... they were taken with the Nexus on the Night setting. I've always been very pleased with the camera on the Nexus and these pics are no exception. The last pic is one of my cats... he was hanging around the edge of the fence that night and wanted to be in on the fun. Enjoy!