I feel like this year has been a blur. We’re already at the end of August. School is back in session in our area. This year has been very busy at work. Just going from one stressful work deadline to the next. My billable hours from July 2020 to June 2021 exceeded 2,100 hours, which is really unacceptable for someone who should be part time. There should be some light at the end of the tunnel in November. I know last time I posted about quitting. I thought about it more, and wanted to pull the trigger last month. Now I’m thinking let’s see how it goes. I think it would be jarring to pull the plug too abruptly. As a compromise, I’m thinking about taking the month of December off.
We have some big changes on the family front. We welcomed a daughter to the family over the summer! Our family now feels complete. Our son is now 2 years old, and he’s really enjoying testing boundaries and challenging our authority. With the Delta variant, Covid still seems to be dominating the news. The kids obviously can’t be vaccinated yet, so we’re still being somewhat careful. Hopefully our son will be able to get the vaccine before he starts preschool next year.
The stock market is still on a tear, along with the housing market. Money doesn’t really feel real anymore. Our house that we bought 2 1/2 years ago has gained over $450k in value since we bought it — with most of those gains due to Covid. Kind of makes me not want to include home equity in our net worth, as it feels misleading.
What little free time I have, I’m spending around the house. I’ve made some wall-mounted dressers that I installed in three closets.
Out of the nine drawers, I still have to tweak the fit of one of the drawers, then I’ll be on to the drawer fronts. Two years ago, I made solid wood drawer fronts by gluing up 1×4 solid wood. Last year, I experimented with drawer fronts made by edge banding plywood. This time I am going to break out the router table and make Shaker drawer fronts with solid wood rails and stiles and a plywood panel insert. I’ve never done it before so hopefully it turns out well.
I haven’t been working out or exercising much, but I have been trying to groove my golf swing at the driving range. But unlike the days of 2017 where I could play 5 rounds a week, I’m lucky to get one range session in a month at this point.
Hopefully, things go back to normal soon. But I’m not holding my breath.