Happy Autumn! Again, Iâ€™ve been pretty busy with life, but I have a little time to add some news.
First off, weâ€™ve finished drafting our agencyâ€™s 2003-05 biennial budget. The process was long and arduous, but we got through it. Of course, we jumped right from biennial budget development to fiscal year 2003 operating budget set-up. The Stateâ€™s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. For more information on the Stateâ€™s budget process, please contact me.
Aside from budget, I was also busy working my part-time job. Iâ€™ve since gone back to one day a week. Although I still enjoy working at BB&B, Iâ€™m beginning to realize that weekends are pretty important. Initially, BB&B was going to be a fun job, but Iâ€™ve found myself taking it far more seriously than I need to. Iâ€™m currently discussing the situation with my managers.
I havenâ€™t worked on the desk much. I did drive into Milwaukee last weekend and get some important sanding out of the way. I will be checking with Chuck on when we can get together and finish this project. I am still clicking away with the camera, so pictures will hopefully be available after the desk is completed.
I recently received a videotape and a letter from a very good friend of mine in Japan. Eitaro and I spent a semester studying international relations at UWM when I became a Political Science major. We became very good friends, and we tried to keep in touch over the years. He made a video of various personal experiences (eating, camping, eating, drinking, eating, snowboarding, and eatingâ€¦ they apparently live it up in Japan), and edited it on his iMac. Itâ€™s really cool, but everyone speaks in Japanese, making it difficult for me to understand whatâ€™s being said.
I started taking guitar lessons. Although Iâ€™ve only had two lessons, Iâ€™ve already overcome a learning block. I am still working on recording onto my PC, but thatâ€™s been slow going as well. I have a couple of options to try out before I give up and seek assistance from a pro.
I am also on the quest to purchasing more clothes. Iâ€™ve lost weight (which Iâ€™m really thrilled about), so all of my pants are saggy. Shopping locally, I found jeans and khakis, but no dress trousers. Iâ€™ll need to special order them from Landâ€™s End.Â
Beyond that, nothing else is really going on. Golf season is over (itâ€™s freaking cold here!), so itâ€™s indoor stuff for a while. This winter, Iâ€™m going to try to be ambitious again. The local REI store has a rock wall, and Iâ€™ve been dying to climb for a long time now (I havenâ€™t climbed since college). I also want to hit the slopes this year and try downhill skiing, snowboarding, or both (pray for snow). And I hope to have some guitar stuff recorded soon.