Thanks everyone for the feedback
@gankylosaurus - I drip charged the battery overnight and tested it out yesterday, I drove to the bank fine, but the battery light is on. I'm going to check it out again tonight with my DMM to see if the alternator is actually charging the battery or not, at least I read you can just check the voltage on the battery while the car is running to see whether or not it's working. I also need to just check the connection sand make sure they are solid. Great suggestion on the shop buying the current one, I can ask about that.
@dandielionous - She does well posing, or maybe it's that she's just trying to get a treat.
@Mhyrion - I do want to meet more dog owners, unfortunately the ones near me while I take her for a walk are mostly retired. We aren't exactly in a city, more of a rural neighborhood that's quite aged so most people are at work. I should find some dog parks to bring her to though! Thanks for the suggestion
Day 15 - I'm in a very good mood today. I feel I have lots of energy, I'm focused, and ready to take on the day. It could be because I had extra strong coffee today, but I'll attribute it more to the exercise and less and less desire to game.
I've been working on my own business project, doing some great work on it and feeling confident and excited about it's launch. What I do primarily is software development, so it takes a while to build what I want and it's a bit more involved than things such as HTML, CSS, and other languages. I enjoy it a lot as a mental challenge. Yesterday I won some more business after I shot a quick message to a potential lead, I spoke to the owner of a business looking for a website over the phone and sent him my estimate with options. I haven't done that in a while, it feels great to possibly drum up a new customer. He hasn't gotten back to me since I sent him the quote yesterday, but since it's New Years, I'll wait until Monday to follow up with it. Although I'm "always on the clock", I like to wait until Monday-Friday to do a lot of my business since that's more of my operating hours. It helps set expectations for people when you have operating hours. The only calls I want on weekends are emergencies... and those I don't want either
My wife is out on a long walk today with Ula and her Sister-in-Law and her dog. I told her if Ula was troublesome (didn't get along with the dog) to give me a call and I'll come pick her up so she doesn't have to worry about it, but since I haven't gotten a call yet it must mean they are doing well. She gets agitated with other dogs, and also I've noticed that she doesn't like her back legs or tail touched. Since she's a rescue, we don't really know her history which means she could of had some traumatizing experience. I've been doing a lot of reading on dog training, of course, and learned that in order to prevent any possible "situation" (read: biting), you need to train your dog to have positive feelings with those types of touching. So, I've been acting like a child and trying to annoy my dog by touching her tail, pulling lightly, touching her back legs, pulling her fur, pulling her ears, and giving her treats after doing each of those things. It's kind of an interesting concept, but one that makes sense.
Anyways, today is New Years Eve. We won't be doing anything too crazy, there is that new Star Wars movie out that I've been wanting to go see. My wife and I rewatched Episode VII yesterday (we have a bit more to watch) and then we are going to go see the new one. After that, we are going to go socialize with her family for the New Year. I'm looking forward to it.
Tomorrow we have plans to go brew a batch of beer with her brother and his wife, something we taught them how to do. I used to be pretty heavy into beer brewing, but haven't been lately. It's fun though, the whole process is so biological, a lot more than people realize.
I plan on working out again today too, something I have done for the past 4 days which is hard for me to believe. I feel it's becoming more of a habit, something I look forward to each day. I don't really remember having this feeling before, I used to groan and moan when it was time to exercise.
Well, I think I should wrap up this journal entry. I'm feeling great today, the sun is shining, it's 15F outside (just how I like it, below freezing), and I feel on top of my own little world.
My quote for today is from Randy Pausch, which if you don't know who he is, read a little bit about him on the link in his name. He has many great quotes, but the one I'm attracted to today is, "I think the only advice I can give you on how to live your life well is, first off, remember... it's not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it is the things we do not."