[Weekly - F/Sa] Week In Review

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Is it bad that I get to these posts a day late then find myself asking, "Now what exactly happened this last week?" o_O

Work continues to be busy enough to fill the time without being hectic. Morale is low for several reasons, the latest being news that our team will be instructed to audit inventory at our sites once every year. I agree with the need for accurate inventory, but it's a struggle to just keep up with what's on our plates now. It feels like there's never enough people and time to get the job done well.

Last weekend, we spent 8-9 hours traveling round trip in a single day to attend a funeral for my wife's grandmother. We usually take Saturdays to catch up on chores around the house because weekdays are crammed so full. We took time out on Friday and Saturday to visit members of my wife's family that we rarely get to see, which was great but also left us further behind on household chores. We're managing, but next weekend's plans look just as busy and I'm trying not to despair when I think about the state of our house. It's rough having two adults that work outside the home and two young children who like to spread across the house like a Zerg player in a StarCraft II match. Nevertheless, by the grace of God, we're hanging in there.

Kids are still healthy. Praise God! Given that they're little Petri dishes on legs, that is indeed something to be thankful for. :D

And, as usual, I wish I had more free time to spend on CGA (though I did take an hour this week to work on editing articles and delegate work on that front as well!) and gaming, but I was able to pop in for a bit of TF2sday and play a few rounds of Smash with my daughters this week.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Survived the week.

Got in both workouts (Monday and Thursday). /flex

Family is healthy.

Work is still disappointing but pays the bills.

Got the kids outside for a while this weekend while @Ember was at continuing education! Much fun was had.
 

Krissa Lox

Member
Things are going well. My website is gaining more traction, which is always validating to see. I still have a few thousand more articles to upload for it, but that's a process that can be done over time.

I thought about setting up a Patreon page before their service terms change on the 7th, but decided against it. Although much of my work is charitable in nature, my ultimate goal is to grow it into something profitable enough to be able to offer apprenticeship programs to help disadvantaged people increase their work options, to have some tangible-yet-sustainable help to offer besides just words, so it's probably best to stay clearly a for-profit endeavor from the start, even if that makes things slower to ramp up for a while.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Return of the Thread!

Summer is in full swing and my daughters are trying out some new things: gymnastics for the little, martial arts for the big. Schedules are going to be...a challenge when school starts back up, but I'll be brainstorming a way to do my part to take kids to places and still not give up either of my 2 weekly workouts.

Work has been less than great. Too much work, not enough people and not enough time--it's the same old story. I checked job search sites last night, but I didn't find any good matches.

Our refrigerator had been having issues for weeks and some DIY fixes didn't really fix the issue, so @Ember and I decided to buy a new fridge after researching various models until our eyes glazed over. Unfortunately, we received a call from the appliance store yesterday that the ETA for the new fridge slipped from this coming week to late July. Ugh. Fortunately, the same store gave us a loaner fridge recently, so I'm trying to come up with a way to move the loaner fridge that's currently in the garage (which is where the store recommended we place the loaner since the feet aren't always in the best shape) into the house then move the faulty fridge to the garage. I'm just so very ready to be done with this saga. T_T

But hey, I'm alive, the family is healthy, I have a job that helps pay the bills, and, most importantly and as always, God is good. :)
 

Krissa Lox

Member
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I have just moved back to the Midwest, which I am going through some very conflicting feelings about.

It was definitely a God-led and God-provided thing, so I am at peace that it was the right and necessary thing to do. And there are some good business and ministry opportunities here to pursue so maybe there are some places I can be more helpful or needed than where I was at, but it was not at all something I wanted to do on a personal level.

Nearly twenty years ago I left this part of the country in anger and frustration, intending to never return as I didn't find it to be a pleasant environment to be a "special needs" female in the tech industry. Twenty years is a long time, of course, and a lot may have changed, and even if not, there are enough options in virtual connectivity that I no longer have to be dependent on what any given local community has to offer in economic or social prospects that will treat me with respect and dignity.

So, as they say, past performance is no guaranteed indicator of future results, but it is still emotionally challenging to return to a place of predominantly bad memories without some compellingly optimistic reason for why. I'm sure as I move forward, more reasoning will become evident, and I've followed God long enough to know that where He leads always has a purpose whether or not I can see it from my point of view at the time, so I am confident enough in Him to be optimistic about the future, but I'll probably struggle for a while with not being so thrilled about the present.
 
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