Unfinished Business

December 10, 2004

I guess I missed tomorrow.

I ended the last entry with "more tomorrow" but then never showed up for the more.

Did I miss something, did you?

I think on the morrow I spent a good deal of the day running down to the university where middle child attends. I was supposed to be painting the bathroom but I just didn't have it in me.

The sun was shining and middle child has been having car issues. I'm going to be out of town for the next two weekends and I decided to drive one of the two sitting in the garage down to her.

Before starting off on the road with her car I wanted to check the transmission fluid so I raised the hood with the engine running. I think it's a bad thing when you see sparks jumping off of the spark plug wires.

Isn't the spark supposed to go to the plug?

Ohhhhhhh so that's why the engine was running so rough.

At least that part of the problem was a quick fix. Now if I can only get that transmission to cooperate.

At any rate, I got a nice call from her this afternoon thanking me profusely for her new wheels. Hopefully I'll have the beast she drives back in working order by the time she and the boy are home for the holiday.

Speaking of home for the holiday, I'm home alone and I don't like it. I'm not happy with the current state of affairs, overload with work projects, trying to finish up "handyman" projects around the house, and oh yeah, trying to keep the place clean enough to show, if anyone ever was interested.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Mrs likes her job, but I'm not liking the endless projects that tend to morph from project a to projects c,d,e and f.

You know the drill, the faucet needs fixing, but then the water won't shut off so the bathroom vanity gets worked on only to find out that the floor underneath is rotten.

There is a lot of stress going on here at the moment, financial stress, year end, tuition bills, house not sold, house repairs not finished, spouse's car not sold.

Unfinished business, all of it.

Somehow in the middle of this a completely hair-brained idea floated to the surface and it has something to do with turbo-charging the engine of the freight train that is running through the living room of my life.

I'm studying for the LSAT, and for those of you who don't know, it's the test you have to take before you can apply for law school.

I shake my head at the thought of it, 3 of us in school at the same time. And I've not won any lotteries.

But the thought is that the law school, over on the far left of the image here, would be very cheap in New Mexico, especially since I'd be granted residence status by the time the fall quarter comes around.

We'll see.

The clients that I've discussed the idea with think it's perfect for me. Funny though, none of them have offered to adopt or put me through school.

Anyway, I guess that means that I'll pack the study book with me as I board the 6:00 flight tomorrow on Spirit Air and head straight south till the air gets warm and the palms grace the horizon.

You see, I've got some unfinished business with a client in Ft. Myers, and I've also heard, that this weekend, the hogs, yes the hogs, may end up running all the way to Key West.

Even if they don't get that far, at least it will be a whole lot warmer in Florida than the 10 degrees (with a 30mph wind) that I endured last week to grab the panorama of Albuquerque from the 10,500 ft. Sandia Crest.