Well once again a month has flown by without an update.  I clearly suck at making this a priority although my wife has suggested I try to do better, so I shall try.  I make no promises because as it turns out, starting a business takes a fair amount of your time :)  When you aren’t actively working, you tend to be passively working (basically thinking about all of the things you need to work on) and when you aren’t doing either of those it’s probably because you are unconscious.  I’m really enjoying being at “The Shop” now, I feel like it is really coming together and that we are building something good.  Sometimes we tend to get a little overly concerned with minute details, such as what shelves we should have (which has been a complete pain in the ass).  We are trying really hard to build the look and feel of the shop to match some idea we have of what it should look and feel like, but honestly if I was required to describe what we are aiming for in detail, I couldn’t do it.  It’s one of those things where when we see something that “fits” we know it, and we also know when it doesn’t.

We finally have taken a big step and introduced ourselves to one of our local “competitors”, and it feels great to have it out in the open.  The owner of the shop was very gracious, and it is sincerely our hope that we can be on good terms with the other local shops.  We honestly feel that the market is big enough for everyone here and our goals have nothing to do with the other shops in town.  We are trying to create something of our own, not destroy something that someone else is doing.

I’ve been really stressed out lately and sometimes it’s getting to be a little difficult to deal with.  I’m trying to manage without snapping, but I really miss my wife.  I need her to be here, I desperately want her to be a part of this, to have input and to see what we are building here.  This is as much a part of her life as it is mine, and I can’t wait for her to get to be out here with me.  I knew that this was going to be the hard part of the “adventure”, but it’s getting to be more difficult as time goes on.  It is hard for me to look at her picture, I can barely keep it together when we talk/skype because at the end we have to say goodbye.  I won’t get to see her in person for another 29 days and I don’t know how I’m going to manage that.  It’s harder than I thought it was going to be, and I thought it was going to be pretty damn hard.  I hope it’s not as hard on her as it is on me.

I’m starting to see the end of the path of things we know how to do and have control over and the beginning of the part that throws in a lot of unknowns.  That is a scary prospect.  What we are doing now, while it takes a fair amount of time (and a shit-ton of money) is relatively easy stuff.  The hard part, from a business perspective, hasn’t really started yet.  Once we are open for business, well I just have no idea what that is going to be like but it’s a bit scary.

I clearly need to find more time for myself to have a little fun.  When I get burnt out and overstressed I get a little bitchy.  I’ve seen that happen a couple of times and I try to take a step back and relax but it is difficult.  Scot and I went out for dinner on Friday evening and had a few beers, we spent an hour or two just shooting the shit and not talking/thinking about the business at all.  It was great and definitely helped me unwind.  I need to make sure I find time and a way to do that.  I need to interrupt the constant barrage of thoughts going through my head about all that needs to get done.  I also need to try to find time to make some friends.  Our neighbors across the street are great and we are going to try to hang out this week at some point, I met a couple today up in Portland and we spent an hour and a half chatting away, and I met Amy’s friend tonight.  It’s great getting to hang out with some other folks (not just Scot and Amy – no offense guys).

It appears that most people who meet Scot and I think that we might be gay/bi/more-than-friends.  I told him I could feel his desire.  Turns out it was a desire to hit me.  ;)

I am saddened by the lack of crap I got from the people I do know out here.  Last week I posted some stuff on Facebook talking smack about the crappy football teams they have on the west coast.  That very week, my Chicago Bears got beat.  By Seattle.  In Chicago.  NOBODY GAVE ME HELL FOR THAT!  I totally deserved it!  Also, the Bears lost again today.  At home.  Bastards.  Apparently my absence from the state of Indiana has caused the Colts to completely fall apart physically.  At the rate they are getting injured we’ll get to see Peyton Manning making sacks instead of taking them.  Ick.

I have a heating pad on my bed now.  Warm…

Shadow and Pepper are doing pretty well.  We haven’t had any more incidents between Pepper and Marissa, so that’s excellent.  We took all four dogs out to play disc golf the other day.  Marissa ate through one of the flexi-leashes in about 200 micro-seconds.  That is her third leash, and apparently she has also chomped through two harnesses.  You can only HOPE to contain her!  I kept Pepper on leash and we practiced her sit-stay and down-stay, she did really well for 1) not having been asked to do that much sitting and staying in a long time and 2) for not actually getting any treats as rewards.  Next time I’ll remember some yummies for her.

I’m trying to read another book by Terry Pratchett, this one is called The Light Fantastic.  It’s slow going because I usually read at the end of the day and by about 5 pages in I’ve fallen asleep.  I don’t *think* that’s a commentary on the writing so much as a comment on how exhausted I am by the end of the day.

I have a variety of *life* things that I should be taking care of, but I don’t want to take the time and I don’t want to spend the money to do them.  I need to go establish a new physician, eye doctor and dentist but yick.

Well, that’s my heavy duty update for now.  I’m going to make an attempt to do more frequent updates with a bit less content from now on.

Shrapnel

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