The past two weeks have been up and down for me. I’ve been stressed out for a number of reasons, none of which were any huge things, just lots of medium sized stuff that made things tough.
Taxes – We are still waiting to get our taxes done. Waiting for that K1 from the In-Law Parents. Obviliously an extension has been filed on our behalf, but for someone who likes to have everything done when it’s supposed to be done (read: Rule Boy). It’s very stressful to be at the mercy of someone else to get my stuff done. So, that’s passed.
Financial advisers – My Lovely and Talented Wife’s networking group has a financial planner who we started working with and seeing what could be done. We have family support and it really makes sense to have someone help guide you for the future. It’s even better when they are objective (i.e. not a family member or close friend) because if you don’t agree with the advice, there’s no hard feelings. Life is pretty strange. We have to get all kinds of certificates to prove that we are educated, able to drive a car, fly a plane, perform CPR. However, there is no required education to 1) Be a Parent or 2) Manage your Money. That’s so illogical, I want to throw up. At least with the Financial Advisers, getting the papers together wasn’t all that bad because I was already getting them for the taxes. I think I would enjoy being a financial adviser, because I like the Helping People part… but 1) I’d be so paranoid about giving the wrong advice and 2) I like to dress nice, but I don’t want to wear a suit everyday.
Trading – I’ve tried to update my New Trading blog, but that has been slow. Part of the reason is that I totally got hammered with April options. I basically lost 60% of my portfolio. Yeah, that’s Sixty… the big reason is that I didn’t have a plan for getting out of the trades if they went against me. I was Gunslinging. I should have only lost 12% but I wasn’t trading according to my plan and basically froze. So, I am in rebuilding mode…
Gardening – Gardening is not one of my Aspergian Special Interests, but it’s something that I enjoy. I am in the process of making a small garden in my Side Yard. I’ll get pictures. I did start some starter seeds of Pumpkin, Squash, Zinnias, Sunflowers. I’ve lost almost all of them because I wasn’t ready… So, I rescued what I could and started some new seeds. We’ll see if my thumb is green, I might have to get the green sharpie out.
Running – I had really hoped to have placed at the Ribbon Run. I thought for sure that I would have gotten a low 23 time. But it wasn’t the case. Actually, if you breakdown my Trideltathon time, it’s a 23:27 5k equivalent time. So, after running 3.1 miles the day before, swimming 400 meters, riding 6 miles, THEN I run the pace I wanted to… go figure. The plan now will be an attempt at a 5k PR time at the Run for the Deaf on May 3rd, if I don’t get the 5k time, then I will work towards a 10k PR time at the Expo 10k at the end of May.
Doctors – In the past 10 days, I’ve seen my Brain Doc and my Body Doc. My Body Doc is doing my 6 month cholesterol check up (I’m borderline high in the low 200s) and he made a comment about my weight. Yeah, I know… you’re so skinny… or something to that affect. Well, in November last year I was around 162. I’m now around 175ish. I know I posted a blog in relatively recent past about my weight. I’ll be interested to see what he says about my Cholesterol, but for now, I need to start thinking about managing my weight.
My brain doctor and I agreed that I should increase my anxiety med a little, mainly because with everything that has been going on, plus the summer will be less predictable. It’s my plan that when The Elder gets back to school, I can go back to the lower dose… maybe even sooner.
Charity – I am in the process of creating a new charity. I’ve bought the domain and am working with my Web Genius to get the website up and running. I’ll see with the Financial Advisers about getting it classified as a legit 501(c)3 organization so that you can write off donations as tax deductions. I’ve wanted to create something like this for a while now and now all the pieces fell into place.
Palm – My Palm T|X touchscreen has been going crazy. Out of the few “coverall” insurance add on scams plan that I have purchased. This one might come in handy.