Just a quick update about a few things that have been going on since Monday:
I took the CDL driving test today...and PASSED!! Hooray! Despite what you all might have thought, passing wasn't a foregone conclusion in my book. I realized there was a very distinct possibility that I'd totally mess up and fail the darn thing. This pessimistic attitude led me to practice and practice and practice until I had dreams (nightmares???) about backing up with the truck and trailer. It paid off, though, because I passed with no major hiccups. I did get a little nervous for my offset backing test - it's a lot harder than you might think, at least what I thought until I tried it. It's been the arrow in my Achilles heel, so I was kind of nervous and therefore made a couple mistakes. However, they were minor mistakes and only caused a few deductions from my score. Everything else went without a hitch. Figuratively speaking, of course, since without the hitch, it would have been pretty difficult to pull the trailer.
Admit it, you smiled a little while you rolled your eyes, didn't ya!?
Next Big Adventure
I'm going on another cruise this summer! My cousin Cassie, her mom, and I are going on a Canada-New England cruise at the end of August. The ship leaves port in Boston and we dock in a couple Canadian cities and Bar Harbor, Maine. Cassie and I (and at one time Alyson) have talked about taking a trip together since last early Spring. Then, when Adam and I were kind of getting more serious, AND I was thinking of moving somewhere, we kind of thought the trip wouldn't happen. Well...both of those concerns didn't pan out, so we revived the trip idea. I know Casssie has worried a bit that I'd cancel because of wedding plans with Anthony, but I'm really not anywhere close to getting engaged - honest. I did warn her that I might have to beg off due to buying a condo, but I resolved those worries, so we recently booked the cruise and flights! My other two cruises were on Carnival ships, this one is Norwegian, so I'm interested to see what the differences will be. I'm really excited to go!! Cruises agree with me; I like meeting new people, I like having my lodging and dining decisions made for me, I like going to bed at night and waking up in a new place without me having to do anything. Okay, I admit it, I'm a lazy traveller.
Home Sweet Home?
Things are progressing with my condo purchase. I met with the lender and filled out the loan application. He said I have great financials (credit score, etc.) and can't see why the loan shouldn't go through. Of course, it still may not, and I have enough of a healthy pessimistic streak (to offset my rampant optimism) to not let myself get too excited until it definitely goes through. Other aspects of the deal are falling quickly into place; the appraisal was completed yesterday, the seller gave me the documents he was required to give (CC&R, disclosures, etc.), and the inspection takes place tomorrow. There should be no problem (knock on wood) closing on the condo by the end of the month, if not a bit sooner. Last night, as I looked at my incredibly small sink containing a few dishes, I sighed and thought of the day when those 2 bowls, 3 plates, and smattering of utensils will be tucked nicely away from sight in the dishwasher. Aaaahhhh.