I took one of our dogs to the vet today so they could draw blood to do heartworm and thyroid check-ups - it's that time of year, time to start the monthly heartworm pills. Hard to believe there's some kind of weather system coming in tonight. Today is an absolutely perfectly impossibly beautiful day here in Denver - at noon it was only mid-70s°F, everything's blooming and sprouting, super clear views (I could make out details on Pike's Peak, no haze or anything to obscure the view in all directions), and not a cloud in the sky literally from horizon to horizon 360° around. it's 1:45 now, though, and the wind has kicked up - the downhill slide until Wednesday.
Daylight Savings Time started two weeks ago. That night, I flew to Minneapolis for the first time. I spent the week there on business, flew home Friday afternoon. Back the next Monday night, home last Friday afternoon. That's it for a while. Minneapolis has a very cool downtown. It's also the farthest north I've ever been - previously, the farthest north I'd been was Bar Harbor, Maine. Even though I was so far north, it didn't feel weird or anything. ;-)
In October we had some dead aspen trees removed from a corner of the backyard. That's what aspens do at this elevation - everybody wants them, but they don't necessarily thrive like they do up in the mountains. And they have relatively shorter lives than many other trees down at this altitude. So they start to turn blackish and produce fewer leaves each year. I miss them this spring, now that everything else is sprouting new leaves and flowers every day.
In February, someone rear-ended our station wagon while my wife was driving it. She's fine, but the car didn't make it. I mean, the car was drivable, but the SUV-driving jackass smacked it hard and bent things that should never bend. Finally, Volvo and Allstate agreed on the cost of repairs and we all agreed it wasn't what we wanted to do. So we took a big fat check instead (nice) and I get to keep driving my company Ford Freestar (whoop-dee-do, but it's 100% free everything so I can't complain). Still, I really miss that car - not a damn thing wrong with it until that dumbass in too big of a hurry screwed it up. I was angry for a day, then got over it.
We've started selling things on eBay. I sold my first item on eBay ever last month - my first-generation Bose Quiet Comfort acoustic noise-cancelling headphones - and we've sold various other things since then. Good way to get rid of excess stuff, and so much nicer than a garage sale. Setting up a free eBay account as a buyer was simple way back in 1999. Going through the steps to make that into a seller account was harder than it should have been. Same thing with PayPal - it's a snap to set up an account in order to buy things or send someone money. Harder than it needs to be to set yourself up to receive payments. And considering eBay owns PayPal now, you'd think it'd be easier to hook those two systems together. Don't get me wrong - it's all set up now and it works very slick and easy - getting to this point was a royal time-consuming pain in the ass, however. But now we're set and rolling.
Spring never fails to bring new changes, does it? So much going on!