Oh my gosh, it feels like I haven’t written in forever! I had no intention of being away from writing for so long, but you know how it goes. Life comes along, swoops you up, takes you for a bit of a ride through a portal of timelessness, and the next thing you know, you look up, and a week, or more, has passed. Its been quite a ride.
The Uber driving is going well. I am still figuring out the right times, days, and places to be driving, but I covered the car payment this last week, plus a little, without it taking a ton of driving. There is a AC/DC concert tonight at the Tacoma Dome, so I’ll be out tonight. So far, I have had nothing but the nicest passengers, and I am truly enjoying myself.
The one difficulty I have had while driving is the navigation programs getting wonky. This wouldn’t be such a huge deal if it had been just me in the car, trying to find where I am picking up my next passenger, but, unfortunately, that is not how it turned out. I have learned to confirm what the navigation is telling me with the customer. The customers this has happened with have been great about it. Only one was a bit frustrated by it and gave me less than a 5 star review due to navigational difficulties. That’s ok. I’m still carrying a 4.88 rating. My friend that has been doing this for the past year and a half says navigation is the only thing that has ever brought his rating down at all, and he is carrying about the same rating as I am after having driven over 1000 clients.
Now, about smoking. I am still smoking. No, I have not smoked in the car at all, and I won’t, but I haven’t been able to put them down all together. When I have a lull between clients, I don’t really want to drive all over the place since the insurance charges me .094 cents a mile when I’m in the car by myself, so I find a good location to wait for my next engagement. I usually will get out of the car with the intent of having a smoke. Almost always, I get about 3 or 4 puffs into a cigarette before I get a notification of a pick-up, and then it’s usually a bit before I stop, again. I’m smoking considerably less and this is transferring over to when I’m at home.
I still want to quit smoking. I guess I’m just not making it a complete focus for me, right now. I’m also trying not to place judgement on it, either. I’m going through a lot adding a new thing to my schedule and it takes me a minute to shift gears. I’ve already had the emotional meltdown that tends to go along with shifting gears for me, so I should be settling in to my new schedule of responsibilities pretty soon, and I’ll start to feel a bit more in my comfort zone, then. If I haven’t completely put down the cigarettes by then, I will make it a main focus, again. I know I can do this, despite having failed at quitting smoking so many times before.
The Jeep and the truck both still have not sold, which is frustrating. I really need to get this vehicles gone so we can replace them with something that makes more sense, use-wise and money-wise. The Jeep is a gas hog and needs some TLC. The truck has limited spacing and… well, it just isn’t the right vehicle for us at this time. I really want to pick up another minivan. They have worked so well for us in the past, for whatever it was we needed/wanted to get done/do at the time. I’ll get it figured out.
Well, I had better go hop in the shower. I have my re-evaluation at the chiropractor today. This should be where he releases me from treatment. My fingers are super crossed. I’m feeling really great so I see no reason why he wouldn’t let me go. I’ll miss the weekly massages, but I’m definitely looking forward to having this one less thing on my schedule. This one appointment every week always seems like it takes up too much of the day, especially when I have things scheduled to get done that day. Anyway, this should turn out to be a really great day. I hope all of you have a great day, as well!!