Quite a bit has happened over the past couple of months.

I finally scheduled an insurance inspection for the hail damage from April. In the days before the inspection my car started stalling and got quickly worse so that it had to be started every few seconds to pull it in the inspector's bay, and then it had to be pushed out. The damage assessment was way more than I imagined and totaled the car! Given it's sudden lack of reliability I took the money, let them keep the car and bought a new--well, pre-owned--car. I got a silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata, 36k miles, sunroof, v6, power windows and locks, alloy wheels, etc. I used the money from my old car to pay off my credit cards, so now I have no cc debt but have the car loan at a lower rate.

I moved up a rung on the job ladder. I was working for a contract company for a services company for a client, and now I'm full time with benefits with the services company, so even if the client job were to fall through I should have work available with the services company. The client company has a new senior executive that is cutting costs and restructuring everything, and I lost some peers and some others I had worked with daily. But I'm still there and think my position is safe now.

I have new nephew, born last week, bringing the count to two nephews and a niece. I see them once or twice a week.