Saturday, March 24, 2007

Oh my, it really has been a while since I've posted anything here. Oops. Well, a lot has happened since then. A week after my last post, I found out that I will be losing my job at a "Fords" (as many of their employees inexplicably call it, which drives me nuts) corporate fitness center due to cutbacks. My last day there will be a week from yesterday. Luckily, I was a contractor, and I'm being put into Reduction in Force status at my direct employer, the University of Michigan, which should give me preference in the hiring process while I look for another job within the U. I'll likely have to settle for a lower-paying, non-fitness-related position (as there are no fitness positions available at the moment), but the benefits literally cannot be beat, at least not in this state, so I'm going to try to stay with the university.

I've had some interviews already, and have another scheduled this week, so hopefully something will pan out soon. I really don't want to deal with the hassle of collecting unemployment for very long. I'm also going to be picking up some temporary part-time hours at another U of M fitness center, so that will give me some additional income, and something to do for 15 hours per week. I'll also still be able to do the personal training I've been doing for the last year and a half.

In other news, I started a half-marathon training program a few weeks ago, to prepare for the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run in June, the day after my birthday. Unfortunately, my left foot is now hurting, showing the same symptoms that I had in the right one a few weeks back, so I took this week off from training, and may take next week off as well, to see if it improves. I hope it does, I've really been getting excited about doing the half, and consider it a stepping stone to doing the Detroit Free Press Marathon in October.

Otherwise, nothing much new. Finally saw An Inconvenient Truth today, which I highly recommend if you haven't already seen it. It's a very powerful film, and does a great job of debunking a lot of the misconceptions about the "controversy" surrounding global warming. Definitely a must-see film!