Things have been (kind of) busy since last post. I now have a job that, although it's a contract position now, promises to hire me as staff after the first of the year, so I can finally get insurance benefits at a reasonable price!
I had two interviews with different companies earlier this year, and in both instances it came down to me and one other person. I ended up coming in second in both, but on the second interview, the lady that talked to me emailed me and asked if I would be willing to work contract until they could hire me. They definitely had the work, and didn't want to lose me. It's a little higher pressure than most jobs I've been on, but I'm doing OK handling it.
I also had to have surgery on my left eye for a cataract. I was trying to put it off till I had benefits, but it got bad enough that I couldn't see anything through that eye. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I had been up a lot the night before from nervousness, so when they gave me something to relax me, I closed my eyes and zonked completely! The doctor said I was snoring through the whole procedure. I've been very near-sighted my whole life, but the new lens corrects that. I still have to use reading glasses, but everything turned out wonderfully, considering.