March 18th: Let the airplane hunt begin! A few things that have happened over the past few weeks are making me reexamine some of my priorities, and it's becoming more and more clear that it's time to make a few changes. One of those changes may involve buying a second airplane...we'll see how things go! (Update...airplane number 2 will not be this specific one, but I may have something else in the works...we'll see.)
March 19th: Off to Great Falls! Mark's parents, their dog Rudy, and Uncle Robert are visiting for a few days. I was supposed to spend the morning flying with several students, but the fog hung around a little too long and I had to reschedule both flights. The good thing is that for a change, instead of working I could actually go with them! We took the camper, made some sandwiches when we got there, then went for a short hike. We stopped at a winery on the way home for a quick wine tasting, then went out to dinner. It was nice to spend time doing something other than worrying about my work schedule for a change.
In other news, I gave the flight school my two weeks' notice today. After talking to the Chief CFI at my location, it's turned into more of a two weeks' notice for normal scheduling, then I'll stay on just to fly with my one student who is getting pretty close to his checkride, then be completely finished after that. I love teaching, but it was getting very hard to give the flight school the time it needed without jeopardizing my full time job, and since they couldn't be flexible about my work schedule not allowing me to make some of the meetings, here we are. I'll miss teaching, but I'm honestly looking forward to the extra free time and have some exciting things planned for the upcoming months. I've been bending my entire personal life around this job for quite some time now. It'll be so refreshing to NOT feel guilty about taking time off to do things that I want to do that don't involve work, or to actually be able to spend time with my friends and family for a change.