Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Happy 2009 (I think...)

So, the last several days have been heart-wrenching; the last several weeks have been discouraging; and the last several months have been pain filled. As usual, no resolutions, and I will weigh in on last year's best / worst list, and rate my successes and failures at the indulgence list; plus I will plan Indulgences for 2009.
"Lousy Things About 2007:
1. Same job :( Still.
2. And I worked Halloween, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Again, except for Halloween, when I was still on Medical leave.
3. I did not see several of my friends, even the ones who live near by. I'm sensing a negative theme here...
4. I missed Talk Like A Pirate Day AND Global Orgasm day. Barely remembered Pirate day, for like the last ten minutes.
5. I still am not blogging on a regular basis. Like I need to tell you all about this one.
6. There is something wrong with my digital camera. Sometimes, it signals that it is in focus, but the finished picture is blurry. Also, it's very temperamental in interior light situations - more so than before. (It's never really liked candle light or house lamps, but it now hates conference rooms now, too.)My camera is all better! I have a new "pocket" camera, as well.
Great Things About 2007:
1. New place
Really, this one has a subset of great things- terrific roommates (both of the guys cook and clean, as well as being great people to hang out with. How lucky am I?), three cats, home office, bedroom that I love... I moved again, this time back in with my mom due to the medical issues. I do have another totally kick ass room, and a new kitten.
2. I won at NaNo, and have a book I still want to finish writing as a result. Still haven't finished that, didn't make my goal at NaNo this year.
3. Will Write for Wine! Still great forums, but mostly they aren't podcasting anymore.
4. Cherry Con
Again, a subset of things to love- wonderful people, amazing giveaways, nice hotel, great roommate.
5. I learned how to crochet. (Pictures of December's accomplishments forthcoming...)"
Still crocheting, and I think I'm getting pretty good at it.
Indulgences for 2008, as well. Indulgence #1: Crochet a queen size afghan for my bedroom. I have some yarn, an afghan I love that my mom promised to teach me how to duplicate the stitch on, and a newly discovered appreciation for crochet. Also, keep playing with different kinds of yarn and stitches. No afghan for me, but my gorgeous quilt is finally done and on my bed! Many star afghans for friends who've had babies, and much playing has been done.
Indulgence #2: Trip to California. RWA Conference, Vixen, the Drawing Club, maybe lunch with the amazing Doug, possibly some tourist activity... Cancelled due to vehicle issues and the need to get my camera repaired. Maybe this year...
Indulgence #3: Paint. I know, this is one from last year, but still very important to me. Are we counting the bodrooms? 'Cause once again, nothing on canvas.
Indulgence #4: Believe in my ability as a storyteller. Finish the first book, and start another - NaNo again, when the time comes. Well, I started, and I have a kick ass idea, but I'm just now starting to be able to sit at a desk and write for any length of time again.
Indulgence #5: Wine. Loving the Will Write for Wine podcasts, and trying new wines semi-regularly." A little. None since I had to ove back home (we live in the church parsonage, and "Baptists do NOT drink" Not that I have reconverted, just trying to go along to get along)

So, not all good or all bad.
Worst of 2008:
1. Laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and D&C simultaneously. While all three procedures went well, and I am thrilled to be non-cancerous, there have been problems since I overdid about two weeks after the surgery that seem to be unresolvable. More doctors = more medical bills to pay.
2. Patches the cat died, and I had to leave Woody and Marty behind when I moved in with my Mom.
3. My truck has been slowly decomposing, and I'm having trouble holding it together long enough to have mechanical relatives patch it back up.
4. My Wolverine MVP fried its power source, and had to be sent in for repairs. About three weeks after I got it back, the new kitten knocked it off the desk, and now none of the data input ports work. I do have a techie friend looking into the problem.
5. Both my oldest nephew and niece are depressed and having a hard time of things. For a bit, things were starting to look up, because they moved in with us and we were getting them counseling and a stable life. Then, my self-centered jackass of an ex-sister-in-law threw a hissy fit and nsisted that the kids had to either move back in with her or with their dad. They chose their dad (um, duh?) which means changing schools mid semester and living about an hour and a half away from us, as well as having to find new therapists and all that.
Best of 2008:
1. Tina Turner in Chicago. I got to see her on the second night of her comeback tour, and she's been my hero for a long time. I cannot even count how many times I teared up, and the show rocked the house.
2. My finished quilt.
The Top Side
The Back Side
3. My new bedroom.

4. Cleopatra Slunk Butt, the crazy sweet kitten with vile gas.
5. Started gardening, and had an incredible square foot garden.
My first garden alone! I learned a lot (like, never let your lemon basil flower, it goes mad and will never stop)

Indulgences of 2009:
1. Smart phone. On Saturday the third I bought the LG Incite, and I am in love!
2. North American Discworld Con. I'm taking my nephew, who is also a huge Pratchett fan.
3. RWA Nationals in Washington DC? This is conditional on finishing the first draft of either book in progress, and may take second consideration to Discworld Con.
4. Actual vacation, hopefully seeing four friends in the south and possibily one in Michigan.
5. You know, I think I'm upgrading putting paint on an actual canvas to a necessity this year. I am being haunted by paintings, and really need to do something about it!


Doug said...

Awesome quilt, and I love the bedroom.

Yeah, it's sad leaving pets behind. Did you find them good homes?

My place is back up and running, in case you missed me last week.

Renee Somebody said...

The cats stayed at the old place, with the roommates. They used to belong to our friend who died, and Billy's had them ever since. I just got to share in them for a while. I love the bedroom too, even more than the last one, I think.
And I have missed you, which is partially my fault as well; but it is good to see you back up again :)