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Happy New Year January 1, 2018

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Happy New Year to Everyone!

I gamed with friends all weekend. First Rifts and then a handful of board/card/dice games.  Now, I am finishing the night watching football in front of the fireplace.

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I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2018.

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In Between and Almost Done December 29, 2016

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Hope everyone had a great Christmas weekend. I had a very nice visit with my brother, sis-in-law, nephew, and nieces this weekend. We even played Monopoly (Jr) without any big fusses. It was good to see them all and catch up with their lives and adventures. I spent the rest of the weekend watching my holiday movies: Die Hard 1 & 2 and Star Wars IV, V, & VI. Coming up: A quiet ringing in of the new year with small handful of friends.

On the reading front, finished books 6 and 7 of the Dresden files, and Captain’s Fury. Tried a short story collection, but only got a few stories in before getting annoyed at now knowing who any of the people were, and went back to Butcher for Princep’s Fury.

Work is quieter with the holidays. Not so many people out, hardly any requests for things. But it’s good to get everything caught up and ready for the new year, and long weekends are extra nice for this ex-retail worker.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year. See you in 2017.

Winter is Here January 7, 2016

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Consistently cold weather has settled in. Bits of snow floating around occasionally in the air. There was even ice in the parking lot yesterday. Welcome to winter.

I had a great time last week celebrating the New Year with all my friends. Games, and food, and good times were had by all. My volunteer groups both met as well, to get plans for the new year rolling. All in all, things are looking great for 2016.

Now that we’re out of holiday season, I’m hoping to hear back from my applications, and apply for whatever I can find. I’ve even started a spreadsheet to keep better track. I’m also going to back to volunteering at CML’s Local History and Genealogy department to get some more rolls of the Ohio State Journal Index scanned, and working my way through some webinars.

Halfway through my first book of 2016, as well (Elrics’ were both technically last year): The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Key. It’s weird and intriguing… and weird. 😉

Happy New Year! December 31, 2015

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It’s year in review and looking forward to the new time.

Gratitude:

  • I am grateful to my parents who helped me to attend Grad School and earn my MLIS this year.
  • I am grateful to my professors for providing excellent classes for me to attend.
  • I am grateful to my internship supervisors for the enriching experiences they provided me.
  • I am grateful to all the professors, librarians, friends, and family who gave me advice and guidance.
  • I am grateful to my family, blood and chosen, for their support of my new path in life.
  • I am grateful to my friends for all the love and support they have shown me this year.
  • I am grateful to my doctors for helping me stay as healthy as possible.
  • I am grateful to my communities for all the wonderful times we’ve had this year.
  • I am grateful to my landlord for fixing things when asked, and for keeping the rent relatively low.
  • I am grateful to the pets in my life, current and those that passed, for their unconditional love and snuggles.
  • I am grateful to myself, for the love and support I have given me.

Next Year:

  • I will begin my new career.
  • I will write more.
  • I will continue exploring new recipes.
  • I will keep learning.
  • I will keep reading(listening to) great authors – I told HPB I would read 24 books in 2016.
  • I will watch less TV.
  • I will develop my programing skills even more.
  • I will do, experience, and love more.
  • I will take better care of me.

Happy New Year, my readers, friends, and family. May it bring you joy and peace and love.

Merry Christmas!!! December 25, 2014

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Hope everyone is having a great Christmas. I had a really nice afternoon with my brother and his family. The kids were very excited about all their presents, especially the new Wii U, and Minecraft game guides. Pete showed me that Hearthstone is now on Android, and while it taxes my little tablet, I can now play it. I’m spending the evening with Dusty and Ralphie, watching Star Wars IV-VI, and eating no-bakes. MMMmmm tasty!

Had a great Festivus party with friends last weekend, and a nice Yule potluck, as well. Board/card/video games with friends next week for New Year’s Eve, and then Buckeye football the next night, for the Sugar Bowl. A very nice holiday season, work aside.

I did just log in and confirm A and A- in my two classes this semester. 100% on both my digital collections. The term paper is what pulled me down a few points.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! January 1, 2014

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All the awesome of 2013 in Review:

I learned about Drupal and Joomla!

Learned about and began practicing new forms of meditation.

Got to ride the new coaster at Cedar Point.

Had some nice family visits.

Did lots of pet sitting for Ralphie and Dusty.

Attended a lot of excellent Fleet parties.

Got to go camping, Twice.

A friend got me an Old tiny typewriter.

Went to COSI and saw the Mythbusters exhibit.

Went to an author event and got to meet: R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Erin Evans and get all their signatures.

Had grand adventures with friends.

I started Grad School.

I lead a successful group project.

I had my first library interview, and my second.

I aced my first semester.

I started researching my ancestry.

I got to see all the movies I wanted to see.

Caught up on Doctor Who, and even got to watch the Christmas Episode when it aired.

Rang in the New Year with great friends.

New Year January 3, 2013

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Happy New Year!

I hope every is having a good 2013 so far, and had a safe celebration of the turning of the year. I had a great time with friends who live nearby. We spent the day smoking pork, and watching Fringe, among other things. Then went to a party that was half New Year’s and half goodbye for the house owner who is moving to Chicago. Many well wishes to him and his fiance.

I have updated my resume (more polish to come, as always), and my job searches with an aim towards Web Content Management/Development/Editing type jobs. Rich is still busily applying to jobs and looking for new opportunities. On a more personal level, I’m hoping to spend more time writing and learning web design this year.

28 Steps and a New Pair of Shoes January 5, 2012

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So, the escalators have been down all week at work. There are 28 steps between the first floor and the second floor, I counted on about the tenth trip up. Down isn’t bad at all, but working the information desk all week has put me up those steps so many times. Though our General Manager has a point, our butts will be nice and toned by the time they’re fixed.

Unfortunately, to make matters worse, I also did a rush job of buying new shoes on Monday. And got shoes that squeeze my feet just below the toes. I have to take them back, but until then, I’m working with numb pinkie toes and some serious discomfort in my left foot. Lessons learned… even if I don’t like shoe shopping, I should take more time to do it.

Had a good New Year’s Eve partying with friends and then have a nice relaxed evening on New Year’s Day with some same and some other friends. 2012 is starting out well, with plans not only being made, but set into motion. As with every year, we are determined to make this one better than the last.

Struggling to eat properly. It’s winter and I want warm comfort food, not raw salads. Fresh veggies to cook are also harder to find in good quality. I need new and exciting recipes or something. Hours are going to start dropping at the store soon, so that might give me more time to make proper food choices.

Busy New Year January 6, 2011

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I don’t have many hours at the store this week, so I made a huge To Do list and have been checking things off and adding to it all week. I have done banking, budgeting, laundry, dishes, filter replacement, research, writing, reading, cleaning, grocery shopping, metrics and database upkeep. Found out my humidifier is broken – had not tried to turn it on in a few years, now it does nothing when I plug it in. I still have bills to pay and shopping to do, more research, more writing, more banking, and always more laundry.

But it is a New Year, and what does that mean for me? Last year was quite the ride, financially, medically, emotionally, and everything else. This year, I am working on an up-swing. I’m sure it will be another crazy rollercoaster, life always is. But I have goals in mind, and motivation to work toward them. People tease me about To Do lists, but it keeps me on top of things, and being productive. As always, I look to make this a better year than the last, and am grateful for everyone in my life who helps me keep moving forward.

Between Holidays December 30, 2010

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Christmas this past weekend, New Year’s this coming. I’m between holidays, and still in the midst of it all. I’m still wrapping presents for the nieces and nephews, still spending Christmas money from our parents, still surrounded by frantic shoppers at work. Still pondering what 2011 might bring.

I submitted a couple short stories earlier this week, to some new (to me) markets: Dream Child and The Demon Within to Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Apex Book Company, respectively. I still haven’t been writing much fantasy lately. It isn’t what’s on my mind these days, but I am trying to find homes for what I wrote before. In which vein, I also pulled a couple stories from markets that were unresponsive for over a year, even to polite queries.

My (admittedly weak) geek credentials were called into question this week, so I have started rereading The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has been a decade since I first read it, and I’ve only ever seen the newest movie besides. Such a large number of books in my To Be Read stack, but sometimes you just have to go back to the classics.

Speaking of classics, one of my favorite finds of the Christmas DVD shopping has been all the TMNT movies in one pack, on two DVDs. This amuses me greatly. I watched the first movie yesterday and will take great pleasure sharing the second and third with Rich who has not seen them.

Health is fairly good this week. I am indulging a little more than usual to feed my cravings before the New Year hits and I must get back on track again. Winter is a hard time to eat fresh and green, but I can and will do better, I like feeling healthy without medication.

I really need to learn to find good ripe avocados, but I fear this is not the time of year to start that lesson. I have discovered, thanks to a restaurant in Texas and a friend who brought the recipe back, that I enjoy guacamole if it is made their way. Cut two avocados into chunks, squeeze a whole orange and a whole lime over them, add a little salt and (maybe) a little onion powder, and mix together. Delicious. They apparently added onions and maybe peppers at the restaurant, but I don’t like those things, so, simpler the better.  Also not really the season for good oranges or limes, I don’t think. Ah well.

Look for an inspired by the turn of the year post this weekend, unless I just end up sleeping. I have to be at work at 7am Saturday, followed by Christmas with four kids under the age of 5, and then the usual Saturday night. Sunday I may not open my eyes.