There's a really long year-in-review thing that I've got about 1/3 finished on the laptop. But I'm at work now, so I'll just hit some highlights. The short version is that, as with last year and the year before, the purpose of the forward passage of time remains "to get us as far away from 2005 as possible." Life improves more the further I get from that year and from the first half of 2006. Which I guess means that as my time in Blacksburg gets smaller in the rearview mirror, I start enjoying the trip more. Onward.
People. . . met a handful of folk from OKC in person, which since I'm a guy I'm going to count as a win even if nothing comes of it. I (re?)connected with darkfyre_muse
. Plus, you know, that whole engagement
thing. No new "friends," no new "close friends," but after New Year's a slightly better idea of what I'm looking for. (Though, still, no clear idea of how to find it.) I keep hoping I'll meet someone who just clicks, you know?
Between savings and student loan paydowns, my net worth is now positive (if barely) for the first time. That alone is worth a "win" in the finances category. Combine it with "my emergency fund is nearly where I want it to be" and I'm quite pleased with how the money's gone. The job's well worth keeping for now. Starting to wonder whether this is what I want to do for the next thirty-plus years.
Travel: San Diego, Chincoteague, Seattle/Bellingham, Columbus OH, the Outer Banks x2, and several shorter, more local excursions. More camping, and more varied destinations, for next year. A March trip to Vancouver is already in the planning stages, which is a good omen.
Last year I wrote I learned a lot about myself and why I do some of the things I don't even think about. So that's success. This year I can focus more on actually changing some of those. (Done a bit of that already, I think.)
Still accurate this year. I can see places where I've made improvement, where I'm happier with how I handle things. Nature of the beast that I can see a lot more places where I know exactly how I'm broken and want to fix it NOOOOW.
To be done: more writing (on and off LJ), more people, more travel, and possibly more role-playing.You thought nobody cared but we did, we could tell
And This is your year
And It always starts here
And, oh, You're aging well