May the holidays be a good place for us all.
Goodbye and Good Riddance 2018: The Real Bad Place Was The Friends We Made Along The Way
Every year we watch the Charlie Brown special, do the Snoopy dance, wish everybody a Merry Thanksgivukkahmas, and thank our Secret Santas in the good riddance thread. Which is this one, in case you were wondering.
Go away, 2018. You have a lot to turn around, 2019. Be a Good Place.
Um, where to start?
Um, where to start?
With a word--the rest will follow.
waves back at John Sweden - welcome back!
::Waves at John Sweden:: Hi!
I'm gonna do this in bits and pieces. Pix and I started 2018 by moving into our new house. I still can't believe we actually got this place, and that we live here.
Bits and pieces sounds like a good plan. I gained a daughter this year! It is a joy to see my son in love and married. When my mind drifts to the awful I think of the wonder of love.
I changed jobs and went back to school and am tired.
On one hand, my main goal for the year was to get a new job and move back to MI or to western NY state. Total failure. I had two video/phone interviews and neither worked out. On the other hand, I had a surprise almost-free trip to Finland this fall and got to see Hamilton. And I haven't lost my current job (which is nice, just in the wrong location) or had a major health issue (knock on wood)â€”either myself or my immediate family. So on the balance, I'm doing pretty well.
My mom died this year, which was tough and sad, but also a blessing that she was able to live on her own until the very end, which she really wanted to do. I miss her every single day. I dived further into teaching in the Fall and had a two month sub assignment at a deeply troubled Middle School which pretty much kicked my ass. I am back to general subbing and enjoying it. I have been officially accepted into the Teachers for Tomorrow program and will be doing a full-time teaching job, which working with a mentor and doing coursework. The upside is that I get full pay and benefits while I finish the final coursework for my certification. Very exciting and terrifying. I'm hoping for a 4th or 5th grade classroom. Fingers crossed.
My husband continues to be my favorite person in the world and a blast to hang out with. We both love Michigan after a year here. I haven't made a lot of new friends here yet, but we have had a LOT of visitors, so it's been social enough.
And I love all of you Buffistas.