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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.
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.
Husband got a new job. We didn't have to move. That was good.
I have the same town and the same house and the same spouse and the same cats and the same job as a year ago. The cats like each other much better. The job and I like each other much less, but no new one as of yet. I'M WORKING ON IT OKAY.
On the other hand, I went to a show for my birthday early last December and walked away having decided that my gift to myself was to learn to play guitar and now it's kind of taken over my life. Just a little. And I'm seeing the same damn band tomorrow for this year's birthday show, so that's a thing worth a mention.
I have hit the point where I fear saying ANYTHING will jinx stuff. Talk about good? BAD WILL HAPPEN! Be relieved the bad is over? MOAR BAD.
Look, my 2015 holiday cards wished for us all to have a happier, healthier 2016, okay? I HAVE LEARNED.
my gift to myself was to learn to play guitar and now it's kind of taken over my life.
Didn't you also, you know, MAKE YOUR OWN GUITAR? I think that's incredibly impressive!