I was planning to do a year-end list highlighting my favorite hypocrites of the year. I mean, there’ve been so damn many, it’s hard to choose, but I narrowed it down to four: Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, Rachel Dolezal and Josh Duggar.
But you know what? These douchnozzles don’t deserve any more time and attention, whether from a major media outlet or one simple blogger like myself.
Thinking about year-end lists made me realize we’re at the end of yet ANOTHER year.
Where in the hell does the time go?
Just a year ago, I was thinking how 2014 started out with such promise. I was taking classes at the beginning of the year to completely change my career direction. At the end of 2014, I ended up at the post office and that’s where I was at the beginning of this year. If you work there and you love it, god love ya for it, but it wasn’t for me.
And while it took me a while, but I did find myself a better job, in a hospital. Sort of. It started out great. I liked my boss and liked going in. then he was replaced and the new guy, well, let’s just say, it’s not at all the same anymore. But it’s employment for the time being.
Working in a hospital has had an interesting drawback: You’re exposed to new and different bugs you’ve never been exposed to before; I spent most of my first few months there sick. The positive side is that my immune system is finally adjusting and will get stronger the longer I’m there.
Besides a new job, there were some great things that happened this year.
It was a year of re-connecting with old friends. I’ll need to do more of that in 2016.
It was my second Wizard World Comic Con and my first Crypticon. Both of those are already penciled in on the 2016 calendar. And I’m planning at least one more new cosplay, maybe two.
Of course, there was music as well. One of my favorite singers, Adam Gonthier, formed a new band called Saint Ansonia and as always, the phenomenal Steel Panther.
One of the very best, and unexpected, things to happen was starting this blog, Dark Nocturne. It’s been great to find my voice, and by voice, I mean be snarky and rant and have an outlet to do so.
I refinished the dresser my grandfather made for when I was a child. I’m very happy with the end result. However, my sweaters still smell like varnish. Whew – what a smell! No perfume can mask such an aroma.
I also found a great mechanic. I’ve always believed if you don’t know how to fix your car, then you find the right mechanic to do it for you. I know my car’s in good hands with these guys.
I also achieved one of my personal goals - a 205 pound deadlift.
What does 2016 hold? I have no idea; I’ll take it as it comes. I do have two goals for the New Year – I don’t do resolutions anymore; the good intentions last about three weeks, then stick a fork in them 'cause they're done.
My goals are:
- To find the thing I’m truly, genuinely passionately about and pursuit it, even if it’s just part-time for the time being. (Disclaimer: I’m already working on this.) I’ve done enough jobs in my lifetime; it’s time to focus on something better.
- To find mind/body balance. I’m looking at martial arts again, it’s been a few years since I’ve done anything of the sort and I miss it terribly. But it most likely will be February before I join another gym/school. Why wait you ask? Have you seen the number of resolution makers at the gyms in January? It’s psychotic.
But no matter what happens in the 12 months, I doubt it’ll be dull.
Here’s to a fabulous 2016.
Below are a just a few of the memories from this year.