I'm not going to whine about how bad this year has been - there have been good times and bad, as there usually are. A lot of good, even.
We started the year on a sad note, having to put Sugar down. It was terrible to see her suffering. In the midst of that, I got hearing aids for both ears. I could mope about losing my cat and my hearing, but everyone has their cross to bear, right? What's the difference between hearing aids or eye glasses? Same same. And maybe a new kitty will make her way into our lives next year. The stress surrounding changes on the weekend shift was a little harder to take. Maybe because my boss acted like a cretin. Extra hours at another hospital this year gave me some perspective on it, though. Applying for three positions in one year is not something I will ever do again. And I will start speaking up for myself a little more forcibly - what do I have to lose? My new co-worker turned out to be nicer than I initially thought, and the weekends are tolerable, but not as fun as they once were. I am looking forward to changing shifts in the coming weeks, and though I know the change will be tricky at first, I believe it will be better for me. I did a lot of venting to co-workers this year - thank goodness there were people who understood and were willing to listen. Wine clubs added fun to the time Hubby and I spent together this year. It mostly involves sitting with your feet up, listening to live music and enjoying a great view while you nosh on delicious things and drink wine. There are no downsides to that I can see. Unlike Hubby's new job, which was not the answer to a prayer we thought it was going to be. But since he flip flops a lot on the issue, I don't really know what to think. Is there a perfect job out there? We are in no financial straits, which is good. The drought ended this year and we got a lot of rain - too late to save our backyard, but that can be something I spend time fixing in the spring, now that we have a new fence. Grayson had a successful experience at Philmont and Hubby and I took an interesting road trip. It was so good to get home, but overall I did enjoy getting to Go and Do, so we should plan something like that again in the new year. Getting started on physical therapy for my elbow was a smart move - turns out it was tendonosis, which is harder to address and takes longer to resolve. At this writing, it is still hurting but less so. And the PT thinks it will continue to improve. One thing I know for sure is that I will be more careful with treating elbow pain with Motrin - the ulcer I got from that was not worth the very small amount of pain relief it provided. The Fall was crazy busy and I was not sad to see Grayson's senior year of marching band come to a close. My guess is, neither was he. Finishing up his Eagle Scout work was stressful, to say the least. But it's DONE and I know that he and Mark are thrilled. My years of diligence with saving and paying bills on time paid off BIG as we were able to swing a purchase of land in Burnet. It has given Mark something positive to focus on and will be a great investment for us. Spencer boomeranged home for a couple of months and I have been good about not doing his laundry and not making comments about his beer drinking and vaping and incense burning. I am ready for him to leave the nest once and for all, and since he has found a place, it looks like that will happen soon. Dylan is still stuck in a happy neutral with his photography job and girlfriend but things are going to change soon for him, too.. I had hoped that my mother could continue to live alone for a few more years as she is fairly capable and in good health. But breaking her arm in a fall may be a game-changer. In the new year, I will have a frank discussion with her. Thanksgiving was great at our house though we were all tired from moving Chloe the day before. I hope she will be happy and comfy in her new place with no roomie to cause her stress. She told me that she wants Teddy classified as a therapy dog and that her outlook without him was so bleak. That makes me feel terrible for her, but grateful that she found her furry companion when she did. I look around at my clean and comfy home and feel so lucky that we have this place. I have many fix-it projects to do in the new year, but we will have the resources and time to do so.
So I have to say that maybe 2016 qualifies as equally good and bad, although I miss some of the "things" in my life that I really want back.
Real life rolled up into 12 untidy months.
Bring it, 2017.