Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An anniversary, of sorts

In a week, it will have been a year since I started this blog.  A rather interesting, and sometimes stressful and trying, year.

I've had a relationship (a bad one, I'll grant you) blow up in my face - mostly because I placed my trust in someone who was completely unworthy of anyone's trust.  I've started a new relationship, with someone who has displayed a lot more loyalty, honesty, reliability, and respect.  We'll see where it goes in the coming months, since it's currently in it's 6th month of existence.

I've gone from being terminally unemployed to having a job - one which is working out rather well, and which I actually enjoy, even though it's neither glamorous nor well-paid.  I'm even looking at the possibility of increased hours, a pay raise, and a possible promotion within the next month, although I've only been employed for 3 months.

I'm finally beginning to get caught up with myself financially, and the prospects for the coming year - while not peachy - are certainly better than they have been in the prior 18 month period for various reasons, and have nowhere to go but up.

My home is nearly back in order - a long and rather difficult process to get it there, without a doubt - after having finally rid it of unwanted guests, uncouth acquaintances, and unsavory roommates.  I'm even getting things in order sufficiently that I can perhaps start painting again, which I've been putting off doing for quite some time now.

All in all, things are looking better every day.  While I won't hold my breath that they'll necessarily stay that way, neither will I allow myself to dwell on the possibility that they won't.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It was just prior to Christmas when I made my last entry, and it's now a couple of weeks past the New Year's holiday.  I'm still debating the prudence of forming any actual new year's Resolutions - the only one I've ever been successful at maintaining has been the resolution years ago not to  make any further resolutions, after all - there are things that I intend for myself during the coming 12 month span.

Some of the things I'd like to do during this coming year are pretty much perennial favorites.  I would like to lose more weight to improve my health, and (no doubt) my self esteem in the process.  I would still like to quit smoking - though now that I'm working outside the house 4 nights a week, that's a lot more likely than it has been in the past, simply because I can't smoke while I'm at work & on the clock.  Of course I want more ink - I Always want more ink, and it's simply a matter of finding time and money at the same time that holds me back.

A few of the things I want for this year, though, are far from "normal" for me.  They aren't Unexpected, considering how the past couple of years have gone, but that expected and normal are sometimes far removed from each other. 

I would like to replace my vehicle.  Of course, doing so means not only getting the money together to purchase such, but getting the rest of my old fines paid off - a work in progress that doesn't go nearly as quickly as I'd like, even if progress is being made a bit at a time.

I would Love to get ahead enough to take an actual, honest ta gods, real vacation.  Preferably outside the borders of the US, though in the US to a point where I've yet to visit would suffice at this point.

To hell with such claptrap as World Peace, Brotherhood for All Mankind, and other such rot.  I'm honest enough at the least to admit that what I want for the coming year is on the selfish side.  I want things for Me - the rest of the world, and humanity, can shift for itself.  Charity begins at home, and if anything, I'm resolving to be a lot more charitable to myself.