It says something about this year--but I'm not entirely sure what--that this is my first entry since August.
It's approaching midnight, so I'm trying to thinking about the 365 days past. Family stuff has been rough, between my parents' health (they're doing okay now) and some other issues in the way that lives go. Mom and Dad were doing well when we saw them a week ago, so I hope that continues. Other things seem more stable now, too.
Other than that, really, nothing much changed. We're still very married, healthy, employed in the same jobs. We're know how lucky we are, though none of this has been stress-free (especially ongoing budget cuts at work).
The end-of-year financial reports say the economy is finally starting to pick up, and I'm sure it's due to us, because this is the year that things broke and had to be replaced, including:
* my computer monitor (only two years old)
* my graphics card (are these related?)
* our fridge
* our stove
* our espresso machine
* our tv
* a car tire (one of four bought new this summer)
However, our 24-year-old microwave is still going strong, one of the few kitchen appliance survivors at ours. I'm grateful for everything else that keeps working as expected (washer and dryer, other computers, phones, etc., that means you).
I just finished writing our annual holiday letter/poems this afternoon. Yes, we're running late this year. I hope they'll all arrive before Epiphany (January 6, the Twelfth Day of Christmas). What I like best about doing these is taking the moment I'm writing the note on them to focus on the people they're addressed to, my relationship with them, and thinking what I wish them for the year ahead. Sending out annual wishes.
So right now I wish for anyone who reads this a healthy, prosperous, fun, and adventurous year full of love, friends, and dreams come true.
Happy New Year.
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A list of my favourite music of the year can be found here.
A list of my favourite books read this year can be found here.
A list of my limited writing accomplishments this year can be found here.