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December 30th, 2007

Looking Forward, Looking Back @ 07:56 pm

Current Location: 30062

The best thing to be said about 2007, for me, is that it's almost over. This was a really crappy year, although there were bright spots. I learned who my friends are (that would be youse guys), how much Mary loves me, and how great my parish is. I found some authors that I like (Robert Crais, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, JA Konrath, Lisas Gardner and Scottoline, Karin Slaughter) and read a lot of great books (about the only thing that kept me sane while I was in the hospital--well, that and my iPod). I met a lot of people who took fantastic care of me and helped me on the road to recovery, none of whom ever want to see me in the hospital again, something that I will do my best to oblige them in. I was the beneficiary of some incredibly generous people who contributed to Kennestone Hospital, and am determined to return the favor. I was welcomed back to work with open arms and still have a job. And, I'm ending the year with as many cats as I started it with. So, as crappy as it was, I guess it was better than it could have been.

So, here are my goals for 2008:

  • Get finished getting over the stroke. I intend on getting back the use of my right hand, getting back to driving and generally becoming more independent and able to help out more at home.
  • Start writing again. I've taken a fairly long hiatus from it, and I miss it.
  • Start playing guitar again. Same as above.
  • Take better care of myself. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. My BP is under control with medication, but I'm still prone to letting stress build, and that will kill me. I intend to walk more and get the hell out of my office more often. I still need to improve my diet.
  • Refuse to become the forgotten man at work. As nice as it is to not have my boss in my face all day, the opposite is just as disconcerting. I tend to sit around and get pissed off when I ask for help and don't get it. Screw that noise; if they don't help me, they're going to hear about it. If it gets to where I have to show up and start kicking ass and taking names, I will, and if that doesn't fix it, there are other places to work.
  • Learn new stuff. I woke up this morning and started to think that I'm closer to the end of my life than the beginning and that there are a million things I want to learn before they set what's left of me on fire and stick me in the ground at St. Casimir's. I can sit around and rue the fact that I never learned them or I can start now and pick up what I can. The latter sounds better than the former.

That should keep me busy.

Oh, one more: Put titles on my LJ entries.
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Date:December 31st, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
I'm remembering the happiness and relief around here when we first heard from you after your stroke. Here's wishing you the best in your continuing recovery.

Great set of goals by the way.
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Date:December 31st, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Learn to play the ukulele There is something very relaxing in the tropical strum of the island instrument ... and it's relatively easy.

I have a soprano uke and I love it. Learning how to sing my favorite songs in true reggae fashion is part of the fun of it all.

Life is short ... wear your Party Pants.
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Date:December 31st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Years ago, I had an aunt who played the baritone uke, which is tuned like the four higher strings of a guitar. Maybe I should try to find a soprano, but Mary would scream if I brought another instrument in here. Maybe I'll learn to play slack-key guitar instead for that Hawai'ian feel.
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Date:December 31st, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I hope 2008 brings great things for you.
Date:December 31st, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good list, and I wish you well on succeeding with every item!


Best wishes to you and yours for everything in the coming new year.

Glad to have you back. Sorry I have been so absent.
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Date:December 31st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Great set of goals, and a great thing to take so many positive things away from a really crummy year. Here's to a better 2008.
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Date:January 1st, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Those really are great goals. I like the last one. I was thinking last night about how much of my life is over. How long to people tend to leave these days? Into the seventies? I'm not taking real good care of my health. I may only have less than 30 years left. Yikes.

Chief Jack's Galley

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