Looking Back and Ahead

New year, new start and all that. It’s as good a time as any to start this old thing up again, especially since I re-upped the domain and hosting for two more years.

June 18, 2017, was the last entry here, so…what’s happened.

2017 as a whole was kind of dark for me. But it was for a lot of folks (and still is) in the post-2016 election world. But that fall I got on new meds for depression/anxiety and that helped immensely.

2018 involved a trip to Iceland in June to watch the Icelandic soccer team play in their first World Cup match (not in person, that was in Russia, but on the streets and at pubs with the locals). I hit Michigan for a week. Then in October I met Mom and two of her cousins out in Las Vegas for a week to take in the Grand Canyon and, well, gamble. A bunch of other family members were out there at the same time, so that was crazy. All in all, 2018 was a good year.

2019 was a mixed bag. The good: a relaxing trip to Michigan in the late summer followed by a gorgeous week in the Catskills with Steph for Rhinebeck in late October, and another trip to Iceland in November, but this time with some good friends from college that I haven’t seen in years (it was a blast!). The bad: my last grandparent (paternal grandmother) passed at the end of March opening up a whole box of feeling I thought I’d dealt with (or ignored quite well). Most of those are packed up securely in a box with several layers of duct tape on a very low shelf in my head. Way back. As with all things family, feelings are complicated as hell. Nothing bad, just complicated.

Now it’s 2020, which once seemed as far off as 2000. The years, they fly by. 

Personally, I’m not sure what lies ahead, I never really do. I’m not one much for planning ahead a lot because then I overthink and blegh. It might be time to shake shit up again. As of July 1st, I’ll have been in Philly for 15 years. That’s a huge milestone, especially since it was so drastic of a move. It paid off, though. Those types of things usually do. I don’t see myself leaving Philly anytime soon, unless I can figure out an easy way to emigrate to Iceland. 🙂

Politically, boy, howdy, strap in, kids. We’ve been living in dark days, with darker ones to come, I’m afraid. I want to believe we can turn the tide and get rid of Trump and all his toadies. Even if we do manage that, it’s going to be a long, hard slog to clean up this mess. But I have to hope.

I’ve rambled on enough for one post. But it wouldn’t be the new year or a new decade without some resolution. The decade plans need some work, but for the new year I’ve got a few simple ones:

  1. Use the library more.
  2. Take long walks regularly.
  3. Don’t get bogged down by bullshit at work or in life.
  4. Finish that goddamned Afghan of Doom. I’m so ridiculously close on the sucker, I just need to do it.
  5. Blog regularly.

Simple and to the point. All doable. And maybe I’ll get around to doing those Murder, She Wrote recaps I mentioned way back.

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