Seems like everyone is writhing in pain, talking about the horror show of 2016. I think we’re all just getting more cynical, because even though I have my fair share of whines and gripes, I have also had some flat-out amazing things happen this year. I’ve done so much journeying, I’ve learned so much, I’ve met probably the finest people (and reconnected with some amazing ones) so I thought I might summarize it all in a timeline-esque form, trying to go as chronologically as possible.
-I became the proud owner of Luis Sera, my first car!
-I traveled to Sweden and became a Swedish resident. Thanks Sweden, for -20F. That was nice.
-I celebrated Valentine’s Day alone with a hot dog, which I dropped on the ground as I exited the car.
-I left the abusive, sexist workplace I’d been in for over a year.
-I worked briefly as an armed officer and dealt with sexual harassment on a whole new level.
-I got the most amazing job offer. And accepted, of course.
-I traveled to Vegas for Derik’s birthday and we had a blast.
-Which is where I jumped off the Stratosphere a second time.
-I ended a really toxic relationship/friendship/something?? Why do we waste our time on people?
-Flemith was diagnosed with a congenital peritoneal-pericardial diaphragmatic hernia.
-He was subsequently treated with a lifesaving surgery thanks to the help of some amazing people.
-I turned 29. I don’t like it.
-My favorite presents were a tablet from Derik, my birthday flowers, and a Mad Max bracelet.
-My boss allowed me to assist in teaching EMT class and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!
-My workplace/boss assisted me in re-certifying as an EMT. I am so grateful for them!
-I ran away to the mountains and spent some time emptying my craziness into the earth.
-I went to Tennessee and visited my family. I also visited (sort of) Ghost Town in the Sky.
-I participated in a bonafide pin-up contest and had quite a few cool costumes and looks this year.
– I helped a friend leave an abusive marriage, which I’m happy for and proud of.
There’s not much else to say about this year…like I said, a lot of good, a lot of bad. The ugly has already been cast out like garbage, so I can’t complain about anything else. Luckily 2016 is winding down on a positive, if subdued note. I’m working through the holidays and will be at work to bring in the 2017, business as usual.
One last note–I wanted to showcase some art I’ve done this year. I felt completely and absolutely useless artistically, but after putting together a few sketches it looks like my severe artistic constipation is on the upswing, at the very least. I’m not a fan of most of these works, but at least they’re palatable (I think.)