|End of the year post
||[Dec. 29th, 2009|12:15 pm]
|||||The kids watching Bugs Bunny||]|
It's been a year of change and strangeness, but also one of joys and triumphs. I'm so incredibly blessed to have my little family as my solid foundation- always there to support me and lift me during the tough times, and to celebrate and share the good times.
My work situation changed drastically, with me leaving General Motors, and beginning to work again for Bruce Power, OPG, and Hydro One. It was odd to be back in the field as an electrician, but once again my trade ticket enabled me to support myself and my family.
There was sad news of illness of my family members in BC, with unhopeful prognoses. My step-grandmother passed away this summer as well. Misty and I were pregnant in the late winter/early spring, but a medical condition resulted in a miscarriage. Happily, We are now pregnant again, and everything seems to be going just fine this time. It's going to be very different being a first-time dad at 43, but I've thankfully had 3 years of practice being a Dad with Tamara and Connor. I never thought that I would have children of my own, but now that conditions are finally right, it seems that I will be a father after all. I'm still a little gobsmacked, but being a Father seems to be a role I'm very good at, or so people tell me.
I've also been blessed with my friends, old and new... I'm grateful for each of them, even if I don't stay in contact as much as I should. It's nice to be allowed to have and foster close friendships with family and friends... there were too many years when I wasn't able to do so.
We have to move out of our house in March, since our landlord needs to sell it. It's too bad, since our landlords are a lovely couple, but they have need of the proceeds. We're likely going to be renting elsewhere in Oshawa so that Tamara can finish the school year at her current school, but after that we will be looking at buying our own house. I have a substantial inheritance coming from my Grandmother's estate in Germany, and when it is all sorted out we can buy a house pretty much anywhere we want to, go on some trips, and invest the rest. We're thinking of moving to the Woodstock area, since it's central to a lot of our friends, family, and potential work.
Once the holidays are over, I'll be heading back to the YMCA again. I was doing well at building my core strength and stamina, but had to put it aside to work out of town. However, since I'll be starting to work at Darlington in January, I'll be able to resume my program. My health is getting better as a result of going, and I do want to be around for my family for a long, long time. After doing the cable bending at Hydro One, my shoulders and arms have filled out quite a bit... chuckle.
I've been a little more active in the SCA again, cooking a few feasts last year (Coronation, Crown tournament, etc), and getting my new armour ready. My helmet still needs some adjustment, and I need to redo some strapping, but otherwise I should be ready to go. I seem to be dragging my feet actually getting out to fight again, and I don't know why. Perhaps I'm afraid that I will suck at it after being away from it, I don't really know. I need to get over the excuse of not having my armour ready, see if I can arrange some training time with my (thankfully patient) Knight, and get back into the swing of things. I have another feast to cook for, the Cloth of Gold event in the spring, which should be a lot of fun.
Here's hoping that all my friends and family have a wonderful new year, full of peace, fulfillment, and all of life's blessings!