I think I’m like a lot of people as I feel a relief that it’s 2018! If we thought 2016 was bad, 2017 was far worse than most of us (both in the U.S. and in the world) ever imagined. But new year’s are about new aspirations and a whole lot of hope and that’s where I am today.
Things got really crazy for me during the last bit of 2017. Firstly, we had puppies as you can tell from all the posts. They found their forever homes rather quickly. Three going in three successive days and the remaining three we decided to keep. But more on that later.
Philip was swamped with his end of the semester grading, which is normal, but it was compounded by an Organic Chemistry professor search. A lot more work and time and energy to find the right candidate. That all happened during the second half of the semester with most of the phone interviews and on-site teaching and research demonstrations, lunches and dinners, and personal meetings all in the last three weeks of the academic year. Even though I joined him on three for three of the six candidates’ dinners, I’m glad he decided academia was for him. If he’d gone into industry, we’d be 1%ers now, but the cost would have been too great what with all the corporate traveling.
Also, my Etsy shop was swamped, too. I made one quarter of my sales in the last six weeks of the year (despite a 10% off the entire shop sale) and I was making near daily trips to the Post Office as a result.
Also at the end of 2017, I started consistently exercising (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training and aerobic) and weight lifting. That was a good hour out of the day I used to have to do other things, so that shifted some things.
So, yeah, it’s been crazy here, but now it’s calmed down and I spent some quality relaxing time rebinge-watching the latest season of Game of Thrones. Then I had an epiphany on how the season would end. But more on that later.
I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. Really never have. And if all the new people who join the gym at the new year and then gradually disappear by spring is any sign, most people don’t even keep their most needed resolutions. But I’d like to write more- both blog, fiction, and non-fiction. But we’ll see. One can hope.