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Merry New Year!

I was going to write some sort of retrospective on 2016 but fuck it. The past is behind us and I've already really hit the ground running in 2017. Raye's bachelorette party is tomorrow, the wedding is a week from tomorrow. With the holidays and being in vacation mode I needed a bit of reminding to light a fire under my ass on the planning but once the new year came around it's been full on plan, plan, plan for the party. I hope it goes smoothly and that Raye has a good time.

Then next week is the wedding. I'm excited to see Cathy in the flesh. I am looking forward to the service and the party at the Schmee.

Then it will be a short reprieve before it's time for me to start bustin' my ass on QC again.

Looking further ahead what would I like to see in 2017?

I'd like to get back into writing and I don't mean just journaling/blogging. I'd like to write a short story again. I've been reading more and more this year and ideas are starting to come to me I just need to set aside the time and make the effort. I realized on New Years Eve when Ryan asked if I had written anything that my answer to that question has been 'no' for too long.

I plan to start saving. Between overspending for Christmass and R&R's wedding I've dug myself into a bit of a hole I need to get out of but once that's sorted I plan to start squirreling away money so hopefully we can some day have a down payment on a house. Last year we were told in no uncertain terms how much we'd need to come up with and under the circumstances coming up with that kind of money is about as likely as spitting out a magical frog. Now that I've got a promotion with a bit more money I can live on what I was living on and put that excess into savings. That's the goal. Plus I've been enrolled in a 4013b at work so I'm putting a little away for retirement (even though my generation doesn't really expect to retire). Maybe once my 1k+ a month on student loans is behind me I can put that amount of $$ into retirement and maybe by the time I'm 70 I can chill (if I make it that long).

Speaking of making it that long I need to loose weight. I have a mental block where I still think of myself as looking like I did when I was in London when I was walking 5-10 miles a day, when in reality I sit at a desk for 8-9 hours a day. It's only when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror (which I purposefully avert my eyes from 98% of the time) or when I need to buy clothes that I am hit with the reality of what everyone else sees when they look at me and I'm disgusted and want to cry. I need to amend that.

I need to get my wisdom teeth removed this year. I needed to do it last year but I didn't make the appointment and then my dental insurance changed and I gotta start all over with a specific dentist which sucks. I've also toyed with the idea of just trying to quit smoking when I get the surgery because I can't smoke after it for a while. I don't know. We'll see.

No travel plans for 2017. Don't think we can afford it if we want to save money.  Maybe we can do little trips. Go to Vancouver with Andy, perhaps. Andy's looked at cabin rental in the Cascades for the summer. Maybe just go back to Port Townsend sometime. We'll see. I'm sure I'll get wanderlust but at the moment I'm accepting it because I'm so stoked for my folks to finally go to New Orleans and that means more to me than me taking a trip in 2017.

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