Only 3 more years until I start TTC. Counting down makes getting older a little easier. And having the back up plan makes rejection easier.
This year’s goals:
- Read more non-fiction books
- Buy a house
- Change diet to exclude dairy (I think it’s giving me stomachaches)
- Try to date
- Study Japanese (undecided on taking JLPT in December)
- Go to more baseball games
- Donate to charity and volunteer my time
Those are the main goals. I don’t have any plans to travel yet, but if the opportunity arises I would love to go to Orlando and visit Harry Potter World. I’m planning a big trip in 2018 so I need to save my money.
I am really dreading trying dating again, but I got a subscription to a paid website for Christmas. It’s only for 3 months. I think I’ll activate in March when the weather starts to get nice again. I haven’t tried a paid website yet so maybe it will be a different experience. I don’t really think anything is going to come of it, but as they say, you miss all the shots you don’t take.
Overall 2016 wasn’t that bad compared to 2015. I think I did pretty well on my resolutions, too. I felt so much more focused this year and was able to have more fun.
A look back on 2016 resolutions:
- Read more books, watch less TV. I’ve already finished one book.
I read lots of books! Go me!
2. Get a raise/promotion or find a new job.
Got a big raise in June and another one in December! Did not feel the need to find a new job and rage quit the old one.
3. Find a nice apartment to go with new job.
No new job so no new apartment. I did look, but no luck there. Now I’m looking for houses near my current job.
4. Pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Results will come out in February. I studied more this year than in 2014 and 2015 combined though.
5. Make more friends and worry less about dating. I’m having too much fun doing my own thing to let some jerk ruin what I’ve got going.
Made some work friends. Didn’t let dating distract me for almost a whole year (May 2015 – June 2016).
6. Take a trip or two to visit friends and family.
Went to Pennsylvania to visit family and Washington D.C. to visit a friend. Also went to Japan to see friends.
Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Saw Hamilton in Chicago. Took a few trips to downtown Chicago with my new friends. Saw Book of Mormon with my family. Had a peaceful Thanksgiving meal despite the contentious election. Shook Barack Obama’s hand when he visited my hometown. Read some amazing books that I will want to re-read again and again. Read my first full novel in Japanese. Went to The Little Mermaid at the municipal opera with my aunt, cousins, and little cousins.
That’s it for 2016.
So far this year I’ve had a lot of fun.
- Trip to Japan to sight-see and visit friends
- Reading lots of books
- Working hard and getting paid
Today I got a 10% raise! I was very surprised, last year I only got 2%. Earlier this year my coworker quit and took a lot of knowledge with him, leaving me as the only expert on our job. In my yearly review my boss mentioned that he was afraid I might leave. Maybe this is his way of getting me to stay longer. What I really need is a back-up, and they finally hired a replacement that starts next week. Having a lighter workload is what I’m really looking forward to, but a few extra bucks is also nice.
Books I’ve read so far this year:
I can definitely recommend “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik. It is full of adventure and magic, if you like those kinds of things. It takes place in a fictional Poland, and I was so inspired by the names and words used that I started studying Polish and picked up some Polish phrases! Now I’m ready to visit Poland and see some castles.
I also recommend “Staked” by Kevin Hearne. It’s the 8th book in a series though, so anyone should start with “Hounded” by Kevin Hearne. It’s about a 2000 year old Irish Druid living in Arizona that is being chased by gods. There’s a lot of humor, magic, mythology, and a hilarious talking dog! Great series, unfortunately the author said there will only be one more book published.
Not much news going on elsewhere. Still taking a break from dating, and quite happy! The other day at an after-work dinner with my coworkers I used the term “happily single” and my coworker didn’t blink an eye. She said she was happily single, too. I think she’s divorced. I think as I get older I will meet more like-minded people that don’t believe singledom is something that needs to be fixed.