I tend to get more reflective on the year during Christmas eve than I do during New Year's eve. I guess it's a much more calm holiday for me, with more time to think.
2008 has been had a good year for me and the family. With a turbulent period between 2002 and 2007, I admit that having a good year is still seems like a rare, wonderful thing. I don't mean for that to sound dramatic. Rather, I guess I try to take the good times as a gift, though I probably don't always behave that way every day.
It's been truly amazing to see my wife's new career unfold during this year. She fits right in and is enjoying learning a new line of work. Special-needs advocacy fits her very well, and she brings with her a natural ability to explain a complex system to just about anyone, combined with an understanding of how best to present information. Both skills are probably a throw-back to her days of performing and teaching, so this job seems like a really good next step. I'm so darn happy for her.
Moose makes really good progress in school and is learning new words and phrases seemingly every day. I'm thankful we're here in a larger city instead of being stuck in the middle of nowhere where the local school administrators have their heads up their collective ass about how to spend money to train teachers and support special-needs children. Brief rant over. Also, Moose grows like a weed. Holy shit the kid is tall. He will certainly surpass both of his parents' height when he is a teenager, I just know it.
My job is fine. Most important, I have one, and I am likely to continue having one even during these weird-ass economic times. The fact is I actually like this job a great deal. It's not perfect, but nothing is. And, I realize now that I don't think I really ever liked my former jobs all that much. Sure, I liked portions of them, and many of my colleagues were just fantastic, but the career never felt entirely right before now. Now it really suits me well, I believe. Even with that said, I'm beginning to wonder what the next step will be. I'm certainly not in a hurry to leave and start something new anytime soon, but I do always like to have a next step in mind. It's just part of my personality, I suppose. So, we'll see what ideas may sprout about in 2009.
I'm confident the doctorate will come to an end sometime in 2009. It probably won't be complete before the actual act of graduation in the spring, but I plan on being very close to finished by then. I plan to walk in the graduation ceremony held by my department in May, even though I won't be completely done. I suspect the ceremony itself will motivate me to finish up whatever product I will have by that time.
My extended family appears to be healthy and well. I'm thankful for this.
We are fortunate to keep in touch with many friends, though mostly from cities where we used to live. I look forward to staying put here in LSC several more years and having more friendships develop here in our present world as a result. But I'm thankful for having many contacts throughout the country and even a few overseas. I consider my friends part of who I am, especially the ones who have lasted in spite of not physically being together for numerous years at a time. To any friends who may be reading this, particularly those of out town: we've not yet done a holiday card this year. It'll probably be a New Year's card instead. :-)
I just heard the thump of Santa's sleigh on the roof, so I should sign off and make sure he finds the cookies and milk. Thanks to any of you who may still continue to read this. It does mean a great deal. G'night.