Let me summarize:
Took some time off in December and road-tripped to Arizona to see the Middle Spawn and the Spawnlettes. It was a good trip, though driving could have gone somewhat better. We didn't make as good of time as I would have liked, but we had several days with the family, and no one was killed during the drive.
New started with a bang and the workload jumped with it. Over the past few years we've had a busy time between October and February,but this year it's been a bit different. Still, it's been fairly good. I've faced some new challenges in the prep room, and its been good for me.
Had a bit of a scare with an old friend who is in some legal trouble. For a day we thought that they had chosen to take their life, but they were found. Now, a few weeks later, we had them over for dinner last night and it was a good evening. I can only hope that they will be able to face what is coming.
We have taken on a boarder, sort-of, kind-of, in that we are leasing out a portion of the yard to a very nice lady with a tiny house and a sheep :D.
With her having some work done around the yard, the whole house is looking better. We've taken on paying couple of the guys that did work for her to take on taming the rest of the yard. The house and yard is looking so much better. I am thankful that we are able to do this, and in turn help someone else with providing a job and financial help.
Youngest Spawn, who has been suffering from a variety of abdominal issues, and finally was able to have some procedures this week. They found a suspicious bruised area in her stomach, and one lonely polyp in her intestines. We hope that the testing will give us some information about what is going on so any good thoughts will be appreciated.
I got a note from a long time friend wanting to know if this journal was still active and I realized that I haven't updated in two years.
Time, like a river flows ever on, even when we attempt to hold it back.
In my case I made the realization that I rarely have the opportunity to just sit in front of a computer these days. When I worked for the Evil Empire was in front of one 8-10 hours a day, now I'm lucky to have an hour a day in front of one.the limits blogging and fandom activities pretty quickly.
I'm not complaining, I'm still employed full time in my field and I'm licensed as both a full funeral director and an Embalmer, so the trade-off is fair, but miss the ease participating in fandom.
So, here in a nutshell is what's happened in the past two years....
I am still employed at the mortuary provider and finished my internships. I passed my exams and became fully licensed. I am currently job hunting for something in a more traditional funeral home and have done a couple interviews.
My spouse embraced their inner woman and began transitioning a year ago. The Elder and the Younger Spawn continue to reside at the family home, the Elder working in their chosen field as well. They had planned on moving out, then as typical with life a crisis occurred and that was put on hold. Medical bills to be paid off, etc. Nothing to worry about, just a gall bladder that needed to come out then a reaction to the meds. All it's fine with them now.
The Middle Spawn, the Son in Law, and the Spawnletts moved back to the area for health issues and are doing mostly okay. Time prevents me from seeing then as much as I'd like, and I want to change that for the coming year.