There's also some really hopeful news on the job front, but it's only "a sign" and if anything happens, it won't be until late next year. I won't say anything about it, because I don't want to jinx it. No, not management. I have seen how management works here, and I want no part of that disaster. They'd have to pay me a 6-digit salary for management.
I won't make any plans for 2005 other than two, which is to work on that first item a little, and to try and make it to Sweden. I have to renew my passport, keep an eye on the USD/SEK exchange rates, and send mail back and forth to my cousin, Sven. I think 2005 will be a rebuilding year, trying to recover from the disaster that was 2004, so there will be no plans for a novel, no plans for cons, and nothing more than trying to get all the wreckage back in order. I really hope 2005 is dull and uninteresting. I could use the nap.
I haven't mentioned it but in passing, but CR is really turning out to be a good human being. He's usually kind and thoughtful, but he's set his own goals for the first time this year. It's his first year in High School, and so far he has successfully lost weight, became and stayed a vegetarian (on his own accord), gone off of chocolate, soda, and caffeine (again, his decision, we didn't ask him), and now he's trying to go off of sugar altogether, but admits this is his highest hurdle, yet. His grades have been good as well, with a 3.0 average - his best yet. His compassion for people is not fleeting, either, it is gaining the depth of an adult, and barring any horrible calamity to steer him off course, I think he's going to be a fine adult.
Christmas shopping was delayed because I didn't know if I was going to have a job or not until last week. Thus, some of my online shopping got delayed until last Thursday, and now it looks like some of it won't get here until AFTER Christmas. One major site, which I can't name in case the recipient is reading my journal, has backed up to half my Christmas order as "out of stock" (even though it said it was in stock) and "scheduled delivery - Jan 6" on some items. But they've done this before, only to deliver it within a few days. They usually follow it up with a letter telling me to ignore the "out of stock" letter.
Once I got the delivery twice.
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