I guess 18 months between posts is long enough so I thought I’d check in with you.
I’m still at the job I got in 2017 and it’s going well, if a bit stressful at times. But you know how everyone says nobody really knows what they’re doing? It’s true. But it’s odd to be surrounded by MBAs and CPAs when I have a English degree and twenty years working for an airline. But I spent half of those twenty years inadvertently acquiring skills for the newly emerging field of legal pricing. So I’m doing well in most senses of the word but I also know that a financial crisis is looming out there in the world so we’ll see if my job can weather it.
Mrs. Shatnerian still works at the Children’s Hospital and things are working out well there.
It was a kind of spendy year. We did March Break in Dominican Republic at a resort. I used to scoff at the notion (“That’s not the real country, you know!”) but then we had a kid and suddenly the idea of putting your feet up with a mixed drink wasn’t so bad. We went ziplining. Have I mentioned I don’t like heights? It was very, very high. James had no fear and just screamed “YOLO” all the way down. He’s normally a risk adverse kid. I also stepped on a small round ray. They have a painful stinger in their tail, I learned.
In the summer we did the super touristy trip to PEI by staying near Cavendish. I had a nice birthday where I turned 47. This is becoming a tradition with me, having my birthdays in PEI. There are worse places.
Then in the fall, the Mazda 5 gave signs it was about to fall apart so it was replaced with a brand new Ford Escape. I find the older I get, the more I want to be up high. I’ve barely put 1000 km on it as I take the train to work or sometimes work from home. It’s mostly for weekend excursions out of town.
James is doing well(ish) in school but struggles because of his ASD/DCD. We do what we can to get him additional help. But the new government wants to abolish school boards and I don’t know how that is going to affect him.
I still enjoy my science fiction movies and TV shows but I’ve found that I enjoy the superhero stuff more when it’s aimed at kids. But Star Trek is still my favourite.
But speaking of TV, we’re considering cord cutting and going without cable. I may miss just turning on the TV and flipping channels but it seems we’re all just forestalling the inevitable move to streaming.
On my bookshelf is The Obelisk Gate, the second part in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy which received the Hugo Award for each book in the series.
In my Spotify, is Frank Turner’s latest, Be More Kind.
So that’s about it for me. What’s up with you guys?