But now I'm not feeling so sick any more, so I find myself in a more positive mood. And looking back on the year, I find that although I thought it was a year of disillusionment, dullness, desolation, and sickness, there were actually many bright spots.
Good things about 2006:
- I managed to go skiing a couple times before I got sick.
- I took Nia.
- I had a radio show. I'm thankful to the station members who have made me feel welcome and/or showed me the ropes, including Howard Jack, Mickie Lynn, Richard Berkley, Sean McLaughlin, Harry Carter, Robert Otlowski, and Allison Guidry.
- I helped my father move.
- I volunteered at the Clearwater festival.
- I went rollerblading a few times.
- I rented a kayak once.
- I had some nice times with Meisha.
- Jesse lived with me some of the time, and now still lives in my town.
- Jesse helped me when I was sick.
- Stephen visited me.
- Daisy and Jake visited me.
- I talked to Nathan.
- I got to know Ethan.
- I had a good conversation with Nate.
- I talked to my mother on the phone a lot.
- I found a sense of direction for my professional development.
- I started three blogs.
- I grew a garden.
- I went to Maine.
- I read some enjoyable books by Tamora Pierce, thanks to Ethan's recommendation.
- I read some interesting articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, thanks to Bob passing his old newspapers on to me.
- Speaking of Bob, I have a supervisor who shares my student-oriented view of my work.
- I will be spending the holidays with family.
For 2007, I'm hoping for better health. Assuming my health cooperates, I plan to keep up with some of the activities and people that I found worthwhile in 2006, including my radio show and Nia. I hope to do a bit of skiing and rollerblading too. But I'm hoping that my main focus of attention will be on professional development. And if I have the time and energy left, maybe I'll try going to Quaker meeting. Other stuff, like dance classes and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, will have to wait. And I'm not planning on having a very active social life. 2006 was a year when I was forced to turn inward, because I didn't have all the outward stuff that used to be part of my life, and now that I'm there, I want to stay a while. I want to build up some inward stuff before I turn outward again.