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The End of the Year

Last two years running, I’ve been sick during the holidays. Last year, I managed to stave off the flu in just enough time to go snowboarding, but I wasn’t really recovered and spent most of the week in front of a fire reading (not a terrible thing, BTW). This year, cedar fever has gotten a grip on me and the kitten. I’m OK and the kitten will be once we get some medication into her.

We were able to play a couple of games today, after some errands. The boy is getting pretty good and really starting to plan ahead. Which is great. He’s matured a lot in the last few months, much less the whole year.

As I look back on this year, I have a tendency to despair. I didn’t get an agent or an offer to publish my novel. I didn’t get a promotion I was hoping for (but not really expecting as the workload is enough for just me to handle).

But then, when I really think about it, this year was pretty freaking awesome.

I went snowboarding for the first time and loved it, the few times I actually got to. The altitude and recovering from being sick prevented me from doing much more than falling a lot.

We took a family vacation to San Diego and spent some quality time behind the scenes. I actually was able to hear a cheetah purr (the only large cat that can).

I actually finished a novel. I mean, that’s one out a hundred thousand at least. no, I didn’t sell it. But I know I can write one.

The boy and I got our orange belts in karate. The next belt is green and that’s halfway to being a black belt. I started karate at 46 and I’m quite sure I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in… which is roughly like being the best hockey player in all of Ecuador.

We got a new kitten. The Cookie is an exceptionally interesting feline.

I’ve made some real progress in learning to build and detail models. Yes, it’s a hobby, but it’s one that I find very interesting and I want to improve my skills. I built 10 models this year, including full repainting two of them. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but each one takes me two or three weeks of a couple of hours a day.

It may not sound like much, but it’s a heck of a lot more than I normally do in a year.

One thing that some people ask me is, “You wrote a book, build models, karate, how do you find time for all that?” The answer is simple. I don’t watch TV. In the average week, I watch maybe an hour of TV. Of course, there’s at least 4 shows I want to catch up on, but I haven’t yet. I’m just too busy doing other stuff.

Next post, we’ll talk about goals for the new year.

What did you accomplish this year and what are your goals for the next?

Kevin McCarthy