This post is really late tonight, because oh my goodness what a day it has been! First there was the almost 9 hour work day...which started with me realizing I had left my ID/Time badge in my other pants and ended about 30 minutes sooner than usual when the lights went out at 3. Of course, we had to wait and clear the line of meat before we could clean up and go home. No big deal. I come out into the locker room and find text messages from my hubby saying that we had no power at home. ??? This could have been a problem as we heat by electricity! But it came back on, and turned off again, and came back on...I almost wasn't sure if I dared try to write this! So we went out to dinner, got double fortunes in our fortune cookies (that has to be good luck! Esp. since they were spot on!) and came home to lights still on. So here we are!
My hopes for the new year are fairly simple.
I expect to get myself caught up to speed on all this social networking business, which is really kind of fun, and sell more copies of my first novel. I know that there will be some locals things done to help promote it, as my fifth grade English teacher has been talking to our local library about helping me out. I'm not sure which is cooler...having the library hype my book, or my former English teacher giving it the thumbs up!
I also expect to finish the second book in the series, Ring of Fire, and edited and published. By summer, if I'm lucky. That's my goal at the moment. Because once I 'finish' it, I know I'm going to want to let it sit for a bit before I edit it and do any necessary rewrites. I don't think I'll need ten years like last time!
In my dreams, I would like a job change. Mostly because what I am doing hurts my hands. I had trouble driving home after work today. Every time I had my left hand on the steering wheel, it would hurt between my middle and ring finger. It's very unsettling. Especially since I don't get to drive much anymore. No real reason, aside from not having our own vehicle.
Which is another of my hopes/expectations for next year. For my hubby to get his truck back on the road. This project is closer than the last one, so I'm thinking it'll happen. I so miss my little Beretta. It was such a good little car, even though there was a spider in it once, but that's a story for another time.
Oh, and I'd like to be able to get propane for our tanks again so I can stop heating my electric as much and actually start cooking/baking again! I kind of miss that! I've lost track of how long it's been since we ran out. Two years? It can't be three can it? I really don't know. I do decent enough cooking by electric...a griddle, frying pan, slow cooker and the microwave. If I want to use an oven for anything I have to either use my mother's, my mother-in-law's, or my one friend who is also a neighbor.
Every year is the same. We take time to reflect on the past year, good or bad, and hope the new one holds better things. This past year was pretty good for me, and I have no reason to doubt 2014 will be any different. I know bad things will happen, they always do. But they don't have to ruin a year!
What are your hopes for the New Year?