Well, for the first time in a long time, I’m spending Christmas and New Year with my dad in sunny Florida (which hasn’t been too sunny the past few days, but it also hasn’t been snowing). The last few years, I’ve spent the holidays back home in Michigan, usually with the now-ex’s family. I’ve been wanting to actually spend some time with mine for a while, but, for one reason or another, it just hasn’t happened in a while. My grandfather is also down here, and I hope to see him again for the first time in, well, too long.
As usual, I generally feel pretty fortunate, but as I look back over the last year, it has been a pretty rough one — and as rough as it’s been for me, it has seemed even more so for some of those I know. There are a lot of signs that things are looking up, though, so at least there is that. The job is going well and my health is much better than it was a year or so ago. There is another good development that I’m probably not at liberty to talk about just yet, mostly because it’s not quite clear how that particular development will unfold. But it’s a nice development, one I’m trying very hard to enjoy without overthinking it too much. Whatever happens, I think I will end up having benefited from it.
Another bad thing about the past year is that rather short shrift I have paid this blog. I think I will see if I can at least use my time off to post some of my pictures from my Civil War trip this past fall. All three of you who still read this will no doubt be delighted.