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Dept. of Starting Anew

Here's to A Happy New Year

Some of my online friends have long since celebrated leaving 2015 and entering 2016. I am just getting ready to join friends here in Chicago for dinner and then champagne at midnight, and I wanted to thank everyone out there in my pixiled and pixilated online world for helping me get through 2015.

It was one hell of a year:

I navigated through the extreme oddity of working for the same people, but in a new and less friendly (but hopefully more financially secure) company.

I dealt with one significant emotional upheaval, in part because of that, and physical problems, including back spasms, that ultimately brought about something good: for the first time since my 20s, I'm exercising regularly. It hasn't kept my weight down; I regained about 2/3rds of the weight I lost between 2009 and 2014, but I'm relatively certain that I'm in better shape.

I turned 60.

My son went through one major upheaval at the beginning of the  year, and managed to survive it with a little help from those who loved him. He is still with his lady friend; they survived a summer on the road together, and he came back and, again with the help of people who love him, found a job that he is enjoying, that pays him more than his mother makes, and that promises him stability. AND he has been able to exercise his intellect and talent by writing radio comedy/drama, acting in his first Panto, and returning to music by playing and writing for a band that's trying to make it.

I spent another year with the man I love.

Those things helped me continue in the job (remember the job at the top of this list), which has become progressively more difficult to love.

I didn't finish Hearts And Moons. 2016 or bust!

And I had another 365 days of knowing you, meeting you, talking to you and having my life be generally enriched by you.

May your 2016 be good; may it be free from pain and financial insecurity. May it be full of love, shored by friends and enriched by creativity.

Thank you for being there.


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/393338.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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eaweek
Jan. 1st, 2016 04:29 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too!
kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hope yours was a good one!
maruad
Jan. 1st, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
A Happy New Year to you and yours!
kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Let me send those wishes back to you, as well!
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2016 08:39 am (UTC)
Aw, happy new year & may 2016 be better to you!
kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
May it be a better year for you as well!
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kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you as well; and thank you for the lovely card!
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kaffyr
Jan. 5th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on turning 60!

Heh ... yes, I'm rather chuffed at having reached that milestone. And now there are only fewer than 57 months until I can retire but who's counting.
a_phoenixdragon
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful post! So many joys and triumphs!

May 2016 be a better year - Happy New Year, honey!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you soar in 2016, high and wide and happy!

*hugs you back*
liadtbunny
Jan. 1st, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
Have a good 2016 too!

I hope your son had a good time panto-ing. I didn't know anyone did it outside of the UK. US stars think they're doing a nice Christmas play and then they find out the truth.

NB if you don't know already don't sit on the front row, its not a complete guareentee of protection though!
kaffyr
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
Heh - the British-style panto isn't big here, but there are a small but growing number of theatrical groups and school groups, at least in the Chicago area, that do them. The Panto FB was in was the latest in several years. He said it didn't have as much in the way of interactive stuff as previous years, but it was still a lot of fun, and there was some interactivity with the audience. The Dame was done with the sugar-dripping American Southern accent, and the actor playing her was magnificent.

(FB asked the house manager to sit BB and I in the front row; the Dame immediately flirted with BB, who went with it, and we all enjoyed ourselves.)
liadtbunny
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Most of the theaters in Britain would shut if there wasn't the panto cash cow every year.

Ha, ha, good boy. Wot no water pistols and slosh? (I can give you the recipe;))
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
Heh ... no water pistols, and yes, I'd love the recipe for slosh!
liadtbunny
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
Grate two shaving sticks (in a spinny pasta grater thingy) to one mug of warm water, add a dash of glycerine and whisk (make sure it doesn't get in to the mixer or it will break it). Do it right and pity those who use cans of shaving foam.
kaffyr
Jan. 5th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Aha - this is something that you spray or "slosh" on to people unfortunate enough to be seated within firing range? What's the launch mechanism? And why should one pity those who only use cans of shaving foam? (Your friendly neighborhood reporter ... this is how I think.)
liadtbunny
Jan. 5th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
'Tis a versatile substance. You can put slosh on big paint brushes or in piping bags or make into "custard" pies. Proper slosh is stiffer than shaving foam and quirts out of holes in hats much more impressively. I suppose the difference is the same as between home made lemon curd and shop bought curd, the lesser one can't compete when it comes to quality. Plus the gunging of people is a serious business. The users of shaving foam can't hope to offer people a quality panto experience without decent slosh which is why they should be pitied. Decent cloths? Holograms? A budget? Famous names? Pah, these things mean nothing without slosh.

Personally, I'm in favour of water: costs nothing, is instant and is kinder to clothes;p
kaffyr
Jan. 16th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hah - finally got to read this, and I quite agree; homemade is better than ready-made ... and water is best of all!
tardis_stowaway
Jan. 1st, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! May 2016 bring stability in the areas where you desire it and positive change in the areas that need some shaking up.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
And the same to you, my friend (and thank you for the lovely card; it's sitting on our mantelpiece now!)
tardis_stowaway
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

Though I think perhaps you have the source of your card mixed up. I didn't send out holiday cards this year, sorry.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
First - I love that icon! Second ... eurk, you're right. Don't mind me. Not enough tea or coffee in my system right now, because I slept in to an obscene hour this morning. Thanks for being understanding!
tardis_stowaway
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
Ha, no worries! I understand the problems of too little caffeine.
clocketpatch
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:07 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
And to you as well; I hope the weather treated you to a good New Year's Eve!

Edited at 2016-01-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
flowsoffire
Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:23 am (UTC)
Happy new year and here's to a rich and beautiful 2016, with ups and downs but mostly life ♥ *hugs*
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
but mostly life

And let's work hard to make that life an excellent one!

Hugs and love to you!
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