2010, Odyssey Two

Welcome to 2010. Every time I see the date I can’t help but think of one of my favourite book series – and like the author says, like every good trilogy it stops at book four. I’m referring to 2001, 2010, 2061, and 3001. Which reminds me that it is time to list the books I read in 2009. I must say, I didn’t read as much as I would have liked:

Emma by Jane Austen
School’s Out Forever – Maximum Ride Book #2 by James Patterson
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports – Maximum Ride Book #3 by James Patterson
The Final Warning – Maximum Ride Book #4 by James Patterson
Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
Black by Ted Dekker
Red by Ted Dekker
White by Ted Dekker
Wildwood Dances
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
The Giver by Lois Lowry

I can and then I can’t believe that I haven’t updated my online journal-blog-whatchamacallit since September. Let me tell you, I have been a very busy person. Obviously I haven’t worked on my website or my online store but I promise I have good excuses!  I moved into the basement of my boyfriend’s family the last week of October as I started a new place of employment. Luckily I didn’t unpack everything from the move in September, so moving a lot of my things wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. My boyfriend’s family is so very nice to allow me to live in their basement completely free. There’s a bedroom and a bathroom, and a large area for me to have my computer desk and a great amount of open space.

Training for my new job lasted for around five weeks and then one week of on the job learning. For a while I worked Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday from 9:00am until 7:30pm – those were long days and by the end of the day I had back pain and found that I had to stand up not only to relieve the back issue but to also keep myself sane as sitting there, taking phone calls for that long was brutal. Now I am back on a normal Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00 schedule and I’m loving it. I enjoy my job as every day, though things are similar, I get to deal with different people and different problems and I get to learn something new. I’m starting to volunteer for different extra small tasks on the team, which makes me feel even better about my position. Finally I have health insurance, life insurance, holiday pay, and over time pay. That part of my life is going very well so far.

Without further delaying it, I must announce that I have become engaged! My boyfriend now fiancé, Scott, proposed to me on Christmas day and every time I look at my ring I can’t help but grin. We’ve only just begun talking about plans, and like any good planner were are starting at the end and working our way to the beginning. As of now, we have worked on the location of the honeymoon and have moved on to discuss the reception plans. Eventually we will get around to actually planning the wedding and picking a date. Right now a possibility is late spring/early summer of 2011. Rest assured when things get more finalized I’ll be making another announcement.

Christmas was very enjoyable. I was excited to be able to buy nearly everyone I wanted to a gift. I also received some very awesome gifts as well and will make a picture montage/collage of the various awesome gifts I received. I volunteered to work on New Year’s Day for the lovely holiday/overtime pay and I actually fell asleep on New Year’s Eve before 11:00 so celebrations were null and void. However, I’ve been playing a lot of Beatles Rock Band with my fiancé and his family (my gift to him) so we’ve been having a lot of fun. If I’m not singing, I play bass which I thoroughly enjoy as Paul was always my favourite Beatle- I regret that I must play right-handed.

I finally finished reading the Count of Monte Cristo which I have never had the pleasure of reading before and I must say that it is now in my top picks of favourite books. I have also been playing ping-pong recently and found that I need to endeavour to get into shape as playing that table tennis game should not cause my thighs so much agony the following day. Plans are in the works for me to improve as losing to my fiancé cannot become a habit. Luckily I am at least able to beat his brother from time to time. And to think I was the best in middle school during our P.E. tournament – plastic soul!

I am really, really hoping to get back into writing soon. I keep wanting to pick up more chapters of my Sorceress Story, but I always have video games I want to play or movies I want to watch, or sometimes I’m just too tired mentally or physically. I have a goal that this weekend I will write one chapter at least.  Hold me to it! As the weather is rather chilly, nature photography is on hold until a good snow comes along and I muster the strength to trudge through the drifts. However, I will post some of my most recent photography here – my 2010 calendar design as well – and a collage of my engagement ring.

And as a very enlightening holo deck simulation of a Parallax colony once said,

“The higher, the fewer”.

Regards,

Kristina


Trees Remembrance Calendar by ~Cwen-Natulcien on deviantART

Engagement Ring

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