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A look at the past year

Dear Internet,

It has come to my attention that I have been quite absent from the internetterweb-o-sphere for the past year. Real life has come a'knockin' and has stolen most of the time that I used to commit to e-friends and artwork.

While I can't say that I regret the last year, I do feel that I owe everyone a recap. Those who still read this journal have, and always will be, a part of my life. :)

In the interest of parsing down a summary of this year's events, I've constructed the following list of highlights. Those wishing more information on a particular event may comment on it and I will respond with some more in-depth information.

Without further aduei, I present to you:

2013: The Year of the Progress

From the start:

1) FC 2013
Where I discovered that I still have a billion friends within the community, but determined that the convention itself holds little interest for me. Instead of tieing myself to a table, I spent the weekend running around visiting people and rekindled my love for friends I hardly get to see or have fallen out of touch with.
Malaika - Rent

2) Promotions at the workplace
I've been a Mortgage Loan Officer for the past two years. I am not a Senior Loan Officer.

It isn't the most glorious or fun job I've had, but I'm damn good at it. As of next month, I will officially be licensed to do home loans in 10 states (CA, WA, AZ, UT, HI, NJ, NM, CT, DC, WI). I was our top guy in the company for 6 Months out of the year and, for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm actually getting paid well for doing a good job. It's a pretty awesome feeling.


3) Debt
This also marks the year that I KILLED over $10,000 in debt. Seriously. Instead of going out and buying that fancy new thingy, I seriously plowed into some debts and am finally back on track with my student loans. Goodbye credit cards. Goodbye weird-phone-bills-from-years-ago. Goodbye car tickets... and good riddance.

It feels good to finally have that weight off my shoulders.


4) Wife!! (Almost)
Most of you have already heard this one, but I can't say it enough times: I am officially engaged.

That's right, ladies and gents, the eternal bachelor is officially off of the market. Not to say that I have left my days of wine and music behind; now I just have a partner in crime to share them with. I asked coffeeslayer to be my wife this year and she said yes.

Every time I say that, I'm still shocked, surprised, pleased, excited, terrified, jittery, and utterly in love. I couldn't be more happy.

Here's a few pictures of the shiny thing.

Alicia Ring 01
Alicia Ring 02

2013 was a big year. 2014 is shaping up to include such illustrous things as a house, a vacation, and who the hell knows what else.

How was your year?

Either way, I'm looking forward to it.

Kigs out.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 13th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
Man, that's a pretty awesome year! I'm really happy for you. :)

You gonna be at that FC thing this year?
Jan. 13th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I am. Are you?

Jan. 13th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
Re: Yes
Amazingly enough, yes!
Jan. 14th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
man that is AWESOME! hope next year is as rad as the next!

if you're going to FC, keep your eyes open for my proxy, shane rufus (who might also be going by "pac"). give him a dollar and he will make you an "authentic" pac drawing!*

(*if i were drawing with my left hand while blind folded)
Jan. 16th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
Dude, that's awesome! :D Should you ever return to a con closer to my area, I'd love to get to see you again. Congrats on getting engaged and getting your debt down, too!
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
hi kigs! i'm glad to hear you are doing well :)
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