Jan. 4th, 2017

aadler: (Pain)

I’m following the flap about LiveJournal with some small interest but next to no comprehension. I’ve had my LJ account mirrored at Dreamwidth for years now, so switching over would be a negligible effort. I just plain don’t like Dreamwidth as much, though, so I’d rather stay where I am unless there’s some strong reason to move.

Hard to believe my wife Susan has been away for six months now (yes, I helped her move to California at the beginning of July). By September of 2018 she’ll have in enough time with the VA to retire, but will need to stay on the job where she is till July of 2019 to cement that as her “high three” for calculating retirement pay. Until very recently, our son Kevin was planning to bring Amber (GRANDDAUGHTER!) back to the States at the end of this month to have her baptized at the church where he and Mei-li were married … but now Susan is talking about us delaying that so all of us (she and I, Kevin and Mei-li and Amber, [livejournal.com profile] sroni and Conal) can meet together this time next year. Maybe for a short European vacation, maybe a cruise, the details are still up in the air. I’d rather not have to wait another year, but the truth is that I need to spend the next several months getting various repairs finished in our house (heat/air, water, electricity, gas). This just wouldn’t be a good time for a visit.

The Snowflake Challenge is on again, but I decided to skip this year. I’ve had good experiences in the past, but last year’s entries found me repeating ground I’d already trod a few times before, and I didn’t want to put in the effort for diminishing reward. That may have been a miscalculation, because so far the daily challenges have been somewhat different from before. I most probably won’t try to start in late (even though I could make up previous entries readily enough), but I recommend it for viewing and participating.

My schedule is still shaking out at work. I’ve been there almost two years now — the end of this month will be two years — but there have been a lot of changes, and things seem always to be in flux. Just have to see how that goes.