First, I’d like to thank head58 and Ali for the great gaming party help in December and for the wonderful New Years party. I was happy I got to kiss someone at midnight, even if it was head58.
Should I do the good news first or the bad. Lets do the bad, then the mixed, then the good.
First, the least consequential which still brought my mood down just in time for the others: The Packers were kicked from the playoffs. Not really a big deal in the larger scheme, but still depressing.
I’ve lost my job. The bastards knew when it was to end, but no-one thought it important to tell me. I had less than a week’s notice. I knew it was going to end soon, but still, be professional enough to tell me!
To make matters worse, my project wasn’t finished though the end was in sight. I’ve been asking people to test the damn thing for months and I had a little feedback, but no big bugs. Naturally, we take this as a cue to roll it out and also naturally, this is when people actually start testing it. If I’d had three months from then, it’d have been fine, but I had 2 weeks. Now that isn’t completely usable, though parts can be used. The old one is prone to breaking and they have no-one to fix it and no-one to correct database problems. Sucks to be them!
The worst of all though, is that my grandmother is dying. She was admitted to the hospital for an uncontrollable nose-bleed since she’d lost lots of blood and had been falling down recently. Turns out her platelet count was at 5. It should be 100. They’ve done more tests and found she has lymphoma that has pervaded her intestine to the point that there’s really nothing there but cancer. They have her on a new drug that is teaching her immune system to fight it and she’s feeling better, but if they drug does too good a job, it is just as bad as there’d be no tissue left there. They essentially have to teach the cancer to be her new intestines.
At least I like her hematologist. They’d given her a treatment for her platelets and brought them up to 6 and he said “Well, that’s a 20% increase…” Which is exactly what I was thinking. He’s Nerd-Boy-Extreme too, looking nerdier than Emo and around 25 years old.
To top things off, I can’t go visit her again until I ditch this cold. (btw, I have a cold)
Now for the mixed: Christmas
Mom and Barry came out for likely the only time ever. My Uncle was a meddling bastard that screwed much of the holiday up for us, mom’s car broke down in front of her hotel and emmalyon managed to break a tooth on Christmas Eve eating Chinese food. However, we were able to find someone to fix it Christmas Day. Mom, Barry and I also had a good time going to Rutt’s Hutt, The Montclair Bookstore and other fun things. Christmas was mostly on the good side with a few really crappy moments. Mostly just annoying ones, though.
Finally the good
I’ve found myself a wonderful girlfriend: urnesha. She’s from Trinidad and goes to school at Mt. Holyoke. She’s a friend of kaisilverwolf (and other friends of mine), which is how I met her. She’s 26 and an environmental studies major. She’s graduating this year.
inochinoakari has moved in! She’s in the third bedroom and we’re still arranging everything, but emmalyon and I are delighted to have her here.
My porch is fixed and other repairs are finally being attended to by the complex.
I have some time off.
I put together a bathroom sink/counter and installed it at Pete’s house. I now can do plumbing! There was one great moment where Pete, Emmalyon, Keiko and I were all in his tiny bathroom working on it and Matt (his 1.5 year old) walked in and shut the door.
I’ve gotten to do lots of gaming recently.
I got to visit the Mt. Holyokers recently and attended a party to meet Urnesha’s friends. I was the only man at the party (most of the attendees being lesbian couples). It was quite enjoyable, even though I missed the flashing.
There have been two engagements announced in my group of friends and I approve of both (not that they need my approval, I’m just saying that’s good for me).
There’s likely more good as my life is generally a good one. It is just the whole thing with my grandmother is obscuring that a little right now and making the other bad things stand out a little more. Fortunately for me, I have a wonderful network of friends that are making all of this far more bearable. I like to think of them as my real family.
Also, garrity has inspired me to post something quizzy, but the link is broken, so maybe next time.