This year has been yet another roller coaster year for me..
Where to start? Â Well, after trying for 2-3 years, I finally transferred from the Vancouver Operations Centre to Abbotsford in late January. Â The commute has been so much better! Â The people out there are great and it certainly was the change that I needed. Â I’ve applied for a couple of service technician positions out there, one of which is still pending. Â I’m ready for a change. Â I’ve been an installer for over 8 years.
It terms of travel, I’ve been very lucky. Â I had the opportunity to go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in April. Â Going to Las Vegas was amazing just for the experience of the altered reality that it provides. Â Arizona and the Grand Canyon had a different significance to me. Â In the winter, my grandfather would go down to the Tucson area to wait out the cold to leave southern Ontario. Â As a child, I remember him talking about Arizona and what it has to offer. Â He should us pictures of the Grand Canyon and even then, I knew that I wanted to go see it for myself some day. Â Well, mid-April was my chance, and I couldn’t pass it up. Â Even though it is very much a tourist attraction, I managed to find some peace there. Â I literally sat on the edge, looking over it and thought about my grandfather. Â Meghan just let me have my time there, not saying a word. Â It was what I needed.
Two months after that trip, it was time to take out highly anticipated cross-country trek from Maple Ridge to Winnipeg. Â My youngest brother was getting married and I simply could not miss it. Â on a nearly 2 week trip, we drove across, seeing many things along the way. Â It was great to reconnect with my family again and spend some time with them. Â This was also an opportunity to get to know my new sister-in-law a little more. Â Andrew and Martha seem to be perfect for each other.
In the summer, Meghan, the girls and I went camping only once, but we made it worthwhile. Â We went to Vancouver Island and stayed in Victoria for the first night (and a hotel there!). Â The next morning we drove up the coast to the Courtney are and stayed at Miracle Beach. Â It was nice and sandy, but we didn’t get a lot of opportunity to enjoy it due to rain. Â We did manage to find a short window of time when the tide was out to go digging in the sand for sand dollars and clams. Â (They bite, I discovered!). Â We also managed to find Canada’s largest geocache. Â Then again, it’s not that hard to miss as you go by.
Lastly, in terms of travel, Meghan and I didn’t have the kids over Thanksgiving, so we decided to take a quick two-day trip down the west coast to Oregon. Â We managed to get all the way down to Florence, where there are a lot of sand dunes. Â We would have gone on a dune buggy, but we got there too late. Â So, we drove to a state recreation area with sand dunes, and played in the sand there (both myself and in my truck).
It has been a remarkable year for geocaching for me. Â My personal goal for the year was to find 200, which was double the amount that I had found the previous year.. Â Well.. Â I blew that out of the water. Â Unless I go out with the kids later today to find one (not very likely), I found 386 in four provinces and four states. Â Not too shabby. Â I think I’ll try and make my goal for next year to be somewhere between 400-450.
Towards the end of the year, my back injury has been getting worse again. Â For the month of December, I’ve been restricted to light office duties until it improves. Â I find out on January 4th what the next course of action will be. Â It could be a bumpy year next year.
For 2012, I’ve set some goals for myself. Â I plan on losing a fair bit of weight, and getting into yoga to help strengthen my core muscles. Â In a general sense, I’m planning on getting rid of the crap in my life — both physically and mentally. Â I’ve been letting too much drag me down and that has to change.
So.. Â That’s pretty much it. Â I’m also hoping to start blogging some more. Â The one thing I’ve noticed about myself is that when the shit hits the fan, that’s when I get quiet on here and Facebook. Â I’ll try to keep the complaining to a minimum too.. Â :)
Happy New Year everyone! Â I hope your 2012 treats you well!