And this LJ is a few days short of 17. And I haven't used it much in the last 15 years, either.
Of course, many of the people I discovered it with aren't around much either, many deleted or idle accounts.
I keep thinking I will be back, use it again. Permanent Account status and all.
Only 2295 people have been on here longer than I have been here. Which is probably mostly just cool to me...
I can't say I will be posting daily to LJ, necessarily, nor will all the posts be public when I do, but I am committing to writing every day this year, with license to suck invoked. I have a notebook to cover at least a bit of the first part of the year, essential as I do not have personal computer time nor internet access for a lot of my day. I may take some time to rework some Really Big Things, some time for expanding that universe, and possibly some time on the courier story idea as well. Depending on how much I get on LJ, and how I feel about it, there will be friends-only and occasional public entries over the next year.
Tempting to turn off anonymous comments, but I still wonder if folks without LJ's might like to comment. Of course, I also use this very little...
I occasionally try to check in on old friends on LJ, and find they too have either lapsed or left...
In February, my company failed, leaving me without 3 weeks of pay, and ineligible for immediate unemployment benefits because I had been working for a theoretical paycheck I might still receive (ha, still waiting.)
Also in February, Darcy lost some daycare clients. This occurred a few other times over the course of the year, and at least at present she is near capacity.
In April, I started a new job, which was good except I'm working nights, sleeping days. More on this later.
In July, I got in my car, started it and burning coolant billowed from the exhaust. We worked out how to pay for a new (to us) car that was pretty decent.
In early August, I spent a week working days covering for a vacationing cow-orker, then went back to nights. This was a rough switch, as was evidenced by the slow-speed crash of the car into a median when I dozed literally a few seconds behind the wheel. I was alone and uninjured, the airbags did not even deploy.
But the insurance company still totalled out the car. We were out part of our down payment, but managed to figure out a down payment for another not as neat new (to us) car.
In October, we went to Boston for my sister-in-law's wedding. Fox was ill and wound up in Boston Children's Hospital's ER for a good 5-6 hours. Insurance paid about half that $1400 bill.
In November the Dr. let us know Fox's already-slow growth was dropping further off the charts, and we needed to investigate his poor eating habits and possible endocrine disorders. Not jumping to conclusions, but if he needs human growth hormone injections it will cost us at least a couple K a month to maintain those.
So with that year so far, it was entirely anomolous that our neighbor's 18 year old daughter we have known about a year would nominate us for KDWB's Christmas Wish program, and that we would be granted clothes, toys, games, and other things to make our planned meager Christmas into what may be the best we've ever given the kids. Katelynn went out of her way to write a nomination letter and go into the studios to tell of our year. We are so very thankful for this.
Hey, LJ. How's it hangin'?
So I haven't used you much lately...
Yeah, OK, it's true. I've been banging Twitter and Facebook behind your back. Actually the two of them are tied together, so it's really a big shameless social-media-bondage-threesome thing.
Yeah and there's the Deadpan, too. Plus I've been going back to the Secretland forums. Yeah, I kind of figured it was gone too, but I still go to the Basement Lounge, where admittedly I mostly talk to myself.
But here I am, using you 'cuz I had nothing much better to do but wait for the printer to have an error...
Got the t-Mobile G1, trying out an LJ client.