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My 2006 in Review

And so a new year begins. January, 2007. My how time flies. Who'd have thought it, huh? :)

As is the custom for this day of the year, any year, one cannot help but muse and look back on the year that was. So, who am I to go against tradition? :)

For the most part, it was a very good year. There is the relationship with Stef, which I'm not going into here...but will say that it is good.

Money was tight for most of the first two-thirds of the year, but the new job helped. If nothing else, it got me out of the house and all! :)

I didn't go and see a lot of movies in the theatres, and didn't go to see a lot of concerts and the like this past year. Part of that was due to the fact that money was tight, the other being the fact that Jethro Tull didn't perform anywhere near enough for me to make a concerted (no pun intended) effort to get to. The two highlights for me in this regard were the Sue Foley concert at the Ottawa Bluesfest and the concert by sweet Suzie McNeil at the Thirsty Toad here in Ottawa (there are previous journal entries about both of these shows, but I'm not going to link them here). The only other artist I wanted to see, other than Tull or Annie Haslam, is Thea Gilmore, but she's just had a baby and wasn't playing anywhere I could get to. Other than that it was more a case of listening to CDs and the like and watching a few tv series and movies on DVD. Two seasons of Grey's Anatomy, the first season of St. Elsewhere, and the fifth season of Silk Stalkings are the stuff that stands out in my mind in this regard.

Gaming this past year, on the roleplaying front, was a bit up and down, and certainly flighty for the most part. For some reason I didn't stick with any given rpg system for a long period of time (at least not with the Sunday afternoon group), and this was not satisfying to me or the players. This is something I want to work on during 2007, and have got off to a good start with this, planning to go back to The Dying Earth and continuing on with Hollow Earth Expedition. I want to find some consistency in my rpging, for sure. I ran several demos of rpgs this past year that went well, so am content in that regard. I had a good year with the boardgames overall, discovering the Power Grid game, which I picked up along with the two expansion map sets, and the new expansion for Ticket to Ride, which adds some freshness to that game.

Reading this past year was quite enjoyable, and I read a good deal, more during certain months than others. I re-read several series, including the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin, the Elita series by Kate Jacoby, some of the older Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, She and Ayesha by H. Rider Haggard, ten more books in the two Roman mystery series by Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor that I really enjoyed, and some of the works by Kage Baker, Charles Stross, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Terry Pratchett, and some of the non-fiction stuff that I read. My To-Read Queue (TRQ) has plenty of stuff to tide me over for this year.:)

I made a few new friends, mostly from work and a few from gaming circles and people that I've met on the internet, and lost a few friends through death, moving away, and just being out of touch. Something else I'd like to fix this coming year, however I can.

And that leads me to the state of my health...


In many ways this year, I've had a decent year, despite the fact that I'm down with the sinus infection right now, and have had too many hurt fingers and toes this past year. My weight is back up to around 200 lbs. now, meaning I've gained back most of what I lost on the South Beach Diet when I was faithful to it, and the diabetes is under control, although my blood sugar readings are slightly higher than they were, but my A1C tests have been very good. I'm not taking medication for the diabetes, although I have reevaluated my stance in that regard, and don't think it would necessarily be a bad thing to do so, preferably pills, but we'll see how the year shapes up. I didn't stick too well to the South Beach Diet this past year, and have re-dedicated myself to it for the foreseeable future - one of my New Year's resolutions! - and am certainly going to try to drop the weight again and get the diabetes under better control to the best of my ability.

So, that's the kind of year it's been for me.

I'm going to try to do better in 2007.

In any event, I've still got the sinus infection, probably not helped by last night's New Year festivities and all not to mention the weather, so it's off for a nice cup of hot herbakl tea.
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