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The Year That Was January 1, 2018

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A new year. A time for reflection. A time for memories.

Up until a couple of years ago, I always did a Year in Review entry about things in a lot of detail. Three years ago, I changed it up and didn’t do that, only something along the lines of a year’s perspective. I’ve come to realise that the year is done. Life has wound its course for 2017, and there’s no point dwelling on it too much. That’s not to say that I won’t remember 2017. I am, I do, and I will. But I can’t live in the past, though I can certainly learn from what happened last year. At least I hope so.

For me personally, the year was epitomised by the political situation in the United States (aka Donald Trump, President), the extent to which terrorism ruled the headlines, and the various deaths in both the entertainment and music industries, notably of individuals my own age or younger; this has brought home my own mortality, in some respects, but has just been saddening in others. I can say that my health didn’t drastically improve over the course of 2017, though I did lose a bit of weight, and my blood sugars aren’t totally under control. I guess, when it comes down to it, I still have a lot to learn about my insulin therapy. The bigger health issue struck from about February onward, with pain in my left shoulder that has now worsened and seems connected to cervical spinal issues I’m having. That may be the big personal story for me over the coming year, but we’ll see what we shall see.

I can’t honestly say there were a lot of 2016 highlights and lowlights that I’ll look back on with any real fondness or annoyance, but there were a few of both during the course of the year. I like to think that I’m a bit of a better person for what happened in 2017, but there’s room for improvement, and I hope to be a better person yet again in 2018.

That’s really all I have to say about 2017.

Now? It’s time to look forward. And all the good/great stuff that’s going to happen this year.

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A Thought for the New Year January 1, 2018

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January 1st, 2018. A new year. Also a time for contemplation, a time for New Year’s resolutions and thoughts, and a time when we discard the destructive, old habits for healthy, new ones. Supposedly. Back when, a good friend of mine, Janet Wilson, suggested that I journal today the New Year’s resolutions that she makes every year, based on her time in Alcoholics Anonymous. She got this list from the column that Dear Abby wrote way back when. So here’s some thoughts for folks to think about as we get ready to head into a New Year…

Just for today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct, and accept those I cannot.

Just for today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.

Just for today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2017

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And so, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m in a heck of a lot of pain due to the cervical spine issues I’m dealing with, and truth be told am not really all that mobile at the moment. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle (or two) of beer.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I’m feeling and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2018. 🙂

Final Day of 2017 December 31, 2017

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It’s the last day of 2017.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. While there have been some good moments this past year, 2017 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a U.S. government that wreaked all manner of changes and most not for the better in the world, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough times I’ve had this year health-wise (especially during the last four months of the year), and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2017.

It’s a Sunday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is brutally cold, and the snow was coming down when I woke up, and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. Well, actually I didn’t. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.

How I Spent My Christmas Day December 26, 2017

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Yesterday was Christmas Day. Being a single fellow, with little family left in the world, and not celebrating Christmas to boot, ’twas a day where I got to spend much of it on my own. Well, actually all of it.

Suffice to say, the day passed relatively uneventfully. I was in a lot of head/neck/shoulder/arm/hand pain when I woke up, and realised it was a lost day. I managed to make a pancake breakfast (with sugar free syrup) for myself, but that didn’t help the pain that I was in, in fact making it somewhat worse.

The rest of the day was spent napping, doing a bit of (gaming) reading, watching a DVD (I can’t remember what, will have to get it off the watched shelf and see what it was… it was the Doctor Who DVD of “The Power of the Daleks”), and just trying to sit in chairs and in a comfortable position that didn’t make me want to scream in pain from the problem(s) mentioned above. Listened to a bit of music, predominantly Annie Haslam and some Renaissance, and was able to mellow out somewhat. Only heard from one person during the day, and that was Kathy. She called to find out how I was doing, to wish me a Happy holiday season, and to tell me that Ellie had loved the Christmas present I’d made sure she’d received.

I managed to struggle through making supper, and treated myself to a couple of latkes (a Hanukkah tradition) with some apple sauce for dessert. After cleaning the dishes away, I sat back and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time”. What can I say about it? It was a lovely episode, a fitting end for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, with masterful performances by both Capaldi and David Bradley (as the First Doctor), and introduced new Doctor Jodie Whitaker in a sequence that left me waiting to see what comes next. There was some stuff that I didn’t like about the episode, but I won’t get into that simply because I don’t have the energy and typing just isn’t that easy these days. I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi’s Doctor for the most part, but won’t miss Steven Moffat’s showrunning.

After the story wrapped up (1-1/2 hours, including adverts), I took my nightly insulin shot, took my evening pill and some of the Gabapentin, and had an early night of it. Once in bed, I read for about twenty minutes, and then tried to get some sleep.

Happy Winter Solstice! December 21, 2017

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Happy Winter Solstice!

There’s good news, and bad news. The good news is that the days start to get longer as of today! The bad news is that it’s been a pretty snowy, not all that mild winter so far, so I suspect this year that winter is just getting started on us, and there’s going to be a lot snow and cold temperatures this year1. But one takes the good with the bad. 🙂

Winter weather. Bah, humbug!

1 But we don’t need to be worried about climate and environmental change! Right!!!

Wednesday Gaming on Holiday Season Hiatus December 20, 2017

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Gaming is off for this evening, and for the rest of what is left of 2017, as the Wednesday night players do the Christmas and New Year’s things.

There’s a possibility that I might run a one-shot or two during the rest of the holiday season, but that’s not all that likely. Still, one never knows.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled December 17, 2017

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Gaming with the Sunday afternoon group is off for this afternoon once more.

SteveR is still recovering from what he’s been going through this past month (long story, and not mine to tell), and while Tammy’s available to play this weekend she’d rather not game without SteveR. This isn’t a bad thing, to be perfectly honest, as my health problems with the pain in the shoulder, arm, hand, neck, and head are still extremely bad, so we won’t be playing this afternoon.

I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to actually start the The Dark Eye campaign with the first scenario with the Sunday group again, but things are what they are.

Friday Gaming on Holiday Season Hiatus December 15, 2017

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Gaming is off for this evening, and for the rest of what is left of 2017, as the Friday night players do the Christmas and New Year’s things.

There’s a possibility that I might run a one-shot or two during the rest of the holiday season, but that’s not all that likely. Still, one never knows.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled December 10, 2017

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Gaming with the Sunday afternoon group is off for this afternoon once more.

SteveR is still recovering from what he’s been going through this past month (long story, and not mine to tell), and while Tammy’s available to play this weekend she’d rather not game without SteveR. This isn’t a bad thing, to be perfectly honest, as my health problems with the pain in the shoulder, arm, hand, neck, and head are still extremely bad, so we won’t be playing this afternoon.

I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to actually start the The Dark Eye campaign with the first scenario with the Sunday group again, but things are what they are.