Looking Back on 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

Following suit of last year, I am doing a goal/objective list of what I would like for 2017. Along with also looking back on 2016. You can find last year’s post here. I first want to start with things that happened in 2016 that were not included on my list.

  • Found an amazing partner and developed a meaningful relationship.
  • So much going on with the office.
  • Big plans made for 2017.
  • First vacation in six years!
  • Tried lots of new foods.
  • Seen my father for the first time in a year and a half.

I know there is more but I just cannot seem to think of anything else. So, I want to look at what was on the list for 2016.

  • Cutting my debt by 1/3 at least

I did an update on this back in October. You can find that post here. Now just like in the update post I have made no progress with my credit card debt. The debt I have been working on is near paid. I have cut my debt by 1/3. This also did not include my car loan which I did pay off last year as well.

  • Effie and Little M moving up here with me

This we are not going to get into and will be the last time it is brought up on the blog.

  • Continued research into adoption

I did lots of research into this. However I am not currently doing more looking into it.

  • Bringing my blog follow back up (as well as keeping current with those I follow)

I really do not know how to gauge this one. I mean I have been reading lots of blogs and all of the ones I follow. I have not been active with commenting or communicating though.

  • Creating and continuing the stability in my life

I have been doing this. Not really able to explain how it is working at this point but it is.

  • Entering the next step of my career (my own clients and taking on payroll for the office)

Yes I have taken on payroll. I must say I am fairly good at it. At least for our province, not sure about labour laws in other provinces though. I would not say I have my own clients since the direction has changed.

I feel like I did well in 2016 and 2017 is going to be full of big things. Here is a list of goals or milestones I would like to meet for 2017.

  • I have to quit smoking again :(. This time it will stick though because of surprise reasons.
  • Moving back to the small town.
  • Than buying a place in said small town.
  • Dealing more with clients in the office.
  • Making sure things stay caught up in the office. Keeping the new procedures in place.
  • Having my debt cut in 1/2 from what it was at the beginning of 2017.
  • Staying on top of the blog.
  • Keeping my time and life organized.

We have a couple plans for 2017 and I do not want to put them on the list as they may not happen. Those are not in our control. The ones that will give me the most trouble will be the last two. I have real hope though and I will pull through on all of it. What does your 2017 year look like?

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Happy New Year!

It is the New Year now and it will be a busy one for MR and I. Our second holiday spent together. The next one (if I remember right) is the Chinese New Year. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

We just spent a week in Vancouver, B.C. and it was a fantastic trip! We both missed the dogs though. Driving back I really could not wait to see them. I am going to be terrible when it comes to kids ha-ha.

There was business stuff that had to be done when we were down there. I got some shopping in too. Things are expensive up North and you cannot always find what you are looking for either. Not everything got done though ūüė¶ but there is always next time I suppose.

We did not take pictures everyday. It is not something we really do and that is a shame. We did get some though. We did go to the Vancouver Aquarium which had me in a complete internal battle while we were there. We went with some friends so I stuck it though. We also had Christmas dinner at the Four Seasons. One of the two western meals we had while down there.

Christmas Dinner 2016

We spent dinner with four other people and it was very nice way to have our first Christmas together.

December 25 2016

This is MR favourite photo and I really like it too. After Dinner we all decided to take photo’s in front of the trees.

The next day it snowed! It was like we were home again and on top of it we were going shopping. I cannot stand shopping on Boxing Day. The crowds are just to much for me. Besides most stores now extend their sales for a week anyways. None the less we did it and it was stressful. We also were waiting in the truck for the other couple. I seized the opportunity to talk about our future.

On the 28th we headed out to Schelet, B.C. to see my father. I have not seen him in a year and a half, he also needed to meet MR. Despite missing the first ferry and having to wait for the next one. It turned out to be a great day!

December 28 2016

Not the greatest photo but this is the first photo of my father and I since I was little. These were taken in Gibsons, B.C.

December 28 2016

In front of the Persephone from the Canadian hit TV series ‘ The Beachcombers’. It was a great show! Of course before my time but I have still caught many episodes of it. It is the tugboat featured in the show.

December 28 2016

Here we are standing in front of Molly’s Reach. One of the filming locations for the show. I have a photo of me in front of here from when I was little. I will try to find it because it would be cute. Then if there are kids in the future. I would like to take a family photo in front of it again. Do a little series type thing. This place is not going any where. I mean it is still standing 16 years after the cancellation of the show.

It was just a great vacation all together. It was a good get a way and I feel like I have reset a little bit. Relaxing was hard for me to do though.

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We Leave Tomorrow

Leaving early Friday morning. I am no where near ready and starting to have an anxiety attack. I just want say screw it and not go. I really can be my worst enemy (all though I think that is true for most of us.

I still have cleaning and packing to do. I have to finish up a list of information for the pet sitter. I also need to give one of the local vets Bullet’s information in the case of an emergency. This really is nothing compared to what is running through my head.

I am going to try to remember to post while we are on vacation. It will be posted immediately rather than scheduling though. Or, maybe, I will save the good stuff till we get back. I have a couple things I could publish.

Just in case I forget though. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Just in Time for the Holidays

While Galaxy has not been top of the notch. I was having a pretty good streak of luck. Until I slipped. Nothing major happened (which I am very much thankful for) but I have a nice black finger nail just in time for holiday season.

I was walking to the living room in the middle of the night and slipped on some liquid that was on the tile. As I was sitting there in some pain and wondering what the hell happened. I started to freak as I thought one of the dogs peed on the floor. It was not pee to which I am very happy about. I, all of a sudden had this terrible pain in my finger. I got in the bathroom, got the light on, and there is blood running down my hand and arm. To say the least, I bawled my eyes out as I was rinsing my hand off in the interest of getting it clean. Also to see where the bleed was coming from.

Not feeling any better I did decide to wait till morning to see how my finger was doing. I guess just hoping the swelling would be down and it would not be throbbing anymore.

December 12 2016 December 12 2016

This was taken 7.5 hours after. It does not look quite so bad looking at it now. Extremely tender and throbbing though. This is when I decided I had to see a doctor. Unfortunately walk-in was booked up which left the ER. My doctor is in another town and there was a risk of a fracture. I spent about 6 hours in the ER. Thankfully there is nothing more than bleeding but they said I will lose the nail. I am okay with that. Really things could be much worse.

December 12 2016

This one was taken 17 hours later. I was hoping that this was as bad as the nail was going to get.

December 13 2016

I was wrong though over 36 hours later and there is still swelling. My nail is also becoming more black. There clearly is a lot of blood putting pressure against the nail. At this point I just hope my nail is still healthy to grow back.

It sucks that we are going away for Christmas and I get this ugly thing. Maybe I am just getting all that could go wrong out of the way now. There is lots for me to worry about on the trip. We have only spent a day together and to be honest I cannot remember if it was a full day. He works everyday so we get to spend a few hours in the evening and the rest is sleep. Can we handle, all of a sudden, seven days together? 

Getting Galaxy Healthy Again

Between Galaxy and I, things have been interesting. Lets start with Galaxy though. A couple months ago I did a phone consult with the vet on what was going on with her scratching. We opted to change her food ($110.00CAD per bag) and that did not seem to do much. She was on it for four weeks before the annual appointment. All kinds of skin scraping’s and test showed nothing. We were told to change her food again to something much more hypo-allergenic ($150.00CAD per bag). Not so exciting when it comes to budgeting.

She has also been on medication since the appointment. She received a topical dose of de-wormer, two horse sized oral de-wormer pills, oral antibiotics, and a form of steroid. She has been on the antibiotics and steroids for two weeks now. I have to tell you it is like having the old Galaxy back. Feels like a miracle! She has another two week round of antibiotics. I am hoping she is not having an allergic reaction and the antibiotics have killed whatever may have been bothering her. The steroids are now half a pill every two nights. I am hoping to bring the dose down even more before we go on holidays.

November 29 2016

This is after the vet appointment. You can see she rubbed the hair out from around her eyes. Plus, you can see how red her skin is. This was taken November 29 2016.

December 13 2016

This was taken December 13 2016. It is obvious that her skin is much better. The hair will take some to grow back though.

She has not been scratching. Maybe a little here and there but no more than a healthy dog would. Her pads seem to be tender in the snow as well. Although it does not help that we have had -20C to -30C for a while yet.

December 06 2016

She has such tiny feet for a dog that looks so big. They even match her winter jacket!

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