So long 2013

I can’t say it’s been a particularly good year over all.

The good:  We took two really great family vacations.

  • Over Spring break, we went to California.  While there, we went to the California  Science Center (saw the Endeavour which was way cool), California Adventure Park, and DisneyLand.  Awesome trip, though the girl came back with a sinus infection.
  • First week of June, we went to Florida.  Spent a couple of days on Anna Maria Island.  We went parasailing with the kids (they loved it), visited Mote Marine Laboratory during tropical storm Andrea and ate a lot of ice cream.  After, we went up to Orlando.  There we did SeaWorld, Aqautica, and Discovery Cove.  The kids loved it all.  There were a few slides the kids couldn’t go on, but there were a few that the boy didn’t want to go on, but we made him.  He ended up loving it.  And as par, the girl came back with swimmers ear.

The bad:  Lots of loss.  I lost an uncle, a cousin, a friends mom, a friend, and a distant cousin of sorts (a cousin lost a cousin on the other side).

The ugly: I’m sick.

I did lose my job too (RIF’ed), but I’ve been looking and with the time, I’ve also been training for a half marathon.

Here’s to 2014 and that it may not be so stinky as 2013.



I am late in getting this posted.  I completely forgot to do this post yesterday.  People got panties in a bunch over Thanksgiving because retail workers were expected to work and not be with family.  I think when you work retail, it’s not a surprise that you’ll be working.  Here’s 13 other jobs/careers/professions that don’t always get the holiday off.  Some are fairly obvious.

  1. active duty military
  2. police officers
  3. fire fighters
  4. doctors
  5. nurses
  6. TV crew
  7. radio crew
  8. garbage collectors
  9. homeless shelter staff
  10. hotel staff
  11. nursing home staff
  12. gas station attendants
  13. movie theater staff

Thursday Thirteen

edited to add:  also transportation crew, including airlines, taxis, bussing services.