Wow. It's been ages since I posted anything here... I've been lurking, but it's been so busy lately, that I never seem to get back here as often as I'd like.
The last couple months of 2012 were hectic to say the least. My position was officially eliminated on Dec 31, and I started my new job on Jan 3rd. Despite all the crap that went on, I was still lucky enough to find a job, and even stay within my Unit. Others weren't so lucky. One colleague retired, another two were forced to leave the branch all together, and another lost her job completely and is still looking for work. Some days, working for the Government is great, other days it really sucks.
Anyway, the new position's going pretty well. It's actually the same type of work that I'd been doing for the last 10 years, but just a different subject matter. So, there's been a lot of learning in the last couple of months, but my experience has made it a lot easier to get a hang of than it would be if I were totally new. That helps a lot. In fact, there are people here coming to me for help with stuff, and they've been doing this for years.
And as if work wasn't stressing me out enough, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, at age 73, they actually found it really early. It was a pretty small tumour, and after a couple of quick surgeries, and a few weeks of radiation, she seems to be showing no ill effects. Fingers are crossed that she's out of the woods.
So, 2012 sucked so bad, I needed to do something fun in 2013... something where I could just let loose and have fun. Oh, and I figured I'd have to include my family, too. So, what could be better than going to the Happiest Place on Earth? It was a quick trip (just 5 nights), and was even delayed by two days thanks to the freaking blizzard that buried the East Coast in early February, but we still had an amazing time at Walt Disney World. I'd been there a couple of times as a kid, but my wife and son had never been. So, it was just what the doctor ordered. We had an amazing time, and can't wait to get back.!! (While I've already bored folks on Facebook with a bunch of pictures (combined, I think we took around 1000), I'll still post some here, too!)
With a decent start to 2013, I've got high hopes for this year. Maybe I should buy some lottery tickets? :)