Here's a rundown of almost a year. Just the highlight reel.
*I studied for the Japanese language proficiency test and took it in December. I passed.
*My dad died in December. I actually took the test during the last week of his life. Interesting how things go. While I miss him, I'm more happy to know he's not suffering.
*I wrote a NaNoWriMo novel, but didn't start it until the end of November. I thought I wasn't going to do it because I was studying Japanese, but the story wouldn't stay bottled up. So I finished the 50K in December, still following the normal 30 day time frame.
*I started looking for a house in February. I found one and closed on it in May. It's a 2 bedroom, one bath house on 1/3 of an acre on a street corner half a mile from my job. I walk to work now (except on appointment days like today), and I do my own yard work. Yeah, I'm starting to be much fitter.
*I haven't written or studied language intensely this year at all. It took a lot of effort to be house hunting.
Well... that's stuff. I still exist.