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What comes next? [Jul. 28th, 2012|08:11 am]
Early spring has sprung, and I'm ready to contemplate again.

It has been a year and a half since I've posted. Not sure anyone else is reading, and as always, not sure I care. I can't read my own handwriting, and it is quicker for me to type than to write. And I'm willing to share my solipsism.

Right here, right now: I can just see my breath, but I'm sitting on the back deck because the coffee is warming me up. Our friend the landscaper has made a lovely raised bed, and I'm contemplating starting again with an herb garden. I'm just recovering from what has become my bi-annual bout of bronchitis. I know I need to treat my asthma more seriously, but I've always subscribed to the 'ignore it and hope it goes away' school of medical treatment.

I'll be 50 next May. Last night, I shocked PG and myself by saying that I'll be ready to retire end of 2016, when I'm 53. What I meant by that is: if I get the current job I'm angling for, which is a contract and runs until the end of 2016, I'll have achieved all I need to achieve in my current career, and I'll be ready to do something else. And maybe downsize a bit. Maybe move back to Canada, even if there isn't the right job there.

The Boy is launched: he loves uni, he's in love with a lovely girl, and he lives in Canada and I miss him dreadfully. The Girl was in a pretty bad school play called Captain Stirrick last night, but as always, she was pretty good. Like her uncle, she's a natural actor, and unlike my brother, so self-confident. She'll do well. So I'm ready to start on 'crone'. One of the heartbreakers of the recent trip back to Canada is that I can't hang around with my great niece more. I'm ready to be someone's nana. I'm ready to be a little less career-defined.

For now, shopping and laundry today, like every Saturday. Open House Melbourne - I want to tour the central cemetary. My lovely but very conventional French lodger can't understand why I love cemetaries, but I do. Probably a quiet evening - I need to completely recover and then maybe exercise my lungs again (as my lovely young no-nonsense doctor suggested).

I'm ready for the next big thing.

[User Picture]From: suze2000
2012-07-28 02:08 am (UTC)
Philosophical contentment. I'm jealous.

I've been wondering where you are. How did your protest against the naked substation work out?
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2012-07-28 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, the protest is ongoing. I think we achieved a better design outcome, but the hardcore folks still think they can turn back the tide and move the station. Protest today at 11.
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[User Picture]From: herself_nyc
2012-07-28 11:45 pm (UTC)
I am reading! I am reading!

Envious that you feel you'll be able to retire. I do hope you come back to Canada for the purely selfish reason that I might then see you once in a while.
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2012-07-29 08:41 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks NK. I think a return to Canada is definitely in the cards. I don't think we can completely give up work,just not both work ft.
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[User Picture]From: downunderdeb
2012-07-29 06:40 am (UTC)
Welcome back. Was only thinking of you yesterday whilst at a True Blood convention - Sam Trammell was supposed to be there, cancelled at the last minute but Charlaine Harris was there - very interesting listening to her, a very lovely Southern lady.

Jake's moved to Brisbane to pursue his studies - after 25 years it is very strange not to have him around, and I too miss him dreadfully.

Hope you stay around.
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2012-07-29 08:44 am (UTC)
Awww, I missed you,Deb. We should talk about many things, including being empty nesters.

Was the convention in Sydney? I'm still enjoying the show, but I can't be stuffed with the latest book.
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[User Picture]From: downunderdeb
2012-07-29 12:23 pm (UTC)
At least my bird is still in the same nation, although the nest still seems just as empty.

The convention was in Sydney yesterday and Melbourne today - other guests (to compensate for no Sam Merlotte) were Rene (from Season 1) and Hadley - can't remember their real names. Rene was mostly stonkered by the time autographs were being done - according to my friend who bought the tickets (a birthday gift from last year that was postponed due to a no show of Sam, Lafayette and Alcide ... sigh). Must admit I never got into the books. Enjoying this season more than last.

Will update on my life after I finish an essay on genre, narrative and Veronica Mars tomorrow.

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