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A 2013 Retrospective, Now With Some Semblance of Vigor!
Ice King, Adventure Time
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With a record-breaking three entries on my blog this year (this could be the fourth if I can get it out before midnight), I may appear to be stagnant in my life, but some things have happened this year, though possibly insignificant or meaningless to some, it has helped me in my path through life. I just wanted to chronicle 2013 before we are deep into 2014, so here is a mess of paragraphs to the one person that probably reads this.

First, I purchased a new (albeit used) car this year. I finally have felt financial secure enough to make an investment in a better vehicle. My old car was definitely on its last legs, considering it was on its third engine, the brakes needed changed twice, the A/C didn't work, and some questionable noises came out of it. It took a lot of nerve to go to a dealership and take on this purchase, but I'm confident that I can handle it. I think of this as a sign that I can possibly take on a place to live in the near future, if things remain the same.

Also this year a new local anime group started up in Springfield. It has forced me to go out and socialize with people. It has been good for me as I'm a bit of an introvert, only going out when I have a good enough reason to. Five of us have been mainstays in the group so far, and I've had a lot of fun getting to know them and being able to blow off some stress from the workweek. I'm hoping for it to continue through the new year with some new stories, people to meet, and experiences to have.

Speaking of, my good friend Gaelen and Dawn tied the knot in the middle of the year. The ceremony was a lot of fun and it was genuinely uplifting to see two people devote themselves with their love. Much love for the both of them!

To be honest, there isn't much to say about work, other than I've felt important, which is something I've never felt at a job before. I came in very green, and it may have taken me time to get used to the system we work with, I feel like I'm starting to piece some things together and have become more competent and more helpful for my fellow teammates. I love where I work and I have a sense of pride that I've never felt with a company before. I have so much respect for my fellow programmers and have even respected the newer people that have come in. True, the job may offer more financial security and benefits from my previous jobs, but more importantly I love what I do, I have a passion for it, and I genuinely enjoy my work, frustrations and all.

Related to work, I also passed a Microsoft Certification Exam in HTML 5, CSS 3, and Javascript this year, helping out my self-esteem and also helping the company reach its partner status.

My love life hasn't been noteworthy per se, but that doesn't mean I've been stagnant. I went on a date with a girl earlier this year that made me feel things I haven't felt in a long time. That beating of the heart when you talk with her, the anxiety you feel when you're about to meet, and discussion that gets you through the day. It ended with one date, but at least I know I can still feel these things that I haven't felt in a long time. I also have talked to another girl, but she hasn't shown much interest so I have a feeling that won't go anywhere. I've been really depressed about this part of my life and it has showed. I pushed them out of my life, but I've been nudged by a couple of things to keep trying. I know what I want, I just hope I'm lucky enough to get it.

Aside from that, there isn't anything else earth-shattering to mention from the past year. I've kind of put myself in a bubble and have isolated myself from several people, and have probably become more introverted. I've kept myself in a comfort zone and as much as I like to kid myself, I haven't strayed much from it. I realize that there are consequences to this, so I'm going to try to do other things in the next year that will hopefully get me out of that some more.

New Years resolutions are normally something I don't participate in. I feel like you need goals and that a time of year shouldn't change that. I managed to take care of my car situation this year, and hopefully I can take care of two more in the near future. It could be in 2014, it may be later, but all I know is that I have a path to go on and I have to follow it.

To end this entry in a random way, I thought I would share my top three random subjects for the year:

Best song (I discovered, not released) of 2013
1) Pork and Beans - Weezer
2) Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen - Linked Horizon (#1 of songs released in 2013. "What does the Fox Say" by Ylvis is a close second)
3) Runnin' Wild - Airbourne

Best Show of 2013
1) Adventure Time
2) Parks and Rec
3) How I Met Your Mother

Best Anime of 2013 (That finished in 2013, doesn't include currently running series or else Golden Time would be on here)
1) Maoyu
2) Sword Art Online
3) Attack on Titan

Best Game of 2013
1) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2) Super Mario 3D World
3) Pokemon X/Y

And that concludes my 2013 review. It certainly was a...year. Good things happened, bad things happened, and plenty of cat on lap action was done here. To close, the most important thing is to thank my family and friends who put up with me throughout the years. I don't tell you point blank how much I appreciate our paths crossing, but I sincerely thank you guys for being in my life. Here is hoping for a happy and prosperous 2014!

The Allengator