For me, 2011 was an up and down year. I sold my first place (a condo). It was a place I worked really hard on, renovating everything from the kitchen, the floors, and paint. It was a crazy learning curve. Made a lot of mistakes along the way, but in the end, couldn't be disappointed in the return profit I got.
It was my first home bought with my first (and last) fiance. This was scary and intriguing at the same time. We bought a foreclosure because we saw value that would have never been in reach for us at the time. Again, it took sweat and aches to get the place to where we wanted it to, but currently, it looks as though our neighbourhood is booming, so our built in equity was accomplished:) We also lucked out with our neighbours who are currently celebrating Hanukkah, very nice family. Our dog loves the off leash park 2 blocks away, and Jen and my commute is under 15 minutes with rush hour never a concern. If it wasn't for the fact we share 1 wall (infill) and have a small backyard, this could be a long term home.
|My second truck that was stolen|
In April, I started a new career path, getting away from the consulting business in the oil industry and working for the city. I truly hated working for engineers. So with the city, I became a stormwater tech, which allowed for me to be home on a consistent basis and work out in the clean outdoors near rivers. This was greatly needed as we had a little dog to care for and a large home to attend to. Also, someone needed to be around when Jen was on one of her crazy week long calls. The micromanaging was the hardest hurdle in my job to get over.
Jen passed ALL her tests needed and is now a full fledged GI doc. This was a long process for the both of us (longer for her I know...14 years for her, 4 years for me). She worked crazy hours all year with extra call, but it "paid" off in the end. The skies the limit now and she is now actively talking with several groups to cement down a long lasting career.
|Getting primed for the Vegas strip|
|The mariners game...8th row|
This xmas I will be leaving in 2 hours from work to Edmonton. As we speak, Jen is packing my truck so we can get away as soon as I arrive. We will be spending 3 nights with Jen's dad and Jen's step mom's family. After that, we will be driving to Prince Albert to spend a few days with my family...have my birthday at a bowling alley which is slowly turning into a tradition. I hope to also take Jen on the quad on the trails behind our house...maybe have a campfire. Then we will make the long drive back and HOPEFULLY ski...pending on my stupid knees!
After that, 2012 will arrive, and most likely I will be doing little to nothing to celebrate its arrival.