- …WORK. I worked SO much this year, especially in the first half of the year. In February I switched positions at work, from a customer-service role to a more financial/do-whatever-my-boss-needs kind of role. We went through several temps, which increased my workload and hours a lot. I really like my job, and all of that overtime earlier in the year was nice. I learned a lot of new things, and I’m excited to keep learning more. But I don’t want all of that to take up more than 40-45 hours a week going forward. During all those 50-65 hour work weeks, I lost a lot of time with the honeyman, time blogging, time reading, time with family and friends – looking back, it just wasn’t worth it.
- …COMICS. 2014 is the year I really delved into comics, and I’ve fallen in love with them so hard. It’s probably not a surprise – comics fit perfectly into my hectic work schedule; it’s like it was meant to be. There’s something so awesome about getting a fabulous story in comic form, connecting with these characters that you can actually see, getting excited by the gorgeous art, and starting to recognize interesting techniques. Plus, you know, there’s being able to read a comic in like 15 minutes. I go to the comic store regularly now (well, not RIGHT now, I’m super busy with holiday stuff), I listen to podcasts about comics, I check Panels just about every day, I have a pull list, and I’m still psyched about all of the comics ahead of me.
- …BOOKISH TECHNOLOGY. I finally caved in March and got my first e-reader. My resistance fell away quickly once I started working constantly and wishing I had an e-reader so that it would be easier to read in bed. I really do love having an e-reader, and my book buying hasn’t really decreased, as far as I can tell. I started using my phone more too – I signed up for Audible and listen to books on my phone, I use comiXology to check out new comics or to read issues that I’m missing in print, I download podcasts, and I tried out Oyster. I really loved Oyster (e-book subscription service), but I want a Kindle Fire to better utilize it. I will have and use ALL THE DEVICES.
So, there was a lot of good in 2014, but it was kind of overshadowed by my day job. Blerg. I’m looking forward to a fresh new year. 2015 will be interesting… the honeyman will be away for five months, and that’s really going to suck. But hopefully by this time next year, we’ll be about ready to start shopping for a house and I’ll have read a ton of books in all that alone time. No matter what, I’m heading into 2015 optimistic and determined.
What was 2014 “the year of…” for you? What are you looking forward to in 2015?