Another year come and gone. I had a good Christmas to end it. It was a nice, quiet holiday spent at my mother’s house with my sweetie. I got to see tons of my family and spend more time than usual with my father’s side. My mother had a graduation dinner for me and a whole bunch of my family came. My maternal grandparents and aunts and uncles and my paternal aunts and other family. I can’t remember ever seeing those people together. They all love Ed, too, which is a good thing. 🙂

For Christmas, I got the Enya “Only Time” collection that I’d been lusting after, plus a few more things from my wishlist and some surprises. My mother gave me pajamas with penguins! My sweetie gave me a shoulder bag that I had eyed some time ago and posted on my blog. It was really sweet that he remembered. 🙂 I also got several herbal heat packs of various shapes to add to my collection, which is something I’d been wanting, especially the neck one. My brother Aaron and his girlfriend made me a string of Christmas lights that have origami balloons in a rainbow of colors stuck on the lights. It looks really pretty. This Christmas was more low key than most, but I got some money for graduation, so I picked up a few other things from my wishlist, plus some new clothes. Money goes too fast.

As for the rest of the year, it’s been full of changes.

The biggest one has been meeting my sweetie. I really enjoy being with him, and it’s even better since the second big change, my graduating from college. I’m really happy with the way things are going. We have a lot in common.

Unfortunately, that means finding a job, something that’s been giving me a lot of anxiety since the holidays ended. I hate interviews, particularly with the increasing use of the behavioral style. I really can’t seem to recall the kinds of situations and the level of detail that interviewers want. My brain must be defective, because I just can’t think of them. The situations I can remember are generally not helpful. Employers want you to be self-sufficient, responsible, able to communicate well with your boss, and a go-getter. I really don’t feel that I’m any of these things, and I can’t think of an experiences that would make me look like it. I’m good at trouble shooting, but I can’t think of any specific examples. I’m not a self-starter, I’m often timid, and the only times I can think of where I had a disagreement with a boss, I did not handle it in the most mature manner. So I have no idea what I’m going to tell people. I’m really not that bad of an employee, most of my bosses have liked me, but I’m not a great one either.

I am much relieved to have made it through school. I wasn’t at all sure I would graduate. My school record has not been the greatest (another thing that I can’t hold up to prospective employers). I finish things, and I finish them adequately, but usually at the last minute and with nowhere near the quality they should have.

This year will bring another slew of changes. I only hope that they are for the better.

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