Hey guys. It's been like a year and a half since I last made a Journal. Y'know, the one where I said I promised not to disappear again... Anyway! I decided it was about time I posted a newer one.
2016 finished fairly uneventful for me, and though 2017 started fairly uneventful too, from the summer through the end of the year, it sucked major balls. Here's very brief summary...
-We lost my Grandma (my Dad's step-Mom) and my Aunt Christine (my Dad's older sister) within five weeks of each other in the summer. Like when my Grandpa (my Dad's Dad) passed in 2013, it wasn't as hard for me personally since I didn't know them that well (since all Dad's family lives two provinces away, where he's from), it tore me up inside seeing my Dad so broken, because it was very, very hard on him.
-My hours since September have gone up significantly at my main job, so I've been feeling very run down. As in, I worked some 40+ hour weeks in the fall between my two jobs, and 18 days in a row in November between them, too. And I am seriously getting too old for this shit.
But not only that, since I've had like no energy or motivation, I'm sorry to say I haven't drawn a single new thing since the last piece I posted, which was the pseudo-cover to my Miraculous fanfic (shameless plug, it's called An Unexpected Revelation over on AO3...please feel free to read if you don't mind naughty things...
). Even my fanfic postings have gone way down. I very much miss writing and drawing, but there are only so many hours in a day and all I want to do lately when I'm home is sleep.
-Had a vacation with my family in October, which was nice for the most part. I got into a big fight with my Mom on the second day, which put a damper on things, but as a whole it was still enjoyable and fun. I got to spend time with my sister and Dad, and I did get to buy some really cool new stuff.
-Two weeks ago, on December 19th, my Dad had a heart attack. We were completely blindsided, as with all that goes on my with Mom's exceedingly numerous health problems, none of us had any idea Dad had blockages in his heart, especially the one that was 98% blocked that they put the stent into that morning. And though I am very happy to say he made it through, and is even back home and has been for a little over a week, it really shook me up. My Dad is one of my best friends and for a few hours I thought I was going to lose him, and I didn't know what to do with myself. It's going to be a bit difficult for a few weeks yet, as Dad's the only driver in our house and he can't drive for a month after his heart attack, but his co-workers and our family friends have been very kind of offer help with making meals and driving my sister and I to work, to get groceries, etc. My Mom is the main problem in this whole situation, as she's been very unhappy that the world isn't revolving around her right now, but I don't really want to talk about it much because it just makes me more and more angry.
So for those main reasons and countless other little reasons, I'm personally very glad to be done with 2017. Here's hoping 2018 is waaaaaay better. BTW, I am currently trying to sift through the UTTERLY MASSIVE stack of Notifications I have piled up. To be fair, it's all my own fault for being inactive once again, but it's definitely going to take some time. I've currently whittled it down to about 6,000, whereas when I first started going through them it was over 15,000. And I've definitely had to downsize on things like Journal stacks and Status Updates. Those I'm going to only look through the last month or so, but I will try and look through all the artwork. So if I haven't Faved or commented on something of yours, I swear I'm getting to it. It just might take a while, so my apologies! Anyway, that's all for now. Hopefully it won't be another year and a half before I make another new Journal update, hm?