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Journal Journal: Finally, normalcy

Finally, if seems to be levelling out to some semblance of normalcy. I got a job as a Linux administrator after being unemployed for nearly 2 years... thank god my wife works a decent job as a laboratorian. Getting my first check made life a little easier for us, and I get to replace my ratty 83 Camaro... not to mention gas prices eating me alive with a 4-bbl V-8. I'm picking up a 1991 Mercury Capri XR2 Turbo, and I should be registering it on monday. Sprity little car, and a 5-speed! No more lazy driving for me, woohoo! It is white, and has red flames on the sides, with color-coordinated red/black seatcovers... convertible, also. My wife doesn't know how to drive a stickshift, so I guess I need to teach her. I test drove it the other day, and I bent 50mph in 2nd gear in about 4 seconds. In Scottsdale, Arizona, that's definately something to worry about considering the police force in this area tends to border on pedontic.

So, a see a new life forming... finally able to move on with life once more. Money may not be the only thing in life, but when you don't have it everything tends to fall apart....

I used to be a unix (solaris) integrator/administrator for American Express, had all the goodies back then. I got married on the same day I was laid off and life has been a downhill struggle since then. Now that I have a job, we are able to finally do something other than nothing... which we have done for the past 2 years.

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Journal Journal: First "real" thanksgiving/christmas with my family

I don't usually post things to my journal, but I wanted to remember this one for years to come.

This is the first year I am spending thanksgiving and christmas with my immediate family... my wife and my daughter. I've been married for a year and a half, and we've always gone to relatives houses, but this is the first time we are starting our own traditions, values. It feels kinda neat in a way, making our own mark that our daughter can look back on and remember like I remember my family traditions. My parents live on the other side of the United States but are visiting for Christmas, so they will be included in our Christmas traditions. It ought to be an interesting time, and makes me feel like more of a husband. Kinda sappy, but it's called growing up. LOL

I'm waiting for Christmas morning when the tree (artificial of course) is lit up, the heater going slightly, and the family is gathered around while my daughter is all jittery with anticipation, diving into the presents while reading the labels to see what is what. My grandmother passed away when I was 16 right before Christmas and it has never been the same since... maybe this could bring the holiday cheer back to me...

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