This week's theme was: A is for Another
Despite having a smart phone and finding the electronic calendar really useful for repeated events, eg birthdays, MOT tests etc, I still find a paper diary easier to use for keeping track of teaching sessions and other appointments.
I'm not going to bother with a detailed review of 2014. Overall it was a pretty good year. We didn't do any foreign trips, but we had a couple of visits to Big Places (Oxford once and London twice). I also went to London for the World Science Fiction convention, which I greatly enjoyed, despite my father's terrible sense of timing. Out of the whole year Dad (now 93) managed to get a bladder infection and end up in hospital just when I was due to go away! Fortunately he was already responding well to treatment before I set off, so I didn't change my plans and just did a diversion via Leamington Spa on the way back from London in order to visit him. He has been absolutely fine since and was on good form when I spoke to him on the phone on Christmas day. The offspring and grand-offspring continue to do well, which I'm thankful for.
In the autumn, I not only kept on teaching the modules I did last year, I also acquired a couple more hours of teaching on the computing degree and continued to teach the GCSE English re-sit. I therefore blame the day job for my utter failure to achieve the majority of the goals I set for 2014! I will therefore not be mentioning them again. :)
Well, there were a few things I did do: I did get the bike serviced and new inner tubes fitted, but I haven't used it much since. And I did complete my own 52 week photo challenge, despite dropping out of the one with set themes. I also read half a Welsh book (though not the 4 novels that were my target!). I have also crocheted quite a few scarves and *gasp* actually started knitting again.
One sad thing that happened recently was that Brith, the dog I have been walking for the elderly ladies, developed kidney failure and some sort of neurological problem. He had medication, which gave him a little more time, but gradually our walks got shorter and shorter and eventually, a couple of months ago, his owners made that difficult decision that all pet owners dread and Brith was put to sleep. He had a good life with M & B and though his exact age wasn't known, due to him having been a stray handed into a rescue, he was at least 10 years old, which isn't too bad an age for a dog.
Looking forwards into 2015, I will set myself some goals in due course, but I'll do it quarter by quarter and month by month, so as to be able to adjust to circumstances better. One thing I do know, I will either retire this summer or at least cut my teaching hours considerably. Two of the courses I teach are changing and I don't want to have to get to grips with a new syllabus and devise new teaching materials. I'm starting to feel that I'd like to retire and spend more time doing my own projects ... whatever they may turn out to be.