Old Year’s Day
This is my last opportunity to celebrate 2009. I’ll give it a B+.
This year marks the first year of my semi-retirement from clinical medicine and half-time position as the Physician Electronic Health Record Advisor. I feel that I was able to contribute and by and large the reaction to my work seems to have been positive--in some cases highly so.
I was able to get back into gardening. Some crops did better than expected, some not as well, and some were shared with the wildlife. OK with us. It was our best year for pears ever, wild grapes were abundant, and we had more than plenty of apples to press for cider.
On son took a pay cut temporarily, and since has had it restored. Despite the housing market, his wife was able to sell some houses.
One daughter “kicked butt” selling office equipment despite the economic downturn and won a vacation in the tropics.
My other daughter and family moved in with us between her husband taking a job much closer to us just before the year started and their closing on their home which was contingent on selling their house in Iowa. That meant that we had lots of time with her as well as grandsons Oliver, 5 years old at the time, and Edmund who was a newborn. A few month later her husband lost his job! Scroll down a few more weeks an he got a new job with a different company--at least as favorable as the one he lost! Hard on the nails and stomach lining for a while.
Although no longer in a position to mentor student ;physicians, I continue to coordinate their rotations here and thrive on their youth and enthusiasm.
I enjoyed conferences in Chicago, Rochester, MN, Wisconsin Dells, Minnetonka, MN.
Our Door Peninsula Astronomical Society stepped up to the plate to promote the International Year of Astronomy, celebrating 400 years since Galileo first turned a telescope on the sky and changed us all forever.
This was our first year with wooden floors, replacing carpeting which had been installed in 1974!
Hey, if 2010 measures up to 2009, I’ll take it! If in addition I get by 11” telescope put together and get my 1977 BMW R1007 running, it will be a bonus.
Happy Old Year’s Day tonight and Happy New Year!