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With another year over, I figured I might as well update my LJ to commemorate this fact. With the number of active users of LJ dropping fast (probably those who have to put up with adverts due to not paying for it and moving their posts to twitter or FA) I doubt many will read this but I'm sure I'll find it an interesting account some day in the future.

Anyway, the most interesting thing that happened to me in 2011 was that I moved house in August to a new place nearer work with Leinir. My old place was a single bedroom flat in a very studenty area of Southampton which was convenient for shops, pubs and transport, it was a bit of a dive. The place wasn't worth what I was paying, the plumbing permanently buggered so that there wasn't enough water pressure to get cold and hot water through the shower so you only got one or the other. It was never considered a problem so for the 3 years I lived there, I pretty much had to have a bath every day. Something you can't do in a hurry, especially if you wake up late for work for example. Also due to the location, there was always drunken people making noises outside the flat into the small hours. I could mention all the other things but that would take some time. Regardless, I am surprised I did not move out of that place sooner.

The new place is a new mid-terrace building (6 years old) which is 3 story with a bathroom (with shower!) on every floor and is in a quiet neighbourhood (apart from the occasional noisy kids next door). Also, I can walk to work so I no longer have to pay for the train nor worry about trains being cancelled which is such a relief. Over the 3 years in my old place, I had been living alone which while expensive, could get lonely at times too. As it was a small place, people barely ever came to visit either which didn't help. I made the conscious decision to live alone as prior to that, I had a very stressful time living with my previous flatmate due to various reasons and I figured that if I lived alone, I'm the only one who can be responsible for the living space and visitors. Now I'm living with Leinir, I'm really enjoying his company. He's broken me out of the cycle of things that I can cook by cooking various interesting new meals and so when he's cooking, food is always interesting. He even got me interested in Chinese food, something which I hated before due to bad experiences. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not however!

Other than the house thing, my year had been pretty dull. Because of the move, I had cancelled my plans to attend Midwest Furfest, something I had been looking forward to so the only convention I attended was Confuzzled. I did manage to get out the country at the end of October to go to France for the first time and visited [livejournal.com profile] timduru for his houseparty and also Disneyland Paris Halloween which was a lot of fun. Also saw Paris and Disney for a normal day so had a great trip.

In 2012, I am making plans to do a whopping 3 furry conventions; Confuzzled, Eurofurence and Midwest Furfest. I realise it will be expensive but I will manage. I'll want to turn the MFF trip into a full holiday rather than just go to the con so I need to figure that out at some point. Got plenty of time to plan however! In addition to the conventions, I'll also be going on a city break to Dublin which was a prize I won from work due to being one of the employees of the year. I've never been to Dublin so could be interesting but I will be going at the end of Feb so I hope the weather's not too crappy.

Work's been getting rather tedious over the course of 2011. I've been with workplace I'm in now for almost 8 years and while I have ended up becoming the guru for the support team through my experience, I don't think I've really advanced in the company (though not sure really what I'd want to do) so am getting a bit bored. Also with the company being bought, it's become very corporate, an atmosphere I really don't like. I much prefer smaller companies, but I also like job security. I think 2012 will be the time to get my CV written up and start seeing what else is out there.

Anyway, that's my summary of things 2011 and 2012. I'll be back at work tomorrow after having a great new year's with some people over. Hopefully it won't be too shit :P

Date: 2012-01-02 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnieme4rl.livejournal.com
I'm glad I got to meet you and Andy at Disneyland Paris Halloween. Hope you can make it to FC some day.

Date: 2012-01-02 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
Was great to meet you too, shame it was only for a brief time though. I imagine I will go to Disney Paris again at some point as it's relatively close and easy to get to (especially if I flew from my local airport). I hope to make FC 2013 but will have to see how I am after the marathon of conventions I plan to do this year!

Date: 2012-01-02 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnieme4rl.livejournal.com
Heck, it may be easier (and sooner) to meet up again at Disneyland Paris. I'm going again with some students around the end of July and I will be taking them to DLP one day. I'll let you know which day we go.

Date: 2012-01-02 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
That'd be nice but not too keen on doing the trip with a class full of students :P

Date: 2012-01-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnieme4rl.livejournal.com
It's a very small group this time, only 5. In 2010, I had 27. I may decide to stay after the students go home, which is what I usually do when I travel with a student group. I have to wait until I get my taxes done in March and see if I can afford to stay in Paris longer. I'll let you know.

Date: 2012-01-02 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
Ah to be honest with all the trips I've already planned for 2012, I doubt I'll have the time to take off work to get to Disney anyway. Unless I do it over a weekend maybe

Date: 2012-01-03 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilt-longtail.livejournal.com
always good to hear from you, my brother!

Date: 2012-01-05 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldabion.livejournal.com
Ooh Dublin is (was?) a lovely city, although it can be a bit pricy.

I know what it is like to be stuck in a "guru" position. Like you our company got bought up, but in my case that has allowed me the opportunity to work with new technologies. Maybe you can angle something like that? If you are valuable, companies tend to prefer losing you to another division than to another company.

Date: 2012-01-08 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elfasi.livejournal.com
I am in the living alone phase right now... Great to have my own space, but yeah, can be a little lonely, and also it's really expensive... Things may have to change. I hope to make it to MFF2012 too.

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