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Future Unbound

So, I think I'm ready to talk about what I've been up to since I was last active on LiveJournal.

When last we met, it was the summer of 2012. I wasn't particularly caring for my call center job—it was bad hours, comically micromanaged, and the commute was way too long for what I was making. Still I persisted. We traveled some more. Made it back East to see family that Thanksgiving, and went to Disneyland at Christmastime.

In June 2013, Tim and I were joined in a civil union at the top of the steps at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Even though it wasn't technically "married", friends would still say things like, "I enjoyed meeting your husband!"

There were some improvements at work, but mostly, I felt like I was on autopilot. Working as hard as I could to keep in place, somewhere low in the second quintile. Was this as good as things could get?

But 2014... that was the year *everything* changed. Tim finished his Master's. I landed an IT job closer to home, with a big bump in pay. Tim also got a better job. Late in the year we bought our first house, in a nice Denver suburb.

Life lately has revolved around the home: meal planning, cleaning up for company, furniture shopping, electronics shopping, tools shopping, yard work, learning how to clean gutters, learning how to cook with propane, wondering what flowers will sprout.

There has been no shortage of entertainment—this summer, we went to the Denver Comic Con, and took a road trip to Glacier National Park. We still live very nicely without cable—I've bought a bunch of Blu-Rays that I still don't have time to watch. We eat dinner at a TABLE, with no TV in sight. There's a 24 Hour Fitness just down the street, and I manage to go there two or three times a week. Passport is freshly renewed.

Not very long ago, I felt boxed-in by limitations. Now, I see myself surrounded by opportunity. Instead of asking how I can stay afloat, I'm asking, "What'd be fun to do *next*?"