China Wall Sunset2013 was great in terms of the travels and hikes I went on. My trip to the island of Oahu, Hawaii was most memorable. I am grateful for the exciting adventures I had and I hope to one day get back to that volume of travel and sightseeing again. I really love to travel and get outdoors.

But in terms of meeting goals and, well, getting a job, 2013 sucked. My timing could have been better – I saw the writing on the wall with an economic downturn on the way, and knew I was moving to a more depressed region in terms of employment. But I thought my credentials were robust enough to thrive and had finances to fall back on in case things didn’t turn out. And they didn’t and I retreated back to familiarity and a better promise of employment.

Despite my contracting job that got me through the holiday months, I am still looking for long-term employment. What I am doing right now for work may or may not work out, and it’s best to keep looking, and I have been. Things have been slow as expected over the holidays. As a former government worker I’m aware that not much gets done between Thanksgiving and January. Let’s hope our government gets going again so people have the confidence in the economy to hire again.

In 2013 I went to Seattle, saw snowy owls and Jinkx Monsoon. I made cute beet cupcakes. I had a snowboarding ‘stache. I saw Prince in Portland and was disappointed by the audience. Hiking, lots and lots of glorious hiking. Interview with an out, gay NASCAR driver. Lampreys at Bonneville Dam. I got stopped at the Canadian border because I’m unemployed. I caught up on the entire season of Game of Thrones and True Blood. I moved back to Washington, DC.


  1. brettcajun says:

    Be happy that you took a year off from working “FOR THE MAN”. You got to do a lot of adventures in one year that most of us worker bees don’t ever get to do in a lifetime. Hell, I haven’t been on a real vacation in over two years! So, perhaps it was a blessing? I have no doubt you’ll get back on your feet soon. Good luck! Hugs.

  2. rusty, out on the factoryfloor says:

    Think of the past year as a sort of bucolic northwestern sabbatical. I’m sure the coming year will bring you many opportunities. Best wishes to you in the New Year.

  3. mark says:

    2013…The year you were EVERYWHERE. Life is supposed to be an adventure, you’re doing it right.

    Keep updating.