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A Year in the Life: 2003 [Sep. 11th, 2016|01:44 pm]
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Year in the Life Meme: [personal profile] oursin gave me 2003.

Age then: thirties

Age now: forties.

Relationship then: Recently divorced and not dating.

Relationship now: Married to Spouse.

Where I lived then: house in the unpopular neighborhood.

Where I live now: same house, but the neighborhood's now very popular. Would be great if I wanted to sell, but since I want to stay here for the forseeable, the higher property taxes are a drag.

Was I happy then: Overall, yes. As difficult as it was to be the single parent of a mentally disabled child while working full-time, my life was still so much easier than it had been while I was living with my ex. I had just discovered international folk dance and was enjoying the music and the exercise, as well as meeting new people (one of whom was Spouse).

Am I happy now: Reasonably. My income isn't keeping up with rising expenses, and the prospects for my finding a better-paying job aren't great, but I make enough to keep us fed and housed, and I have sufficient sick leave to deal with the routine ills of young children. I'm still physically functional; I have some in-person friends; my family life is decent. I'm frustrated that my writing has dried up again, and I'm concerned about my family's longer-term future, but right now things are okay.

Ask for a year in comments if you'd like one. If I happen to pick one you're not comfortable writing about, please let me know and I'll choose a different one.

Crossposted from http://castiron.dreamwidth.org/62426.html; comment where you like.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2016-09-13 06:10 am (UTC)
I have a similar sort-of lament about property taxes; we're very lucky to have the place and so I can't gripe too much but the taxes just keep going up and while theoretically it's nice to have the equity, it isn't as if we can sell and go somewhere else in town because every other place is ridiculously expensive as well. I also wish they could spend some of the extra tax money on putting in more crosswalks.

I'd like to have a year! Any year is good but I don't really remember much before 1984.
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[User Picture]From: castiron
2016-09-20 01:47 am (UTC)
1998?
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