I think this is the first year since I made this WordPress account that I haven’t started a new year with the old “hey, let’s try and post regularly on this thing” idea. Considering that I have never followed through with that, maybe this year I actually will.
So. 2014. Lots and lots of stuff happened, which made a nice change. I got a last minute enrolment into a Certificate II in Animal Studies course at TAFE, so that consumed a big chunk of my February to June. In amongst there I also started volunteering at AWL Beenleigh, and Paradise Country. TAFE finished, I had a couple of weeks to get my focus shifted, and then Zeke and I attended our first ANKC Nationals at Durack- which went surprisingly well. After that there was just a whirlwind of vollie shifts at AWL, Paradise Country, and I started down at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as well. And I was still stuck working at Liquorland. In September, I got a head’s up from Helen, the supervisor at AWL Beenleigh; AWLQ was taking over the Southside and Northside Brisbane council pounds from the Lost Dog’s Home, and they were looking for a couple of new people to hire alongside the LDH staff that they were keeping on. Helen put in a good word for me, I was surprisingly coherent during my interview, and I ended up with the position at the Southside shelter. I juggled Liquorland and volunteering alongside it for a little while before realising that, having just enrolled in another Certificate course, I was going to make my head explode and needed to just have work and study, not the other fifty things I was trying to keep in the air. It’s been a manic few months since, and I’ve had a serious learning curve and a couple of emotional meltdowns, but for the most part I’m really enjoying it; still can’t believe I get paid for looking after cats and dogs. It’s not a long term career path for me- still on wildlife, still going to be a zoo keeper- but while I keep studying and waiting, hoping, working for a break into the zoo industry, this is so much more fun (and helpful) than being a sales assistant in a liquor store. It also means I get to have lots of foster kittens at home, which is a pretty awesome perk.
What else? Agility wise, while putting together the video I was surprised to find that Zeke and I actually did compete at a trial or two per month for most of the year. I think his three titles were achieved this year- finished, at least, if not started and finished. It’s been a bit hit and miss with his back, but I think we’ve finally started to resolve the issues there and he’s definitely gotten faster and more confident jumping. Charlie was officially retired in January; he hangs out at home now.
I became a vegetarian. Then a vegan. Lost about ten kilograms. Realised that I can actually run. I realised what I want to do with my life, what sort of person I am, discovered what I’m capable of doing. 2014 was pretty awesome; I’m looking forward to this year.Read more "This Is Not A Resolution"