As I Live and Learn

Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 End of Year Letter

Hello Everyone!

Well it's been a few years since I've sent one of these out. Always been super busy in December. I am this year too, but there has been plenty of sitting around time in the back of the ambulance for me to get this letter together.

I turned 28 at the beginning of this year. Yeah, I know, amazing how time flies! I get a lot of disbelief when people ask my age. It's nice. But I digress. After an event filled and fairly enjoyable 27, I realized I needed some direction in my life. And I want to do something that gives back to society. I started looking into the possibility of a medical program of some sort. In the end I decided to finally take an EMT class, mostly to see if I could deal with the blood and whatnot that comes with a medical career. I now believe I can, and am looking into the options for becoming a Registered Nurse or a Physician's Assistant. More on the class in a bit.

My cousin Reesie - er I mean Oreese, heh - got married this summer to a wonderful woman, Tamara. The family turned out of course, and there was a beautiful and fun wedding, but for me the best part was reconnecting with Reesie (oops!) and making a new friend in his new wife.

Over the summer I dove deep into real estate with the hopes of selling my condo and buying a house in Ann Arbor. The housing market there has fallen well into my ability to afford. But similarly, the condo market here has fallen possibly below my ability to afford to sell. Then after spending a lot of effort in de-cluttering and cleaning up my place, I remembered how much I like it. Add that it'd probably be better for me to get a job in Ann Arbor before moving there so I don't double my commute time to work. And so, for now, I'm staying put. But moving to Ann Arbor is still one of my goals.

In September my second Godchild was born. A boy this time. Tegrim Cole. He lives with his family in South Carolina, so I wasn't able to see him until he was nearly a month old. He's a good baby, and big!

In October my cousins Sherrone and Rikki had another child. Also a boy. Kam'ryn Alexander. Babies everywhere! So my Goddaughter is now a middle child. She doesn't seem to be phased by it, yet.

My EMT-Basic class started at the end of August, and just ended on December 13th. Between the class and work my free time was pretty much consumed, but I survived! It was both hard and fun, and very educational. I found I really like working in the ER. I don't much like working on ambulances. I also discovered, to my surprise, that I loved working with adults almost as much as with children, though for different reasons. So now I am qualified to take the national exam to get certified to be an EMT-Basic! That means I will not a Paramedic, just a lowly EMT. Basic life support as opposed to Advanced life support.

Best wishes to all! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!




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