I am glad the year is coming to an end although I know today is not a day where things get reset and start afresh - the crap will continue on in total disregard to this date - but at least, I have survived 365 days of crap.
A month ago, I was talking to a colleague about kids and I remarked on why people want to have kids. My remark gathered a lot of outrageous response such as "how can you say such things?", "they are so adorable", "they may tire you out but it is just physical, can't be that bad!". I believe they don't have a kid like Jane, who screamed (note I use the word scream, not cry) - who screamed 18 hours a day and can drive you insane. If there is any couple who are wondering if they should have kids, come spend a few days with me and I bet you they will start taking contraception really seriously.
In 2013, we had disharmony in the family - between me and my wife and between my wife and her mother - the root of which is a screaming 4 year old. It has gotten so bad that the missus had quit her job and starting 2014, she will be full time to take care of both kids - mainly because only a mother's compassion can withstand an 18 hour ordeal.
And thus, 2014 is pretty bleak to me because I am going to be the sole breadwinner with mortgages and the prospect of a higher living expense due to the corruption of the current government who conveniently raised tariff on electricity, petrol, sugar, tolls and what not.
2013 was also when school starts for Jane. They say when she goes to school, things will be better. The first half was really unpleasant but the second half sees a lot of improvements on her end. To say that she didn't improve is not true. She did. For that I am thankful. While the crying lessen, the screaming increase. And the screams are usually due to some OCD-ness of her - a book that was not in line, a shirt that was wet due to drink, worrying about people touching her things. I blogged about it so go read there - so I understand her OCD-ness but even then, I cannot take it when she screams.
2013 was also when I have a new boss - one who doesn't cared about the business and is just in the department to sit through the current shit storm of bad businesses. Not only does he not give any strategic direction, he sucked his boss' asses and made life generally miserable for all of us. I didn't really care. I could take it - but when you combine shit at home and shit at work, one can really go insane.
So, thankfully, I have a new hobby - mechanical keyboards - and that made things tolerable as I can also focus my interest and attention to some of these technical stuff that I can learn from something as mundane as a keyboard.
Crappy year all in all. I don't miss you. Farewell!
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