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Reviewing 2011

Just like last years review I’m now doing a review of 2011. With my big decision late 2010 of going back to school to get my bachelors degree I had planned on 2011 to be a much better year than 2010 was. For most of it this has been true, but it hasn’t been without struggle and hardships.

What dominated 2010 was the issues with my hands and the brain tumor of my mothers friend (technically my stepfather). This was also mostly the dominating theme of 2011. Finally around late July, early August, the pain in my hands was mostly gone. By now, end of December, I’m mostly without pain, though I still have some bad days and still can’t stand cold. I’m really happy the Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D has done its job.

The brain tumor my stepfather (for the record, I don’t call anyone my father, but this makes writing easier; he’s an OK guy though) is suffering from was removed in 2010. So far on all scans now further growth has been detected and it’s all stable for the time being. The bad thing though is the trauma caused to the brain has affected his motor skill, memory and thinking. He’s now getting therapy, but it’s all going pretty slow. So I hope for him and my mother that in 2012 this will improve a lot, as well as that the tumor stays away.

In March my car needed to get its yearly checkup. I just owned it a year but I already had to spend about 1000,- EUR on reparations. It turned out that the timing belt should’ve been replaced when I bought the car. This was something the car salesman should’ve have told me, or rather, he should’ve fixed it before selling it to me. This was a bit of a downer.

I stopped working full time on the 1st of July. My plan was to have 2 months of me-time before school started in September. I haven’t fully quit my job though as I’m still working part time from home. Only 1.5 week after being home my mother suffered a Myocardial infarction. About a month later it almost happened again. On top of that my dog also started crippling after stepping out of the car. Aside from all that misery and stress it were 2 nice months.

At the same time I’ve also finally released the 1.0.0 version of the Maximus client and website. A few months later I also added a graphical user interface for the Maximus client and kept on working on the webapplication. I’m currently working on the 1.2.0 release of the webapplication and still have plenty of ideas to add.

In September I finally started university and it has been a blast so far. I’ve had my doubts in the first 2 weeks because I had trouble with getting up to speed with the Mathematics we were being taught taught. But I decided to pull through and in the end got an average of a 7 on my exams. Not bad, considering the last time I was being taught math was 8 years ago and the topics we were handling were almost all new to me!

Time for a conclusion! More than half this year hasn’t been too good, but I really can’t complain. My hands are doing much better, my mom is doing very good as well considering she nearly died and my dog isn’t cripple anymore, though we’ve got to be careful. In the end I’m just very happy and grateful I’ve still got my mom around, that my dog is doing well and that my health has been getting better. School doesn’t disappoint either and in general I’m fairly happy I suppose!

All that’s left is to win the new years lottery :-).

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