After last year’s lackluster annual review, this one’s bursting out like gangbusters with the simple fact that this is the 1,000th post I’ve shared here. With my site being just a little over 8 years old now, that averages out to 2.35 posts per week… not too shabby for a little venture I started by hand-coding simple HTML pages (including each blog post!), a venture I wasn’t even sure I would stick with for a year, let alone eight! Not everything I write is gold, I admit, and there has been plenty that’s fallen on deaf eyes, but even when accounting for the 250+ posts of Out of the Box, that’s still 700 times I’ve sat down and shared a cute dog, a cute woman, a cute baby, or a deep and emotionally draining self-examination. Fun!
In honor of my 1,000th public babbling, I’m putting together a special page to highlight some of the essential MarkMushakian.com posts from the archives… but don’t hold me to when that might get finished. I mean, there are 1,000 posts to comb through, after all.
The celebration continues, though, in addressing the year that was my 2015. In the category of “items that carry the most weight,” I’ve had quite an adventurous year: I left my job of several years at the Lego store, I finally graduated from CSUF with my bachelor’s in child development, I started and left two jobs in which I worked with kids, I realized that I hated working with kids, I started going to therapy, and then I found the perfect job. So, yeah.. it’s been quite a year, indeed, and while the road was bumpy and winding, I’m very glad about where I currently am.
It wasn’t a year of all roses, though, as I had to bid farewell to my friend’s dog, and I spent plenty of time on the dark/sad end of the emotional spectrum.
Overall, though, this was a fine 365 days and that includes entertainment, as well. I was able to see plenty of great movies in the theater (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inside Out, and The Iron Giant) and, of course, Fallout 4 finally came out.
As to what I hope for in 2016? Well, really… the only thing on my list I’d love to have checked off by next year’s entry is to have met someone special to share my life with. Oh, wait.. I already did!