Merry Christmas 2013 from the Lazy Brewer!

On December 25, 2013, in Family and Friends, General, by Mark Ranes
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

So another year has gone by.  Life is still good!  Life at work this last year has been trying. The school district Brenda and I work at is financially challenged and on the brink of collapse. The struggle has put friends at odds with each other and we’ve seen some really amazing people flee the district. Change is coming like a freight train, so hopefully we’ll get back on track this spring, and next Christmas will see our district refocused on what we do best – educating children. My contract at work was extended by six weeks each year, so that has helped offset the cut that is inevitibale to Brenda’s salary. I’ll miss the time off in the summer immensely, and as I get older, I appreciate my time away from work more and more, but the extended work year will help boost my qualifying salary as I get closer to retirement.

Life has been busy lately.  I’ve brewed a several times recently, and I have a brew planned for next week. Brewing has become a simple, relaxing process in the last couple years where I rarely screw something up. I’ve become more of a solitary brewer and that’s OK. I still enjoy brewing with others, but life lately sees me sneaking in time to brew, so planning out the social aspect of brewing is a challenge.

Today I’m surrounded by family and friends, and we’re relaxing and sharing what life has offered us. Our health is good, we have wonderful friends who share our passions, and in general we celebrate how well off we really are. In the words of Dave Matthews, “Eat, drink, and be merry. For tomorrow we die.” I’m approaching life this way:)

In honor of the season, share a quality ale with someone you love!  Merry Christmas from the Lazy Brewer!

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