Thursday, January 1, 2015

And just like that, 2014 is done!

I never meant for this blog to be where I document my year in review but I think that's been what's happening here. I'm okay with that. My blog is what it is: my collection of thoughts, happenings, and memories about anything and nothing in my life. I blog for selfish reasons, with no expectations of anyone ever reading this stuff and that's alright by me. I will continue to do with it whatever I like!

My daily doings can be found all over the internet on: twitter, Facebook, Instagram, tumblr, and flickr. I have had more interactions with people on these other platforms than I ever will have on blogger. But I have a sense of loyalty to this blog that I don't have with the others, probably because I've been here when I killed off my Friendster account for My Space which I would also eventually shut down. In case I abandon any other social media sites, blogger will always be here for me. Now, if google decides to kill blogger, I'm screwed.

Looking at my first and only public post for 2014, I managed to fulfill most of the things I wanted and planned to do. I enjoyed many concerts,  thirty altogether. There are so many great highlights I'd love to share along with a few disappointments, mainly related to the venues, none with the artists, but you can wander through my flickr site for that, though not all my photos are up for public viewing yet! For many of the shows, tickets were bought way in advance but there were a few last minute surprises I just could not pass up. Eric accompanied me to some shows, but I attended most with my niece and one or two of her friends.

I traveled more than I did in 2013, mainly with Eric to his work conferences, but we also managed a few family-related trips to Las Vegas and Columbia, South Carolina. I loved my week in Atlanta, even with the heat and humidity that bears down on the city in July. I also enjoyed my time in Park City in June when it snowed. I remember saying to Eric how Park City must be magical with snow and a half a day later, it did. It snowed! The valley from our perch (we had EXCELLENT accommodations) was beautiful under a blanket of fresh snow which all melted away by noon the next day.

All is relatively well at work. There was a bumpy start earlier this year, related to training new staff and interns. There is always room for improvement but so much of the things that I would like improved are out of my hands. There's a scene in the movie Saving Private Ryan where the captain and soldiers talk about complaining up the chain of command. I did that A LOT this year and with every email, every phone call that I complained up, I certainly felt better even if conditions haven't changed much. Knowing that I can communicate with my supervisors and director openly is a good thing.

I'm still working on Eric's blanket. Okay, so that's one thing that I'm not pushing myself hard enough to finish. But I read a book and finished it, a recommendation from someone I consider a mentor. I haven't cooked or baked as much as I would have liked until I had to roast my first turkey for my family (my side, not my in-laws) this past Thanksgiving. It turned out not bad. Eric says it was fine but I think I should have pulled it out of the oven about fifteen minutes earlier than I did.

Looking ahead to 2015, I'm going back to college to finish my bachelor's degree. I dropped out, in good-standing mind you, eighteen years ago, in the middle of my junior year. I start the spring semester next week and I'm excited and anxious. I attended an academic writing workshop a few weeks ago to give myself a taste of what will be expected of me and wow, that kicked my butt. I knew what my weaknesses were going in and they were quite confirmed by the two-day workshop.

This time, next year, I hope to be blogging about graduation and all the crazy nights and weekends I worked to earn my degree all while working a full-time job and having a life with my husband, family, and friends. I'll have to cut back on the concerts and re-focus my attention to school-related assignments instead of muck-reading. This year will be like no other year and I hope to come out of it better than going in!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A brief overview of 2013 (Hello 2014)

It was great! 2013 was a full year for me and I cannot remember the last time I have felt this alive and so comfortable in my own skin. Which, if you think about it, is a little disappointing for a 38 year old, but hey, it's better late than never.

My original post was to be a sort of list of highs, lows, and points in between from last year. I won't bore you with resolutions but offer up what I am looking forward to in 2014. I hope for more down time for myself and with Eric, traveling more, and blasting my eardrums at more concerts. Vacation plans for spring and summer are beginning to take shape. I doubt my concert-going schedule will parallel last year's but I'm hoping to attend concerts for Haim and Bastille in April. I might even convince Eric to attend more shows with me.

Since my last post, I've continued to knit Eric's blanket again. I'm pretty sure over 5 years has passed since I started it - maybe even more? I've unraveled it twice but I finally settled for a bamboo basket weave pattern and there's no turning back now since it's about 75% done. I want to finish it. 
It's been unseasonably warm since Thanksgiving but that didn't stop me from firing up the oven for the usual holiday cooking and baking. I made some family favorites such as seven layer cookies and chicken divan for some of the holiday potlucks I attended. I've been eating these at family gatherings since I was little but this was the first time I made them. It's about time these recipes found a place in my recipe box.

I haven't made any time yet for any random/useless art projects yet. I'm a little behind with reviewing and organizing the photos I've taken for the last half of the year so I need to work on that, especially with photos from my mom's 80th birthday and a trip to Washington D.C.

All in all, I think my 2014 is off to a good start.

With that, I leave you with a shot of San Francisco City Hall lit up to support the 49ers in the post-season. Hooray for a victory over the Packers!
San Francisco City Hall, Sunday January 5, 2014