The End of the Year as We Know It

December 31, 2011 at 9:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Well, I’m glad that cavity’s over.

I know I mentioned an update on my trip home but suffice it to say, it included LOTS of eating (and no gym time – hoping to rectify that today); lots of driving around, lots of bed hopping (not like that…just stayed in my sister’s old room, her new room and some friend’s in Indy’s spare room); LOTS of gifts (thus helping to confirm my suspicion that Santa is getting Alzheimer’s); lots of family time and even a little mini high school reunion thrown in.  It was really great spending so much time at home and it wasn’t easy to leave.  However, I even had a ride back because my boyfriend wasn’t so scared that he ran into the hills – and he may even visit again!

So that brings me to today, New Year’s Eve Day.  Like just about everyone else out there I figured I’d write a little year in review, only this will be more relevant to me than it will be to Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga.  To aid in this process, I’ve pulled out my list of 2011 Resolutions I mean 2011 Goals.  I don’t resolve to do things because I don’t know what’s going to happen in a year and if I resolve to say, run a marathon, and then wind up with gangrene on my foot and have to amputate it, I just won’t have much of a shot to complete that resolution.  So goals it is.  Here’s a sample of what they were:

  • Put together and lead a tour on the Maori at The Field Museum – and I did this yesterday!  Actually I finished the tour about a month ago and yesterday was the first day I gave it.  Unfortunately, no one showed up at tour time.  I was assured this is common and most of the visitors yesterday had small children and they’re never good groups for tours anyway.  So maybe next time.  Point is, I was there and ready to do it so it counts.
  • Write a short story and enter it – somewhere.  This did not happen but I DID finally decide on a good story idea.  This goal is carrying over to 2012 and if it doesn’t happen it’s not a big deal because we’re all supposed to die anyway.
  • Read Moby Dick.  If you’re a regular blog reader, you know this did happen and I hated it.  But I’m glad it’s over.  I have a couple more classic books on the list for this year and I’m hoping they’ll be less painful.
  • Pass 2/3 of the courses for my Certificate in Museum Studies.  Apparently I did my math wrong when I wrote this down (shocker) because I actually finished ALL of the coursework for this.  Go me!
  • Go to Canada Guatemala, completely alone.  This goal was amended due to flight costs but I think Guatemala was cooler than Vancouver anyway.  And doing it solo made it even better.
  • Be in a somewhat meaningful relationship – maybe.  The maybe was added halfway through the year, roughly a week before I met my current squeeze.  I didn’t think it was going to happen so was resigning myself to that when everything changed.  And you know what?  I’m sure glad it did.

Better get in the fun while we can

Overall, this year gave me what I was looking for.  My friends and family are still healthy and happy, which is the most important thing.  My dad successfully underwent chemo for his lung cancer and hopefully 2012 will continue to give him better health.  I moved into a new apartment in a MUCH better neighborhood and I love this place so much I think I’ll stay another year.  The fella I met back in June wound up moving in with me and we have a lot of fun giggling on the couch and dancing in the kitchen.  I think I’ll let him stick around here next year too.  My job gave me a new title (hello Director of Attorney Relations) and a raise (woohoo!) so that was pretty grand and I’m pretty satisfied with where this year left off.

Of course, not all of it was rosy.  All of the other bad things honestly pale in comparison when I think about Catsby.  I really will write a big post about her soon and I still miss her very much every day.  It’s amazing how much an animal can become part of your family and I still expect to see her run and jump up to be with me on the couch.  She was a damn good cat, the best I’ve ever had, and her loss hit me pretty hard this year.

I also lost a few good friends to other various states (and soon to be countries) but as long as they’re still living and breathing, I’ll deal with it.  I’m hoping to visit one good buddy of mine this weekend and the others will be receiving Paige Visits in  the New Year.

2012 has a lot of potential, especially since it’s (another) last year on Earth.  I hope your 2011 had enough in it to keep you happy and that the upcoming year provides you with even more.  I’ll be spending the evening with my boyfriend and some close friends, enjoying a homemade dinner and a little wine while gladly avoiding the craziness of $175 bar tickets and drunks in the street.  Whatever you’re doing tonight, please do it safely – no one wants to start a new year off in jail or worse (the morgue) so be responsible while you’re having some fun.  Enjoy yourself, be thankful for what you’ve got and forget about the rest – at least for tonight.

See you in 2012 – Happy New Year!


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