Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wrapping up 2015

So...this used to be an annual thing...if I'm going to start blogging again maybe I should start with a tradition?

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I'll have to get back to you on that one...

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make New Year's resolutions

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A few friends had babies

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Just this one

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Our own home

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No specific date...lots of big stuff happened and most of it happened over time not in just one day

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

9. What was your biggest failure?
No failures...not that I would call failures anyway

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the standard colds and other assorted viruses

11. What was the best thing you bought?
New duvet covers for our bed and for J's

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Everyone who voted

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
dare I say it? Donald Trump

14. Where did most of your money go?
into our car

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Some new babies, some new jobs

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
Roar...Saturday morning dance parties were one song wonders!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
about the same, about the same, always richer...

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
playing with the girls

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
battling the world...but it had to be done

20. How did you spend Christmas?
quietly with les parents, teamhardcore, Alex and our girls

21. Did you fall in love in 2015?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Downtown Abbey

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

24. What was the best book you read?
All the Light We Cannot See

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
J...or small pianist and singer

26. What did you want and get?
An awesome job opportunity

27. What did you want and not get?
Our own home

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Inside Out

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had a BBQ with some friends and my family...including both of my sister, Oncle Jado and my great-aunt and uncle. I'm just old enough

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Some stability

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Concept? Needs help!

32. What kept you sane?
Deep breaths

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
This federal election

35. Who did you miss?
A number of people who are far away and/or in Vancouver

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Some parents of J's friends

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Just keep breathing

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Change magic carpet ride to roller coaster ride:

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Procrastinator? Who, me?

Well, my announcement that I was back was clearly premature. But as always, when I have a million other things to do, I come back to blogging. This week coming up is so busy so of course I'm taking ten minutes to update my sorely neglected blog.

We are all happy to see the holiday season approaching...not just because we love Christmas but because it means 2015 is finally going away. It's been a roller coaster of a year and we are hoping that 2016 might mean some stability. We're heading into the end of two years of upheaval and while Alex and I will appreciate a more settled life, Miss J needs it in the worst possible way! Little C is quite content with her situation but she doesn't remember anything except our current life.

We've been on a crazy ride of gentle climbs with great views of the future that all of a sudden fall into steep drops that leave your stomach hanging somewhere at the top. But as Alex said to me the other day, good things are coming. And he was right. Less than 24 hours later we got some great news and it just kept coming.

This week I have two term papers and two finals and then I'm starting the Christmas baking and decorating and celebrating with my kids. And maybe I'll start blogging again (although I may have lost my readers!)...we are just starting year two of a huge life change and it is pretty amazing, even with all the ups and downs!
Back to the books!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Beginnings

Once upon a time, there was a blog here and it was about more than just postcards.

But then life happened and blogging became something that stayed at the bottom of the to do list.

In August, Alex and I did something we'd been talking about for years. We packed up our stuff and sent it away to storage. We loaded our kids and a few things into a UHaul, the back of our car and my mom and dad's station wagon and we moved to Kelowna. With no jobs, no daycare and a place in French Immersion for Miss J.

It was a bit scary and a lot exciting and somewhat nerve wracking but we did it.

And now, almost six months later, we're feeling quite settled and there might just be time for some blogging as we create new memories in a new city. I'm making no promises but I think I'm back!