Well, I¬†must admit I¬†haven‚Äôt done my best in writ¬≠ing on this blog for 2012. Hope¬≠fully that will change in the upcom¬≠ing¬†year.
Yes¬≠ter¬≠day, Hubby & I¬†met up for a¬†late night din¬≠ner with one of our good friends. All of us talked about how 2013 was around the cor¬≠ner and how 2012 seemed to fly on by. There was so many things that we all wanted to do more of, but just didn‚Äôt have the time. For Hubby & our friend, it was draw¬≠ing more. For me, it was writ¬≠ing more. So then and there, we made our New Year‚Äôs res¬≠o¬≠lu¬≠tion to do the things we wanted to do more of. This, of course, is my lame attempt at try¬≠ing to write¬†again.
I guess I¬†could start off by telling you what has hap¬≠pened in the last¬†year.
In May, I¬†started a¬†new job that has me grounded in Detroit. No more trav¬≠el¬≠ing, no more work¬≠ing at home. While I¬†some¬≠times miss the trav¬≠el¬≠ing part and the ‚Äúwork in my pajamas‚ÄĚ-part, I¬†know that being based in an office-‚Äč‚Äčsetting is much bet¬≠ter for my men¬≠tal health. I¬†real¬≠ized I¬†needed the con¬≠stant con¬≠nec¬≠tion with co-‚Äč‚Äčworkers that you just don‚Äôt get when being an inde¬≠pen¬≠dent worker as I¬†was in the pre¬≠vi¬≠ous posi¬≠tion. At least I¬†can say that I¬†tried the ‚Äúcon¬≠sul¬≠tant‚ÄĚ role and it just wasn‚Äôt for me ‚Ä¶ at least at this time in my¬†life.
This new job is a¬†chal¬≠leng¬≠ing one. I‚Äôm back in a¬†lead¬≠er¬≠ship role, this time as a¬†man¬≠ager of over 4¬†dif¬≠fer¬≠ent areas. There are days that I¬†feel that I‚Äôve got my role down pat. Then there are the days where I¬†feel I‚Äôve lost my grip on real¬≠ity. It‚Äôs at those times that I¬†turn to Hubby to help ground me and keep me from fly¬≠ing off the deep end. He‚Äôs good to me like¬†that.
In July, I¬†turned 40¬†years old. As expected, noth¬≠ing really changed overnight, except now I‚Äôm more acutely aware that I‚Äôm just not as spry as I¬†used to be. My SIL (whose birth¬≠day is 4¬†days before mine) and I¬†did cel¬≠e¬≠brate our 40th by throw¬≠ing our¬≠selves a¬†pic¬≠nic. Lot‚Äôs of fam¬≠ily and friends showed up, so it was a¬†great time full of laugh¬≠ter and¬†fun.
At the end of Octo¬≠ber, I¬†trav¬≠eled to New York to be a¬†part of my cousin‚Äôs ‚ÄúHal¬≠loweek¬≠end‚ÄĚ wed¬≠ding. She had some pretty cool details that made the wed¬≠ding goth-‚Äč‚Äčlike. It also helped that the wed¬≠ding wasn‚Äôt that far from the town of Sleepy Hol¬≠low! The high¬≠light of the wed¬≠ding for me was being able to spend time with my Mom‚Äôs side of the fam¬≠ily. That, and spend¬≠ing time with my niece, Emilia, whose whole fam¬≠ily made it to the wed¬≠ding so that ‚ÄúMia‚ÄĚ could be a¬†flower girl.
Get¬≠ting out of New York actu¬≠ally proved to be quite excit¬≠ing as well. Super¬≠storm Sandy threat¬≠ened to ruin the bride‚Äôs day, but it held off until the next night. How¬≠ever, that did cause a¬†lot of flight can¬≠cel¬≠la¬≠tions, includ¬≠ing ours. This meant we had to drive all the way back to Detroit in a¬†rental car in order to make it to work the next day. Luck¬≠ily, Delta refunded us our return trip, so we didn‚Äôt lose out on too¬†much.
The rest of the year went by pretty fast; Thanks¬≠giv¬≠ing, Dad‚Äôs anniver¬≠sary, Christ¬≠mas. Mom spent Christ¬≠mas out in Dal¬≠las with Dr. Bro, Dr. SIL and Mia (jeal¬≠ous!). The week¬≠end before Christ¬≠mas, Bobby & I¬†got to spend time with Dad‚Äôs side of the fam¬≠ily, espe¬≠cially one of my cousins and her fam¬≠ily from Lon¬≠don, Ontario. It was a¬†fun Sat¬≠ur¬≠day night full of play¬≠ing with the kids, poker and beer pong with our¬†Uncle.
Yes, you read that right. Beer pong with our Uncle. All I¬†have to say is that, even though the girls lost against the guys ‚Ä¶ that was prob¬≠a¬≠bly the most fun I‚Äôve had in a¬†long time! (But, boy did I¬†pay for it the next¬†day ‚Ä¶ )
And now it‚Äôs almost New Year‚Äôs Day. I¬†can‚Äôt believe the year has gone by so quickly. As I¬†said, my New Year‚Äôs res¬≠o¬≠lu¬≠tion is to write more, and I‚Äôm hop¬≠ing that the week¬≠ends give me enough time to write what I¬†want to write. And not sound as lame as I¬†do right now. Prac¬≠tice makes per¬≠fect,¬†right?