Year in Review 2015

2016/01/25

This has been the most jam packed of jam packed years. I did my best to savor it all! Since my blogging fell off in June, I'll recap the first half of the year here, then hopefully a series of posts about the remaining months will follow.

January

  • January saw Dave and I starting the process of prepping our house for sale. We eventually took advice from our real estate agent and hired a contractor to complete several minor renovations. It took waaaay longer than we anticipated and it would be a huge headache (mostly for Dave who took the lead with all of it) but it did pay off in the end when we sold instantly in the hot sellers market. The upside, other than the cash, was that I was so sick of that house by the time it was done I wasn't teary and sentimental to see it go as I expected.
  • Nathan and I got engaged in January while out in the Texas wilderness camping with friends. Now that's a good start to the year.


February

  • I am happy to say that Mardi Gras is now a permanent fixture on my calendar. We had a great time as always where I took virtually no pictures. Such a feast for the eyes and I decided to let it pass undocumented. Shocking.
  • Tessa turned 14 this month. I love her for her dark humor and her casual smarts and her fiercely private creativity. Also because she wants donuts for her birthday.


March

  • I had the first of what would be three surgeries in March to remove an ever so stupid fibroid cyst from my uterus. Super easy surgery as far as recovery goes, but it definitely made the year more stressful. Lots of appointments and followup, not to mention the heinous symptoms that got me to the doctor in the first place. I'll spare you all the details but it was not my favorite.
  • We took the girls camping over spring break at McKinney Falls. It was a pretty perfect few days. 
  • Spring Break also found me and Nathan back in New Orleans for the wedding of a friend. It doesn't take much of an excuse to get us there. 


April

  • It is always a treat when my sister and her delicious baby come to visit.
  • Even though I hadn't even listed my house on the market, Nathan and I were able to start looking early and buy our lovely home. I love, love, love it. (I love the house, not the process of buying which is insane in this sellers market.) Older neighborhood, brand new remodel, right across the street from our school. I was worried about living so close, but our house hasn't even been egged yet! Last month we had a fire drill and all my students joked about going across the street to resume class at my house. I guess they all know where we live.
  • I got to travel to Boston for a work conference with good friends and colleagues. I need to go back to that beautiful city.


May (aka the month when I take all the days off of school)

  • Another spectacular hike in the Grand Canyon!
  • The banner event of the year was our beautiful wedding. This was the wedding I knew I wanted, but as we get further from the actual day I am even more pleased with the way things went. Little fuss, high impact. All of our beautiful family there to share the day with us.
  • Disney World and another wedding in Orlando.
  • Yes, even another wedding in Nashville.


June

  • 8th and 5th grade graduations. With both girls leaving their schools and us selling and leaving our house on Henry Kinney, this is definitely the close of one chapter and the beginning of another. Big, big change.

Now

2016/01/24

There are of course myriad reasons my writing has stopped. In my head I've been telling myself that I've been waiting for some photos from a friend to finish a travelogue of the spectacular trip Nathan and I took to Europe last summer. I have a need to finish things in order and that minor roadblock has been an easy excuse. Other contributing players to my hiatus are the omnipresent fatigue that is my life as a teacher as well as my somewhat new, somewhat cultured "live in the present" posture that has me focusing more on experience and less on documentation. But I feel I've swung too far in the other direction. I so enjoy going back to read old thoughts and relive old memories and my future self is starting to raise fuss that I'm shortchanging her.

So I'm back. Perhaps in different ways, perhaps not consistently, perhaps short lived. But here right now.

I also feel that I need to understand more my relationship to teaching and since I often process by writing that may become more of a focus. Once again solidifying my blog-for-self attitude since I doubt that is useful or interesting for many other than myself.

Today I'll make a recap of things that I have appreciated about my weekend. Specific to the opportunities presented, but perhaps emblematic of things that keep me healthy and happy. Friday evening was supposed be a live show, which is something I love and haven't been making opportunity for enough lately. I had a perfect crew lined up to join and was completely looking forward to the evening when I discovered the show was sold out. I was more than a little bummed. But just when I had written off the evening a group from my school got together after work and shot the shit for hours and reminded me how much that perfect combo of good friends and conversation invigorates my soul. And how those endless hours of conversation both deep and trivial are where I fell in love with Nathan.

Saturday started with errands. Nothing but boring appointments and lines, but some time with my girls and just enough productive to feel good about the delicious afternoon nap that followed. Nathan and I spent so much time traveling over the last year, it has become the new luxury to spend the weekends catching up on sleep. Dinner with extended family was a lovely transition and recharge. Not to mention Torchy's Tacos which j'adore. After dinner was a movie which seems to be objective number one for many of my weekends. I have come to enjoy going out to the movies more and more over the last few years. I love the dark of the theater and the huge screen in front of me. I love getting lost in a human story. I love the whole thing.

Sunday started out reading in bed. Which makes me so happy because until a few months ago I was worried that that particular passion was permanently cooled. It may never be what it once was for me as far as total pages read, but my interest and ability has shifted back to a sustainable and pleasant place and for that I am hugely grateful. Probably my push to get to bed in the 8:00 hour in recent months has helped. After some yoga, the afternoon was spent in the glorious sunshine, hiking with the dogs and a friend in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This has been an incredibly mild winter and the near 70 degree temperatures and crisp blue skies of today have been sprinkled all throughout. Definitely a day to capitalize on. Tonight is dinner with a friend and hopefully more books in bed. A good and quiet life.