the year in review

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It's time for one of those self-reflection end of the year posts that I haven't done in a while. Are you ready?

January started pretty bumpy. Some emotional upheavals. A quick weekend trip to the beautiful California bay area for a funeral of a loved one. A wonderful night out with my best girl. Meeting new people. Starting the healing process.




February was quite a whirlwind of texting, being twitterpated, a basketball game, and life stress. The month passed quickly, but the highlight was definitely an unexpected delivery of flowers and a wonderful visitor.


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March brought… I can't remember.

April ushered in my first visit to Boston and Fenway Park that started my love affair with the place. Include some frustration, heartache, and a much needed girls weekend with my family for this month.

May brought school applications, decisions on in-state tuition vs. out-of-state-tuition, emotional healing and strengthening, stronger independence. Validation that I am my own person and I don't need anyone to take care of me. Because I am strong enough.



June was wonderful. The sun shone brightly and the weather was gorgeous. I was running daily, soaking in the sunshine, playing with friends on a weekly basis. Also, it was my first experience with the Pride Festival which I loved. Include a road trip to sunny California and an awesome visit with a long time friend and a reconnection. Busy month!


July brought more sunshine, more independence, closer friendships, more running, new friends, closure, and a feeling that the summer was slipping though my fingers. This made me enjoy each day more fully and look forward with greater optimism.



August was beautiful. A visit to Park City's main street, the beer festival, a camping trip and more outdoor concerts downtown filled out the month.




September was my second trip to Boston and a greater infatuation with the place. This month also brought acceptance to the University of Utah which spawned the planning process of starting school, quitting full time work, and a change to my current life and future. September has always been a good month for me, but the prospect of the future at this point was unbelievably positive and exciting.  That excitement has carried through the rest of the year and I still feel it now. Also, September brought the 3 year anniversary of taking my life back.  Meeting wonderful new friends rounded out this month to be one of the best ever.



October I turned 28! I finally became as old as I felt! The only way I can describe it is a feeling of finally coming in to my own. Which is a relief that things really do get better if you want them to be! Halloween was a crazy good time with friends.



November was chilly and stress filled. I decided to get a second part time job through the holiday season. This meant I was not able to trip to Idaho for the holiday to be with family. But I did spend the day with good friends, and any day filled with good food and good friends is a good day in my book. I started my retail job on Black Friday. My life will never be the same.


December brought 60-72 hour work weeks, surviving on two 3 hour naps with no real sleep, and a severely limited social schedule. The right days off around Christmas allowed a quick trip to Idaho to reconnect and feel the love of my sisters. Plus, the opportunity to sleep the whole day in a completely dark and slightly chilly room. Heaven. My favorite part of the holiday season is getting gifts to give to the people I care most about. And with only one hitch, I'd say it was a success.


I spent most of the holiday season exhausted from lack of sleep, my legs ached from standing 6+ hours a night, and I was dehydrated from drinking too much coffee and not enough water. Ha! I did not feel in the holiday mood until I was preparing for the drive to Idaho on Christmas Eve. I suddenly realized that while I had been listening to Christmas music and giving gifts, I had been so preoccupied with other things that I was not enjoying the season. How did it get to be Christmas Eve already? Where did December go?

By the time I arrived in Idaho my mood had changed and I was ready to celebrate and be embraced by those who love me most. It was a severe reminder that no matter the stresses, no matter how busy, no matter how tired, I have to enjoy the moment right now. If I don't, tomorrow will turn in to next month and I will have missed it all.

The neat and tidy version of this year? It was busy. It was fun. It was exciting. It was hopeful. It was exhausting. And I loved it.

2011 turned out to be as huge for me as I thought it would be when faced with it a year ago. I believe 2012 will be epic. It's gonna be huge. And I can't wait.


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It's been a long time since I've tackled the crafty projects with any type of consistency.  Which is too bad since I like to do it so much.  

There are a couple projects on the list, other than sewing on buttons and mending tears. The first of which is to start and of course finish scrapbooking my NYC trip.  Originally I had wanted to get it finished before I went to Boston.  But that didn't quite work out as planned.  So I'm still working on it.  With the weekend here I should be able to finish it and pack the mess away.  It's been a long time since I've done this scrapbook thing and I forget the mess it makes.  Sheesh!




After this project is wrapped up and completed, finally, I have plans for some screen printing, sewing, and a certain yarn shop.  I always feel more creative and motivated when it's warm and the sun is shining. I'm ready for summer!

In other news, it is Friday.  I'd like to say I'm glad it's the weekend, but it looks like it will be as busy as any other day.  I'll be working a few hours on Saturday and then again on Sunday.  Family party tonight, dropping Ellie off tomorrow, laundry and cleaning.  Grocery shopping is already done so at least I don't have to worry about that part.


a lot to process

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There's quite a bit going on in my brain this morning.  So much so that I'm having trouble articulating a full thought before switching gears to the next thing. 

Today is definitely a write-in-the-notebook kind of day.

If I can put together a full thought later I'll share some of it.  But for now I'm focused on processing the jungle of a mess inside my brain.


If it were the afternoon instead of the morning I'd be tying up my shoes and on my way to sweat it out on the pavement.  Instead I'll be writing.



i (re)learned recently

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Knit is tricky to sew with.  Even more so when the pattern pieces are knit.


I still procrastinate things I don't want to do.  I need to grow out of that one.

A straight line from Salt Lake City to Boston is 2000 miles.

I received 2,629 text messages last billing cycle.

It's been a while since too many thoughts kept me up at night.  It was relieving to know I still have that ability, it's not dead up there.

I work best when there is a big long list with too many things to do.


If I just pay a bit more attention on a consistent basis I can run my finances and not be run by them.  

I still enjoy coloring.

Chicken really is more boring than sushi.

I still like naps in the afternoon.


Cookies for breakfast is awesome.

I like when Ellie takes a nap in my lap.