A year ago this month, my grandmother celebrated her 93rd birthday.
13 days later she had a stroke and died in early June.
It has been a hard year without her. I didn’t often get to talk to her over the phone, but she had joined Facebook a while ago to be able to talk with her various grandchildren and relatives across the country. She really enjoyed the casino games on there 🙂
Ugh, so this is the 2nd time in my life that I’ve had norwalk on New Year’s Eve. The first time was on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, I made it past midnight and then fainted in the bathroom of my cabin and didn’t eat for 2 whole days. I think I lost like, 10 pounds. Not cool.
Same kind of thing happened this year, too. Not only to me, but to 13 other people at a party I was at and other people across the country that I’m friends with. I shall be washing my hands with vigor for the next 3 months, most definitely.
Right now, there is a ton of snow coming down…its light and glittery. I hope that means shoveling will be easy tomorrow since we might get up to 16 inches of it.
Already read and finished my first book of 2014: “Apologies to My Censor” which I thought was going to be a travel type book, but was more memoir with travel in it. Not bad. A book on Charles Sumner is waiting to be finished and one on Benjamin Church and another on the French and Indian War are waiting to be started. I’m such a geek.
Here is the last official photo of 2013. I say last official because I took some pathetic self portraits while sick and those aren’t going anywhere
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” — Benjamin Franklin
Ben always can be counted on for some sage advice about life and the welcoming of a New Year is no different. This year is my first as an officially married woman and I’m happy that I will not be planning a wedding this year. However, we have the fun of planning our honeymoon, huzzah!
Many resolutions will be attempted this new year…mostly things that I should have done years ago, but have put off for a variety of reasons.
Open up at least 1 IRA
Visit as many National Park sites in New England as I can
Hike at least 3 times
See a MOOSE!
Get happier at work somehow
There are others, but these are the top 5 for next year beyond cleaning up the basement. Purging is the name of the game!