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2018: A Visual Montage


Going through my photos from 2018 has reminded me of how many good moments we had throughout the year, and how much I have to be grateful for.

The year kicked off in a dark place with Mom’s cancer diagnosis, but after chemo, surgery and radiation (and now oral chemo), we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The experience, plus some other incidents this year, taught me that no matter how much you may try, you’re never really in control of your destiny. An illness or an accident can so quickly end or derail whatever you’ve got going on. Worrying about that happening doesn’t do any good either – you just have to swing at the curveballs life throws at you and hope for the best.

This year I got out and did some exciting things – I marched in marches, and I ran in 5k’s. I learned how to cut glass, make a slumped glass vase, make fused glass ornaments and I am currently working on my second stained glass piece. I travelled to Vermont lots of times to visit Mom, Indianapolis for a work trip, Maine for a family get-together, and the grand finale of course, was our impromptu trip to Costa Rica!

So, despite whatever bad things happened in  2018, they were far outweighed by good things and positive experiences. I’m sure 2019 will be the same – while you might not be able to control your destiny, you can certainly control your attitude along the way.

Here’s to a fantastic, healthy and happy 2019!

January 2018
January 2018 – Hartford Women’s March
February 2018
February 2018 – Zentangle Retreat
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March 2018 – Hanging with Mom after chemo
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March 2018 – Watercolor Zen
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March 2018 – Winter on Lake Champlain
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March 2018 – 4 weeks on WW and 5 lbs lost!
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March 2018 – Hartford March for Our Lives
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March 2018 – Hiking in Roxbury, CT
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March 2018 – We learn how to make our bodies less hospitable to cancer
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April 2018 – 10 lbs lost on WW!
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April 2018 – 5K # 1 – The ACS Fun Run in Indianapolis
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April 2018 – The cats still hate each other
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May 2018 – 5K # 2 – The CT Breast Health Run in New Britain, CT
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May 2018 – I get new glasses!
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May 2018 – Tornado strikes near us! (While I was trying on my new glasses…)
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May 2018 – We start a raised bed
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June 2018 – I’m the life of the party at work
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June 2018 – Sunset on Lake Champlain
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June 2018 – Road Trippin’ with Kris
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July 2018 – DC trip
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August 2018 – Autumn encounters a watermelon
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August 2018 – Enjoying the fruits (veggies?) of our labor
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September 2018 – Truckin’ in Maine
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September 2018 – Visiting mom after her mastectomy and building cairns on the shore.
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September 2018 – I try my hand at glass cutting!
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September 2018 – the results of my labor
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October 2018 – 5K #3, Wallingford CT (I stopped running the minute I crossed the finish line! haha)
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October 2018 – Hartford Habitat for Humanity 30 Year Anniversary Dinner
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October 2018 – Dad and I make stained glass leaves!
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October 2018 – I make a fused glass wind chime (and struggle to photograph it decently)
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November 2018 – Dave and I go to Costa Rica again!
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November 2018 – Wherever we wander, it’s always good to come home.
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December 2018 – I make fused glass ornaments for the fam!
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December 2018 – Christmas with the bros
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December 2018 – I try a larger stained glass piece…

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Americans!

We just got back from a hearty Thanksgiving meal at my dad’s house. Kris and Grey came too, so it was a nice little gathering. Of course we prepared too much food, but that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? I am always grateful for quality time with my loved ones.

This time last year, Dave and I were holed up in our hotel room in Costa Rica, waiting for Hurricane Otto to pass by. After that unique experience, I no longer have any particular expectations for how a Thanksgiving should be.

I used to feel like Thanksgiving had to meet certain requirements in order to be right. My whole family had to be there. We had to have turkey, stuffing, gravy, broccoli casserole, creamed onions, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and biscuits. We had to have apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert. If it could snow, even just a little, that would be nice.

Last year, Dave and I decided to use the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as a way to extend our Costa Rica trip. I hesitated at first – did I really want to be away from my family during this most-cherished of holidays? It had been weird enough to stop eating turkey on Thanksgiving once I became a vegetarian, but skipping the holiday altogether was really pushing some boundaries. Perhaps being stuck in a hotel room as a hurricane passed by was the price I had to pay for skipping Thanksgiving, but it was worth it. That trip was amazing.

This year, when it became apparent that one brother was going to do this, and another that, I accepted that we would not all be together on Thanksgiving day. Instead, my brothers and I had a pre-Thanksgiving weekend with my mom, and then today, Kris, Grey, Dave and I shared the day with Dad.

When I think back to Thanksgivings of the past, I feel so lucky to have spent the day with so many wonderful people and in so many cozy homes. Above all, I’ve come to realize that the holiday is about the experience of being together with people who are important to you.

This is what I’m grateful for today:

Dave.
Time spent with my family.
My two fuzzy children.
That my dental journey is nearing an end (or, a resting point?).
Our cozy little house.
That I’ve been able to meditate for 110 days in a row!
That we live in a safe place and I can go through my days without fear.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?