Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back / Moving Forward 2016 - 2017 Edition

   This post is usually where I grade my goals for the year.  However, this year will be REALLY easy because I forgot to make any goals, so I guess I did pretty well.  😊
   Well, I guess that's not entirely true. I did make my "Read 52 books in 52 weeks" goal for Goodreads. And I finished my last book this morning.  It was "Montana 1948."  It was very good and fast read. I recommend it.  If anyone wants to check out my list, please visit my "Year in Books" on my Goodreads page: 

   But other than that - I didn't make any goals, so I guess I'll just reflect on what I did this year:

  • The big thing that I did this year is I learned how to knit and I LOVE it.  Seriously addicted.  I took an Intro class at Haus of Yarn back in March and haven't stopped knitting since.  I even started a monthly crafting group and have started recruiting others to knit with me.  I'm such a geek about knitting that I have favorite yarns and needles (yes, there are major differences between needles - who knew?).  I even make it a point to visit yarn stores when I travel!  It's insane!  But it's so much fun and it's very cool to have someone comment on something you're wearing and you say "Oh - I made this."  
  • Visited Vegas.  I know this might not seem like that much of an accomplishment for most, but I hadn't been to Vegas since I was 9 years old.  It's changed a bit since then.  We went for my Mother-in-Law's birthday, and part of the celebration included going to see Zumanity.  If you haven't heard of this show, look it up.  It's crazy and an interesting choice of show to see with your Mother-in-Law (she had a friend who worked there and gave us tickets).  Lots of laughs though.
  • I started racing trails, which is something I said I would never do.  Lesson learned, huh?  I have nearly killed myself several times because trail running is hard, y'all.  But running through mud is fun, so I keep doing it.  
  • Completed two Half-Ironmans - Raleigh and Muncie.  Sure - they weren't my best races time-wise, but both races were a lot of fun and I got to spend time with good friends. 
  • Raced the New York Freakin' Marathon!!  This was huge and something I will remember for the rest of my life.  If you're a runner, you NEED to do this race.
  • Went to Seattle.  Dudley and I took a great trip to Washington State.  We hit Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Tacoma.  It's a lovely area and we can't wait to go back.  And I ran a half-marathon while I was there, which brings to my race map...

  • I got to fill in Washington, North Carolina and New York this year!  Not a huge advancement, but I'm getting there.
  • We still have a home full of dogs.  I don't talk about that very much, but we are involved with Big Fluffy Dog Rescue and have fostered for two years.  Dudley and I currently have two fosters right now, along with our three residents.  If anyone is ever looking for a dog - talk to me.  I can find you a dog!    
  • And finally, on a very sad note, I lost my grandmother in 2016.  She was 101 years old and active until the very end.  We miss her, but were fortunate she was with us for as long as she was.  
   As far as next year?  I don't know.  I'll still read a lot, but I probably won't do the 52 in 52 again.  Knitting has eaten into my reading time, so maybe I'll cut the book number in half.  We'll see.  I'm kind of looking forward to just seeing what comes along!! 
   I hope everyone has a wonderful 2017!!