Tag Archive | New Year’s

Hasta La Vista 2016!

While I can’t say that 2016 has been the best year, it has become a tradition to do the annual year in review.  Although in some ways, I won’t be sorry to see 2016 go, I still have to remember that even with its ups and downs, I do live a truly blessed life.  So without further ado…

  1. My beloved grandmother passed away in February at the age of 98.  She lived a long, blessed life, filled with God, family and good friends, and she was ready to go be with my grandfather again.  I was lucky to have her for the first 40 years of my life, but I will miss her always.
  2. I took a wonderful girls trip to San Diego in April, full of bonding with friends and relaxing in the California sunshine.  We celebrated Allysa’s 50th birthday and saw the sights.  I tried SUP-ping for the first time too!
  3. I did quite a bit of local hiking this year.  I hiked Fragrance Lake twice, the Ozette Triangle at Olympic National Park, and the Chain Lakes loop at Mount Baker.  There is a peace found on the trail that is unmatched elsewhere.
  4. I took a long weekend to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins in Oregon and Southern Washington.  We went to a small town rodeo and went white water rafting on the stunning White Salmon River.
  5. My mom and I took a 10 day road trip through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming in August.  It was wonderful to spend so much time with my amazing mother, seeing the sights and laughing throughout our adventure.  More posts coming soon!
  6. I completed my 8th half marathon, the Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon, in September with my dear friend Katie, with our friend Shelley providing support.  Even though the weather sucked, my 13.1 mile slog through rain and wind ended with a new personal record and a definite feeling of accomplishment!  And wine!
  7. My horse and the kitties are all happy and healthy.  Biz is down to just three old man teeth, and gave me a scare recently when he suddenly lost a ton of weight, but he is now on the mend and making me feel more comfortable about him weathering the winter.  At the ripe old age of 29, I am keenly aware that time with him is getting short, but the memories I have with him will last a lifetime.
  8. In November I took a long weekend trip to revisit Astoria, Oregon.  I went to see some old sights and some new, and relaxed over a beer at some of the town’s best breweries.  Even though the forecast called for a weekend of rain, I walked everywhere and stayed completely dry!  The rain began as I got into the car to head home.
  9. I am close to the two year anniversary at my job, and continue to enjoy the challenges and successes.  My staff are second to none.  And the vacation accrual is wonderful, as is the summer schedule!

I didn’t post as much in 2016 as I had hoped to, but still have many posts coming about my West trip, the half-marathon and Astoria.  I am hopeful that 2017 will have me back on a more regular posting schedule, as well as experiencing many new adventures.

Know that I am eternally grateful for all of you that I count as readers, family and friends.  Here’s to peace and happiness in the New Year.  Cheers!

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A New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine

I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve!  Jon and I spent a quiet evening at home.  We watched a random movie, called Labor Day – it was actually a pretty good movie with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet.  We also watched an episode of the Walking Dead.  Overall, a pretty nondescript evening. Except for the wine.

Once Jon got home, I had him open up a bottle of the Scharffenberger Cellars Crémant.  I had tasted this wine when Jon and I went on our road trip to California in March 2013.  Jon had stayed outside reading his book while I tasted at Scharffenberger, so he hadn’t tasted it then.

Crémant, according to the server at Scharffenberger, means sparkling wine that is not from Champagne.  This wine is equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and it is bottled with less pressure for a lighter effervescence.  It is extra dry, but with a creamier mouthfeel and taste than the other Scharffenberger sparklers.

We both enjoyed the wine, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  We managed to stay up until the New Year, and that’s what counts right?  Even if we were brushing our teeth when the clock struck midnight…

Happy New Year!

Farewell 2014 – Say Hello to 2015!

What is it about growing older that just makes the years fly by?  I feel like just a few weeks ago, I wrote my 2013 Year in Review post, and now it is time (actually a bit overdue) for the 2014 post!  There’s no doubt I had good year, but of course, it wasn’t without its hardships.  In no particular order…

  1. Biz, my Quarter Horse gelding, had to have another tooth pulled this spring.  Fortunately, he had no complications.  He also celebrated his 27th birthday!
  2. Jon and I took an amazing roadtrip to the Southwest.  We visited six states, got to hike in some of the world’s most beautiful places, and learned about our country’s history.  Plus, we drank some good beer, checked out the stars, and topped it off with a family wedding.
  3. I finished my sixth half marathon, with several of my close friends.  It was a great weekend spent with good food, great wine, and fabulous company.  I love my friends!  It was my first half marathon with my husband too – I still consider it together even though he finished 90 minutes before I did.
  4. My uncle died in August, after a several year battle with colon cancer.  I was fortunate to be able to visit him before he died.
  5. Jon and I took a trip to Michigan in October to visit my grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins.  We also got the chance to visit the northern part of mainland Michigan and sample some great beer and wine, and hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Posts coming!
  6. Jon and I, with a lot of help from Jon’s dad, painted our huge deck.  It was an incredible amount of work, and many gallons of paint!  It also makes me wish that the previous owner had stained the deck originally, instead of painting it.  I’m glad it is done (for now)!
  7. After driving by many times on our way to and from Portland, Oregon, Jon and I finally visited Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  It was so cool!
  8. It was a quiet year on the kitty front – everybody is healthy and happy.  Although Oliver is getting older, he is still well, Oscar continues to become more tame, and Coraline is a cheerful little pudge who loves tormenting her brothers.
  9. I have another new niece or nephew on the way!  He or she – it is going to be a surprise – will be joining the family in February 2015!
  10. I took the plunge and accepted a new job.  It is a promotion for me; I’ll be an HR Director!  I said goodbye to my old job and will be starting the new one next week.

I know I have said it before, but I do lead a blessed life.  I am married to a wonderful man, have a successful career, and fill my off time with travel.  I have family and friends who I love and treasure, and who love me in return.  I hope all of you have had a good year too, filled with more joy than sadness.  I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

Anatomy of a Cold

I’ve had a lot of colds this year. Not sure why. I started a new job almost a year ago, so some might argue that there is a certain amount of stress associated with that. Or new people with different germs to spread around. I’ve also had quite a bit of stress, because Jon and I decided to sell our starter home and buy a new house in August, so we went through that process for several months. I thought that since things have finally settled down, I could get back to my normal “don’t get sick very often” life. It seems a certain rhinovirus had other plans.

This Monday, I thought I was getting another sinus infection (I’ve been struggling with those a lot lately too). I had a headache in my forehead, and my face around my eyes hurt, and I was exhausted. You know, all the typical sinus symptoms. Monday was a holiday, so I spent a pretty lazy day, did some shopping and lunch with my mom, raked some leaves in the yard, folded clothes – a pretty typical weekend.

Tuesday I went to work feeling crappy. I was really stuffy – couldn’t breathe, still had the sinus headache in a bad way. I managed to make it through the day, but was pretty useless after I got home. Wednesday brought a change, in the way of the sniffly-sneezies! My personal favorite! Thank god it is the week after Christmas and it was a really quiet week. I sniffly-sneezed my way through the day, hiding out in my office, counting the minutes until I could go home at 5 o’clock. Then Thursday I was a bit drier, with the sneezies mostly tapered off. It didn’t hurt that I took massive amounts of cold medicine to help dry me out. The exhaustion still hung on with me, unfortunately.

On Friday… the progression marched on. I got the cough! What a treat!  I was playing in a soccer tournament and worried that I was going to explode into fits of coughing on the field (I agreed to play before I got sick – which was crazy even then – but that’s a post for another day).  Fortunately my cold was under control while I was running around the field (perhaps the sweating and heavy breathing did me some good!)

Now, Saturday – the cough is still lingering, but I can mostly taste things again!  That means I can enjoy some wine for New Year’s!  Jon just uncorked a bottle of champagne – we have to start celebrating early because there is no way I’ll be up at midnight!  I’m hoping for a Happy 2012 with more vacations and fewer illnesses!  Happy New Year everybody!