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The Year in Review 2011

Okay, so I haven’t posted since JULY!  What is wrong with me?  It’s been a crazy fall, and I just haven’t been myself, but I am hoping for great things in 2012, so the blog should be back in action!

 

And, I couldn’t leave 2011 without my annual YEAR IN REVIEW… it’s been around for a long time- gotta keep up the tradition!

so Here We Go!

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The Year in Review: 2011

It’s back for another year!

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

Adopted a dog from the humane society, bought NEW furniture, had surgery

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

I did okay with our resolution of sticking to our budget more and working about the house on projects (especially the past 2 months!)

2012 plans

1) Be grateful for the little things.

2) Take care of me.

3) Pay down debt.

4) Love and appreciate the wonderful people in my life.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Jenny and Edward welcomed our niece Cali, Gina and Peter welcomed Eric, and Megan and John welcomed the twins- Tessa and Kate

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no!

5. What states/countries did you visit?

Georgia! and Illinios

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

Appreciation of the good of each day. Positive outlook. Happier situation at work.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

July 24- the day we welcomed Clyde to our family!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Being appointed Co Chair of the Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks!

9. What was your biggest regret of the year?

Having to leave my favorite class!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I got the flu in February- 5 days of feverish hell.  And minor surgery in December.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our Couches!  Clyde!  The Cricut!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Tim for being patient with me!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Someone who shall not be named here.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Furniture, bills, house

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

FURNITURE!  and Clyde!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

“Party Rock”  LMFAE; Anything by Adele

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier!

ii. thinner or fatter? fatter 😦

iii. richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Showing appreciation to those I love, taking care of myself.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Taking on stressful situations

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We hosted a great Christmas Eve gathering!  Schinker family Christmas the next morning and a night at my in laws.  Pretty good overall.

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?

YES!  With our gorgeous dog Clyde!

23. How many one-night stands?

It doesn’t count as a one night stand when you are married!

24. What was your favorite TV program?

We got rid of cable this year!  The one I watched the most was Biggest Loser

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No real hate here… just general annoyance

26. What was the best book you read?

The Hunger Games Trilogy!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Loved Adele this year

28. What did you want and get?

A dog, NEW FURNITURE, a cricut

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Tie between The Blind Side and The Help

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 33.  No great shakes here.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being in my old building, not being so stressed out with my job, taking time for things I love.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Practical- Old Navy, scarves and a touch of Vera

33. What kept you sane?

Tim. My bffs. Renee and Jen.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Oh Ryan Braun…..

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

I am a teacher who lives and works in Wisconsin- what do you think?

36. Who did you miss?

Dean.

My BFFs- did not spend enough time with them!

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I have met some pretty great coworkers, and the awesome members of the Walk Now for Autism Committee!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:

Love is unconditional. Things will not be perfect. People will not be perfect. But, we will love deeply and passionately and completely, just the same.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Don’t underestimate the things that I will do
There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark

“Rolling in the Deep”- Adele

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Inspiration with Gussy Sews- THE BEACH

Maggie over at http://www.gussysews.com has been running an inspiration series to get people thinking and inspired.

The prompt this week is The Beach!

Since this past Monday, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary, I’m going to share beach pics with Tim.  Tim proposed at a beach.  I love the water and it’s calming effects, and the sun- oh the sun.  The beach? it is good.  And thanks to my hubby, it is now a place I think of sharing with him, and how our journey to husband and wife all started at the beach…

 

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

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Look Who is Opening SUMMERFEST!

I LOVE Peter. 

MUST GO TO THIS CONCERT!

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Time keeps on slipping…

into the future.  And I keep meaning to post about all that is going on, but, yeah, not so much!

 

There has been so much going on, yet not so much to write about lately in our corner of the world.

Our state is in chaos, thanks to our crazy governor, and whatever happens will definitely have an impact on Tim and I.  (Good thing it only takes 540,000 signatures to recall our crazy governor after 1 year in office…. I think all of the union members will try to take care of that!)

Due to major funding cuts in my district, I am being excessed, along with 13 co-workers from our building.  Thankfully, there are vacancies in other buildings, so I will still have a job. But, I have to interview, and apply, and put my best foot forward to get into a program and school I want to stay in.  I am very sad about leaving my school.  I absolutely LOVE what I do, and LOVE my students.  I am graduating 7 of my 11 students, so only have to say goodbye to 4, but it will be so hard.  We are like one big family… the end of the school year will be very sad. 😦

 

That’s the biggest news lately.  (and it sucks.)

 

There is so much more to say, but I will save that for another post, so I can post more than once a month! 🙂

 

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Go Pack Go!

Today the Packers play the Bears.

I’m watching this game in Bears country hopefully I survive!

And, this is the best ad, ever:

 

 

Go Pack!

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The Year In Review 2010

The Year in Review: 2010

It’s back for another year!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Used a SMART board (and now use it every day!); went through the locks in Sault Ste Marie; rode bikes with my husband around Mackinac Island; baked a ham for Easter for the family; bought a car with my husband and refinanced our house!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

No resolutions last year…  This year, I am working on being more organized, accomplishing more about the house to make it a home, and stick to a budget with Tim to work on paying down debt.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Jenny and John welcomed Eddie last summer!  Hopefully, more babies in 2011- we are anxiously awaiting our second niece, and John and Megan’s twin girls, and Laura and John’s little one!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness!

5. What states/countries did you visit?

Illinois and Michigan this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

Increased value in myself.  More finished about the house. Appreciation of the good in each day

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

My dad’s bypass surgery day.  It was super stressful and scary- but turned out well!  Thank goodness!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

finding focus for me

9. What was your biggest regret of the year?

Not making time for the things and people I should.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

nothing major- a few colds, and a stomach virus, that’s all

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Subaru!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Tim for putting up with me and being a wonderful husband!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Someone who shall not be named here.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, savings, house

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My Kindle, Eddie’s birth, our Michigan vacation

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

“Amazing” Bruno Mars

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier!

ii. thinner or fatter? thinner

iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spending time with those I love, working on the house, not worrying!

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Thinking poorly of myself

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We hosted our families for Christmas Eve, and it was wonderful! Christmas Day we visited Aunt Kathy, Auntie Chris and Tim’s Parents. It was pretty near perfect overall!

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

Yes, with My Kindle!  Ha!  And Tim amazes me more and more…

23. How many one-night stands?

It doesn’t count as a one night stand when you are married!

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Grey’s Anatomy, Biggest Loser, Til Debt Do Us Part

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No real hate here… just general annoyance

26. What was the best book you read?

I really liked House Rules by Jodi Piccoult

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Loved me some Bruno Mars and Black Eyed Peas this year… and anything catchy!

28. What did you want and get?

A Kindle

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I think “little fockers” was the only movie I saw in the theaters.  It was quite funny!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32, sadly, I don’t really remember it!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Having some people here who are not with us any more. Not much else (other than maybe a bun in the oven)

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Practical, Old Navy with a touch of Vera.

33. What kept you sane?

Tim. My bffers.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Oh Ryan Braun…..

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The Gulf Oil Spill cleanup

36. Who did you miss?

Dean.

My BFFs- did not spend enough time with them!

37. Who was the best new person you met?

My Student Teachers (From spring- Angela and fall- Carolyn) both were great and taught me so much!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

Love is unconditional. Things will not be perfect. People will not be perfect. But, we will love deeply and passionately and completely, just the same.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

It’ll work itself out fine
All we need is just a little patience
Said sugar make it slow
And we’ll come together fine
All we need is just a little patience

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Thankful

‘Tis Thanksgiving Day.  And I am thankful for so much.

Another blog wrote about Desiderata today… and it reminded me how much I love the words.

 

enjoy.

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-Max Erhman

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enjoy the day.

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