My Year in Review

Happy 2014!

Another year has come and gone, and as I sit here staring at the dead tree in my living room I am reminded of my hopes and dreams…oh, wait. That came out wrong!

At least the tree skirt disguised some of the fallen pine needles...I can't wait for this to be gone. Next year - fake tree!

At least the tree skirt disguised some of the fallen pine needles…I can’t wait for this to be gone. Next year – fake tree!

As I sit here staring at the dead and now-bare Christmas tree in my living room, I am reminded that 2013 is really, truly gone. Last year around this time I was reminded that 2013 was the last full year for my 101 in 1001 goals. I now officially have a little over a month to complete my goals and set some new ones.

In the past 968 days, I’ve changed as a person and my goals have changed as well. Some of them have been altered from the original list, and some are still on my list but are now completely irrelevant. For instance, I no longer care about my score on the Air Force PFA. I also no longer want to visit Malawi or run 423 miles in a year. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to run anymore. Ever. I think 13.1 miles in one go is enough to last me a lifetime.

I’ve tracked some interesting changes over the past years, and I think they’ve all been good changes. I think I’ve become a better and more well-rounded individual. I also think the addition of our dog has made me a more relaxed individual…it’s hard to be stressed when you have a wonderful and loving pet!

If I was a dog, I'd be a good dog. Mostly just needed to add a picture of Ellie and her Christmas stocking!

Ellie and her Christmas stocking!

Most of my goals are still relevant, however, and many will be added to my next list. I still want to travel outside of North America. I want to snowboard, visit a cranberry bog in Massachusetts, and get a new duvet.

Even though there is a lot left to do, I have completed a lot this year. According to my list, in 2013 I:

  • Completed a half-marathon
  • Saw “Old Faithful” and Yellowstone
  • Played a duet with my husband
  • Went to Hawaii
  • Took an Irish step dance class
  • Hiked in the Grand Canyon
  • Planted a garden
  • Went on a road trip (and camped) with my husband
  • Created a budget
  • Visited 3 new states
  • Made a list of 100 reasons why I love my husband (which was a lot harder than I thought it would be!)
  • Paid for someone’s order in line behind me
  • Rescued our sweet poochy-pooch Ellie, and gave her a forever home
  • Bought a new car
  • Tried 5 new foods
  • Volunteered for a military organization
  • Read Huckleberry Finn
  • Went to New Orleans and ate at Emeril’s
  • Watched “The Pacific”
  • Volunteered with veterans on Veterans Day
  • Bought new heels

Now that I have it all listed out, I feel a bit more accomplished! I also did a polar bear swim (or the penguin plunge, as they call it down here) yesterday, which was another goal. That was super hectic. On New Year’s Eve, we went to change a heating element in our hot water tank only to find that it was beyond repair.

So rusty. The insulation was sopping wet as well.

So rusty. The insulation was sopping wet as well.

 

The element was rusted in, and a wire had broken loose and melted some of the insulation. So, on New Years Day we had to buy a new tank and install it. Unfortunately, we were unable to do that before we plunged into some very cold salt water.

Not as cold as a plunge in the Northwest, but still pretty cold! And we didn't have a hot shower to go back to.

Not as cold as a plunge in the Northwest, but still pretty cold! And we didn’t have a hot shower to go back to.
Photo credit: Juana’s Pagodas

Spencer was being such a good sport for putting up with my crazy goals. He took the plunge with me, even though we had no hot water at our house, and wasn’t grouchy even after I dropped molten hot potato soup on his food after we got out of the water. After finishing the plunge and eating some hot soup, we raced back home for some dry clothes and finished installing our tank. Here’s to ringing in the new year with some home improvement!

For now, I’ll be working on some more projects around the house, working on that 1000 piece puzzle, and figuring out my new goal list. Hopefully I can come up with a good mix of fun goals and serious challenges!

Maybe I’ll keep the marathon on that list after all…

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