My 2013 in Review
FRC Ultimate Ascent kickoff, a super-surprise-secret-midnight wedding, the best two weeks ever with my dog Red, the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make, and grieving. So much sadness.
Continued sadness. Tremendous home improvement efforts prior to hosting an anniversary party for friends with a full service cocktail bar. An awards ceremony in Madison, WI, a fun birthday day trip to Chicago followed by another trip to Madison.
Continued sadness. An unexpected reunion. Bought new running shoes even though I wasn’t doing any running. Two FRC competitions and a mellow St. Patrick’s Day.
New ink and a concerted effort to heal myself. State FRC competition. Saw Carmina Burana with my other half. Battled a flooded basement for three full days! Got a promotion and a new boss, plus an escrow shortage notice that upped my mortgage payment by $175 a month (even after I paid $400 out of pocket). Oh, and my student loans came due.
First half marathon ever. A trip home for Mother’s Day, another trip to Madison for business. A strange birthday party, feeble attempts to run, and a Guster concert with my up north girl Lauren.
Traverse City business trip. A bazillion graduation open houses; my son started driver’s ed. Saw a Tigers game at Comerica Field and spent two awesome days with my friend Jules. Also attended my baby cousin’s wedding.
4th of July party, housesitting, a lot of swimming(!), and a baby shower. A visit from my good friend Chas. Awesome summer weather. Started training for my second half marathon.
Premier League started! Training, trail running, & cross-training (biking, swimming, walking). A lot of petsitting! A not-so-unexpected breaking of ties. Hosted my ridiculously stupid birthday party. More broken ties. SOCCER! My first 5K race of the year, another visit from Chas. The beginning of my surprisingly long-lasting introverted phase. Started this blog.
Moderate training/cross-training. A super fun girl’s weekend at the lake for Labor Day. My son started school and resolved to get good grades. I started a new soccer season. Celebrated Beth’s birthday and the completion of my second half marathon.
Work work work work work. My car was in the repair shop; I took a long trip to Reno for business. Soccer. My son competed at an FRC student run invitational; his favorite teacher had a serious motorcycle accident (he’s recovering). Attended a dear friend’s Dr. Who-themed baby shower and my first Zumba and Yoga classes, ever. Decided to grow my hair out.
Another trip to Madison. Went out on a few strange dates. Ran half of a 10K trail race. Enjoyed a couple amazing meals by myself, went to a few birthday parties, started playing drop-in soccer outside of league. Spent a quiet Thanksgiving with my son, his friend, and my little brother. Raked sooo many leaves.
Busy with work, petsitting and snow shoveling, tried to avoid the Holidays without success. Finally accepted being single and stopped fighting for something I really wanted. Had to come to terms with the idea of defeat, but a new client came along and inspired me to get my ducks in a row for my petsitting business. Worked the entire week of Christmas (except the Holiday itself) and resolved never to do that again. Planning to ring in NYE at home – planning to wake up tomorrow as a single, confident, extroverted entrepreneur.
Thanks for the memories, 2013.