Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello 2013

Overall in 2012 I fell silent with my blogging. I had the urge to blog, the desire was there, but many times after I started a post I wondered if I should even bother. I was more worried about content over anything else. Does anyone really care about the daily happenings in my life? Not to mention a few things that I am too ashamed to mention here on my blog have happened.

I know that in November and December my life focus was strictly on finishing up school for the semester. I was taking two classes, the last two classes for my degree program, and I was determined to pass and not let myself down, nor my parents. I also started working at the coffeehouse in October and even though it is/was a part time gig, I was determined there to be the best new hire they have had in a long time.

I have decided that I want to get back into blogging. And not just on Wednesdays when I join in with the knitting bloggers. I have been reading everyone's blogs, but sometimes I'm just not commenting as much as I feel I should be. I worry about you all. And when you don't post for a few days, I worry more. In case anyone has been worried about us, I will provide an end of the year review.

Steven

Steve is doing pretty well these days. Granted, he is currently fighting of a mild case of bronchitis, but in general he is in good spirits. He finished up his first semester back at school and pulled a B in both classes and is pretty tickled with himself (I'm pretty tickled, too). Work has been work, and he has spent a lot of time traveling to Indiana. In fact, he was working in Evansville before Christmas and was able to bring Mom up (instead of her taking the train) and will be in Fort Wayne at the end of the week so he is taking her back home (and we get to have her visit for two extra days).

Chase

Chase is Chase. We had a rough spot in October with school where he felt he could slack off and his grades did show it, but I think he's back on track right now. In November, Chase crossed over early from Webelos II to Boy Scout. He met all of the requirements for his Arrow of Light badge in October and instead of waiting until March to cross with the rest of his den, he went ahead and crossed early. His new Troop is fantastic and he is excited to go camping in the snow at the end of the month (if we still have snow).

It is amazing to me how much he is growing up. And it is scary. I decided to take a page from my friend Kristine (and her father), and decided to write a journal for Chase. Granted, he isn't four, but I thought I would spend 2013 writing a journal for him, about him. I am looking forward to looking back with him at how this year evolves.

Right now Chase is in Delaware with Dad and Fara. They came to visit briefly right after Christmas and took Chase back with them. He'll be home Thursday night. It's definitely been quiet around here without him. Oh and his cat is tolerating the fact that he is gone (with the help with yarn balls and extra kitty treats).

Dad and Fara:

Like I mentioned above, Dad and Fara were here shortly after Christmas and left just as quickly as they had arrived. The idea was for them to come in and celebrate my degree early (just in case Dad is not here in May when I walk). Overall, they both seem to be doing well. Dad is still using a cane (though he swears he is going to get rid of it this year), and at his most recent exam they said he was doing really well (albeit the doctor was a bit surprised he was still alive and kicking, I hear).

Dad has been making plans in case something happens to him. He and Fara feel that he has made it through two heart surgeries and two massive infections in the past two years that he may not make it through a third crisis. So Dad is making sure that everything he has said he would do, will be done no matter what. My brother thinks this is morbid behavior and doesn't like it when my Dad goes into detail about plans (like getting Chase to Paris to fulfill a promise he made him when Chase was five). I think it is realistic and I honestly can appreciate the reasoning behind it. Dad doesn't want to put off things he planned to do, but he doesn't want others to either just in case he can't be there.

Mom:

Mom is fantastic. I'm loving having her here and am so excited she gets to spend an extra two days with us. We've been knitting, baking, and just enjoying the company of the other since she arrived. We went to a new found yarn shop before Christmas and she picked up yarn for a sweater for herself. Her health has been great, and everything is looking good.

School/Work:

I finished the semester with a B in my Bio class and a C+ in my Pre-Calc class. I am satisfied with my grades. The pre-calc class was a challenge, and I loved every minute of it. I was happy with my grade when I saw I was less than 2 points from a B. Not too bad. I might take it again during the summer just to make sure I understand all the concepts (I missed a test, which contributed to a lower grade). Over the next week I will be applying for the Pharmacology program that starts in the fall. I am quite excited about this!

The community college issues degrees every semester, but only does a graduation ceremony once a year. Come May I will be able to finally walk across the stage! 

I start a new job tomorrow working part time out at the community college. I am looking forward to the change of pace and the criteria in general. It's four days a week for five hours and won't interfere with my home life and school.

Working at the coffee house has been an interesting experience, and one that I am thankful for, no matter how it all ends. There is a lot to be said when there are 9 people who cover two locations and you are the oldest (because everyone else is 20-24). I have realized that many younger people are immature, and while I find them amusing as a barista, as a co-worker their antics are not as funny. I think the owner has a lot of on his plate and I hope that he is able to get a better handle on things. That being said, I still love my coffee house, but I think it will be better when I am back to being only a customer. I honestly don't know if I will be back on the schedule next week or not. I know that two new people are going through the training process, and I only am available on Fridays, so he may have decided to just write me off the schedule. I'd be okay with that. I have made it perfectly clear that while like most of his other employees I am in school, but unlike them I have a husband and a child who both clearly are a priority in my life.

The Holidays:

Christmas was wonderful. The snow storm held off until the 26th and brought with it seven inches of wintry delight for Chase to play in. We had a great time at home and visiting with Steve's family.

And now we are welcoming the New Year. As my friend Chris said to me earlier today "2012 was a challenge, but despite the struggles we faced, we came out stronger in the end. We're going to take that strength into 2013 and make the year ours." And that, my friends, I truly believe.

xoxo

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update on your beautiful family Emily. I think of you often and am so happy life is being lived to the fullest.
    I know you must be so proud of yours {and Steve's} school grades, they are very impressive. I think twenty thirteen is going to be a wonderful year and I am so glad you are going to be part of mine.

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    1. For the most part I am pleased with my grades. I keep saying "Is a C really worth being proud about?" but that class really challenged me. In the end my GPA is where I want it to be, and I am happy overall.

      I think 2013 will be a great year! Thank you for being my friend.

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  2. Thanks for the update, so nice to know you and your family are doing well!! I hope you like your new job too :). Happy new year!!!

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  3. its great to hear from you and it sounds like your all doing well. Glad you had a nice Christmas. I had a bit of time away from blogging recently, I just couldn't get motivated and was a bit worried that I was just over it and wouldn't blog ever again so I know what you mean. I also don't always feel like commenting but i'm sure no one minds, its just nice to hear from you when you do feel like it xx

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    1. Oh I am glad I'm not the only one, Karen! I love reading and visiting with everyone here in the blogworld so it was hard not being here! But I can't *live* here, either. :)

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  4. oh, can totally relate to the ideas and no writing!

    happy to hear you and Steve did well in your classes and that all seems to be going well for you and your family.

    blessings for a wonderful new year
    Karen

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    1. Thank you. I hope you have a beautiful new year!

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  5. emily, you couldn't have written a more generous post, it is the thing i like most about you, your deep love for your family and friends. congratulations on all your good grades (chase included!)and the good health (almost, hopefully steve will be good as new soon)and happiness of your family. i'm wishing you all the best in 2013 dear friend.

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    1. Lori I have been thinking of you often and wanted to send you an email (but I thought you were out of the country and I somehow missed that post). I am so happy to see you back again and I hope that things will get better for you.

      xoxo

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  6. You had such a big year--can't wait to hear about 2013! It's hard to keep blogging, but I promise you--we are interested. :) And Chase will LOVE his journal, no matter what year you're writing it.

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    1. I think you're right. It's funny how much changing he's done in just the first week of the new year, that I am sure he will enjoy looking back at 2013.

      Thanks for the idea!! :D

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  7. Emily, thank you so much for the update. I have been wondering about you. Great job on the graduation! Hope the new year brings many wonder filled days and joy to you and your family.

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    1. Heather! I have been meaning to email you!

      I hope you have a wonderful new year.

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