OK, please bear with me while I take a look back. I don’t do this very often; I like to live in the moment and look ahead. However, I might be doing myself a disservice if I don’t reflect a bit on this past year, because it has been fruitful in so many ways. Sometimes my memory of the past is blurred at best, nonexistent at worst, and it’s because I haven’t recorded enough of it so that I can recall it.
Using stream of consciousness — i.e., in no particular order – here are my most memorable events of 2011:
- I completed training and began serving as a volunteer for Hospice of the East Bay. One of my patients, “Bud”, passed away, but on the bright side I had the honor to meet him and another veteran who served with distinction in WWII.
- Made some cool new friends.
- Oh, gosh, I began this blog!
- I met my goal of cycling 10 miles per day on average.
- I began running again and completed several 5Ks.
- My siblings and I managed to sell our childhood home in Columbus, Ohio.
- Karen, the kids and I took two great vacations: to the Grand Canyon in April and to the Pacific Northwest in August (as covered in detail on this blog :-))
- I temporarily lost my mind and registered for the crazy GoRuck Challenge next June. This is not really an accomplishment, obviously, and may be a sign of another mid-life crisis…
- I cancelled our cable TV subscription with Astound. Some would call this another bit of craziness, but I’m rather proud of it.
- Saw Beach Blanket Babylon again. Funniest show ever!!!
- Enjoyed several awesome dining experiences at Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Sasa, and other fine restaurants.
- Finally got around to some landscaping in our backyard – looks good so far; more to do in 2012.
That’s all I can think of right now; I may add more if and when the mood strikes me.
Now I can just get ready for 2012, which ought to be another great year!