I wrote 291 posts this year about life. It was clarifying, sometimes funny, and mostly true. I think I'll do it again next year because the records kept here beat anything I could scrapbook because it's so current and my grandmothers read it. I'd keep blogging if only my family read it.
My little sister quit her job, started a blog and law school. We're all so proud. I traveled lots of places to see my family, and my mom came to Virginia twice for super fun visits. I think family is a neat thing, especially when you live far away and you learn to love and be loved long distance.
I have the best friends in the whole world. If you would like to have a competition with your BFFs, bring it on. My friends could take yours in a second. And my friends babies? Finn and James? They're ready too.
While my trips were fewer this fall, I logged some serious mileage during 2010. I flew to Europe and all over the country, and I drove a lot of places in the Pilot including to Kansas in August. I could have saved more money and traveled less, but I don't think I'd trade the traveling. How many years will you be young, single and have the time? I'm gearing up for 2011 - trips already planned to Florida, Boston, NYC, and KC twice before June is over. I'm sure I'll find somewhere else to go too.
Sometimes having a dog is a lot of work and expensive. But having Belle home for Christmas has been a huge blessing and a daily reminder of how sweet and energetic my pup is. We're switching her food to a high energy, protein packed food, and she seems happy about the switch.
I really do love my job. I work in a great school and with terrific teachers. My kids make me excited to be in the classroom, and over Christmas break, I've almost missed them. I am also loving my graduate program at George Mason because I feel like I'm really getting something out of my degree. I'm already a better teacher because of it, and I'm excited to finish up this spring.
According to iphoto, I took approximately 5100 photos this year. No joke. I purchased a new camera in June before my summer travels, and that was one of the best decisions I made this year. Looking forward to many thousand more photos this year!
I wrote all this down and then found last year's post that is oh-so-similar. And yet I feel older, wiser and ready for more adventures in 2011. I'll see you next year, right here.
My five-year-old brother took this photo. He's a natural photographer, don't you think?