Sunday, October 21, 2012

Making A Comeback

I haven't blogged since December 10, 2011. Somehow I got out of the habit of blogging and I guess life just got too crazy and I stopped making time. I have kind of missed my blog and I have been thinking I would start it up again and had the idea I would start again on October 13, my birthday which was last Saturday. That didn't happen but better late than never.

 I probably should catch up with what has happened in 2012. I feel like this has just been one of the best years of my life. I actually know a lot of people who think it is has been a terrible year, including my husband but for me personally it has been a great year. A few really sad things happened - my sweet fluffy white cat, Trista, died in May. We put her to sleep after the onset of a sudden illness and the diagnosis of lymphoma. My husband's mom died in August after a long, brave battle with brain cancer. Those are the sad things but wonderful things have happened too.


 In June I adopted another Siamese kitten from the Humane Society and named him Chester, and in August I adopted a dog from Small Dog Rescue--a Papillon Chihuahua mix who I named Violet. These two have added so much joy to my life and I had room in my heart (and home) for a few more pets. That brings us up to 3 cats and 2 dogs and I think that 5 is a good round number.



 In February I also traded in my VW Beetle convertible, Daisy (shocking a few people) for a yellow Mitsubishi Eclipse named Daisy 2. I have owned several other Eclipses and I really do love this car. I just couldn't keep driving an automatic so I drove 5 hours to purchase the perfect car with a 6-speed stick shift. It was fun owning a Beetle and I would buy another one--just as long as it is a stick shift. Lesson learned.

 I have been on a few trips this year--one in May to Savannah and Charleston, which was wonderful. I have always wanted to visit the South and both cities are so historical. I want to go back someday and spend more time. In July I went to Vegas for a girlfriend's wedding-that was a quick weekend but also very fun (and hot!). I flew to Boston for Eric's mom's funeral which doesn't really count as a trip because it was not for fun even though I flew first class. We will be headed back to the East Coast at Christmas time and also to Southern California for our anniversary in December - 10 years.



 I also had a very fun birthday weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin--sort of an under-rated city. We stayed at the Iron Horse Hotel which is rated as one of the top boutique hotels in the whole United States. They are a very dog friendly establishment, which is how I chose the Iron Horse - I Googled dog friendly hotel properties in the Midwest. They completely spoiled my dogs with treats and toys, and so that also made my birthday special. It was a really rainy weekend and I just loved ordering room service and drinking wine and having my best buddies with me (Noodles and Violet).


 My husband started a new job in September. We ALMOST moved back to Des Moines...almost...but with everything going on with his mom he couldn't handle selling our house and moving to a new state--it was just too much. He accepted a position in DT Minneapolis which I know was the best career decision for him--but I was a little sad--there is a part of me that was ready to move. But it wasn't meant to be at this time. So that pretty much brings me current with what has happened this year. I am ready to start blogging again!


Donna said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday weekend. Sorry I missed it this year! We still have to celebrate, even late!

Lesli said...

We need to plan something! Maybe wine bar at Galleria again? That was fun!

Michelle said...

So happy to see you blogging again! It will hopefully inspire me to get back in the swing of things and start blogging again as well.

<3 <3

Lesli said...

Thanks, Michelle! Let's inspire each other!! xoxo

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Yay!! I am so glad you have such a good year and I'm so glad you're back to blogging! This was a nice surprise to see you pop up in my reader!

MommyLisa said...

Cute new family members! :) Glad you are still here.

Lesli said...

Thanks, Amber & Lisa--I just have to keep it up! xoxo

Janet said...

That was one epic update! Glad to hear what you've been up to! xoxo

Lesli said...

Thanks, Janet--I need to stop by your blog again! xoxo