It amazes me that it is the last day of 2004 already. Where did the time go? I'm still mentally stuck somewhere in August. Time to wake up and be thankful for the experiences I have had this past year. I wanted to write a prolific entry doing a month by month tally of the wildly fun things I did this year, but I didn't get further than April when I realized how boring of a list it was. So instead, I will write a simple list of my reflections of my life in 2004, illustrated with pictures when possible.
1. I completed most of the knitting projects I wanted to complete this past year. Among my favorites were of course the Blue Sweater, ChildHood for Isabel's first birthday,
the French ducky sweater for Nicholas,
and my last project of the year was for me: blue mohair mittens (completed last night!)
2. I went to France! This was a trip I dreamed of doing since I first took a French language class in seventh grade (1982!) I was given a wonderful opportunity to spend time in three different towns/cities in France and experience wonderful history. My goal of going to the top of the Eiffel Tower was achieved! I got to see the Mona Lisa in person! It was a life changing trip for me and one that I will never forget!
3. I started blogging. I had been using LiveJournal for a while, but was frustrated with it. I made the plunge into html and started this blog in August as a means to participate in the knitters secret pal 2 exchange. I really enjoy it and have met so many talented and creative souls out there in blog-land. Who ever thought I could have "electronic" friends? The encouragement and inspiration I receive from other knitting (and other) bloggers is so appreciated. I actually think that I got that blue sweater accomplished because I really wanted to post pictures of it on my blog! The kind notes that other knitters sent helped. I am looking forward to continuing to blog over the next year and to learn more about html too! I also appreciate the support of the women in my local stitch and bitch. It is nice to have real people to knit with a few times per month!
4. My niece turned one and my nephew was born. Isabel is cute as ever and learning to talk and baby Nicholas is starting to giggle and show his personality at four months of age. I love being their auntie.
We even got to see a side of mother nature that we don't normally experience. We lost a few days of vacation to the hurricane, but we made the best of it and were lucky to have been in a safe place during the storm. Thinking back to the hurricane we saw, and the other three that hit Florida this year, makes me thankful that it was not a horrific as this week's tsunami that hit Asia. It frightens me that nature can be so destructive while it amazes me at the same time as to the power nature has. I hope that the effected areas in Asia are able to recover eventually and that everyone that can help, does so. A friend of mine is visiting her homeland of India right now. I pray that she is safe and returns soon.
6. I completed my first year as a clinical supervisor unscathed and successfully ran a summer therapy program for preteens. No one was injured and all had fun--really! I love my job most of the time and have been able to develop my skills professionally this past year. My job is exhausting, but I trully feel like I am meant to work there and make a difference in the lives of the clients served and my supervisees. I have also been able to teach a small group of women to knit at our lunch hours and am proud to see the joy they have when they complete a project.
I think this post is long enough, filled with the major events of my year. I wish everyone in the cyberworld a safe, healthy and of course, happy new year.
Now to start thinking of some resolutions for 2005...