It’s December, which means it’s about that time of year when I start reflecting on the previous year….OK, I’ll cut the crap. I don’t do that until Dec. 31, and usually then I’m saying “PLEASE LET [Insert next year here] BE BETTER THAN THIS YEAR WAS!” This post is coming to you via a prompt for Think Kit,, which tells me I should write a blog every day this month. Since I failed miserably at NaNoWriMo last month, I figure that I need to at least do something. So here we go.
I’m honestly not sure what all I did during January.
I remember there was a polar vortex that was miserable, and digging my car out of that was not fun.
But January 26 also marked Normie living with me for one whole year!
I won’t have officially celebrated being his mother for a year until February 1st, his official Gotcha Day, but I took him home on January 26 a year prior.
And he’s held my heart ever since.
In February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day.
I posted this picture with the caption “Snuggles on Valentine’s Day.”
Now I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day in the first place, but looking at it now, I probably should have taken it as a warning sign that my Valentine’s Day was spent snuggling with my dog.
(I promise, these won’t ALL be pictures of my dog.)
In March, I hung out with my favorite little girl — my “niece” Olivia.
I see her every few months, but it’s not nearly enough.
I wish I lived closer so I could visit her more often.
She looks so little here!
But I suppose she was only about 6 months old then.
And in April, I got to hang out with this little cutie pie 🙂
It was Easter, so it was family time.
My cousin Amanda brought over her son Braxton.
May means one thing to me (besides my birthday) — Indy 500.
Which means, of course, the annual Indy party at the Marleys’ house.
We’ve been going to their house for the Indy 500 for as long as I can remember, and there’s never a dull moment.
I finally got rid of having an old car and started leasing a 2014 Toyota Corolla.
Now, I feel so spoiled.
I don’t know how I ever went without my digital temperature control and my backup camera.
Two words: Joey Richter.
Fourteen words: You should be really proud of me because I didn’t pass out from excitement.
I went to Chicago on July 5 and 6 to see Trail to Oregon and Ani: A Parody. They were absolutely fantastic.
I also got to meet Lauren Lopez, Nick Lang, and Joe Moses, and I re-met Brian Holden and Joe Walker.
But I finally met Joey Richter. I like to think of this as a picture with my new boyfriend, because later that month, my then-boyfriend of five years and I broke up.
August was the month of weddings.
I’m not kidding.
Three weekends in a row…and none of them were in Indy.
But I got to see one of my best friends, one of my favorite cousins, and a lifelong family friend whom I love dearly all get married. So it doesn’t really matter where they were. I’d have traveled across the world just so I didn’t miss them.
Football season was in full swing, and I head to a Colts game with Ashley and Alan.
And the Colts KICKED BUTT. I should really be at all their games. Maybe I’m their good luck charm.
(Or maybe it’s because they played the Titans. But I’m going to go with the former.)
I celebrated Sweetest Day with my sweetest, Norm. I love my dog, OK? And pets are the most unconditional love we can get.
I fostered Zola (Zo, ZoZo, Zoey) for most of November. She was a kitten at FACE. She’s back at FACE now, and I miss her. I think Norm does too.
December means CHRISTMAS. So clearly my Christmas decorating is in full swing. And I’ve only just begun…