It's New Years Eve, Mike and I are having a potluck party tonight. I've got the lasagna made, the drinks chilling, vegetables cut up, hummus ready, and crackers out. Mike is mopping the floors. It feels refreshing to clean the house and get it ready for 2011, which I hope will be a little less stressful than 2010 was.
This year was highly eventful, and often not in a good way. There was a lot of changes (good and bad) as well as a lot of loss. However, it was also the year that I was able to marry the love of my life so I can't harp on it too much. Here's a summary of the year:
In March Mike and I became engaged! And on raverly no less! Mike gave me a beautiful sapphire ring as an engagement ring and we excitedly began to plan our wedding!
In June I had a wonderful bridal shower, I felt so special to be surrounded by so many friends and to be given such wonderful presents. It was a ton of fun. I was also lucky enough to have a second bridal shower in late summer with my work friends. I shared my work shower with one of my best friends, Katie, who was married a week before me.
Very sadly, in the spring my step sister Irene became ill. She fought a long and courageous battle with a chronic illness, and in July she passed away in Halifax. I was able to go home for her funeral and appreciated being able to spend some time with my family. Irene was an amazing person who had to fight her whole life. She took on a struggle to ensure more equitable drug coverage for persons in Nova Scotia who were battling illness. CTV wrote an article about her here.
While I was home in July, the day of Irene's funeral, my Granddad fell and sustained a traumatic brain injury. I was able to visit him in the hospital for a few days, but he didn't really know I was there as he was in full blown delirium/active brain bleed. Over the summer he made gradual improvements until he drastically declined. We think he had a stroke, but can't be sure. He didn't want any surgery or intervention so a CT or MRI was not done. He passed away September 26th. I am grateful that I was able to spend some time with my family during that traumatic event. I miss him and think about him daily. He was a great man, and a wonderful grand father.
In September Mike and I had our wedding. The whole day was perfect and wonderful and special and amazing. We felt so lucky to have such amazing friends and family, and we enjoy remembering the specialness of the day.
Sadly, in October I lost little Cocoa Bean, she was a little off one day and the next day she died while I was at work. I still don't know what happened to her, but I really miss her. She was a great rabbit and I learned a lot from her about how to care for Angoras.
In the fall I was able to go to Rhinebeck with my knitting friends and we had a blast! We stayed for two nights in a sketchy hotel in upstate New York and spent both days that weekend immersed in yarn and fiber and soft animals. I can home with Petunia, a Giant Angora. Petunia has not been as easy to train as Cocoa Bean was, but we are getting there.
I was lucky enough to have two thanksgivings this year. My Dad, step mom and Nanny came down for real (Canadian) thanksgiving in October and we had a wonderful time. I was able to cook the turkey myself on my big green egg (wedding present from my Dad!). You have not had turkey until you've had smoked turkey! In November Mike and I went to Orono for fake (American) thanksgiving. We had a great meal with my new in-laws and a wonderful visit.
Which brings us to December. This month has been a little rough. My grandmother who I love dearly had a heart attack a couple weeks ago and has been in hospital in Canada. I have been unable to visit because I am in limbo right now with my green card, but I hope to have my travel documents by mid January so I can visit.
So that was my year. I had some really hard times, and some really great ones. Here's to 2011 being a little less stressful :)