Last year was a wild and crazy ride. What a year!
I started a new job with a new company…kind of. As my office was absorbed by another company, I learned a new role with my promotion. This meant that I traveled a few times: Reno twice and Minneapolis once. The training was great and getting to meet new people that I work with was amazing.
In March I lost my fur baby, Punky. The poor girl had lived a long, 18 1/2 year life and was so loved her entire life. It was a rough go as she has been living with me for eight years and coming home to an empty house was a huge adjustment.
In April, I was voted in as 3rd Vice President on the Grand Junction Lions Club board. I am very involved in the organization and it was a huge honor to be voted in at that level. I also joined more committees and am in the process of gearing up for this year’s annual fundraiser: Our 87th Carnival and Raffle ticket sales. If you need chances to win prizes, talk to me after January 12th!
July 4th was spent with my friends Brad, Jammie and their boys as well as my best friend Shawna and her boyfriend, James, in Ouray, CO. This is a town that does July 4th up right! The weather was amazing and the fireworks show spectacular. I’d be ready to do it again this coming year.
In August I ran my 4th Warrior Dash at Copper Mountain. The normal crew of Brad, Shawna, Matt and myself were joined by James. It was a great time spent with these friends and we all did so well in the race. Muddy, running and bruised up. That’s how we roll!
September was the start of checking things off of my bucket list. I’ve always been a huge Chicago Bears fan as well as a Chicago Cubs fan. Two items on my bucket list were to go to a Bears game at Soldier Field and to see a Cubs game at Wrigley. I went to Chicago with my parents over dad’s birthday and we had a great time: Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, Navy Pier and the food! I’ve never had gluten free pizza like that! I plan on going back at some point to check things out again.
I made a trip to see my brother and sister in law and their kids in October. Washington is beautiful any time of the year but fall is amazing. Mom and Dad were already up there and my five year old niece didn’t know I was coming so it was great to surprise her and my two year old nephew. We also got to do some beer tasting (gluten free, of course) and visit some of my brother’s clients which are mainly breweries and distilleries. It’s always fun to have the whole family together!
When I returned from Washington I started a journey that I was not expecting. One of my friend’s daughter was getting married in November and I had reached out to her to see if she would be interested in renting my condo once she and her fiance were married. By Halloween, I had the answer back: yes. That meant that I had a month to pack my stuff, paint the condo and…start looking for a house. I looked at five homes, one of them was a HUD owned home. I put an offer in, it was accepted and on December 18th I closed on the house. It was unexpected but I’m so happy to have a home with a garage and back yard. My parents and I and friends have been painting like crazy so I can get moved in (and get my parents back to having a guest room).
I also turned the big 4-0 this year and had an amazing time celebrating with friends at The Palette where we painted a beautiful Colorado scene and went for drinks after. I also got to celebrate with my parents: sushi! Turning 40 was something I actually was looking forward to…bring it!
This year has been full of so many things and I’m excited to see what 2016 brings!