Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year: 2008 - Endless Possibilities

Happy New Year my fellow knitters, bloggers, friends, family, kids, cats, dogs, etc. This year has flown by with out me even realizing it. So I have seen this on a few other blogs so I shall follow suit and try and remember all that I did this past year. A recap, updates, and possibly even a few resolutions. This may be a bit on the long side, so I have prepared a lovely 'Stollen' in honor of the weather and time of year we are having here in Boston.

January: I worked my last few days on the line in Aujourd'hui. Began my training as the relief overnight baker.

February: Flew home to Oregon for my birthday to visit my family who I hadn't seen in over a year. It was great to be home with out the stress of a holiday being the reason.

March: Thanks to Michele whom I followed suit and added my name to the knitting blogging world. We also started our family blogging - on a daily basis (a bit boring if you ask me). LOL

April: I gave my friend Jenn her first knitting lesson. Joined my first knitter swap - Anne you are one special lady. I do believe this is the month that I helped a fellow friend/knitter (Chan) turn the heal of her sock via gmail chat. What a fun way to cement a friendship. A month of sadness for those who lost loved ones in the Virgina Tech violence.

May: Did a lot of planning for our Austria/Germany trip. Kept very busy at work with all the graduations here in Boston. Got a broken blood vessel in my eye right before we left on our 2 week trip.

June: A total blur! Finished the first sock for Sockapalooza.

July: Our 6th anniversary. Met a fellow blogger/knitter/friend when she stopped off in Boston. Michelle it was a pleasure meeting you and I do hope we get to meet up again. Got my invite to Ravelry - LOVE THIS! Finished my sockapalooza socks.

August: Met another blogger/knitter/friend when she and her husband came to look at preschools here in Boston. Jenn it was so wonderful to meet you - I do hope we get the chance again. If only we weren't moving.... Sign ups started for Knit 1 Tea 2 swap that I hosted with Mary and Chan. Received my virtual vacation swap package from Jessi. How fun was that swap. My sockapalooza socks arrived - nice and toasty. Got my 5th tattoo - cupcakes got to love them.
September: Finally finished Isabella.

October: Finished Jason's socks (or second pair that is). This made 3 pairs for the year. Tea party swap arrives and with a wonderful new friend - Nancy.

November: Finished a few XMAS gifts, baby shower gifts, and worked a lot.

December: Took a knitting finishing class - wonderful, awesome, eye opener. Blogged only once and worked over 60 hours in over time.

For the year 2007 I read 40 books and to name a few of my favorites and recommendations (in order of the way I read them) - The Fool's Tale, Tipping the Velvet, Tender at the Bone, The Wal-Mart Effect, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Commitment, Nickel and Dimed, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Lucky, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, Julie and Julia, Run, Lovely Bones, Friends and Mothers, The Starter Wife, T is for Trespass. I recommend all those I have written, but those in bold I strongly recommend. In 2006 I read 76 books (and yes I have spread sheets for both years and will continue to practice this each year).

So for my resolutions this year, I will finish appliqueing my quilt by the end of January, I will try and read more, knit more, bike more, be a better packer, get rid of stuff we don't need, etc. I have never been good with resolutions, but we will see how this year pans out.

To all of you out in blog land and the 'real' land I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with lots of new adventures, wonderful memories, and lots of extra knitting time or 'fill in the blank' you time.

Thank you for a wonderful year and a great community to be a part of.

Cheers and Happy Knits!!!


Bertha said...

Happy new year to you too!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I met you this year! I couldn't have turned that heel without you. I'm still waiting to hear where you end up in the spring, and I'm hoping it is very near me...

Best wishes for a great 2008!

Bubblesknits said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

Susan said...

Happy New Year Devon!

How fortunate we all are to meet & become friends through this wonderful knitting community!

Wishing all the best and great success in 2008!

Friender said...

Happy New Year, Devon. I'm so impressed with your books and spreadsheet. Seriously. Thanks for the book recommendations. Happy & healthy 2008 to you and Jason. I hope we can meet again in person soon.

Michele said...

Happy New Year, Devon!

vegasangelbrat said...

Happy New Year Devon! Great pic of you all too :)
So glad to meet you this year also!
Many blessings to you my friend!

Anne said...

Happy New year! That's an awesome photo of you guys - I really think you both look great! I wish so much happiness and prosperity for you in the new year - you deserve it very much. :)

Monika said...

Happy New Year to you and your husband! I have some goals this year, not resolutions really. The last book I've read was T is for Trespass, I've read the whole alphabet up to the last one out. I hope she'll finishe the alphabet. :o)