This week, Carole's Ten on Tuesday prompted some reflection on the highlights of 2014. This was a very good year.
- David and I finally found a house to buy after looking for nearly a year.
- I once again avoided moving day by being out of town for work.
- We took advantage of living on the West Coast and made two trips to Hawaii—Maui in March and Kauai for our 21st anniversary in August.
- Work took me to some new places this year. I made half a dozen trips to Los Angeles and San Diego. Both are cities I've visited before but not really seen—conferences and weddings are not conducive to sightseeing. I also visited Albuquerque and Salt Lake City for the first and second time ever. I've added both cities to my list of favorite places and look forward to visiting them again next year.
- I celebrated my birthday and Mother's Day with my family outside Milwaukee. The best part of the weekend was introducing my sister and sister in law to Nickel Creek.
- Our nieces and nephews are growing up. I cannot believe how tall the teenage boys have grown. And how big the three not so little anymore girls are.
- We have favorite places to eat, hike, and shop in our neighborhood and in the broader South Bay area.
- California farmers markets are astounding. And amazing. And entirely fabulous.
- I do knit and spin still, but I wasn't nearly as productive in 2014 as I have been during the past several years. Settling into a new routine and house hunting sucked up much of the time and energy I used to devote to crafts. I think I've knit more since November 1 than I had during the first 10 months of the year.
- Commuting to an office every day after many years working from a home office is challenging.
Who knows, maybe I'll get ambitious and turn this post into an actual Christmas letter. I do enjoy receiving the paper and emailed letters from my friends and family; they would probably enjoy hearing from us, too.