Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good-bye to 2013

2013 was one wild roller-coaster ride of a year. There were some good things, some bad things, and some terrible things.  All in all, I am glad this year is over, even though I know that the coming year is also going to be very challenging.

Pets – This was a very rough year for us in regards to our furry kids.  I had three of them go to the rainbow bridge.  They were all old and had health problems, but still my heart was broken over and over again. My border collie, Buddy, was 12. My terrier mix pound puppy, Duchess, was 14. My tuxedo cat, Sylvester, was my oldest. He was just a couple of months shy of 19 when he passed.  We did have one bright spot during the year. My shorty Jack Russell terrier, Piglet joined the family. She is feisty and rambunctious and has done my heart a world of good.

Work – Near the first of the year my hubby took a job that seemed perfect. It did entail him being out of town for training for an entire month, but it seemed like it would be worth the time apart. Unfortunately, the job was not at all what we were expecting, so that was a huge disappointment.   Also at the first of the year I was transferred to a new department at work. I was very nervous about it, but that wound up being one of the bright spots of my year.  My new team has been great and I have been able to take on lots of new responsibilities.

Family, part 1 – This has been the hardest part of the year. My father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  His treatments did not help and the cancer has spread. My husband is obviously devastated. I adore my FIL, so I am devastated as well. We decided that we absolutely had to be nearer to him for whatever time he had left, so we sold our house and moved from Texas to Ohio. My FIL is still holding on and I will be eternally grateful that we have been able to be together as a family thru the holidays. 

Moving – Although the reason for the move is tragic, it was amazing how easily it all came together. We had an offer on our house the first day it was on the market, and were in Ohio less than a month later.  My amazing boss offered to let me transition to a contract position working from home, so I still get to work with the same great group of people.   

Family, part 2 – Less than 2 months after we moved to Ohio my father (who is in Texas) had a nasty fall and broke his femur. It was a bad break and required surgery. Luckily he didn’t have to stay in the hospital too long, but he will be at an inpatient physical therapy center for the foreseeable future.  It breaks my heart that I can’t be there to help him and my mom thru this. I honestly don’t know what to expect. The doctors seem to be saying hopeful things about him being able to walk with a walker after his therapy is complete, but given his history I will honestly be surprised if that comes to pass.  I hope that I am just being a pessimist.

That is nowhere near everything that happened this year, but it covers the highlights (and lowlights) fairly well.  I’m so glad that this tumultuous year is just about over. I know that 2014 is going to be a tough year as well, but at least we are going into this year with our eyes open.

Well, that is enough griping, moaning, and venting from me. I hope that all of you have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and that your 2014 is full of wonderful things!

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