The New Year is still all fresh and pregnant with anticipation. (Oh, but it feels good to use that word in a way that evokes new life of a different kind...)
Here I sit (imagine me in this chair here) with a glass of wine and scrumptious salmon cakes while Mr. T is off in the gym in the midst of sneakers squeaking against the varnished wood floor blocking shots and moving to the outside for his all-but-patented turn-around jump shot. He’ll return with animated stories of who fouled who and how he deftly set up a few three pointers. Basketball with the guys gets his testosterone pumping. It’s hard not to share his enthusiasm for hoops.
Meanwhile, I’m caught up in looking out over the next year. I face some time-consuming projects at work (one of which takes me to New York). The work is sure to test my creativity, diplomacy and management skills. But, I’m a firm believer in work hard, play hard. This picture at a Napa winery in October shows the play hard side of the equation…!
What else awaits? Well, this year will mark a big wedding anniversary, and five years since I first sat down to write Silent Sorority. Collectively, that deserves some celebrating. We not only survived; we’re now thriving and this new state of mind, and new year calls for some new plans.
What else is on the play docket? Well, certainly travel. We have been talking about visiting Mr T.’s ancestral home — Greece. How else to explain the tongue-twister married name I took on? (Tsigdinos – remember it’s a silent “T”) Ireland (it’s our turn to visit the Irish clan), and how about that amazing Seattle to Chicago rail trip we’ve been kicking around? There are the dinner parties we’ve been talking up, and then there are the lazy Saturday and Sunday mornings, the wine club memberships, the books stacked up on the bedside, and the visits and hikes along the Pacific coast…
What’s on your list of things to see and do this year?
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Congratulations on your anniversary — and on not only surviving but thriving! This will be a milestone year for me, too! Coming up in July: our 25th wedding anniversary, my parents’ 50th, and an extended family reunion. And around this time next year, an (eek) milestone birthday. One of those ones that ends with a zero. And I’m not talking 30 or 40. :p
We haven’t decided what we want to do for our anniversary yet, but a trip of some kind is definitely being talked about. We haven’t done the kind of travelling I’d hoped we would, for a number of reasons, but it’s never too late to start, is it? I’ve always wanted to go to Europe — all over the continent. Both of us would really like to go to the Atlantic coast of Canada (Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland) — I have a hankering to head back to the Pacific coast again soon — and to the Rockies — and I can’t think of a better way to spend my milestone JANUARY birthday than lying on a beach somewhere. : )
First, though, we need to get our passports. At the very least, that will allow us to head to Buffalo for the weekend to shop. ; )
Seeing that picture of your kitchen is reminding me that you still owe us a montage of goodbye-pool remodeling pics!
Good Luck pal! Best wishes and more anniversaries to come!