2013 was an eventful year for Tom and I. I ran the Boston marathon with finish-line bombings. Tom and I sold our house in Arnprior and moved into an apartment in Ottawa. We spent a long weekend and ran a marathon in Austria. Tom began working as a private consultant. I changed schools and teaching subjects, and had my first student-teacher. It was a good year, but a challenging one.
If you are reading this, you already know that that universe kicked the "$h!t" out of us in 2011, with the loss of Granny, Dad, and Father Bob in a 4-month window. Looking back now, I think we used 2012 to prove that we were strong and that we could fight back. Tom worked hard and was top of his MBA class. I trained hard and qualified for the Boston Marathon. In the not-so-famous words of Chumbawamba: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never going to keep me down.
I've probably grieved more this year than any. As it turns out, I needed it. A lot of the sadness and memories culminated last week, on Boxing Day, when I made a photobook of memories of Dad. I looked through every photo I have of him, and I put together pages of memories including racing and doing our favourite dance: The Twist. Making the book wasn't easy, but it was worth it. I cried and smiled in about equal proportions, and finished with a true sense of lightness. I lost my dad too soon, but he left me with enough love and happy memories to last many lifetimes.
Feeling so refreshed from the Dad photobook, I also want to pay tribute to Granny before this year comes to an official close. I spent a lot of time reminiscing about Granny during my long flight home from Egypt for her funeral, and in writing and practicing her eulogy. Granny was a strong woman who loved God and her family above all things. She appreciated everything she had in life, which may have seemed little to some, but which she saw as the most rich and abundant blessings.
I did not buy any new beads to make this necklace. I was tempted to, but thought that it wasn't what Granny would do. She would make the best with what she had, and make it wonderful. Thank you Granny, for a good life lesson and for saving me a few dollars! Dad, Granny, and I used to say that we were "cheap, cheaper, and cheapest", but we never could agree on who was who. Maybe I am cheapest now that the necklace is done without a penny spent.
With the end of this year comes the end of this beading blog. This will be my last entry. Aunt Christine may have been onto something when she said to me a little over a year ago "A beading blog Katie?! How on earth is making jewelry going to be interesting enough for that?!" I enjoyed writing the beading blog, and reading your kind comments, but beading is just too easy to put aside when life gets busy. Stay tuned for a food blog in the new year. I eat everyday whether I'm busy or not, and love talking about food too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 is going to be a great one... I can feel it already!