It feels a little silly to have a big round-up post riding on the heels of so many catch-up posts, so we’re going to do things a little differently this time.
Less talk, more reminders of the things that I loved this year, in no particular order.
Now, what did I love most? Well, what’s always the closest to my heart at all times? Yep, you guessed right.
And ice cream. Homemade is best, always.
But let’s not forget the whole world of treats available to us. Snoballs from Hansen’s…
Fresh beignets and frozen coffee from Cafe du Monde with a walk in the park…
Homemade birthday cakes…
And, most especially, super fancy birthday brunch with my very dear Internet friend Alon Shaya. Or at least at his restaurant when he probably wasn’t there.
It’s all so good.
But we made sure to appreciate our vegetable friends this year, as in previous years, through growing our garden and participating in Grow Dat’s amazing CSA program.
And what to go with all those veggies and sweet treats?
Alcohol, apparently, if my camera roll is any indication.
All the best things.
And what else did I love this year?
Dan. I mean, just every day.
There just no one else I’d rather live my life side-by-side with. Dan is the best.
And of course, our children.
Just the sweetest, fluffiest babies ever. Bowie and Trip bring us joy every day, unless they are actively destroying the house. Well, sometimes those things happen concurrently.
I’m thankful for quiet moments.
And little adventures.
And several booty-shaking opportunities.
But most of all, the thing I loved most this year, probably because it came in such few and far-between moments, was making things.
What? My DNP project totally counts. I birthed that thing from my womb.
And this year, unlike most years, I got to experience the beauty of mending together things that were once broken.
I’m not going to go through the arduous process of counting my patient load this year or the amount of pages I wrote, which were considerable, because it only reminds me of the time I spent away from the things I really love the most. So please, as you look back on this year with me, take the time to remember the things that made you most happy, the things that made the year worth living.
And just remember that all of you reading this just made the list for me.
Happy new year, everyone. Let’s make it a good one.