The past week has been crazy tiring. I was neck deep in activities – the flurry of Christmas eve preparations, quick catch up with a friend from Manila and weekend travel (Yes! We were still able to squeeze in a trip), but somehow they all just happened in a blink of an eye. Just like this year, it was jampacked with activity in my wee kitchen and loads of travel, but it is almost over. One more day and 2015 na!
I honestly am still dead tired to do my annual look back into the year that was, so this will be a quick run down of the most memorable moments I am thankful for. Here goes!
I am really grateful for the chance to travel around our host country to learn more about it as well as catch up with friends who live in different corners of the US. My favorite locations include our stumble upons into Amish Country in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and the Hoover Dam in Nevada, the visit to the Serious Eats HQ in New York, the strolls around Little Italy and Chinatown in New York City, the Julia Child exhibit in the Smithsonian in Washington DC, the repeat visit to the US’s best fried chicken place in Memphis and I have not written about it yet, but we actually just came home from a short weekend in The Big Easy – New Orleans, Louisiana.
Is it too much to ask to have more travels next year? Hehehe!
I am flabbergasted and thankful that I got a few essays published on Rappler. Is it premature to already verbalize my 2015 wish? But I am hoping I would get the courage to share more stories of the Dubai life.
I was thankful to have spent a short time with a furry friend, a meantime pet, Midnight the cat. I miss him dearly. Sadly, there was never again a cat that graced our living area. Maybe a new permanent furry friend will come next year? Crossing fingers!
I was elated that I actually met my food writing muse, Ruth Reichl in person. Super awesome!
I feel so accomplished that I finished a 5KM race. LOL! I am not a runner (I actually used to hate it), so this is a real feat! I am now training for that 10KM race for next year.
I even feel more accomplished that I started learning how to bake bread. I know! That deserves a post! Or posts 🙂
I am blessed to be surrounded by other trailing spouses, who are open to share their expat life experiences through the #TrailingSpouseStories project, which launched in November and will be continuing in 2015. Yey!
And most of all, I am really grateful that I get to wake up everyday with The Husband next to me 🙂 Hihihi! After being in a 3-year long distance relationship, I really do value being physically with my love even more.
I could go on and on with the things I am grateful for this year, but I promised (Did I?) this would be quick. Thank you everyone for reading! It means a lot to me that you actually spend your precious time reading my stories.
I am pretty anxious for what 2015 has in store for us 🙂 Happy New Year to you in your little corner of the world!