January & February were fairly relaxed. A free day at the Denver Art Museum, support of Shoestring Children’s Theater Company, and a goal to learn more about Taoism. March through May were filled with American Idol excitement, jewelry making, organizing, and the beginning of a healthy eating goal. In June, I began a fitness routine and had a mini mountain getaway with my girls. July is when I started experiencing persistent, heavy heart palpitations. They were bothersome enough to make me inform my doctor about them, and that’s saying a lot for me. An echocardiogram confirmed what I already knew (mitral valve prolapse) and that I was having some valve regurgitation. Instead of opting for beta blockers immediately, I opted to watch for triggers and adjust my lifestyle and diet as necessary.
August is when Ali had her first appointment with the geneticist, who ordered a bone age scan and blood work. By September, we learned that she has Turner’s Syndrome. Then we were off to an endocrinologist, who ordered more blood work, and a urologist, who told us her ovaries need to be removed. Could they possibly have crammed our heads full of more information in such a short period of time? (By the way, that healthier eating and fitness stuff? Out the window by now!)
As if that weren’t enough information to process, Greg’s job with UPS came to an end on October 8 (his birthday). Are … you … serious??? Having been away from the church for about a year, we took our unsure selves back immediately. With everything we were going through, we discovered who our most compassionate and caring friends were by November. It’s amazing to be surrounded by friends who have such a sincere concern for how things are going in one another’s lives and who will go out of their way to offer their support. I can’t emphasize enough how greatly these people are appreciated!
November brought two great things: a new job for Greg and a position change for me! The new job was for a considerably lower salary, which made us really scrutinize our financial situation. We cut some unnecessary subscriptions and expenses, rediscovered CouponMom.com, made a budget, and came up with a plan to be debt free in five years. The position change for me was considered a lateral move by current standards but with all the changes going on, who knows what lies ahead?! I’m just excited to be a part of the department I’m now in and feel it’s a better match for me personally.
Despite the mixed emotions of November, we still had Ali’s surgery to get through on December 20. Plus, financial changes and my preoccupied mind had a severe impact on Christmas planning and shopping. The only gift giving this year was within our own house, and even that was minimal. Once the surgery was over and we received the all clear report from pathology, we finally took a deep cleansing breath after a huge sigh of relief. We were so ready for the year to be over.
Enter the New Year … 2011
I’ve never been one to feel any sort of cosmic change when a new year rolled around, and I don’t make resolutions. This year is different, though. The symbolism of a fresh start means more to me than ever this year, and I’m choosing to embrace it for a change. We’ve entered 2011 with several new things going on and underway. So instead of resolutions, I’m working on creating goals and challenges for myself. I’ll share some along the way, and some are more personal that I’ll keep to myself.
Day 1 of 2011 (1-1-11) was a relaxing, do-nothing day. What a peaceful way to bring in a new year! I’ll think about goals tomorrow.
Some have asked about vacation plans for this year already. Greg doesn’t get vacation until he’s been with the company for a year (they’re pretty old-school) so between that and the tight budget, I doubt there will be any road trips this year. We absolutely welcome visitors, though!