Wednesday, December 31, 2008

december 31 and ready

Two years ago at this time, Colin and I were getting ready to storm the Champs Elysées in Paris for an all-out New Year's celebration in the city. It was exhilarating—and I don't normally enjoy New Year's Eve—with the thousands of people drinking Champagne in the street, toasting the Bonne Année, speaking different languages, falling into nearby cafés and restaurants for a late-night meal. I'll never forget that gigantic crème brûlée we had that burned for almost as long as Mummy's figgy pudding. We were determined to have a good time (and we did). The party wasn't so much a focus on our accomplishments of the past year, but an enjoyment of the thrilling moment and excitement of what was to come. Our relationship was on the cusp of a great thing...

Now, two years older—and a little wiser—I'm feeling much more determined to reflect on the milestones of the past year, for they are great indeed:
  • Colin got a promotion and is working his dream job at Burton; I'm working my dream job at EatingWell
  • I snowboarded off a jump in the mini-park at Stowe—and landed it perfectly
  • We took a trip to England; Colin met the English cousins, aunties and uncles
  • Colin's sister Jill got married
  • Colin and I bought our first place together, a home we absolutely adore
  • My sister Hannah moved to Portland
  • Au Lait lost three pounds—that's a lot for a cat
  • Mama Sonia—my last living grandparent—passed away. One of the last things she said to me was, "this is part of your education." Indeed is was.
  • Our parents—the Walls and the Algers—met for the first time up in Vermont; we had dinner at Trattoria Delia
  • Colin and I got engaged; he proposed under a tree at the Christmas tree farm
  • My sister Emma gave birth to a beautiful baby girl; I became an auntie

This year, we're celebrating New Year's in our new home. And we are ready to celebrate with gratitude and anticipation for the year ahead.

2 comments:

Sallybagz said...

It's always a good thing to write a 'blessing list', and I enjoyed reading this one, but wondered why it was written in that order?! Au Lait's weight reduction is certainly an accomplishment to be celebrated, but it topped not only the glorious engagement, but the birth of your first niece! x

Penelope Wall said...

It's in chronological order!

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