Hi and welcome to 2014! Have you ever really read about the song Auld Lang Syne and where it comes from and what it means? I hadn’t till about 5 seconds ago, but thanks wikipedia for a little extra knowledge. The phrase can loosely mean for old times or for the sake of old times or really a variety of other phrases. At any rate, I suppose it makes sense why we sing it on New Year’s Eve, reflecting on the year we are about to leave while getting ready for the New Year. I could do a year recap, like I’ve seen so many other people do. I could write about how I graduated from Clemson then got married two weeks later, then moved across the country less than 2 weeks after that, then waited weeks for our stuff to arrive, then sat around unemployed, then started a new job…..but it’s just exhausting thinking about it, so we’ll leave it there. I’m grateful for a very full 2013 with lots of excitement, ups and downs, etc, but I have to say, I wouldn’t mind 2014 being a little less…exciting 😉
Derrick and I enjoyed our first Christmas together as a married couple, which was fun and special, for reasons I don’t really know, except that it was just cool to spend Christmas with my husband. We had a nice, relaxing day together, opening presents, watching TV, playing with our new Christmas presents….Derrick got some video games and he surprised me (yet again…he’s always doing that with the surprises!) with an iPad, so of course I was pretty busy setting it up, downloading apps and playing games on it 🙂 I got Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St. Stephen’s Day off, so that was a nice little vacation for me without having to take vacation time. Derrick worked from home before and after Christmas so that he was at least around the house.
And then before I knew it, it was New Year’s Eve. I rang in the new year with a cold, which was super lame, but we went to small party hosted by a guy that Derrick made friends with at the gym. It was nice to feel like we were being social even though I didn’t feel great and we made a few acquaintances (other people that go to the same gym that we go to) and we were forced to stay awake until midnight west coast time…originally I suggested staying home, watching the ball drop in Times Square at 9:00 our time, call it good, and go to bed. At any rate, I suppose going over to someone’s house and actually staying awake to welcome in 2014 was a bit more exciting than my original plan.
So this weekend I will take Christmas decorations down and get the house (all 700 ft of the apartment) back to normal. Next week will be my first full week of work since the week before Christmas. I’ve really enjoyed time off (I know, I know…when I’m not working, I don’t want time off, when I’m working, I want more time off! I guess I can’t make up my mind…well just kidding, I really like being employed!) so I feel like this first week back will be rough, especially since we had a customer send in almost 100 samples to test, which will keep me extremely busy!
We are going to see a Cirque du Soleil show in San Jose near the end of the month and a few weeks after that, we are heading to Pebble Beach for the 2014 Pro-Am tournament, so we’re looking forward to those events and we’ve resolved (I’m not big into making New Year’s resolutions generally, but I’ll make an exception) to be a little bit more proactive about getting out of the house and going places and doing things.
Finally, I can’t not mention this ….last night we enjoyed the sweet sweet victory of Clemson’s win over OSU in the Orange Bowl. Feels good to be a BCS bowl winner AND to be only the second team to beat Ohio State since January 2012 (after MSU, yay for the Spartans’ win over Stanford!) Hopefully y’all watched, even if you didn’t have a dog in the fight because the game was pretty crazy.
Hope 2014 is a year full of blessings!