WOW! Here we are at the tail end of 2015. It’s been a tremendously challenging year for me and so I am glad to be letting go of the old in favour of embracing the new.
I hope everyone had exactly the kind of holiday they were hoping for. Ours was kept incredibly simple-I didn’t put up a tree or decorations, bought small gifts and we had a lovely dinner with our best friends. Part of this had to do with circumstances, which included me falling ill from side effects from the antibiotics I was on and part of it had to do with the desire to consume less. Ever since we moved back in March and downsized, I have come to be more conscious about the things I buy and bring into our home. I was never much of a shopper, but now I am even less so. It’s made my life so much easier having less “stuff” to take care of and instead of giving “things”, our family has taken to giving experiences. We would rather go on an adventure together, see a movie or go out for dinner. None of us really needs anything. Our holiday has become more about the time we spend together and it’s been really nice.
New Year’s Eve, my husband and I will mark the 26th anniversary of our first date. True to our Canadian roots, our first date was a hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are my husband’s favourite team and if I had known then what I know now…let’s just say I do more black and orange laundry than the team does. He’s pretty obsessed. I feel grateful to be able to mark these milestones, after nearly losing him in June.
My calendar is already filling up with commitments in January and February. I am flying out to Toronto in about 3 weeks to do medical grant reviews for the MS Society of Canada and looking forward to spending time with Jenna while I am there. It’s always good to hang out with my NMO sister! Sadly though, so far Toronto has had no snow. (Again!!) I was hoping this year, there would be some, but it doesn’t look like that’s possible. I guess if I want snow, I am going to have to take a trip to our local mountains. (Not that that’s a hardship!)