I have a very important announcement. I only have to make it through one more day, then it’s freedom, glorious freedom, for two whole weeks! Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my job (most of the time!), and getting back into the classroom for one hour this semester has done me a world of good. However, there isn’t a teacher out there who isn’t just as excited as the kids about Christmas break .
John and I started our holiday celebrations early with a visit to my grandparents’ house this past weekend. Since we had to drive a total of ten hours in the space of about 48, it was a whirlwind weekend, but we had a fabulous time hanging out with one side of my family. I don’t get to see this set of grandparents nearly enough because of the distance so the time was extra special. And, of course, the food was more than worth the drive!
When we arrived Saturday afternoon, a few of us headed back out the door for something that has become a joke/tradition over the years. My grandparents live near the army post Ft. Sill. For those of you who don’t know, Ft. Sill has an interesting history. Many of the western Indian tribes were removed to the western part of Oklahoma, and some of them spent their remaining years on or around Ft. Sill.
Quanah Parker, the famous Comanche chief, is buried in the cemetery on post. Although I had seen it before, I was especially excited to go to his gravesite because I just listened to a fascinating podcast on him and his mother a few weeks ago. If any of you are history buffs like me, you should definitely check out the Stuff You Missed In History class podcast. They post about twice a week, and the subjects are always super interesting.
The famous Apache Indian, Geronimo, is also buried at Ft. Sill. We didn’t go to his gravesite this time, but we did swing by the old guardhouse where Geronimo was a “guest” a few times.
They’ve turned it into a museum now, and it’s interesting to learn about the different myths and legends that surround Geronimo.
Not long after we arrived back at the house it was time to open presents.
My stepmom helped play Santa!
This girl can’t resist posing!
And, of course, what would sister time be without acting a little silly?
John and I headed back on Sunday, and,yes, I did get to stop at Whole Foods. This was John’s first trip, and I was so excited to have him experience it. Unfortunately, we hit it right after church so it was a little too busy to sufficiently appreciate it, but I still picked up some great stuff that I’ll show you tomorrow.
Because I took a break from the regular schedule yesterday, I didn’t get to participate in Friend Makin’ Monday. The questions where so fun though that I decided I wanted to incorporate a few of them into today’s post.
The theme yesterday was all about what happened to you in 2012. I love that because I think it’s interesting and insightful to look back on your life and evaluate the outcomes. So here we go!
1. What was your greatest personal accomplishment in 2012? I think it would have to be starting the blog. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I am a cautious and private person by nature so this blog is completely out of character for me. I’m so glad I took the leap!
2. What’s the best thing you did for your health? I bought a treadmill. My town is horrendous when it comes to providing services so we have no gym to speak of. I was going to a little hole in the wall one for a few years, but it always overcrowded and you had to fight for time on the handful of machines and free weights they had. Having my own treadmill has really made me feel like I’m getting more out of my workouts. Got to get better at incorporating strength training though!
3. List a few things that you experienced for the first time at some point over the last twelve months. I experienced Montana for the first time, and I started blogging this year. Those are pretty big ones!
4. What was the coolest place you visited? Glacier National Park. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and the backpacking trip was one of my favorites.
5. What is the best meal you ate this year? Wow! That is really hard, but it would probably be the one time I got to eat at Steamworks Brewery in Durango, CO. It’s my favorite restaurant!
6. Tell us about a new friend you made. I have made so many wonderful new friends this year, all courtesy of the blog. I’ve “met” people who I have a ton in common with and I’ve just clicked with immediately. I can’t wait to meet all you wonderful folks in person!
7. Share something you learned in 2012. Even though this isn’t the first year I’ve been a backpacker, I do think this was the year that taught me just how much I love it. I read this book, and realized that my single greatest ambition is to do a thru-hike.
8. Share an odd and unexpected thing that you experienced this year. This year I’ve realized that I do actually like teaching. My first teaching experience was years ago, and it was so awful that it scared me out of the classroom and into the library for a while. This year I started teaching one class, and no one has been more shocked than me to find out that I like it!
9. How do you think 2013 will differ from 2012? I think 2013 will see the blog grow and open up new opportunities for me. In just the three short months I’ve been doing it, I’ve made new friends, seen readership increase, and worked with one or two really good companies. I’m so excited to see where we go from here!
Ok, so I guess I ended up answering most of them! I’m never at a loss for words . See you tomorrow!
Tell me about your 2012!