Category Archives: Holiday Fun

Day 365: Wow

Here we are. Day 365. I’m getting it in just under the wire. What a good, relaxing day I’ve had.

I started out doing some work from home, looking out at the alley view I wrote about on Day 3. Then I took a three mile walk (Day 235) with Elphie (Day 18)! We went to sit by the lake (Day 21) for a minute or two before heading back home (Day 93). Then I may have done a little online shopping (Day 28), reading (Day 112) and adoption paperwork (Day 348) before the hubs (Day 175) came home from work. Then we got ready and went out for a little celebration at Lady Gregory’s (Day 27) with friends (Day 172).

I added all these post links in to show that in one day, I have done at least 11 things that I consider fun. (And this doesn’t even include all of the Instagraming that happened tonight). As I continue to reflect on the year, I realize that this is one of the best things to come out of it–both appreciating all the good, and yes fun, in things I already do and going out of my way to ensure each day includes something fun. It has been an amazing year of highs and lows (mostly highs) and I cannot wait to see how this blog, these activities, and the support of amazing people continue to impact my life.

It was suggested to me this evening that I change the name of the blog to “Life of Fun.” That’s a good idea because that is how I intend to live. I hope, at the very least, I have made some people smile or laugh. I hope some have seen the best in their lives. I hope that maybe a few who also suffer from some kind of disease have found comfort in our shared experience. And maybe just a couple of people have found inspiration here. If not, then at least I helped myself by becoming proactive about my struggles.

Thank you thank you to everyone who reads this. Every comment, text, Facebook post or like. Every follow. It has meant something to me. Thank you. To my friends who tonight shared with me their favorite posts from throughout the year–I can’t believe you all remember posts that far back! Thank you. To far away friends who have been just as supportive as local ones. Thank you. A special thank you to to Emily who has been such vocal advocate of my continuing on this journey. Thank you. To my family for their unyielding love and open encouragement. Thank you. A special thank you to my mom for printing every post and putting it in a binder for my grandmother to read since she does not have a computer. Thank you. To the hubs, who has not minded when I put anything and everything on the internet, who has cared for me in my worst time and who has constantly encouraged me and reminded what doing a Year of Fun is all about. Thank you.

My gosh. Now I’m getting sad. The Year is over, but the blog and fun continues. Here are some pics from throughout the day and dinner with celebratory people!




Also, the hubs made this amazing poster with the text from the “What is a Year of Fun?” post and pictures from special moments throughout the year. It has found a home in our hallway. I love it! 20130925-000839.jpg





Day 245: Meal Crew

Memorial Day! After recovering from my tiredness, sickness, blah-ness, I had a full Memorial Day that balanced working on a grant proposal with quality friend time. I had lunch and dinner with the same friends–we just took a break in the middle for everyone to do some catching up on work, errands, cleaning, all that stuff that seems to accumulate.

It felt a little like college, in a great way, when I saw my friends for meals and each was continuation of the last in terms of conversation and ease. It’s pretty great to have friends like this. I mean how many people actually want to hang out multiple times a day?

Day 212: The Oldest Post

This is the oldest post I never wrote. Day 212. April 24. APRIL TWENTY FOURTH?! It was a Wednesday. According to my calendar, I had my regular Wednesday work meetings. Nothing else.

Well I hope Barbara Streisand had a happy birthday!


Day 183: E B-Day

It’s Elphaba’s birthday! She is two years old. The hubs and I did not really celebrate her first birthday, so we decided to get her a special treat this year. I went to Dogaholics which is a great independent dog store on Southport. They have fresh dog food, interesting toys and a doggie bakery counter. (At their other location just down the street, they offer grooming, daycare and boarding services which is how I first heard of them).

When I told the woman at the bakery counter that it was my dog’s birthday, she excitedly told me I get a discount on raw hides (I chose a braided beef flavored one) and some free birthday cookies. They also offer cakes that are super adorable and probably better suited for a whole dog party. Instead, I bought an extra cupcake cookie.

Elphie was crazy excited getting her treats. She knew the bag was for her the minute I walked in the door. Even though she had no idea what was happening or why we were giving her such delicious treats, I’m pretty sure she knew she was (IS) loved. She may not be the best behaved, she may be a little crazy, but she is the best goofy sweet furry little companion a girl could want.



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