In a few hours, 2019 will give way to 2020. It has been a whirlwind year for sure: I realize it has been since last spring that I have written here! Most of the year has been wonderful, with a few sad surprises thrown in.
I did a lot of traveling: three trips to Canada, including to Jasper, Banff, and Algonquin Parks, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, and Serbia. My tutoring job fluctuated a lot, with a lot fewer students in the summer, but this proved to be a good thing, as I realized I was stressing myself out too much with preparing and conducting my lessons and wasn’t enjoying myself as much any more.
Three friends died unexpectedly: Archie Blais, Deb Cotter, and Chardonnay. These losses were a shock and a sadness, as well as a reminder that life is fleeting and therefore better to be enjoyed moment to moment.
I decided to undertake a 120 hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language course in order to give me more opportunities if I chose to teach overseas. I finished the course and got my official certification just a few weeks ago. I learned a lot not only about teaching English in a classroom but also about myself and my resistence towards learning demanding material. I thought to myself “What is wrong with the way I do things?!” And eventually came to realize, “Nothing. These are just some other options.”
I have enjoyed making various amigurumi cuties, including a uterus and a monster purse. And putting together a miniature room from a kit for the first time was tons of fun with beautiful results!
This year I have also realized I am ready to change my scenery again. The gypsy blood is brewing up a new adventure. I have moved out of my three and a half year residence in Troy, NY. I had only planned to live there a year or two, after my Isabella passed on, but ended up having a good time with my housemate, Kate and a comfortable stay there. But now I’m ready to move on.
My first stop of the new year will be in Ontario, Canada, taking care of cats (what else?!), and then I will travel both in the States (definitely to Louisiana for my niece Lizzy’s graduation) and internationally. I will be going to Europe, and would like to take the Transsiberian Railroad across Russia, then fly to Japan, and then perhaps also visit South Africa. It is a mystery where I will end up at the year’s end. Anywhere on earth is possible!