End of 2011– Champagne and Chocolate Cake

I was trying to decide how to write a unique post for today.  I imagine most bloggers are taking a look back on 2011, or looking forward to 2012.  Unique? Perhaps not, but I hope you’ll enjoy.

Big events of 2011…on a personal level the event with the biggest impact was a job change.  I accepted a new position in my company, starting on January 3rd, 2011.  As a result I traveled to several states I had never visited.  I met new people, worked on a team that was dedicated, knowledgeable, and driven.

…long hours…physically demanding…mentally exhausting…intrinsically rewarding…satisfaction in knowing that I was part of a great team…everyday I continue to see the impacts of the efforts implemented by this team.

As always, Al supported me.  Mija became more accustomed to me being away.  I have been learning not to feel guilty when I am away.  I suspect that will be an on-going challenge for me.

Speaking of Mija, she made progress in her own way.  For the first time in a long while we heard her say syllables that were new.  She began to “scold” her belongings, saying “No, it’s not!”

Most people may not be impressed.  We are grateful.  She says this phrase often to express her displeasure with a number of things.

It was a huge step for her in communication.  One night we let her stay up later that usual.  It was obvious she wanted to stay up.  We let her when she said, “I want.”

On another occasion she wanted to stay up but I told her no.  It was the first time she said, “Why?” I simply said because it was bed time.  I laughed to think we had a conversation because she wanted to debate.  She may be autistic but she is also a teenager!

Globally there were natural disasters and political upheavals.  Iconic individuals passed away.

While these did affect us, I must admit that the highlights of our year were items of the heart: my daughter’s voice, my husband’s embrace when I arrived from a business trip, satisfaction of a job well done.

Looking back, I remember those we lost, my father-in-law, Pedro, and my sister’s father-in-law, Fred.  I’m grateful for family and friends. God bless them.

In September I decided to (finally) start blogging.  It was something I always wanted to do.  It’s been a positive experience, and, I’m happy to say, something I plan on continuing. Thanks for coming along!

Al and I have a tradition on New Year’s Eve.  We started it when we were watching all the millennial celebrations for the year 2000.  We relax at home and bring in the new year with champagne and chocolate cake.

The champagne is already being chilled.  This year, as a change we’re having chocolate cheesecake. Yum!

I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring.  More on that in tomorrow’s post.  That will be one good way to start 2012.

Have a safe and happy New Year!


I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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