I know, it’s 2013 already but we didn’t really have time to reflect on 2012. 2012 was a big year for us. Micah left a school he had been teaching at for 5 years for a school in the city. No more hour long commutes! His new school is pretty awesome and I am not saying that because I went there. They treat him and the other teachers so well. It’s amazing what a change of venue/employer can do for your teaching.
I also went through some career change. Last year was really busy and bumpy for me. I took on some new responsibilities, spent a lot of time on the road and eventually got to place I wasn’t so sure I liked. Right when I was starting come apart a bit, a couple great opportunities fell into my lap. I am so grateful. Latter half of December was stressful but it was a good stress as I was learning so much.
We FINALLY got the barn door installed in our TV room. I’m pretty sure we have been planning/talking about it for over a year. We had the pleasure of hosting lots of guests, of both the human and canine variety, which we really enjoyed. We took some great trips in including one to Maui and a New England road trip we have yet to really blog about.
We had some great times in 2012 and some very low points but I things are on definitely on the up and up as a whole. we hope all of you have a wonderful year. For those of you who didn’t not receive Izzy’s annual Christmas letter, here it is:
Dear human friends and family,
Guess who? Yes, it’s your favorite beagle/basenji 4-legged lady. Another year has passed and there are still one too many cats living next door. Despite the cats, my humans and I have had a good year. I went on my first beach adventure and I loved it. I ran free on the beach with the wind in my ears and sand in my paws. There was also an incident involving a bird-bath filled with pancakes, but we don’t talk about that anymore. Despite that, I think I am definitely more a beach dog than a rainy city dog. Now, if my humans would just win Powerball then we could buy a private island to live on.
My humans had a big year. Man-human, Micah, got a new job and is really enjoying it. He’s at a new school in the city. The school is very different from his old one. He’s no longer faced with questions like “Can I turn my paper in late? My driver left it in the other Bentley?” and “No, I’m not wearing shoes, my nanny put them somewhere and I can’t find them.” Luckily, man-human still gets the opportunity to mold young minds with thrilling lesson plans about: The Etruscans, Ancient Hebrew Kings, The Stamp Act, and perennial-favorite Comma Splices and Ellipses.
Lady-human, Catherine, has been very busy. She’s been all over the place this year and has managed to have survived four months on the road without me. I know, I didn’t think that was possible either. She seems to be in very high spirits about work next year. She is splitting her time with a couple of new, non-malaria projects. It’s all she’s been talking about for the last few weeks. The new projects will mean less time on the road, but trips to new countries. I say it’s a win-win for us both. She’s also taken up cheese making. I am really excited about the parmesan wheel aging in the fridge. I have developed a parmesan scrap habit thanks to lady-human’s dad (aka dadtractor). He’s the best at sneaking me forbidden treats.
As usual, the humans are still working on the house. They haven’t made a ton of progress this year and that’s fine by me. I am not a fan of saws, hammers or being restricted access to certain areas of the house because of wet paint. They have given up on their little veggie garden because the pesky cats next door have taken it as their own.
On behalf of both my humans, we’d like to wish you Happy Holidays. Please remember that all peanut butter or beef related gifts can be addressed to Izzy or left in the dog bowl in the kitchen.
Lots of love and doggy kisses,