Year in Review 2016

While many are bemoaning the year that was 2016, it was actually really great for me and my family (*cough until November cough*). I’ll admit, I have a hard time remembering more than a handful of things that happened in the year, so I had to actually look back in my journal, photos, and blog posts to see all that went on. Time just goes to fast!

January: Started on One Little Word project (with the word Enjoy). Decided to send everyone whose address I have a birthday card. Tried watercolors, determined to keep at it (kept up with it until mid-Feb, when I lost interest). Made cowls for a bunch of coworkers. Robotics season started. Had a surprise birthday party for my father-in-law. Went to Denver for work for a week – made it back home less than 24 hours before we got 2″ of snow. Bought a passport sized Midori – used for a bit, decided it was too small, still have it here somewhere.

February: Bought myself a new car (!!). Robotics continued. Made some more items for coworkers (shawls and cowls and hats). Went a little nuts at the Fibre Space Miss Babs open house. Celebrated Valentine’s Day early with pizza (our tradition) and the day-of with BBQ in Baltimore. Got about 6″ of snow. Went skiing with friends in West Virginia (yeah, at that ski resort, the one where the lift broke – we arrived just after that). Started on a blanket for a friend expecting twins.

March: Finished both the blankets for the twins. Robotics regional out in Haymarket (down? out? not far). Matt’s cousin’s daughter’s baptism. Went out to Ohio for my grandfather’s funeral; hard day but go to see family. Had an allergy test done – only allergic to Kentucky Blue Grass and some molds. Told to avoid eating cheese and old buildings; chose to do neither. Matt went to Seattle for work; I hit a parked car in a pretty major way. Did a big purge of my craft stash, gave lots away to neighbors. Spent a few hours at the National Gallery of Art; Matt wandered a special exhibit, I mostly visited my favorite piece. Lizzie wore a very pink dress for Easter. Went into DC after work to admire the near-peak cherry blossoms. (This was the first time Lizzie clearly said what she wanted for dinner – pizza – so we went to get it, despite the fact it was already past her bedtime.)

April:  More shawls made for coworkers. Wrote a letter every day. Got new glasses to help my eyes work together. My parents came for a visit – explored River Bend park (think that’s the name of it). Went on a double-decker bus tour of DC. Started planting our garden. Ballet class at rec center in full swing (think it started in April). Made a new commitment to blogging. Left my job for another one entirely different. Dyed my hair for the first time since Lizzie was born. Visited the Neighborhood Fibre Company studio/shop in Baltimore; got burgers with an old friend of Matt’s (and mine, of course) afterward.

May: Did a Lizzie-free visit to the National Gallery of Art and Portrait Gallery – my mother’s day gift, of sorts. Made a few coasters/swatches using yarn leftovers. Tried out Momofuku CCDC – was really good, as expected. First Shenandoah trip of the year. Lizzie was mostly in the carrier but also did a bit of hiking herself, using an acquired hiking stick. Made a gradient Clapotis for one of her daycare teachers and a Foolproof cowl in a different gradient for her other main teachers. Family reunion at a fancy all-inclusive resort in Williamsburg; Lizzie suddenly in love with the water, would even jump in to us.

June: More coworker knits (really, this was all year, so not sure why I keep mentioning it). Spent lots of time out back with Lizzie, especially blowing bubbles. Celebrated Matt’s cousin’s daughter’s first birthday. Went to a local family festival – train ride a hit, once again. Had wedding ring fixed – somehow managed to bend one of the prongs that holds the diamond in place. Started having really weird and intense eye issues – thought it was pink eye, at first. (Real diagnosis came in late July.)

July: Went to see my parents for 4th of July weekend. Lizzie ate all of the fish she could get her hands on, which was quite a lot at the place we went to eat. Took lots of sunset photos at a park near my parents’ house that I went to as a kid. Got to reconnect with my aunt, uncle, and cousin’s who were also visiting; they live in Ohio. Lizzie spent lots of time in my parents’ pool. Lizzie started her first round of swim lessons which went pretty well, except she doesn’t always like to listen and hates being flat on her back in the water. I started an online class on sketching. Final eye diagnosis – a particular type of dry-eye remedied easily but has to be taken care of constantly the rest of my life (yay – relief! boo – lifelong condition!). Matt and I spent a weekend in Charlottesville and bought all of the Chardonnay. Matt did more sunset photography, this time at a nearby park that has a playground for Lizzie. Lizzie moved to a big girl bed. Went to Shenandoah for a second time. Special this time was a night-sky event where we got to see the Milky Way and, via telescope, the rings of Saturn.

August: Went back to Momofuku and Matt did sunset photography afterwards. Bought myself a much smaller DSLR camera which I then used to take lots of pictures of a cup of Italian ice, for some reason. Lizzie got her first haircut, sitting super still the entire time. I saw a concert with friends of boybands popular when we were in middle school and had a BLAST. Few days later, saw Streisand with another friend, also excellent (though the Shack Shake food we ate beforehand didn’t live up to the hype). Matt went to Seattle again and, of course, Lizzie broke out into hives one day (quick trip to doctor informed us it’s no big deal, to just give her kid’s Benedryl and apply cream if it bugs her). Lizzie went to her first in a long string of friends’ third birthday parties. Went off to Germany.

September: Spent most of the month in Germany. Won’t regurgitate what all we did, but it was a great trip. Once we got back, I signed up for Weight Watchers.

October: Started making wreaths, beginning with a mesh one in fall colors. Made socks for Lizzie after she begged me to make her something. Went out to a fancy dinner then stayed in DC for our anniversary. Took advantage of the next afternoon in the city to go to several used bookstores. Went out our third (and final) Shenandoah trip – Lizzie enjoyed it even more, as she was able to hike back up from one of the waterfalls mostly by herself (more like climbing, as she’s so short). Got a really weird insect bite, complete with lots of swelling – one-two punch of steroids and antibiotics got rid of swelling (but still have a red streak on that cheek). Went to a cousin’s wedding in Indiana; Lizzie bonded with her second cousins, particularly “the boy” whose name she couldn’t pronounce (he’s a little over a year older than her). My parents came to visit so they could Lizzie dressed up as a bee for Halloween. Her costume – which I sewed – was a hit with her and those who saw her in it.

November: Made excellent progress on a sweater for myself. Updated my Rav stash. Found out my sweater I was making is horrible itchy. Finished the pair of socks I’d started for my cousin in early 2015. Explored another local park, this one a wetland area. Made a dress for Lizzie. Had my in-laws down to celebrate Thanksgiving. Participated in NaBloPoMo – and was successful!

December: Had a big party to celebrate Lizzie’s third birthday. Enjoyed an evening out with some of the other moms from Lizzie’s daycare, plus my neighbor who also works and has small kids. Made a pair of socks for my aunt. Got Christmas cards out really early. Did all of the usual Christmas preparations. Lizzie had an eye check-up; usual report of all is good but wouldn’t hurt for her to wear her glasses again (good luck with that, doc!). Bought a ton of sock yarn from Miss Babs. Ended the year totally obsessed with making envelopes (which is a subject for another post).

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