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I’m Back!

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I am so sorry that I’ve been gone so long… we have a lot of catching up to do! The last year has been pretty busy. I have so much to tell you, but will keep this kind of brief since I’m covering a whole year in one post, and most of you probably don’t care about the day to day!

My day job took me to Mexico in January of 2019. I was visiting one of the offices and working on a brief assessment of their regulatory compliance, but did get a chance to try some really amazing food! I transferred to a full-time employee of the parent company in February, so there was a lot of paperwork to fill out and transitioning to do, but I got a nice break in March when my mom and I took our annual trip to Palm Springs! Some sun, some tennis, some fun, some great food and visiting with family and friends.

My cousin got married in Las Vegas in May and I went down there with my Mom for the wedding. It was my Mom’s first time at the strip, so I got to show her how to gamble, the Bellagio fountains, some great food, and of course I bought her 3 feet of booze!

In June we took our annual Cannon Beach trip and got blessed with some amazing weather. We did a lot of beach walking, eating, visiting, and even some golfing. We stay at Stephanie Inn and the place is really amazing. I highly recommend it.

July brought an amazing trip to Europe with my Mom, and my friends Penny and Becky. I think this one is going to get a separate post, because SO MUCH to share (including an incredible food tour!), but long story short for those who like it brief: We took a river cruise down the Danube, so we visited Budapest, Hungary, followed by Bratislava, Slovakia, and then Austria, ending in Passau, Germany, and then took a couple of days to see Prague in the Czech Republic. So amazing!!!

In August, I bought a new home and moved in. It’s got a craft space downstairs for all my quilty, crafty, stitchy fun (I’ll be picking back up my crafting blog, too: https://www.swissmissstitches.com), and a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and gas stove! You will be getting some new recipes out of that kitchen, I promise!

September was a crazy month. The team I always play with at the Team Cup Challenge in Sunriver, OR competed again this year. So much fun! Then I visited Vancouver, BC for work, and that was the first time I’ve been there since college (a lifetime ago). I spent a few days in training and at a conference, but I did sneak away for a wonderful excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and park. I was playing up in the trees… kind of made me feel like an Ewok! The last thing I did in September was get rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. That had me laid up for a short while.

October brought a trip to Long Beach with my mom and Penny, Donna and Barb. We drove on the beach, ate some amazing Irish food at a local pub, and just enjoyed the weekend. After we got back, my mom got her knee replacement surgery (she’s doing great – but wow… that was a serious thing). I took a trip to Sunriver in Oregon with some friends at the end of the month (thanks for hosting us, Ginny Ann!).

November brought a crafting weekend with friends in Hood River, Oregon, my first Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert (OMG – I will be going to every one of these I can get tickets for from here on out! Loved it!), and a business trip to Los Angeles. Best part of that trip was traveling with my Sis. I am very lucky to get to work with her on some projects. We didn’t have much down-time, but did get a chance to eat dinner in Venice Beach one night. Simmzy’s has some seriously fantastic burgers. Just saying. Just wrapped up November with Thanksgiving with the family, and then a Prime Rib dinner with friends. December… here I come!

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