It has been said life is like a roll of toilet paper. It goes faster toward the end. Although, I am hoping I am not near the end; however, I can feel time is gaining momentum. I feel this year is over before it began. So here I am, December 20, 2015 and about to reflect on the year I am about to leave behind me. With the help of Facebook status updates and Instagram photos, I have pieced together a little treat for you. My 2015 summary!
Also, please consider this my Christmas card. I didn’t get around to those this year.
January marked my second year working as a Behavioral Health Specialist.
It’s a darn good thing I work full-time, too. My music career certainly has not soared, yet. I can prove that with my ReverbNation fairshare payments from January 2015.
I fell in love with goldfish crackers in January. Not sure what that was all about, but I was putting them on everything for a while there. It was beautiful.
I spent time (lots of time) learning about blogging, WordPress design, and a bunch of other stuff that wasn’t all too exciting.
In March, Mark and Shannon took their annual trip to Mexico. I took the boys up to Wausau and had a gathering of the niece and nephews at the Lodge at Cedar Creek. What a great weekend! When I came across my status update about taking Madeline, Owen, and Gunner to the grocery store, I couldn’t help but laugh. What an experience. I’m still surprised we made it out of there without a security escort.
I also spent that week “checking in” on Facebook at various places in Mexico to confuse the group that went down. I still picture them looking at their phones seeing “TheMelissa has checked in to Cafe Canela – Puerta Vallarta” and looking around frantically to find me. And there I was, on their couch in Wausau.
April introduced me to videography!
Remember that family that told me I could crash with them a few years ago when I returned to La Crosse? Yeah, I haven’t left, yet. I’ve grown a bit attached the gang. So much so that I struggle a bit when they leave me all by myself. You can read more about the making of this gem here: All By Myself – Melissa Unattended
I am not sure when this tradition of celebrating my birthday for the entire month of May began, but it’s awesome. When you celebrate the entire month, it fills your heart with gratitude and your gut with cake. When I woke up on my official birthday, May 9th, with strep throat, it wasn’t that big of a deal. A little fever and swollen glands can’t stop a party that goes on for an entire month.
Even with a nasty sore throat and feeling icky, I managed to eat cake and thoroughly enjoyed being home with my family.
You’re probably wondering how one goes about celebrating their birthday for an entire month. You bring treats to work when you want. You say yes to every opportunity to eat a cake pop. Basically, you live like you should live everyday. Appreciating the aging process because not everyone is lucky enough to go through it.
You should also ask random people to sing Happy Birthday to you. It’s amazing how many people won’t do it, which makes you even more appreciative of the people who do.
Naps are also good, but there’s nothing better than a birthday month nap. With all the celebrating, cake eating, and spoiling, you have to recharge.
My most special moment of May 2015 was being in the third row for Mary Chapin Carpenter. If you want to read more about her show, I blogged about it: Mary Chapin Carpenter | May 2, 2015
This is the second time I’ve seen her live. I am a proud Mary Chapin Carpenter follower on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Rumor has it, she recently completed a new album. That’s a rumor I started after her show. I know it’s true because she told me. We’re friends now. I know 2016 is going to be wonderful because I’ll have a brand new Mary Chapin CD to play over and over and over and over and over.
Melissa’s 2015 in terms of Netflix
I did a lot of doodling, working, Netflixing, and avoiding the outdoors over the summer. I did play a bit of
music. One show in Illinois on an 88 degree day. I did not plan that well. I also played my most favorite gig ever — the Wausau Festival of Arts in my hometown. It’s always a good time playing and I certainly did not do enough of it in 2015. Perhaps 2016 will have new music ventures in store?
As for my daytime gig…
…the one that actually brings in a paycheck, this was my first year teaching Crisis Prevention (CPI) to the hospital employees. It was definitely a learning experience and I have room to improve with it. I can’t say I haven’t had fun, though.
The Rest of 2015
The fall was fun. I did a bit of photography. We had our annual
Craft Weekend in Three Lakes. This was the eighth year and it is tied for first place on my Favorite Traditions list. (Tied with the month-long birthday celebration, of course.)
I have taken a bit of a step back from blogging over the last few months. Instead, I’ve been working and writing. Just not blog entries.
2015 was the first Thanksgiving I have been home for in three years and it was wonderful.
And then, there is Las Vegas…
Aunt Sandy accompanied me to Las Vegas and the trip was perfect. We flew out of Minneapolis on Monday, December 7th and returned the following Thursday. While we were there, we shopped and walked. We also walked and shopped. And then, more walking and shopping. The highlight was the purpose of the trip: Reba & Brooks & Dunn live at Caesar’s Palace.
If you know me at all, you know I have been a huge fan of Reba McEntire since I was very young. What an incredible career. It baffles me she’s 60 because she’s still rocking it.
I have a blog entry about the trip started, but it’s December. Do you know what happens in December? Everything. Everything happens in December. I have no clue what happened to the last 20 days of my life.
With 2016 right around the corner, I am looking forward to so many things in the new year. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing many changes in my life and these will be good.