In this time of resolutions and best of lists, I am taking the chance to do a little of both. I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions as they all tend to be along the lines of “I’m going to lose 30 pounds by running 30 more miles each day while eating 30% less food.” And then, by the end of the week, all is back to normal. Still, I want to take the opportunity to stop and both look back at what has happened over the last year and what I want the next year to look like. Looking back helps me to see how far I’ve come because in the day to day craziness sometimes it’s hard to see how much you’ve actually accomplished or how much things have changed. In looking forward it is the chance to examine and recognize what you would like to change (or stay the same) and implant in your mind the possibilities that exist. So first, a look back at the past year.
We got our first snow and a chance to take Daija out to play in it for the first time… and this January there is still no snow after a 12 degree New Years Day! I started new classes, thought on tourism and racism in Canada and got accustomed to one of the biggest changes in our life – Nolana going back to work and me learning to be Mr. Dad!
I signed on to edit a scholarly book, in my naivety thinking it would be a relatively quick and painless process. Almost one year later I am just now getting it off to the publishers for publication.
I continued to post on racism in Canada, Mommy’s new work schedule took a toll on Daija and I worked on teaching Daija how to make coffee for me (for the record, she is no closer to bringing me coffee in bed…)
I was too busy struggling to finish final papers to post on the blog, April was a crazy month as the book also was taking a lot of time. Though I did find time to make one of the craziest culinary concoctions I have seen – the Bacon Explosion!
Toronto transformed into a war zone for the G20 and still, 6+ months later, we are still dealing with the aftermath. We celebrated a year in Toronto by planting sod in the yard – which failed miserably, as did the garden…
I added more things to my schedule by starting work at the Family Care Office at UofT, Daija and I enjoyed the fall weather in the park, and I finally signed the publishing contract, again naively thinking that this was the end of the road (months later I am now just getting it off…) We also had a great trip to Victoria.
A busy month of finishing classes, long long days of finishing the book, and the holidays. But finishing things is good, a new start for the new year.
In retrospect, the year was quite sedentary and filled with the day to day tasks, consumed by school and my work there, and of settling into our new city of Toronto. 2011 likely brings some huge changes like a new baby, finishing my Masters, etc… Hopefully you all have had a chance to look back at the year 2010 was and to think of what you want 2011 to be.