Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010: A Year In Review for this Cheesehead

I know this is a few days late, but I have been trying to think about everything that happened in 2010.  You know how as you get older you find yourself walking into the kitchen to do something, but by the time you take the 8 steps it takes to get to the kitchen you forget what that something was (or is it just me)?  This is the story of my life.  So I can't even imagine what I have forgot about 2010.  So here are some of the things I do remember about 2010.

  • My friend, Erin, and I started creating our Cheesehead Gardening videos.
  • I've met lots of new gardening and non-gardening people on Twitter.  Especially through the Monday night #gardenchat
  • One of my co-workers was laid off due to budget cuts.  It was really sad because she was so good at her job, and I miss having her in my department.  It also meant I would start the 2010 school year with an extra school.  Schools=3
  • This spring, myself and three co-workers received grant through Fund for Teachers.  Our grant took us to Oregon in July, where we attended the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writing Conference.  It was a awesome experience to work with real authors, illustrators, editors, etc.  I had been to the Oregon coast once before, but this trip sealed the deal for me.  I am in LOVE with the Oregon coast, and I am hoping to get back there in 2011.  If you want to know more about our trip, here is our travel blog.
  • At the end of June I went on my first cruise.  My husband and I traveled with my parents and aunt & uncle to Alaska.  We spent one week on land and one week at sea.  It was an amazing experience to see all the untouched land, and just how big all of the plants grow there with the extended daylight.  My favorite part of the trip was when our cruise ship was just about to go into Glacier Bay and our boat was surrounded by Humpback whales.  Here is a short blog of our trip.
  • My hostas were having a great year, until we were hit by a horrendous hail storm in July just days after I returned from Oregon.  I think it was a sign that I was supposed to stay there, at least for the summer.   The hail storm did so much damage, not only to my yard but all the houses in the area. The rest of the summer there wasn't a day that went buy without the sound of a new roof going on in our neighborhood.
  • I officially ran out of garden space.....wonder what I will do in 2011.
  • When we returned from Alaska, my husband found out that after 16 years with the postal service, his position might not be around much longer.  So after months of not knowing what was going on, he was reassigned to another office in mid-October.  He went from sorting mail to being a mail carrier, and lost all of his seniority.  He likes being a carrier, and he likes his new hours.  Just wishes he didn't have to stress about it for months.
Well, that's what I remember about 2010.  I hope my 2011 is filled with as much adventure as 2010.