Since writing my 2012 recap post, which was very depressing and negative, I have thought of a couple of good things about 2012. Here are the good parts of 2012:
Mom was alive and well for almost 5 whole months. Many happy memories with Mom from 2012, including watching the Young and the Restless every weekday with her and looking through all of my NYC vacation pictures with her. She loved ALL of them, especially the ones with me and Joel in them. :-)
Rose was alive and well for two whole months. Mom was unfortunately not the only family member that I lost in 2012. But I enjoyed January and February with my best friend, Rose. She was a member of the New clan since 1997, and it brings me a lot of comfort to think of Mom being with Rose now.
Diva and Jacques moved back in with me. They are my chihuahuas, who I raised from babies to 5-6 years or so, then they moved in with my parents when I moved to a place that didn't allow dogs. Then when I found a place that allowed dogs, Mom refused to let me have them back because she had fallen in love. And I knew that they were better off there, with her home all day to play with and let them outside than with me. But I decided that they belonged back with me once Mom was gone. And they have been such a blessing to have back. They are now 9 and 10 years old.
I ran my first 5K!!! Okay, I walked/ran it (walked all the uphills), but still. Accomplishment! And it definitely gave me the racing bug.
Alright, there you have it. Even though 2012 will forever be remembered as the year that my life was ruined, a few good things did happen. And I'm grateful for that. Up next: 2013 plans!