Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Starting 2013 right...

Well, we made it to 2013, past the Mayan end of the world and everything! We're still working on our Zombie Apocalypse plan around here though. Can't be too careful.

I have so many things to share right now. So many memories to be recorded, put in black and white to prevent them from becoming those wisps that fade away with time. Some are so good that when written it doesn't do them justice. Some are pretty bad and scary. 

The last couple months of 2012 were a roller coaster ride. The high points were sky high. The lows mostly involve my dad's health and those continue to be a struggle. I'm much more optimistic but it's still a worry. It's hard to be all these miles away. My brother and sister, like always, have stepped up and helped in so many ways. Feeling very guilty about that for sure.

Here's a quick peek at the best thing about November...

We took a little trip. Halfway across the Pacific Ocean. Funny thing about being that far away and being gone as long as we were, you relax. We still had phones and tablets. But email was checked only once a day. Instagram  was the most used bit of tech that I used.

Fun partner in crime

I had a "few" of these

Waikiki at sunset. It gave me a lump in my throat. Corny, but so true.

The water was only a few feet from the covered lanai 

Ate quite a few of these... from different places

Did as much of this as possible... the sand time AND the beer

We even went to one of these. So much fun!

There's a lot more of our island days to share, as well as the holiday- they're coming soon!

Do you make resolutions? That's kind of a tricky one for me. I usually start the year with some ideas of how I want to make the new one better. Sometimes they stick, sometimes not. One that hasn't stuck in recent years has been to loose the Columbia weight that I put on when I moved here- 5 1/2 years ago. I do some minimum gym time, and do well for a while and then I get a better offer. Food, wine, beer, TV, computer, friends- they all seem like better offers. So the only goal I'm going to make on that front is to be wearing a pair of my favorite Levi's again. Not sure how many pounds it'll take but I want my butt in those jeans. Oh, and they need to actually look good.

I want to be a better writer, a more consistent one. I've said this before too, but if it's something I REALLY want, I'll be able to achieve it. 

There are a lot of upcoming events around here in the next couple of months. Miss America,  6 birthday's , a new grand baby- Gwen. I'm sure I'm forgetting something!

We love 13's in this family, so here's to making 2013 a great year. 




  1. Yay!!!! She's back.. I've missed you and so glad to see you back in the blog world. :)

  2. Happy New Year Lissa!! Sending love and big smiles your way!


    Nike O.

    1. Thank you Nike! Hope you have a wonderful new year also. I look forward to reading your blog!