Friday, January 01, 2010

Sometimes You're a Jellyfish


says my friend, Vicky. She's right. Right now I'm just floating along in life. I've taken steps towards freedom but not there yet. Soon enough. I started reading everyone's end of 2009 post and when I looked at my photos, I hadn't realized how 2009 was the year of Travel. If I don't make Elite status this year, I never will. Oh the Places You'll Go: Grand Cayman, New Orleans, ROMA, Netherlands, Chicago, Boston, Bahamas (twice), Long Beach - all for work. I fell in love with Rotterdam and Driehuis. That doesn't include our great summer vacation when we started in New Orleans and had the most fabulous grilled oysters at Dragos, lazed on the beach in Destin and Seaside and drove through antique stores in Mississippi, and shopped at Canton's First Monday. My kind of week, for sure. Some of the best things in life.
This great craft of scrapbooking took me to St. Louis for Scrap St. Louis. With some of the best peeps ever and great projects and teachers (Cheryl Mezzetti) - Jeanne, Nan, Cathy Doyle, Kathy N, soon-to-be momma Kathleen, Melissa, Barb, Julianne, Tanya. Oh, I love all those people. North Carolina for Inspired where I. fell. in.love. with Susan Edmonton's sewing. And Carol Wingert's project, not to mention spending time with more great friends, Ronda. For the fourth straight year, Phoenix was fantastic with my favorite Canadians, Heather and Charleen and non Canadians, Ronda and Tanya and Nancy. I can still feel the energy in the room when Tim Holtz's lamp went for $29k. It is so great to be a part of that experience. And rounding out the year with a fantastic Silver Bella and three of the best teachers, Rebecca Sower, Charlotte Lyons and Pam Garrison - what a trifecta! Spending time with some great people there - old friends and the serendipity of dinner with new friends. Good times. Oh and Swaps! I did my first swaps ever - Year of Tags, Saint Tags and Alphabet Tags - I was proud of what I created.
With shopping I had fun at Round Top, all 3 of the Urban Markets and Canton and got to go to the Long Beach flea for the first time ever - loved it, of course. Found some great stuff at MAM and the Guild also. Oh, and my new collection, which is vintage photo albums, thanks to shopgoodwill and ebay.
And Thanksgiving was so memorable because my sweet niece, Nancy made an incredible meal as good as any chef. We were blessed.
My favorite You Tube of the year was Pink Glove Dance. I watched it a gazillion times.
I want to hold on to all of those great memories because the year ended so badly. My marriage ended and that's not what I wanted. What can you do but live and learn? There were some great lessons and great experiences. So, I'm ready for 2010! Bring it.

15 comments:

Jeanne said...

Love ya, Peggy!

Sandy said...

This will be a great year!! See ya this afternoon. Hugs..

Julia Dunnit said...

Peggy, Ijust watche dthe Pink Glove Dance...made me smile so much it made me cry at the wonderful inclusivity! Is that a word? I am your supposedly secret Swap Sister from Christmas. Am so sorry that the parcel hasn't arrived yet...please keep me informed!

Timi Forrest said...

Peggy,
I know 2010 will be a fabulous year for you. It started off beautifully today with sunshine so soak up some of those gorgeous rays of light and start down your new path. Big Hugs...Timi

Shannon said...

You are so going to rock this year girl....hang in there...big hugs

Linda said...

Oh, Peggy... I had no idea. Big hugs from me to you.

Rachel said...

Such a wonderful video, thanks for sharing! It was great to meet you in 2009, and I'm sure I'll be seeing you in 2010, at ME workshops and hopefully Silver Bella too! Let's make 2010 the best!!

Cindy V said...

Thank you for sharing the video!
Many hugs to you and you are so right about 2010 being a GREAT year!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

sabrina sane said...

Peggy,
Wishing you all the best for 2010!

Megan said...

Peg - when will work bring you to MD or DC? I need to see you soon! Miss you loads! Great post

Julia said...

Peggy....We truly cannot have it all. You have experiences most of us can only dream of. Unfortunately, a marriage was one of the prices you had to pay. I know you will survive and I hope 2010 is kind to you. The Houston area Silver Bellas need to meet for that Saturday Margarita.

xoxo, Julia

Rich said...

Hi, I really enjoyed your photo collage at top of the post.

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heatherbell said...

What I wouldn't give to be in your suitcase for a year... Thank you for sharing the "Pink" video - it gave me goosebumps. I'm going to link it on my blog!