As the Japanese would say: 合っている! (Atte-iru-- it was absolutely correct!) 2016 brought good fortune in love, as my long-time crush and I got engaged, and a direction for future development: after 15 years in ESL teaching, I switched to career counseling. Here's a month-by-month breakdown of all the fun things 2016 brought.
|North Carolina Snow|
|Still working on that quilt|
February - Kyle went to Virginia and came back with the flu, which he soon gave to me. We were both out of work for a week. Other than that, we visited my mom, toured Korner's Folley, and ate at Pegg's Tea House. We hosted an Oscar party/Clarissa's Going Away Party on the 28th.
|Field where he proposed|
April - We signed the lease to our new house on April 15th, and a week and a day later, on April 23rd, we took a trip to Bath and got engaged on the lawn! We got the keys to our house on April 30th and started moving in.
|Waiting to transplant|
May - On May 5th, I finished my last night teaching with Wake Tech. A few days later, Kyle started building a garden bed. The mulberry tree started putting out berries, so I made a mulberry cobbler and mulberry jam. Kyle went to Las Vegas for work from the 12th to the 19th. And on May 21st, we had our first official night in our new house!
June - Got some squash and cucumbers from the garden. Made homemade laundry detergent. On June 16th, we went to Cary to listen to the symphony in the park. Then I traveled to Tennessee to spend the 22nd - 25th at a lake in the mountains celebrating the 15-year anniversary of friendship with my Milligan girlfriends! At the end of the month, on June 29th, I turned in my badge at WCPSS, left my teaching license half-done, and so ended a 15-year career as an ESL teacher.
July - A busy month! When it got to be 87 degrees in the house, we finally decided to run the air conditioner. In the hopes of meeting more people in Durham, we started taking dance classes at Ninth Street Dance. My dad and stepmom came to visit on the 9th and we visited Duke Homestead to attend the Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts festival. On July 11th, I started my new job at the NC Works Career Center as a career counselor. Kyle and I took a trip to the Outer Banks the weekend of the 16th to celebrate our one-year anniversary. On July 24th we became the parents of two adorable kittens. And we won second place playing trivia at Fullsteam's brewery!
|Birthday Present Bistro Set|
August - I turned 34 on the 2nd. Kyle threw me a surprise party at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Durham. My brother and sister came from out of state to spend the week at Lake Gaston and attend the family reunion on the 6th. At the end of the month, Kyle and I traveled back to Michigan for his brother's wedding on the 27th.
September - On September 10th, we went to the National Folk Festival in Greensboro. On the 24th, we went to the Liberty Antiques Festival (but didn't buy anything). On September 25th, we went to La Fiesta del Pueblo in downtown Raleigh. Lots of festivals in September.
October - Hurricane Matthew came pouring in on October 8th and totally ruined our engagement portraits' schedule (along with thousands of people's lives. . . ). Kyle and I started listening to The Black Tapes podcast and couldn't quit. We went to a couple of weeks of Thursday night game night in Durham to meet more Durham folk. From the 14th-16th we went camping with friends near Mt. Mitchell and then went apple picking. Kyle turned 30 on the 21st. And finally on October 29th took our (rescheduled) engagement portraits.
|No Longer Kittens|
November - November 6th was the Renaissance Festival in Huntersville. Kyle's old car finally gave up the ghost, so we bought a new car on November 12th. We won second place playing trivia at Fullsteam's brewing (again). On Thanksgiving weekend, we visited my mom in Winston-Salem and saw some extended family.
December - I spent a weekend visiting my dad's side of the family: went to see my aunt in Littleton December 2nd and 3rd. We saw the Littleton Christmas Parade, and I bought too many books and linens! Later at my dad's house, I learned that my stepmom went to high school with Roy Cooper. To get in the Christmas spirit, Kyle and I hosted our 4th annual Christmas Feast on December 10th. We attended a Christmas Lovefeast (not as risqué as it sounds: it's just coffee and bread) at Raleigh Moravian Church on December 11th. And we spent Christmas and New Year's in Michigan with Kyle's family.
Yet to come in 2017 - Wedding! Honeymoon! Kids?! A dog? Oh, the surprises that await us!