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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Celebrating...finally!

It's been wonderful going back to work this week and resuming a normal daily schedule, free from worry and stress. Anyone who has ever faced a life threatening illness, or the illness of someone you love, will understand me when I say that there is no greater gift than that of an ordinary day.

Since our New Year's celebration was haunted by the fear that Gregg's cancer might have returned, now that we know he's okay we've decided to celebrate the start of 2018 this weekend. It's a three day weekend for me (Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day and a federal holiday, for my international readers) so I have some additional time off to enjoy. Tonight Gregg and I have a date for a special dinner and champagne at midnight. Tomorrow I'm finally going to start writing in a pretty new journal/planner I bought myself for Christmas.


I have a handful of personal goals and dreams for the new year (not "resolutions", which always sounds so joyless and punitive) that I'm ready to start working towards. The whole holiday season was like suspended animation, waiting to see if the future was to be feared or welcomed. I'm so glad it's the latter!

Happy New Year, everyone! Back tomorrow.

20 comments:

  1. You are so right about wanting nothing more than a normal life when that normal life is threatened or disturbed.
    I think of this so very often.
    Celebrate! I am happy for you both!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Moon! You're so sweet. :)

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  2. You have a perfect reason for celebration. Did you paint the journal cover or find one with a "sparrow tree" already on it?

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    1. It came like that! What a nice find, huh? Perfect for me. :)

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  3. I love ordinary days.
    Enjoy your belated New Year celebrations

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    1. I know you understand what I mean. Thank you Sue.

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  4. I wonder what you will write in that journal. Shopping lists, appointments and "to do" things or reflections, ideas and memories? I like the second kind of journal best.

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    1. Probably some combination of the two but definitely leaning towards the second kind. :)

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  5. Great reasons to be Joyful ! Darling journal.
    Happy New Year.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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  6. I am so happy for you Jennifer. You both have been through a very tough time so celebrate to your heart’s content.

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  7. A lovely journal, Jennifer, and indeed perfect for you. Mine is also always a combination of appointments etc. and mini diary, noting what I've been doing, what the weather was like and so on.

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  8. It must be like flying!
    Happy, happy, happy, three times, Happy New Year to you and Gregg!
    Greetings Maria xx

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  9. This is a great reminder to all of us to value our "normal" routine days. I'm glad you're celebrating! Happy New Year!

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  10. I agree: "normal" days are so undervalued. So glad to hear the good news about Gregg! And I love that journal cover...

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