Hello, 2022 – How Are You?

hello 2022

It’s already a new year? Isn’t that crazy?

I feel like 2021 flew by, and now I’m halfway through January of 2022 without knowing what I’ll do next.

I suppose I should give all you good people an update as to what’s been going on lately, so here’s my year in review.

2021 in review

Here’s What Happened

Ready for a little glimpse into the “me” of last year? These are just a few of the big things in my life.

Major Events

Last year brought quite a few major events that changed me:

I Got Vaccinated for Covid. I couldn’t wait for a vaccine for Covid, and I was really relieved when one finally became available. But now that Omicron is out, I’m going to need a booster. Here’s hoping it’s enough to keep the virus at bay.

I Had a Cancer Scare. I had an CTA scan to figure out what was causing my pulsatile tinnitus. Turns out I have a low-riding jugular bulb or something like that. But while I was there, the doctor pointed out that I had an especially large lymph node in my neck that could be cancerous. I took several tests, and fortunately, I was cancer free (though I’m going in for another check-up in March, just in case).

My Sister-in-Law Stayed a While. My sister-in-law was in the middle of moving across states, so she dropped in and stayed in our guest room for a while.

I Bought a Volt. Our Honda Odyssey was giving us grief with its constant repairs. So we decided to trade it in at the end of the year and buy a Chevrolet Volt. I love that it’s an electric hybrid, but it is a bit smaller than the van, so space is a bit of an issue.

Of course, there were lots of smaller life events that happened throughout the year, but those were the big ones I thought I should share!

New Things I Tried

I love looking back and seeing how I grew over the last year. Part of 2021’s shine was trying a few new things:

I Tried a DSLR Camera. My goodness. Why did I wait so long to get a decent camera? I am in love with my EOS rebel and am excited to take more pictures.

I Tried Woodburning. Woodburning was a fun way to shake up my avocado jewelry making experience. I already have a couple items in my shop with some wood burnt patterns in them.

I Tried Carving Rings. I broke quite a few bits of wood trying to carve a ring, but I did manage to make one ring from start to finish. I hope with practice that I can make more and get them up in my shop, too.

Of course, I can’t possibly write about everything that happened in 2021. If you want to know more, feel free to leave a comment below.

What Will Happen Next?

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Now that 2021 is over, I look forward to what 2022 has to offer. I’m hoping it’s a promising new year, and not a repeat of 2020 (twenty, twenty, too – get it?). Here are my plans thus far:

I’m Going to Make Macarons. I got a lovely macaron making kit for Christmas, and I am excited to start making some fancy cookies. I’ve only tasted macarons once, but wow, they left an impression. I’m ready to add new recipes to my baking repertoire.

I’m Going to Make Preschool Printables. With Covid running rampant and lots of parents schooling their kids at home or participating in distance learning, I thought it would be fun to make some free preschool printables. My daughter is almost in kindergarten, and she’s tested a few of my practice sheets – they’re kid approved so far!

I’m Going to Make an eBook. I’ve made a lot of fun recipes in the last few years, and I’m hoping to put them altogether in an ebook. It might take me a while to finish this goal, but I’m plugging away at it.

Of course, a few things are going to stay the same year after year. I’m still going to bake and I’m still going to read lots of books and draw and take pictures.

But what are your plans for the new year? Did 2021 treat you right? Let me know in the comments below.

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