Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflecting on the year

Well, it's been a busy year. 2009: my first full year of marriage, the first year Binghamton has really felt like home.

I've lived here (nearly) three years already, and yet this was the year where I finally began to feel belonging. It can be a difficult thing to find, you know. What with the canning sessions and the garden, dinner parties and my part-time cafe job, I've deepened connections and made lots of new ones. Good things.

Other changes: I began the year with no job, and now I have two. The impact a job can have on your life-- not the job itself, but just the ability to stand up straight and say, I have a job!-- it's a terrific feeling. Moving forward. Making progress. Socking away some savings.

This new year should be a good one. Last year, we went to the Adirondacks. This year, we're looking at a two-week hellbender of a spring trip to Nashville--I'm already scheming up travel playlists--and maybe (just maybe) the promise of an out-of-country trip later in the year. Before spring arrives, though: a new bedroom floor, some fresh paint, and a massive slipcovering project. It promises to be a pretty busy not-so-busy time of year.

What plans and projects await you in 2010?


Becky said...

Kristina, thank you so much for sharing your life and food and projects with us! BlogLand is such a nicer place because you are in it.

Happy New Year!!

Kristina said...

Aw, thanks Becky! I hope your new year is bright!

katherine mary said...

Binghamton loves you. ;) but I love you more! I'm excited (jealous) about your Nashville trip!! yeeehawww!! Looking forward to more fun, more fun in 2010!!

Kami said...

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to some more canning in 2010...if summer ever returns (I'm freezing right now and it seems very unlikely that that will ever change...)
Tell me more about this new bedroom floor...what is it?

Earth Girl Knits (Emily) said...

A garden! My first really big veggie garden! Also, with new craft hobbies like sewing and embroidering, I see lots of fun projects in the future.

Lisa-Marie said...

Hurrah for the first full year of marriage! It was mine too!

I hae muchly enjoyed reading about all of your adventures Kristina, and I hope to read a good deal more!

Happy New Year, I hope this one is fantastic for you!

Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker said...

hey! this year living in bingo also felt more like home to me. AND we went to the adirondacks this year. AND one of the next places i want to go to nashville. hahaa. very fun!

Eva said...

Goah you are such an inspiration! I have had this dreamy fantasy that once i had a home of my own I would live, well prety much a life that sounds like the amazing stories you share. Its been 2 months of first-home ownership and blah. yea its a bit early, and the frosty weather doesnt help with motivation but I am going to pledge to get back down to basics and create a little more. keep up the amazing work and thanks!!!!

Eva said...

thats supposed to be GOSH haha

Natalie said...

To think our paths could have crossed in NY, for I made many a trip to Binghamton in my time there. What a small yet complex world we live in!

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