It is the last day of 2012! Another full calendar year has passed us, the Earth has fully rotated around the sun, completing its orbit (from this point in the sky anyway, the calendar measurement of time is relative), and life goes on.
I’m a fan of lists – so here is my life in 2012, however self-indulging it may be. (Head to the bottom of the list if you want to read about my Christmas). Oh, and I put in pictures, so this post seems long but the reading is minimal (don’t be lazy).
January 2012: I begin my life as a college graduate by interning at AMIDEAST, working at the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, and babysitting (always the babysitting!).
January 16, 2012: I turn 22 and get to celebrate with so many of my closest friends.
February 14, 2012: Best Valentine’s so far because my diploma arrives in the mail.
Spring 2012: Puppies. Volunteering with puppies. The best! Baked a ton. Including for Pi Day. And Leap Day (Leap Day William!).
April 2012: My APO family got a bit bigger! Went to Foxfield. So many preppy drunk biddies. SO MANY.
May 2012: The long, long goodbye to DC, filled with adventures, picnics, selling stuff and embraces you wish would last forever. And graduation ceremony times!
June 2012: One of the best trips I have ever taken, with some of the best people I’ve ever known: California Road Trip with Sydney and Alex (how I miss you so).
Summer 2012: Unpacking, packing, unpacking, packing. Spending time with my family and friends and my pets. (Also got into a car crash but whatever).
Late August 2012: My family and I say goodbye to California and hit the road. Destination: Springfield, Massachusetts, my parents’ new home! Driving cross country with 3 pets is a HASSLE.
Early September 2012: Visit Arthur, Deepika and Sydney for one last time in Boston and Long Island respectively. Relish the last days with my family.
September 11-12, 2012: Move to Cairo, Egypt for a new adventure.
September-October 2012: Take CELTA course to become certified in teaching English.
October 1, 2012: Will’s (my brother) 25th birthday! ALL DOWN HILL NOW.
October 2012: FINALLY SEE THE DAMN PYRAMIDS.
October-December 2012: Crazy shenanigans in Egypt (see the rest of this blog, duh.)
November 2012: My APO family gets a bit bigger again (hello glittle!) and I have two Thanksgivings.
December 2012: Hired to be a Grade 6 teacher, job starts in January.
December 25, 2012: My dad’s 60th birthday! And Christmas. I spent Christmas with Melissa’s family. I went to their home in Heliopolis for evening tea and sweets. Melissa’s parents were there, and they gave me a beautiful silk scarf. Two AU alum came for tea as well and we all talked and talked and talked. The next morning (I spent the night), we had a big Egyptian style breakfast (with lots of adorable family bickering) with Melissa’s grandmother. Then her, her mom and I went to see The Hobbit. IT WAS SO GOOD. I got a big piece of homemade fruitcake (no really) to take home with me. A simple, quiet but wonderful Christmas. Thank you Mafouz’s!
December 27, 2012: My mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, miss you and love you!
And that, my friends, is 2012 in not-so-short. May 2013 be filled with the same type of love from family and friends I received this year! Here’s to tomorrow and every day thereafter.