2013 was not a good year, but not a bad year either. It was just this side of blah. The most I can say about it is that it passed by without having to much to recommend it by.
I went back to work sometime towards the end of 2012 but felt the full brunt of managing a career and a household sometime in the middle of 2013 when the Gherkin started preschool. We went through a harrowing weekend in July during which the Gherkin was potty trained- much against her wishes. And just like that she was off to school with her school bag and lunch. The new school turned out to be a very different animal than the home based day care she attended before. For once, we had to stick to regular drop off and pick up times and gone was the luxury of rambling down the sidewalk to drop or pick her up. On the positive side, the Gherkin loves her new school and we are quite happy with all that she is learning.
We had the Boy's parents stay with us for most of summer, which was a haze of good food induced lethargy. Nothing much was accomplished. Even my summer garden refused to flourish as the neighborhood raccoons (who had been going hungry after Billy's death) decided to make a meal out of my measly tomatoes and eggplants.
Somewhere in the middle of all this I got selected for the Advanced Leadership Program at work. Yay!
The Gherkin and I visited Salt Lake City in November where my mother spent the summer with the little sister. Much fun was had by all. Then soon enough it was December and a whole bunch of parties later here we are. It is 17 F outside and I have a fever. But this is only the 3rd day of 2014 and I am but a hopeless optimist!