Our friendly bloggerhood shrink, Dr Spo, challenged us to write next year's Christmas or Holiday Letter now in 2016, and check on it regularly through the year, and see if we achieve what we project. I have already written my 2017 goals email to run on New Years day. So here is my attempt at next year's Christmas Letter.
2017 was a fun and challenging year. While no major trips were planned, it is hard to keep a traveling penguin home and four business trips and multiple trips to visit family were made. Because of my parents failing health, I made several trips to Florida to check on them, and the begin settling their affairs. While not pleasure trips, I did try to slip a little time in each trip to see old friends, revisit familiar stomping grounds and generally stop and smell the roses. Life is to short, even if almost 90 years, to not enjoy the adventure along the way.
In April I had a major conference in Boston. It was a busy and hectic visit with a board meeting on one end and a major presentation on an emerging issue on the other. I did manage to sneak away to visit Harvard Square, something I had never seen.
The end of June I had a board meeting in Newport Rhode Island. Jay went with me, for the first time to a NAELA board meeting.
In November I had a board meeting and conference presentation in Huntington Beach, California, and I finally made good on my promise to add a personal day into a work trip. It was great fun spending a couple of days exploring the Pacific coast just south of LA.
Late this year, Jay received a retirement buy out contract from the University of Kentucky. He has one more year to teach, then they will pay him for a year, then he is done. We will be selling the house in Lexington late in 2018. I am also moving forward with plans to replace the kitchen in the condo, with plans to have it finished before Jay leaves UK a year from now.
I have been saving up all year, and just splurged on something special for myself, I can't wait to see what it is.
So what does your Christmas 2017 letter look like?