I mean, it’s almost been a year!

Well, this blog post (all of them, really) is pointless so let’s just get that out of the way.

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Pittsburgh-1 Everywhere else-0

A lot has happened, but I’m always asked the same question. Are you still in Pittsburgh? Why yes, yes I am! Can we move on to my highlights or do you want to keep interrogating me?! Geez.

So, my awesome company holds an annual All Hands aka a week of fun and fellowship. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people you’ve met once, twice, or maybe not at all. Yes, I’m in the front wearing a hamburger costume. Don’t ask. Also, don’t ask about all the middle fingers. I.don’t.know.

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We’re a beautiful bunch.

Cha-ching cha-ching! We’re debt free as of November 28th! It was an amazing moment to make one last student loan payment the day we left for an 11 day cruise. Thanks, Dave Ramsey …and common sense.

 

Oh! Our cruise! As mentioned above, we went on an 11 day cruise and I experienced seasickness for the first time. It was pretty awful and if that was a glimpse of what it’s like to have a baby come out of your butt, no thanks. NO. THANKS. Anyway, we sailed out of Port Canaveral and stopped at:

  • Grand Turk
  • St. Thomas
  • Tortola
  • St. Kitts
  • Dominica
  • St. Lucia
  • Antigua
  • St. Croix
  • San Juan

So many places. All I remember is that St. Thomas was my absolute favorite and Dominica was… well, not my favorite. I saw a stray dog steal food off someone’s chair. I was really happy for the dog.

We won trivia and got this plastic piece of shit as a prize.

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This sums up perfection.

I’m not a masochist, really. I just like piercings and ink. Since last year, I’ve gotten five more piercings (monroe and double helix on each ear) and started and finished a half sleeve within three months.

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This was the second session. I wanted to rip my arm off. Came close, too.

That brings us to the present. My husband and I keep a highlight jar. We sit down at the beginning of each year and – you guessed it – go through the jar of highlights. A lot of people wonder why we care about the past, but a lot of it is looking back on how far we’ve come and to give thanks for being able to live another year amidst moments of joy and struggle.

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Always give thanks.

Well, that sums up the year. Trust me, there were a lot of awesome memories, but these are the ones that overflowed my love tank. I hope you guys are doing well and are staying safe and healthy!

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Cheeese!

 

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4 Responses to I mean, it’s almost been a year!

  1. Awesome, Cate. See you next year, when you remember you have a blog. :P

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  2. Ian says:

    Two replies so far after ten and half months gap… you have some loyal subscribers Cate! The highlight jar sounds like an interesting idea, I wonder if I have enough highlights to make it worth doing it! I think my blog has been even quieter and you’re making me think I need to write something there about the year mass decluttering and how I’m more minimalist now, and lots more!

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