2012 in Review

 

Another holiday season has passed, and with it many visits have been made, turkeys eaten, and wine shared.  It felt great to be home for Christmas.  As time flies by, each family visit becomes more and more precious.  I was able to sit next to my six-month-old niece as she experienced her first Christmas, I was able to see the sparkle in my younger sister’s eye as she showed off her new diamond ring (Hello, wedding!!), and I was able to hug both my parents and share in delicious meals and gift exchanges.

 

 

As we get older, we continue to tell our parents that we won’t need all the Christmas traditions which lead to excessive spending; however, on the day, I can’t help but get excited to rip open my stocking gifts and sit down to a giant meal.  And now with a little one to spoil, everyone’s Christmas spirit was heightened!

I know at the end of a year, I should be looking ahead to what the future has in store, or more importantly, what I have in store for myself.  But actually, I like to take a minute to look back on what a great year I was blessed with and be thankful.

So, to continue my blogging tradition (since keeping traditions alive is in my blood), here  is my Top 10 of 2012 list (in chronological order):

1.  A new job at the English School of Canada: Almost a year ago, I was offered an amazing position at my school.  I have  been meeting amazing people every since, both in the classroom and the teacher’s office.  I have grown as a teacher and as a citizen of a multicultural city and look forward to continuing to be challenged by this position. Funnily enough Edwin works across the road from me at online marketing and web design firm 9th sphere.

2. Girls weekend to Blue Mountain:  What an awesome road trip! A bunch of gals, wine, board games, and snowsuits ready for some winter fun!  It was a great weekend away to meet some new people and try to improve my downhill skiing skills.

3. Amy’s Bachelorette Party: With an exciting shock that my best friend proposed to her partner early in the year (as per Irish tradition), we through a make-shift bachelorette partyin Ottawa  for her during a visit home.  It was full of laughs, drinks, and dancing.  I can’t wait to get to Ireland where the real party begins to celebrate the beginning of her married life.

4. The Hypochondriac:  I stuck to one of my resolutions in 2012: to get involved in theatre in Toronto.  My first attempt was with Eastside Players, an incredibly warm and welcoming community group that invited me to join as Assistant Stage Manager for their spring production.  I was honoured to be a part of such a professional show!

5. My Niece Norah:  My beautiful niece was born at the beginning of summer, and it was an incredible visit home the first time we met her.  She was adorable, tiny, and curious.  It has been amazing to see my sister and brother-in-law grow as parents with this little one.  And it’s been great to learn exactly what being an aunt is all about.

6. A surprise birthday weekend in Niagara Falls: Birthdays are always fun.  Especially when you get a surprise dinner at a haunted restaurant AND a weekend getaway.  It was a beautiful escape to Niagara Falls where we enjoyed scenic views and beautiful gardens outside of our lovely Bed and Breakfast (my first B & B experience!)

7. Labour Day at the Cottage:  We jumped at the chance to hang out at my family’s cottage  for the one final weekend of summer.  We got to take in some sun, get out of the lake, and play with the little one while enjoying great food and company!

8. Cuba Vacation: We finally stepped up for our first all-inclusive vacation for fun in the sun.  We arrived in Cayo Coco, Cuba for one week of relaxation and special treatment.  It was great to run away from the busy-ness of the city and treat ourselves with fruity drinks and incredible food, with a hint of Cuban culture.

9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: In the fall of 2012, I decided to take another go at the Toronto theatre community.  With some of my peers from the previous show, I stepped into the role as Assistant Stage Manager again, this time with Amicus Productions‘ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  It was a fabulous show with an incredible cast and crew.  Again, I was honoured to be a part of it.

10.  Christmas Market:  To finish off the year, we spent an evening at the Distillery District’s famous Christmas Market.  Despite the rain, I was all smiles surrounded by Christmas lights, Christmas carols, warm drinks and friends.  A perfect way to begin the festive season and say cheers to 2012.

Overall, 2012 was a great year and I’m excited to bring on more adventures in 2013: Ireland, Teacher’s college, and more writing!

 

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2012 in Review

 

Another holiday season has passed, and with it many visits have been made, turkeys eaten, and wine shared.  It felt great to be home for Christmas.  As time flies by, each family visit becomes more and more precious.  I was able to sit next to my six-month-old niece as she experienced her first Christmas, I was able to see the sparkle in my younger sister’s eye as she showed off her new diamond ring (Hello, wedding!!), and I was able to hug both my parents and share in delicious meals and gift exchanges.

 

 

As we get older, we continue to tell our parents that we won’t need all the Christmas traditions which lead to excessive spending; however, on the day, I can’t help but get excited to rip open my stocking gifts and sit down to a giant meal.  And now with a little one to spoil, everyone’s Christmas spirit was heightened!

I know at the end of a year, I should be looking ahead to what the future has in store, or more importantly, what I have in store for myself.  But actually, I like to take a minute to look back on what a great year I was blessed with and be thankful.

So, to continue my blogging tradition (since keeping traditions alive is in my blood), here  is my Top 10 of 2012 list (in chronological order):

1.  A new job at the English School of Canada: Almost a year ago, I was offered an amazing position at my school.  I have  been meeting amazing people every since, both in the classroom and the teacher’s office.  I have grown as a teacher and as a citizen of a multicultural city and look forward to continuing to be challenged by this position. Funnily enough Edwin works across the road from me at online marketing and web design firm 9th sphere.

2. Girls weekend to Blue Mountain:  What an awesome road trip! A bunch of gals, wine, board games, and snowsuits ready for some winter fun!  It was a great weekend away to meet some new people and try to improve my downhill skiing skills.

3. Amy’s Bachelorette Party: With an exciting shock that my best friend proposed to her partner early in the year (as per Irish tradition), we through a make-shift bachelorette partyin Ottawa  for her during a visit home.  It was full of laughs, drinks, and dancing.  I can’t wait to get to Ireland where the real party begins to celebrate the beginning of her married life.

4. The Hypochondriac:  I stuck to one of my resolutions in 2012: to get involved in theatre in Toronto.  My first attempt was with Eastside Players, an incredibly warm and welcoming community group that invited me to join as Assistant Stage Manager for their spring production.  I was honoured to be a part of such a professional show!

5. My Niece Norah:  My beautiful niece was born at the beginning of summer, and it was an incredible visit home the first time we met her.  She was adorable, tiny, and curious.  It has been amazing to see my sister and brother-in-law grow as parents with this little one.  And it’s been great to learn exactly what being an aunt is all about.

6. A surprise birthday weekend in Niagara Falls: Birthdays are always fun.  Especially when you get a surprise dinner at a haunted restaurant AND a weekend getaway.  It was a beautiful escape to Niagara Falls where we enjoyed scenic views and beautiful gardens outside of our lovely Bed and Breakfast (my first B & B experience!)

7. Labour Day at the Cottage:  We jumped at the chance to hang out at my family’s cottage  for the one final weekend of summer.  We got to take in some sun, get out of the lake, and play with the little one while enjoying great food and company!

8. Cuba Vacation: We finally stepped up for our first all-inclusive vacation for fun in the sun.  We arrived in Cayo Coco, Cuba for one week of relaxation and special treatment.  It was great to run away from the busy-ness of the city and treat ourselves with fruity drinks and incredible food, with a hint of Cuban culture.

9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: In the fall of 2012, I decided to take another go at the Toronto theatre community.  With some of my peers from the previous show, I stepped into the role as Assistant Stage Manager again, this time with Amicus Productions‘ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  It was a fabulous show with an incredible cast and crew.  Again, I was honoured to be a part of it.

10.  Christmas Market:  To finish off the year, we spent an evening at the Distillery District’s famous Christmas Market.  Despite the rain, I was all smiles surrounded by Christmas lights, Christmas carols, warm drinks and friends.  A perfect way to begin the festive season and say cheers to 2012.

Overall, 2012 was a great year and I’m excited to bring on more adventures in 2013: Ireland, Teacher’s college, and more writing!

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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