Christmas Bells and New Years Wishes

Leavenworth

Happy New Year!  2012 is here.  My first holiday season at home in five years flew by in a flash!  Full of family visiting, delicious food eating, wine drinking, carol singing, Christmas tree decorating, gift opening, constant laughing, and good cheer all ’round.  A layer of beautiful crisp snow even decided to make an appearance surrounding the days of Christmas.

It felt wonderful to be at home, and even more special was the fact that I could share old and new family traditions with Edwin (who may or may not think the whole lot of us are crazy!).

At some points, it felt as if I had never left.  Other times, I still felt a bit like an outsider from everyone’s settled lives back home.  I guess that always comes hand in hand with living abroad for so long.  New types of relationships are building with my family members as I am now closer to home and trying to be more a part of everything.

However, after the time at home, I was ready and excited to get a new year started back here in the big city.  We arrived a few days before New Years to get our abandoned apartment back in order and stocked with all of our newly acquired gifts.  My own bed felt wonderful!

New Years came and went, with myself spending midnight on the couch due to some questionable drinks early in the night.  Nevertheless, 2012 is starting out to be a great year.

1. I got my sorry butt to the gym.  Although my routine hasn’t been as regular as I want, I know it’s a step in the right direction.  I hope to roll out my yoga mat starting next week!

2. With the gym comes an effort for healthy eating.  Edwin is also in on this, and a partnership definitely helps.  I’m enjoying cooking in my kitchen again and trying to find fun and creative ways to make nutritious meals and snacks (with the occasional bowl of ice cream!)

3. After a bit of stress last month of a lack of job, my pleads were answered with an opportunity at an ESL college downtown.  I can walk or bike to work and get the chance to meet students from new countries.  My global education continues to grow with these very interesting learners!

4. Finally, I went for it!  I contacted numerous city theatre companies to volunteer, and I received responses asking for help right away! I have volunteer dates set up for the next few weeks AND an opportunity to attend a first rehearsal with the possibility of becoming an assistant stage manager.  I’m super excited to see where this will lead and if my quieted passion for the theatre process will reawaken and direct me back to the stage.

2012, here I come!

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Christmas Bells and New Years Wishes

Leavenworth

Happy New Year!  2012 is here.  My first holiday season at home in five years flew by in a flash!  Full of family visiting, delicious food eating, wine drinking, carol singing, Christmas tree decorating, gift opening, constant laughing, and good cheer all ’round.  A layer of beautiful crisp snow even decided to make an appearance surrounding the days of Christmas.

It felt wonderful to be at home, and even more special was the fact that I could share old and new family traditions with Edwin (who may or may not think the whole lot of us are crazy!).

At some points, it felt as if I had never left.  Other times, I still felt a bit like an outsider from everyone’s settled lives back home.  I guess that always comes hand in hand with living abroad for so long.  New types of relationships are building with my family members as I am now closer to home and trying to be more a part of everything.

However, after the time at home, I was ready and excited to get a new year started back here in the big city.  We arrived a few days before New Years to get our abandoned apartment back in order and stocked with all of our newly acquired gifts.  My own bed felt wonderful!

New Years came and went, with myself spending midnight on the couch due to some questionable drinks early in the night.  Nevertheless, 2012 is starting out to be a great year.

1. I got my sorry butt to the gym.  Although my routine hasn’t been as regular as I want, I know it’s a step in the right direction.  I hope to roll out my yoga mat starting next week!

2. With the gym comes an effort for healthy eating.  Edwin is also in on this, and a partnership definitely helps.  I’m enjoying cooking in my kitchen again and trying to find fun and creative ways to make nutritious meals and snacks (with the occasional bowl of ice cream!)

3. After a bit of stress last month of a lack of job, my pleads were answered with an opportunity at an ESL college downtown.  I can walk or bike to work and get the chance to meet students from new countries.  My global education continues to grow with these very interesting learners!

4. Finally, I went for it!  I contacted numerous city theatre companies to volunteer, and I received responses asking for help right away! I have volunteer dates set up for the next few weeks AND an opportunity to attend a first rehearsal with the possibility of becoming an assistant stage manager.  I’m super excited to see where this will lead and if my quieted passion for the theatre process will reawaken and direct me back to the stage.

2012, here I come!

Creative Commons License photo credit: verifex

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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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