16 Moments from 2016

I’ve read a few of this, so I thought I’d do my  own. I’m hoping to keep up with it every New Years Eve…

These are the memorable; both good and bad of 2016

  1. While at work I stood up and took 5 steps to the desk in same office area and sprained my ankle incredibly bad.  The photo on the left was taken the evening of; and on the right the photo of a week or more later… I just have bad ankles.
  2. The last week of January; I was in WL house/dogsitting. I left straight from there to go to Minneapolis. I spent a day with Karan, then I went to the Scentsy event called World Tour – it’s a one-day training!   Turbo loves when I come hang with him for a week!  I’ll be doing it again in January 2017!doggysittin-turbo
  3.  The highly anticipated Jaiden “Teaspoon” Carter was born! My best friend had her baby. He was born shortly after 4pm on March 3rd. I worked that day, and then came home to nap til about 9pm then took off, I got to the hospital about 7 the next morning. I spent the rest of the weekend with them.  It was hard to leave them, but I
  4. knew they’d be home in just a few weeks. It’s been since July that I’ve seen them, and I’m missing them A LOT. teaspoon
  5. After almost 4 years since first seeing them, Love & Theft were going to be in concert at a localish country bar… while they were great; I’d had a long week before so I was tired, and I wasn’t exactly feeling it for the concert.
  6. On April 13th the Parizek family was shocked when Grandpa Gib was needing to be rushed to the ER.I spent a good portion of the evening at the hospital that Wednesday night. I went into work for an hour to talk to my boss, and let her know that I needed to leave and be with family. On the 14th he was declining, not showing any signs of consciousnesses, and that afternoon, with all of us around, Grandpa Gib passed away. I wrote on Facebook: “I am most certain Heaven got a lot louder this afternoon welcoming Grandpa Gib; and West Liberty a lot quieter. He is back with Grandma Joyce.”   I’m still not sure I dealt with losing my last 3 Grandparents in a span of 22 months. 13007329_10154120587177171_4569188210218272806_n
  7.  I had planned on moving to a bigger condo from my apartment in July / August sometime; but around the same time of Grandpa’s death I heard from the landlord that there was a condo opening up; May 1st. I could either move then or not until December. Talk about a whirlwind. I had a few weeks to pack, line up movers for the big stuff, and get moved. Moving + grieving totally wrecked havoc on my health / emotionally too. But I got moved and I love my new place.
  8. In the midst of my move (quite a bit happened in a span of 6 weeks) I celebrated 5 years with Scentsy. Something I joined to get the kit, thinking that maybe I could make some extra money to pay for my prescription meds each month; has become a legit second income. It allowed me to move into a new, bigger condo and do other things I wouldn’t have been able to do financially!
  9. At the day job, one of the programs I worked for had a situation where an item didn’t get sent with the funeral home…  After work I voluntarily made a trip an hour away to deliver it. I think that was one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done for work, and I wasn’t even on the clock: here is what I wrote on Instagram: “Sometimes is easier to tell you that I just spend money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. I tell you for the last 6ish years I have been on the back end of building a freestanding Children’s Tower; for the last 4 of those years you can physically see the work. This photo, it tells a different story about what I do. I buy fabric that is graciously made into a pouch to hold various items I buy to support the grieving family; books and these pewter hearts. As you can see one goes in the casket or urn, the other with Mom or Dad. It didn’t make it with the body to the funeral home, so tonight I took a little road trip and made a special delivery. #ThisIsWhatIDo “13267829_10154212910722171_5119868979783415561_n
  10. While I didn’t go to as many concerts / shows this year, there were some pretty meaningful ones. I saw LanCo – whom I’ve been following for quite some time; and had a chance to say hello and meet them after their set.  The picture is not great, but they are awesome guys! 13640788_10154332579677171_7092263552173281248_o
  11. In July I took an entire week off work – the first vacation I’ve taken since my coworkers position was filled. I spent a few days with Shawn and Jaiden, then I was headed to the Opryland Hotel for the yearly Scentsy convention – we call Scentsy Family Reunion.  This whole SFR was one for the books. I, along with 600 other consultants participated in the “5 Year March” if you ave been a consultant for 5 years during that year of SFR, you get to walk across stage. It was awesome!   We had a private concert at the Grand Ole Opry featuring Lauren Alaina, Striking Matches, and Scotty McCreery! I was 2 rows from the stage.  I connected with team members and fellow consultant I met a few years ago at a Scentsy event who lives about an hour away… to say we had a good time is an understatement.  Next year is in Kansas City! This is a photo of Wendy and I hitting up Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on our free night out in Nashville  13707743_10154369029867171_3407402923047934788_n
  12. In August, another big / fun concert that I got to check off my #ConcertBucketList – Waterloo Revival. They were in Des Monies, and I was pumped. I got a VIP booth that we actually switched to a table center stage. It was awesome. Here’s a fun selfie of me with George and Codywr
  13. The Friday before Labor Day, Adam and I were both off; on a whim we decided to road trip to House On The Rock – it was probably the best day / date ever. One I will never forget. We just had a good time, taking our time on the drive up, the whole time we were there, and then on the way back!  We capped the night with drinks on the balcony.
  14.  In September I celebrated 9 years of seizure freedom! 9
  15. At the end of September I had been suffering from weird spasms in my back, that would make it hard for me to stand up straight and get walking. After nearly 2 weeks of it, a few visits to the Chiropractor, which helped a little but not enough; I was in so much pain, I called Mom to come get me and take me to the ER. Very bad case of siatica; pain meds and a weekend of sleeping.
  16. I closed out 2016 with an awesome Fall / Winter with Scentsy. I had a small event in West Liberty that was a HUGE success. I ended December having sold just a bit shy of 10,000 in retail to my customers. Not bad considering for about 2 1/2  I was tied up with crazy time at work, a death in the family, and moving. I just have some great customers.

While there was a lot of not so fun stuff that happened in 2016; it was good overall. I’m hopeful that 2017 will be better!

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