How Do You Measure A Year?
It's December 1st, and the holiday season is in full swing. I heard from a close friend that she received our holiday card in the mail, and I can't help but thinking, "CRAP! I need to jot something down on the blog about our year!" I started this webpage with the intent to share our travels and adventures, but a full year has gone by without a single new post about what we've been up to since picking out that Christmas tree in December 2015. A year ago, we were decorating our home for our last Christmas in California and beginning to ready ourselves for a full year apart. Christopher received orders for a year-long remote tour in Honduras and has been there since February 2016. Evelyn and I moved to Texas in January 2016, and we hit the ground running; we've been going non-stop since.
Now, as I look back on a full year of memories, I can't help but wonder how we can measure this year?
- Evie's lost teeth - 7
- Inches Evie's grown - 3? 4? (I'll measure her again tomorrow)
- Distance in miles between Arlington, TX and Soto Cano, Honduras - 2,051
- Months I've spent teaching middle school - 6.5
- Graduate courses - 2
- GPA for the graduate courses - 4.0
- Money spent on a graduate degree in English Literature before deciding it wasn't worth the expense and stress - $3,581
- Family Skype sessions with Christopher - at least 180
- Car accidents - 1
- Weight lost - 10 pounds
- Bowls of salsa verde and queso blanco from Mijo's - at least 30
- Weight gained back again - 10 pounds
- Number of household moves since January 2015 - 2
- Surgeries - 1
- Road trips - 3
- Days Christopher, Evie, and I have spent together since February 2015 - 26
- Divorces - 1 (my parents)
- Tears shed from loneliness, frustration, exhaustion, stress and homesickness - immeasurable