In the last five years I have had the opportunity to do some amazing things. I moved to Washington State 5 years ago this week and today is a great day to mark the anniversary of my arrival.
In the last 5 years I -
Ran a half-Marathon.
Went to Paradise (and had a snowball fight while I was there).
Wrote 2 novels - one 50,000+ words, the second 100,000+ words (edits are NOT complete yet).
Got a job.
Got a promotion.
Married off a daughter.
Launched another daughter.
Changed cell phone plans (harder than it sounds.)
Changed cell phone plans again (I got it down this time. I have no FEAR)
Dealt with and defeated the Wicked Witch of Stupid Office Politics and Power Mongering (and I got a better job out of defeating that witch...damn I'm good)
Furnished an apartment exactly as I wanted.
Bought a car for $100 - and I've been driving it for 2+ years now.
Sold my truck for good money while it was still a working vehicle.
I have visited my family every year that I have been here. Sometimes they come to me. And sometimes I go to them.
I was named Women's Division Leader at my "house of worship". That was cool.
Broke my ankle.
Took up skiing again (in that order).
I caught a HUGE salmon!
I pulled clams out of the sand.
I held a starfish and tiptoed through Sand Dollar beds.
I went to a parade of Naked Bicylists (three years in a row - I have photos to prove it).
Went to a professional baseball game.
Went to a professional Football game.
I've let Green Frogs sing me to sleep and wake me up in the morning.
I sang to Calliope music.
I rode a Ferry across the Sound.
I drove over the pass in late winter.
I'm going to keep thinking on this. Maybe add to the list. I've done a lot in the last five years. And in remembering all that has occurred lies a happiness that I cannot deny.
Life is good.