I tend to find it difficult reflecting on the year as I find myself forgetting so many things. But I seem to have had a good grip on 2018 in that I know it was hard at times, but the good times certainly outweighed the tough ones. I am grateful for that.
This is a random assortment of pictures with no real theme, but just a few moments of good times and memories from the past year.
Always great to head back to the Lower Mainland and visit friends and family. I have always wanted to visit the East Van sign and we got to do it twice on this trip (mostly because we messed up the geocache we had planned to find there!).
We went to Disneyland with my parents and brother. The huz had never been to California and was a bit hesitant about Disneyland, but he grew to love it (to my surprise!). We enjoyed a beach day and some In-n-Out, but mostly just found moments to relax amidst the the busy-ness of the holiday.
It sure was a hot summer, but it made for some fantastic evening walks. I can’t wait until the winter gloominess leaves us and we have more daylight long into the evenings. There were far too many heatwaves for my liking, though. I was trapped in a traffic jam for over an hour and the bus I was in turned into a sweat factory. It was torture! Summer, that sort of nonsense makes it hard to love you.
I turned 35 and went on what is turning out to be an annual birthday trip to London. However, this time we had reason to go–Nine Inch Nails were playing a concert at Royal Albert Hall (on my birthday!) and I had managed to snag tickets.
We enjoyed walking around Holland Park and Chelsea. I feel like we visit a new place every time we go to London. We’re planning our next day trip so I’m sure we’ll be back soon.
We went to York! It was my first time visiting northern England, a place with a strong identity. York is just a small part of that identity and it was a fascinating place to explore. I live in an old city, but this one felt even older. There were lots of fun characteristics about the place. Pete achieved a bucket list item in that he went to the Railway Museum which was really cool and worth a visit (by donation?!).
I really enjoyed my time here, I’m glad we got to visit for an extended period. I felt like I could move there, but Gloucester is definitely the right home for us right now. I’m sure we’ll be back for another visit.
And finally, well…Paris.
This started as a joke, but we went to Paris for the day via the Eurostar. We stayed in a hotel in London (across from St Pancras station) and got up at silly o’clock to catch our train. It actaully worked out very well, but was exhausting as you can imagine! I managed to wreck my knee pretty badly from all the walking which put a damper on things, but just meant we had to leave London earlier than planned.
I’m glad got the chance to re-visit the city again after 10 years. I would love to see more of France someday, but for now…Paris will do 🙂
So, that was my 2018 in a very brief nutshell! I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but always hope for good health and happiness to all. Time to march into another year!
Here’s to 2019.