To read my fifth post from this time last year, click here.  I resolved in my very last Quest to learn a new language, and alas, that did not happen.  I did attempt though by attending a few American Sign Language classes, but didn’t stick it out.  This is still something I’d like to do one day, but maybe that’s a dream that’s better left with no timetable.  I think it is very likely that I will learn another language in the next few years, whether it be ASL, Italian, or Spanish.

Before I move on to my current and last Quest & Flashback, I think 2011 deserves a shout-out to my well deserving brother, Dave.  Not only did he partly produce one of my favorite nieces and human beings on the planet, he stepped up to the plate and became one of the best fathers I’ve ever witnessed.  And beyond being a good parent, he is a selfless and giving human being.  We are probably the most alike out of the four of us, so I think we have a special bond because of that.   I love you, David.  And I am super proud to call you my brother.

2012 Quest #5: I resolve to take better care of the biggest organ in my body.

My skin.  I know that is probably really boring, but dang if I haven’t had to battle with this stupid rosacea.  It comes and goes, but when it’s back it’s worse than ever.  There is nothing more terrible than having to deal with something unpleasant on your face of all places.  There are many things I have yet to try – like certain anti-inflammatory foods like almonds and avocados, and avoiding others like red wine and dairy.  Also, heat and dry air can irritate a condition like rosacea… and we all know that I love a hot bath or a heater vent.  There are so many irritants out there that I will just have to go through each to figure out what is causing my specific flare-ups.  Of course stress could be another cause, but I think my case is just caused by extra sensitive skin.

2011 Flashback #5: My divorce.

I struggled with whether or not to even bring this up, but it is in fact one of the biggest things that happened to me in 2011.  I will not say much other than that Mike and I faced this with complete courage and honesty, and I am so proud of both of us for being so kind and loving during some pretty painful times.  It hurt way more than I ever expected it to, but big life changing decisions are never easy.  Mike, thank you for being who you are.

So, that’s it for my Quest and Flashback posts.  See you in the new year!

Cheers to 2011 in the pickled okra costume! 🙂