Goodbye 2015

2015 was a pretty great year.  It had it’s ups and downs, as any year does.  But I think overall I had a good time.  2015 saw my 2 year mark in the wheelchair.  That hit me harder than the 1 year anniversary.  Sorry, 2015 but 2014* was a better year as far as that went.  The one year anniversary was still full of promise and hope of walking again.  The 2 year anniversary was more solid in the knowledge that walking isn’t likely at this point, though I’ll never give up hope.

The beginning of 2015 brought the pain of a miscarriage, but the joy of the news that we were finally expecting our first child.  And it brought all the fun of shopping that expecting a new child entails as well.  (Any excuse to go shopping is a winner in my book!  And if it’s sanctioned by the hubs, then that’s an even bigger win!)

Work wise, 2015 didn’t really do much.  No huge wins or losses.  But I continued in helping people who found themselves in bad situations.  I think the biggest win of 2015 was one of my favorite longtime clients texting me out of the blue that she was graduating early from drug court.  I had helped get her the tools to get herself clean and she made the most of it.  I had told her I couldn’t go see her graduation, but ended up getting my conflicting cases covered by an awesome colleague and surprised her at graduation.  That was the 2015 work high for sure!

The hubs, dogs and I had an amazing trip to Wyoming which resulted in picking up a couple acres for our someday vacation home.  The trip further solidified our bond to the little piece of Heaven they call Wyoming and to a perfect 960-ish person town.  They have a webcam in the town and I call it “My Happy Place.”  When I need a break, I can instantly go to My Happy Place.  So, thanks for that 2015!

2015, you made me a published writer.  It’s always been my dream to get paid for writing.  And New Mobility Magazine made that happen as I write blogs for them.  That was a huge accomplishment in 2015 which I hope to grow in 2016!

The hubs and I had the joy of welcoming a new niece (born to one of his sisters) and a nephew (born to my sister) this year.  Both were healthy, super adorable and perfect!  And the fact that they will be so close in age to our upcoming bundle of joy is awesome!

Handi-hack wise, we came up with a lot of helpful tricks to make being in a wheelchair work this year.  The hubs rocked the modification of the crib, which he basically just came up with and put into action.  And then he figured out how he could put up new door jams so I could fit through a couple doorways with the doors on.  These doors had been off since I came home in the wheelchair, as it was just slightly too snug a fit.  But, he put on new hinges, and voila!  I can fit!  But, I think the 2015 win was the awesome sink addition that my dad came up with and engineered in my house.  Instead of tearing apart the existing island sink, he dropped the counter overhang and now we have back to back sinks.  I can actually wash things like a normal person now!  So that is the major win of 2015!  (The crib was a close contender, but since I didn’t actually need to use it in 2015, the sink won out.  Sorry crib.  You were just ahead of your time, I suppose.)

handicap sink

2015, you were good to this paralyzed girl.  I really can’t complain about anything.  I’m sorry to see you go, since you were the last of my selfish, kidless years.  But, I’m really not sorry to welcome 2016 and see all the joy, struggle, exhaustion and exuberance that it will bring with it!


*2014, otherwise, you’re kind of on my sh*t list: you’re the year that Iggy Azalea came out with “Fancy”, which my husband has recently taken to quoting.  If I hear him say “Who dat, who dat” one more time when my phone rings, 2016 may see me behind bars for murder.  Just kidding.  I know a lot of really good defense attorneys.

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