Saturday, December 31, 2011

12-31-11 Auld Lang Syne and Happy New Year

What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?
Here ya go, Harry...

Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc. We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc. We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.

~Robert Burns 

 and if that's too much Scottish for ya... 

Should old friendship be forgot'
And never remembered ?
Should old friendship be forgotten,
And days of long ago.

And surely you will have your tankard !
And surely I will have mine !
And we will take a cup of kindness yet,
For days of long ago'

We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine :
But we have wandered many a weary foot
Since days of long ago.

We two have waded in the stream
From dawn till dinner-time :
But seas between us broad have roared
Since days of long ago.

And there's a hand my trusty friend !
And give me a hand of thine !
And we will take a large draught
For days of long ago. 
Friday, December 30, 2011

12-30-11 2011 Year in Review

I'd originally titled this "Wordless Year in Review" but then I realized this is post 728.

My life, 7 28

And I will not say I am terribly sorry to see this one hit the history books. 2011 was the year I thought I had to sell my house, leave Colorado, and move back to Texas. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to keep my job. Oh, yeah, and there was that little cancer scare thing going on at the same time.

But looking back, like every other year, I survived. That alone is worth celebrating.

I went skiing for the first time ever.

Took in the Ice Festival up in Cripple Creek


Played in the snow with my awesome pups on every occasion.

Hit Garden of the Gods half a dozen times.

And the trails around my neighborhood, too.

Went dog-sledding for the first time.

Spent time at Mom and Dad's

Cleaned out the house and had a garage sale


Celebrated Dad's 65th

Said goodbye to my dear friend Vicki

Watched my son graduate high school.

And got to be with family.


Played in the water

And there was pie.

More water.

New sleeping bag!

Ren Fest

Minor league baseball

Water. :)

Finally got to go camping this year.



They aren't both mine. But there was pie.

Celebrated 20 years

long walks

fun concerts

Move Nick to college

And there was pie.

More silliness

More hiking

More pictures!!

Met up with Vic in Phoenix

And there was pie.

Courtney came to visit. 

and there was pie.

Sammi started her internship at the zoo and we became members.

Did the 9/11 Stair Climb with Bob and Jessie

Hung out with Deana's pug, Bo Diddley (and Deana!)

Rocked out at the ZZ Top concert

Welcomed Bruiser into the family

Had a great pumpkin

And a tiger hat (from the zoo)

Saw the aspens turn golden another year.

Took walks in the rain (at the zoo)

Got to spend Deana's birthday with her 

Lost my Nano but got a whopper of an upgrade Ipod

Had a lovely Thanksgiving

and there was pie.

and beignets. And one awesome daughter.

which brings us back to Christmas...

And, of course, there was Christmas Pie.


And Christmas cookies.

and, once I can finish out the end of month and end of year, this is where you'll find me for a good part of the coming weekend, ringing in the New Year.