Good Things from 2009
It’s easy to focus on the negative and decide a whole year was bad, and this seems to be the general attitude about poor old 2009. It was a year that was on the rough side, but it was also one that had many wonderful things. Boris and I felt it was one of those in-between times that builds a foundation for other years.
I decided to do a list of good things and see how many items I could come up with. Here goes in no particular order, good things from 2009:
1. Discovering the art of altering old books and taking a huge step forward with my collage work.
2. Concluding the 52 weeks self portrait series that I started in 2008.
3. Moving out of my cold and dark apartment in Kits and moving in with Boris.
4. Bringing a regular yoga practice back into my life thanks to the forty day yoga challenge.
5. Going on walks with Anne on Bowen, and getting to see new trails I hadn’t walked before.
6. Canoeing and a picnic in Widgeon Creek.
7. Going to Jericho park and throwing the frisbee around with Boris.
8. Working on a portrait series inspired by my self portraits.
9. Swimming in the Pacific Ocean for the first time ever.
10. Writing regularly in my paper-based journal.
11. Learning how to make mozzarella cheese.
12. Attending Artfest in Port Townsend.
11. Eating Dungeness Crab caught by James.
12. Riding Anne’s scooter around the North Shore with Boris on my birthday.
13. Visiting the Bug Museum in Victoria.
14. Snowshoeing on Cypress with the Mann Family.
15. Cycling around the city to see the cherry blossoms.
16. Rescuing a baby crow from the streets of Gastown and putting it into Kirsti’s care.
17. A surprise visit from my friend Tonia.
18. Heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market.
19. A July weekend on Saltspring Island with friends.
20. Hanging out with Kathy in Vancouver, and sharing Bowen Island with her at last.
21. Turning some of my collages into postcards.
22. Acquiring two cute little goldfish.
23. The return of Ruby Dog’s Arthouse in a new location.
24. Spending quality time with Kai during her brief visit to Vancouver.
25. Eating many delicious meals made with delicious deliciousness.
(I started this thinking I wouldn’t be able to come up with much, and I’ve surprised myself by realizing I can think of more.)