Looking back at 2013

Looking back at 2013, I have not been a very good blogger. Really this blog is more for me, than anyone else. I am not able to come up with enough interesting blog fodder to earn a big following. I contemplate from time to time shutting it down, but in the end, I like having a blog and for now I will keep it up and running!

Twenty Thirteen was not my favorite year.

In January I lost my best friend and faithful companion Princess. Eleven months later and I still miss her being close being close by my side when I am home. She was the best dog we could have ever hoped for! Miss you sweet girl!

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In February, for my birthday we added Jack to our family, In no way did he replace Princess, but he did fill a void. He is a silly, curious and sometimes naughty kitty!

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Tara turned 16 in March.  The first few months of 2013, were not the best for Tara.  Panic attacks and anxiety made it very difficult for her to attend school. There was little cooperation with the school trying to work through these issues. In the end, a little too late, Tara was able to finish up the school year on home bound instruction.

She also went from purple hair to being a blonde. I can honestly say I never minded the pink or purple hair, but the blond fits her well.  She really wasn’t meant to be a brunette! Darn my dominant brown hair genes!

A happier day!

A happier day!

April, May and June are quite a blur for me dealing with above mentioned issues! In mid June, Tara’s friend (boy friend at the time) was hit by a car while riding his long board home from our house to his dad’s. He was hurt quite badly. This was the first time for Tara having someone close to her seriously ill or hurt. She spent time with his family in NJ two different times over the summer. He is doing okay at this point in time, and they as a couple have had their ups and downs. That’s teenagers for you!

The closest I got to the NJ shore all summer was on the two occasions I picked Tara up from Justin’s house! I think the only other time I left the state was to take Tara and her friends to Warped Tour in Camden!

Mom turned 89 on July 4th.

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Most of 2013, centered around Tara as you can see!  I worked and did things with Tara!

We started the new school year off back in Commonwealth Connections Academy for Tara. This was the virtual school she attended for 7th grade when we returned to PA from FL. Virtual school is a much better fit for Tara. She still has trouble sleeping at night from time to time, so getting up to be at school by 7:15 was difficult. So far so good. She was also able to get a part time job as a hostess at a local pub.  A job would have been pretty much out of the question if she were having to deal with a full day in school. She works two evenings a week. She would like to be able to work more.

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November brought a promotion for me at work. I am still in the same store, but I am now a “Shift Lead” and a key holder. This means that during most of the shifts that I work I am the manager on duty. I am responsible for the safe, receiving, and customer issues. It all happened at the busiest time of the year, so I have been learning things on the fly. The one down side is I am back to working 2-3 evening shifts a week. I don’t mind so much, but Tara likes having me home in the evenings. At least with her doing virtual school we see each other during the day before I go to work!  I guess it’s a good thing that she likes having me around. Many teens don’t really want anything to do with their parents!

 

I am so GLAD Christmas is over. Retail just sucks the joy out of it for me. I closed the night before Thanksgiving and opened Thanksgiving Day, so by the time I got to my sister’s for Thanksgiving dinner I was so tired I did not want to sit down to eat. I was afraid I would not get back up!  We celebrated Christmas as a family on Christmas Eve afternoon as well, and it was much the same, very tired after a full and busy day at work! I was glad to have Christmas Day off this year.

We had a very quiet Christmas at home, with just Tara, Mom and myself. We got sad news in the morning that my Uncle Doug had passed away the evening before.

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This was not a year of big presents and that was just fine with me. Tara was to have a shopping trip with me after Christmas, but now I think we might start saving for a trip to Disney! It will be FIVE years in June since we left, and we are both itching to go back and revisit things we loved and experience all that has changed! (Watching the Disney Christmas Parade was what put the bug back in Tara I think!)

We continued an almost annual tradition went to the movies. Tara wanted to see The Hobbit” The Desolation of Smaug. I did not set the other Hobbit movie, nor have I ever read any of the J.R.R. Tolkien books.  We rented The Hobbit, but I was not able to stay awake on Christmas Eve to watch it. I might try and watch it before I return it today! We saw the movie at The Movie Tavern which is the best theater. They serve food and drinks to you right at your seat, and because of this, there is lots of leg and seat room. A very comfortable movie viewing experience!

I am ending 2013 with two days off. Time to catch my breath. While Christmas season is busy, so is January at work.. making it all disappear! We spent a very quiet night at home on NYE… just waiting for the clock to strike 12:00 so we could go to bed.

I wish every one a healthy and happy 2014.

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One thought on “Looking back at 2013

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    It’s been tough to blog lately – I’m not exactly sure why – but it is nice to see you post again – Tara really looks great as a blonde!

    By the end of 2014, you will be Walgren’s chairman of the board!!!

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