happy new year and new decade from wmtc

For the second year in a row, I didn't even bother with the wmtc i hate christmas tradition. I didn't see any shopping fervor, didn't hear or see an onslaught of ads. (Hooray for streaming!)

We put up holiday lights, enjoyed two days off (hooray for vestiges of colonialism!), and "the season" passed quietly. I can't bring myself to say Merry Christmas, but if anybody minds my "happy holidays," they don't show it.

New Year's Eve was even quieter. I did the whole look-back thing in late November and early December, as we passed all the one-year marks of our move west and huge lifestyle change. 

One bit of small-town and remote North Island life did bother me during the holiday season: all the restaurants are closed, and there's no prepared food to buy. If you want to spend a few days holed up at home, you have to plan ahead and cook. I did... but I would have liked a break. This is the price we pay for living in Port Hardy. It's a great bargain.

Allan and I began a new chapter of our lives in 2019, so the fact of the new decade feels almost irrelevant. It will be interesting to see how I'll feel about 2020, as things settle into a routine, and the I can't believe we live here possibly wears off.

That's the small, personal picture. I've been trying to write about the larger picture for months. Coming soon.

The only bad part of 2019: saying goodbye to Diego


James Redekop said...

Happy New Year!

We celebrated the new year by just happening to spot both bald eagles and hummingbirds while out for breakfast. Not something that would have happened back east. :)

Amy said...

What an amazing year you have had, and I wish you both all good things for 2020. I, for one, am really happy to say goodbye to 2019---worst year of my life with losing my father, moving my mother, and dealing with her and her dementia. There were good things, of course---trip to England, time with the kids, etc. But overall 2019 was awful. And I can't say I have high hopes for 2020 on the world stage. Maybe my personal life will be a bit easier though.

laura k said...

Oh Amy, so sorry. If 2019 was the worst year of your life, I hope it will remain so -- only brighter days ahead.

New Year's Eagles! :) I'll never get tired of seeing them.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura! I know in the grand scheme of things I've had a very charmed life and continue to do so. So one rotten year isn't much to complain about.