The View in Early 2020

by Renee on January 10, 2020

After all the excitement over Jack’s installation in the Smithsonian at the end of 2019, I found the idea of writing a blog post to top all that pretty impossible. I had a quiet holiday season, overall; happy to see my Mom and kids, still feeling the usual blues just under the surface. But now it’s another year, we’re into the science-fiction-sounding 2020, and I’m another year older at 56. I am happy to own that age for a couple of reasons. 1. Some very good people I’ve known and loved didn’t make it that far. 2. I think I look pretty darn good for 56. So, onward.

I celebrated my birthday, an unseasonably sunny early January day, with bagels at work from the best in NE Ohio, D&R’s Bagels in Solon. My workmates brought them in for a little celebration, which was very nice. I knocked off early, took a half day. Spent a bit of time on the Wilson Mills trailhead with Porter (where I snapped this selfie), our favorite hike since moving back to Ohio. That evening, Ali and Joseph came over to the East Side and we met my cousin Anna and her daughter Leslie, and my college friend Jeannine, for a round of trivia at BRIM Kitchen and Brewing. It was a fun way to celebrate all the way around.

Looking ahead, I have some more beery adventures to come. Still planning on brewing some recipes with Raleigh Brewing in North Carolina this year. In search of a brewing partner here in Ohio again. And at work, we’ve joined the Ohio Craft Brewers Association to drum up some business, and I’ll take advantage of that connection personally as well. I’ll be attending their annual conference in early February in Dayton. Looking forward to reconnecting with some Ohio beer friends I haven’t seen for some time.

From there, I’ll head to Florida for a long weekend with my friend Lisa in Raleigh. We’re meeting up in Ft. Lauderdale for some fun and sun–using the Jet Blue voucher we got after a little mishap on our way home from Key West last year. I needed to plan something fun to look forward to (sorry Cami can’t join us this time around). I’m looking forward to escaping the Ohio winter doldrums, so I think it will be a good use of a couple days of PTO.

Also, I’ve joined FitBody Boot Camp to light a fire under my ass, literally, and the workouts feel great. I like the people, and I’m motivated to keep coming back. I’m starting an 8-week challenge next week–bring it! Feeling strong all the way around. Cheers to seeing things clearly…raising a toast to what’s ahead!




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