>2 hours til midnight

Tokyo

2014 has been a good year in my book. It began in Utah with family and then back to Oregon. We went to Europe for spring break. Most people go for the food and wine, but I go for the friends and to speak French. The food is a bonus! Since my youngest had never been, it was high time. Kids fare better than adults with jet lag so don’t let that deter you. We had some good summer hiking in Utah, but never enough. Red rocks never cease to interest and amaze me. The school years come quicker each year. We moved to Oregon just before my oldest started kindergarten and now we have kids in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. We took a trip around the world #rtw to accomplish a weird travel goal I had had for a few years. It was fun! The highlight was seeing my friend and meeting his family. If you want to do something, prioritize it and deal hunt. I have done so much because of the World Wide Web.  There is a lot of junk on the internet, but I’ve learned how to make cheese, yogurt, crafts, and book travel since 1995 when I took a class at college about this mysterious new thing. (Some young people who may read this can’t relate.) I spent hundreds of dollars on snail mail in my day and phone calls abroad were a rare luxury. This year, I texted with my friend in Phoenix while I lay in bed in Tokyo and I face timed with my husband from Sendai, Japan on the 35th floor while sitting in my Oregon living room. I hope to walk, hike, and bike even more in 2015. Happy New Year!!!

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