31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016

So.  This wasn't the best year ever, mostly because of the five-letter word, but let's focus on the good parts, okay? At least mostly.

Last year's list:
  • Finish Washington DC.  I don't want to have a lot of things I wish I'd done. I'll be back, but it probably won't ever be both as easy as it is right now to see all the things.
  • Have school go well for everyone
  • Get to Saudi by train and ship and not so many planes (at least with a few trains?)
  • Figure out how to live in Riyadh reasonably well by the end of the year
  • ARABIC
  • Moderation in all things 
  • Write something?
This wasn't a long list and I was only moderately successful. DC was great and I feel like we did got as much out of our time there as possible.  I'm certainly not finished, but it was enough this time.  Also, I loved doing the field trips with my son.  

Some of us are getting the hang of Riyadh.  The weather makes a HUGE difference, and so does getting out of the city more often.  We've been having a lot of fun exploring (and I really need to get caught up on those posts). 

I could spend more time on Arabic, but I'm at least taking a class twice a week and I'm moving forward even if it's not very fast.  I have definitely remembered how much I like the language and that makes a difference.


We weren't able to be creative with getting to Saudi because of work schedules, but that turned out to be a wonderful thing because we stopped in Europe and met up with my sister for a day in Germany.  That was one of my favorite things ever and now I want to meet up with all of my sisters and their families in lots of interesting places.  Those almost-24 hours was the best day of the entire year.

So, 2017.  It will be an eventful year no matter what.  Some of these are inevitable, others are hopes.

Oldest child graduates from high school and second child ready to go in 2018
Line up an amazing place to move next
Student loans paid off
Do something good for our 20th anniversary 
No moves
Travel more 
Jerusalem 
Do a big refugee project
Figure out other good ways to oppose Trump
Lots of histories and history
Explore Saudi and try new food
Buy a condo?


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