Fifteen Reasons I’m Looking Forward to 2015

I like lists.

I think this will be the year of the list, I believe I shall number things and see if it helps to keep me on track.

I am starting out the year (or almost the year) with a list of the 15 reasons why I am looking forward to 2015.

I think it will be a countdown list.

In no particular order:

15. Our family will officially be out of elementary school! 

I don’t know that I am really looking forward to this achievement, I am more resigned to it. Baby girl will be moving out into the 6th grade at the end of this school year.

I shall gird myself and trudge forward with the knowledge that she won’t be a teenager until 2017.

14. Another article published!

Okay, so it was accepted for publication already, but the journal issue doesn’t come out for another month or two.

This puts me one step closer to tenure!

13. Marching Band Season II!

This will be our second year of marching band, and we will know more what to expect.

Big has a new name, TrumpetGirl. She blows horn with the brass line.

I have found a new tribe too – Band Moms! They are a group of the most supportive people I have ever met!

I can’t wait to see what the next year of marching band will bring!

12. Anniversary 17!

This year the Ranger and I will have been married for 17 years!

I had to go all the way to Pennsylvania to find him, but he was worth the trip!

11. A New Addition to the Family!

Our family will be growing by two, tiny feet…we will be gaining a great niece.

Too exciting!

10. A Masterpiece Awaits!

The Ranger gave me an art set a few years ago for Christmas, and this year he gave me a new canvas.

I have been terrified to use it.

I’m pretty sure a psychologist could have a field day with my phobia of using art supplies.

In a past life, I used to paint, sketch, and photograph. I have an easel that my Bubba made me, I have hauled across the country. It hasn’t seen the light of day since Baby Girl came along. She’s going to middle school next year.

This year, I am going to get out my easel. I’m going to put a canvas on it. AND I’m going to use it!

9. Catfish Races!

When we moved to the middle of nowhere, TN, we had never heard of a catfish races. Then, we discovered the World’s Biggest Fishfry and the Catfish Races in Paris, TN.

Until you hear the man say, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your catfish!” you have not truly lived the small town life.

8. Car Payment Free!

Okay, so we won’t be completely car payment free, but we will have one of our two cars paid off! I’m not sure how long that will be the case, but I will take what I can get!

7. KK, the Traveling Niece!

KK came to visit last summer. We weren’t sure how that was going to work – one cousin is a band nerd and the other cousin is a jock. It worked. Now we are looking forward to a second visit this summer.

6. Zoo Memberships!

This family has this thing for zoos!

We have been to zoos in Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Knoxville, Atlanta, Nashville and Memphis.

Now that TrumpetGirl is of a certain age, we have to pay for her as an adult, and it costs less to just get a family membership if we plan to go to the zoo more than once in a year. In the past, we have had a membership to the Nashville Zoo, but this year we decided to change it up and get a membership to the Memphis Zoo.

There is much to love about this zoo, but for us the biggest perks are the panda bears, the Teton Trek, and the Northwest Passage Exhibits.

We need to start planning our next trip soon!

5. INF 101

Okay, so you may not quite understand this one, and that’s okay.

I teach this class.

I am responsible for making sure these 20 students understand the basic precepts of information literacy.

In addition to the students I reach in one-shot instruction sessions, I teach this one for-credit course.

I like to alter assignments from year to year.

I like to experiment, try out new techniques.

Sometime they work, sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes I feel sorry for my students.

Sometimes I don’t!

I can’t wait to see what happens!

4. books! Books! & More BOOKS!

What can I say, I’m a librarian!

So many books to read, so little time!

3. Religion!

This may seems like something strange to add to this list – religion – but there so many aspects of church and religion that I enjoy and am looking forward to. Our family is very religious, you can trust me on this one.

Baby is an alter server, there is very little in life that I enjoy more than seeing her excitement when she knows she will be serving at church. It is such a joy to watch her grow in her love of God and church.

My Daddy is a pastor, it is his second career. I love to hear the joy in his voice as he talks about God. His sincerity, concern and love for his family, friends and congregation are an inspiration.

The Ranger may not be a pastor, but he has a love for God that can be seen through his words and actions. I adore that in my man!

It is comforting knowing that everyday as I walk through life I know that the prayers of my husband and my parents follow me through the day.

2. Health!

I’m hopeful that our house will be healthy this coming year.

We have health issues in our home.

I’m not going to go into it.

You will just have to trust me on this.

We are thinking positive and healthy for 2015!

1. Adventure!

Adventure awaits us this year!

I have no idea what it might be, but it awaits!

Hopefully, I will get around to blogging about it!

I wonder how much will actually get blogged and how much will just be blogged in my mind.

Have a great New Year everyone!