Saturday, January 1, 2011

Highlights of the Year of Jubilee - 2010

I turned 50 on December 18, 2009. Since my birthday is so close to New Year's, I always use that time to decide my theme for the next year. So 2010 became the Year of Jubilee. "In the Biblical Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fifty years, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest." (Wikipedia, Jubilee) In hindsight, I could have called it The Year of Traveling.
  • Dan took me to Epcot on my birthday. We had sooooo much fun: ate lunch in a French restaurant (complete with Remy from Ratatouille), visited the terracotta soldiers in China, and belly-danced in Morocco (well, not really but we thought about it). Then we spent the night at the the Grand Bohemian hotel in downtown Orlando. It was like sleeping in an art museum! Yeah, I know...pretty cool.
  • Went a cruise to the Caribbean. Canyoned down a waterfall in Dominica (, swam with sea turtles and toured a sugar plantation in Barbados, learned the meaning of island life from Royston (ask me about jail time on St. Kitts) and how to bribe officials in St. Thomas (thanks Henry). We missed having Corey and Chase with us but Ashley added real-time entertainment.
  • The real deal...... a Mediterranean Cruise. For ALL the pictures and comments go here. My dream of a lifetime in one big gulp. Every place I have said I wanted to see was on this cruise. It was like getting the sampler platter. Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Sicily. We were gone for 17 days. It was heaven. There was literally nothing bad that happened on that trip! Every wonderful thing that Dan arranged came off brilliantly. We met Tod and Betsey Gorrell...our dinner partners for all 12 nights of the cruise. Just loved them and they made our trip even better.
  • Then back to Orlando for birthday 51....the Waldorf Astoria.
There were some sad days and disappointments (I lost some body parts!) but those days were few.  Mostly, I am blessed and mostly, I remember. Looking back is good, it reminds us where we have been and gives us roots.  
"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever..."-- Isak Dinesen

But it's not the way I want to live my on to 2011. I've already dubbed it... The Year of the Red Boots!

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