2016 = so long FB, hello again Blogging!

I do believe I am back for good this time!

Thanks in part to one of my long term followers who commented on a 2 year old post this week, and wished for my return. So thank you Winifred, I believe you have inspired me to return, especially since I quit Facebook about 3 weeks ago and now have so much more free time to be productive.

So it's been over two years since my last post and so much has happened, but yes I am still 'Brit Gal in the USA' and still very happy in Okieland with the Hubster, 3 cats and a our new addition a crazy Chocolate Lab named Blossom!

So here's a quick recap of the major events and changes in the past two years, to catch you up......but just headlines and I will follow-up with the back story to many of them over the next few weeks.
  • I turned 50 this June
  • We celebrated our 10th wedding Anniversary last December
  • I am now in charge at the Conference Center after two promotions
  • We adopted a Chocolate Labrador after rescuing her from imminent death
  • My dad and stepmom came to visit in 2015
  • We visited the Grand Canyon
  • We built a pergola
  • I had weight loss surgery on May 3, 2016
  • We fell in love with New Mexico (Santa Fe / Taos)
  • We re-modeled a bathroom
  • We finished a wood floor for the first time
  • I volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster children
  • I have successfully coordinated 22 weddings since my last post!
  • I left Facebook in July for good
  • I had a British boss for 18 months, in the same location
  • I have been a brunette, redhead and am now back to blonde, probably permanently due to the 70% grey hair
  • I have gone from a size 18/20 to currently a size 12 and still shrinking rapidly
  • I sold two entire wardrobes of clothes and am currently stocking my new one
  • I have read 48 books
  • I am learning to love my body for the first time in my life
  • I am learning to cook and eat in a much healthier way 
  • I am addicted to Pinterest
  • We 'cut the cable' this year and now watch TV with just a ROKU
  • I learned to target shoot and discovered a new passion
  • We saw Willie Nelson in concert
  • I refinished an antique blanket box as a TV stand
  • I developed a passion for NBA Basketball and the OKC Thunder
  • I have both an amazement and horror for the US system of electing a President
  • I still learn daily the differences between Brits and Americans in the workplace
  • After 11 years 'across the pond' this is truly home and I know I will never return to live in England
I will expand on most of these in the coming weeks....

As I decided to return to blogging today I tracked down some of my old blogging pals and was so happy to see most of them still active out there. So expect me to be around and commenting again on many of these great blogs... JillJoeGaelynSherriGigiYogiExpat MumKayStarDarylLady Fi  and Linda.


Betsy Adams said...

Oh My Goodness.... SO SO SO SO SO glad to hear from you!!! It's been a LONG time... Congrats on the weight loss... I finally got my weight under control in about 2012 --and have kept it OFF since then. TAKES more work to keep it off than to lose it.... Blessings to you!!!!

How is Oklahoma? I have always thought about you when there are horrible storms in your state... We are fine... still gardening/still traveling/still searching waterfalls/still hiking... BUT---I too almost gave up blogging completely after being SO involved in Facebook. Right now, I'm blogging some (hopefully--about once a week) --but I still LOVE Facebook. My kids/grands are on there --so it's the best way to keep up with them. AND--I have caught up with so many old friends through the years on FB...

Blogging and FB are so different one from the other... FB is much easier --since blogging takes so much time visiting friends... AND--so many bloggers are only into memes these days so that gets a little boring at times... BUT---I LOVE to write and can give many more details and much more info on blogs than I can on FB... SO---I'll try to continue both --in the LITTLE time that I have.. ha

Welcome back....

Iota said...

So you haven't really been doing much then...

Honeycomb said...

I have to say, you certainly capture a lot in such a small space! You know how to live well! Beautiful bulleted list. I check in from time to time to see if you post, and how happy I was today to see you are BACK!

Somehow I am not surprised that you are now in charge at the Conference Center you work at. I am wondering about that bathroom remodel and whether that beautiful tile you did is still there. Congratulations on the weight loss, I would love to hear about that!!! You have always seemed grounded to me, but in your list recapping the last 2 years you seem very grounded and so peaceful. That is wonderful!

And..... so is having you back blogging!!!

Lendal said...

welcome back...same for me, Facebook has become ubiquitous in our lives, nothing in depth...

Lendal said...

also going to magpie your idea of catch -up :))

Winifred said...

For some reason I didn't receive a notification of your post. I'm so pleased you are back & my goodness what a lot you've achieved in the past two years.

Hope to hear more in 2017 so have a great New Year!

Winifred said...

Forgot to say I can't believe you're 50. You look absolutely fabulous!

Linda Jennings said...

I enjoyed reading about your busy life journey. Best wishes to you for continued success while having fun!

Winifred said...

Hope you're both doing well. We're still waiting patiently to hear more details about what you've been up to. That list is colossal, congratulations!

There seems to be a problem with your feed. I get strange messages but eventually I get your log by clicking the link to the url. Weird!

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