2017 might not be wrapped yet – just like some of the presents we still have squirreled away in the house and the Christmas cards that are once again becoming New Year’s cards – but it’s wrapped for the Grape Soda Club! In our past blog and social media endeavors, Scott and I like to give ourselves time off for the holidays, and we think that should continue here. So after today, we’re on hiatus until after we ring in 2018!
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give 2017 a send-off. It was an incredible year in a lot of ways. Granted, it was kind of a Return of the Jedi kind of year, where you’re not sure it all made sense and some things were just plain ridiculous but you kind of enjoyed it anyway. But that doesn’t mean that the things you enjoyed weren’t worth celebrating.
That’s why I like to do what I call a year-end Reverse Bucket List. Why reverse? I have to thank my friend Erika for starting the idea, and she advocated that instead of looking ahead to all the great things we were going to do, there was a lot of value in reversing direction and looking back at all the bucket-list worthy things we’d accomplished that year. It’s easy for the good things to get lost in time. We think it’s important to remember them and to be grateful for them.
So here’s our list of the things we were grateful for doing in 2017 that might have been items on our bucket lists!
The Grape Soda Club 2017 Reverse Bucket List
Road-tripped from Virginia to Florida and back again.
Watched Ramin Djawadi’s epic Game of Thrones concert experience.
Visited Canada’s Parliament.
Ran along the Ottawa River.
Zip-lined in a huge cavern in Louisville.
Sipped mimosas on Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs for Dawn at the Downs.
Watched Derby qualified race horses train at Dawn at the Downs.
Road-tripped from Virginia to Massachusetts and back again.
Scott started a job in Old Town he loves.
Someone in this house turned the big 4-0…and it wasn’t me…
Hosted just about every family member we have at our house at one point.
Furnished most of our house (with a little help from our folks!).
Made our house into a home.
Fell in love with our (still new) state and community.
If I didn’t keep a list of all these stand-out days in the back of my day planner, I would have forgotten half of them. As it is, I just realized I only blogged about half of them! One of these days, we’re going to talk about libraries (again – I know I already talked about them here, but you can’t talk too much about libraries!) and I’ll dig out the pictures I snapped of the Parliament Library in Ottawa. It’s EPIC.
Still, I love lists like this, because it’s a good reminder to back out of the frenetic holiday season and the chaos of the media for a moment and remember the good things that happened. For us, there was a lot of good, and we dearly hope there was for you, too.
We wish you comfort and joy through the holidays, however you choose to celebrate, and cheers to you for a bright start to 2018!