2019 Review (sort of)

So, I was hoping to have started this back in January.  But remembering what happened 11 months ago is nearly impossible.  So I’ll just write with how my year went.

I’ll most likely go backwards as the earliest memories will be easier to remember, LOL

Well December there was a few things that happened. Besides my birthday, I got a surprise package from a friend who had met Dom Sherwood and had sent me what she done during that convention. Not only did she send me the picture of her photo op with him, but he was holding up a shirt she had designed (for a lack of a better word), and the shirt of which he signed. I done an Instagram live so she could see my reaction when I opened it. And yes, there were tears.

As well in December, Fan Central TV was doing a 12 Days of Fanmas on their YouTube channel and you were able to get a chance to win what each video contained by answering a question (or whatever she needed you to do). I was waiting patiently for Shadowhunter goodies, and the days were passing by and y birthday was getting closer. It just so happened that my birthday was the last day for the Fanman giveaway and sure enough, it was on my birthday. You can watch the video here to see the prizes.

So I watched said video. Couldn’t help but laugh while watching. And then I answered her question in the comments. I was crossing everything I had to cross to give myself the good luck I could muster to actually win this. Mainly because it was years since I won anything online.

Low and behold I seen them make a tweet of the list of winners for the 12 TV series and seen a “Karen Ford” for Shadowhunters.  I congratulated all winners until I took a double take on the name and had to ask if that was actually me?  It was and then I danced around the house.  I was in shock, to be honest. I’ll do a video of me opening the package once I get it. 🙂  Thank you again Fan Central TV.  ❤ ❤ ❤

I also had another friend surprise me with a Clace autographed picture.  She originally had an extra Kat McNamara photo, so she had me pick from the ones she sent me for a favourite of mine to have signed.  So I had one chosen and didn’t think anything of it when she was trying to choose a various of Clace pictures.  So when I helped her with one I thought she was getting for herself, Well, you can guess I was in shock when I got a package from her with the picture of both Kat’s and Dom’s signature on it.  She also sent me a small piece of paper with Dom’s writing on it for me as I have plans for a future tattoo.

I feel very blessed to have the friends I’ve made on Twitter thanks to a show that got cancelled after only 3 seasons.  And I’ll be forever grateful to them. ❤ ❤ ❤

I also won a signed autograph of Chai Hansen, who played Jordan Kyle from Shadowhunters.  I hope to meet him, as well as the rest of the cast, someday.  They are all a blessing to so many of us who draw on them for different reasons.  Thank you again Tiff. ❤

 

I feel that everything so far is Shadowhunter related as to how my year went.  And for the most part it is.  From books being released, to having my own marathons via NetFlix.

Besides birthdays and anniversaries, we (my hubby and I) went back to Cuba for the 4th time, back in April.  And yes, to the same resort.  They have become family to us.  We are really hoping to take our kids (tho not really kids) with us this time.  We want to take them to a place where we felt the most welcome.  Melia Las Antillas.  It’s an older resort, but it’s the people who always brings us back when we can.

This is not much of a review of my year in 2019, but I promise to make a better one for 2020.

So on that note, thank you for visiting my blog.  Thank you for reading, and most of all, thank you for sticking around to see what I post next.

Sending you all lots of love.

K ❤

A New Year with New Beginnings

So, we are 3 days into the a new year and it’s looking pretty good.  We’ve got snow on the ground, there’s a chill in the air (ok, more then a chill,, enough to freeze the balls off a brace monkey), and I’m enjoying my semi-quiet day.

It’s 1:20 in the afternoon as I type this, though, not sure what time it will be when I end it, LOL.

It will soon be time to start taking down the tree and putting away all the Christmas decorations until next time.  Some people took theirs down the day after Boxing day.  Mainly because they’ve had things decorated since NOVEMBER!!!  Make no friggen wonder you want to take it down right after Christmas.  I’d be bored with it too.  I don’t get why people have to put it up so early.  I mean really???  December 1st is bad enough, but November???

Usually I put ours up after my hubby’s Christmas party at his hotel.  But this year I stuck it out until close to my birthday.  If I had to wait for hubby’s Christmas party, the tree wouldn’t be up until tomorrow.  Yes, I said TOMORROW!!  The hotel’s party is TONIGHT!!  January 3rd.  I’m sorry,, THAT’S NOT A CHRISTMAS PARTY when you’re having it AFTER Christmas is long over.  What’s the friggen point to having a party now to celebrate all the work they’ve done all year???

So needless to say, we won’t be going,, at least I won’t be.  If hubby wants to go for the sake of making an appearance, then he can, but I won’t be.

Anyway, on to much lighter thoughts,,, 🙂

I want to take this time to thank more of my friends for being there when I need them.  Sandra and Angie.  You girls are awesome and I hope to meet you both some day, ❤ .  Melinda, what can I say that I haven’t already said? ❤ ya girlie.  Brian, you are the best non-boyfriend a girl could ask for, LOL.  Roddy, you’ve been such an awesome supporter throughout 2014 and I thank you with all my heart.  Jan, I wish you much success this year and hope that all your dreams come true.

Let go of all the negative things weighing you down, and reach for all the positive things.  That’s what will make you shine.

K

My Year in Review…

This might not be as long as my other years, or as interesting, but it’s something.

Trying to think of what I done throughout the year can be tedious.  Especially where there’s days I don’t remember what I had for breakfast the day before. 😀  So I’ll just do the highlights of what happened in 2013.

Only big thing that happened in January was Brett’s birthday.  And it’s scary with the thought of his birthday coming up again in a few days and he’ll be 16.  I don’t look like someone who has a teenager for their child.  But I look at it that it’s having a child with special needs is what’s keeping me young.

The One

My book is available on amazon.com

February was when I  published my first book.  I tell ya, that was the one thing that I’ve been so nervous about in my whole life.  As soon as I made the post on facebook that my book was available on Amazon.com, I get a reply from my friend in the US saying that she just bought her copy.  Well,,, I cried when I read that.  It was a good thing the kids were in school, and hubby was at work, cause my eyes were red and puffy.  I wasn’t looking pretty, lol.  Then a little while later, I get a phone call from a childhood friend from Ontario.  And she got me crying again.  I’m so grateful for my friends, they are awesome.  Their support is so overwhelming.  And I know that some of them will read this, so I want to thank you all.  I love you all. xoxo.

March.  Well this is when we were supposed to go to Cuba. Unfortunately we had to cancel 2 days before flying out due to unforeseen medical reasons.  But we were able to get the majority of the money back,,, gotta love insurance, and gave the money to our awesome travel agent to put on a gift card for us when we found another place to go.  It took a while, but we found one.  It’s still in Cuba, just in a different location.  Though this time we will be going with friends.  I’m so excited!!!  Can’t you tell??  If you have me on Facebook, I’ve been doing a countdown.  As of today we have 132 days left. :)

I'm in Stargate heaven :)

I’m in Stargate heaven 🙂

This brings me to April.  Well this is the month we have our annual Sci-Fi event, Sci-Fi on the Rock.   And this year I was in my glee.  Not only did I get to meet Mike Dopud, but I was lucky enough to get to meet Gary Jones as well.  I was in Stargate heaven.  But I kept my cool.  I done my fangirl squeals when I was alone.  Usually when driving home after a long day of taking care of Mike’s needs.  I was assigned to look after him for the weekend.  I never asked him, but I hope I done a good job,  🙂 

May and June we were preparing for the kids finishing up their school year, and getting ready for our annual autism camp.  You know the saying, if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything.  Well… 

July and August.  These 2 months went by so fast.  We had the autism camp on the first weekend of July, then the kids were taking turns with both sets of grandparents, and home.  I think if I could do it, I’d like to spend most of the summer away from town.  To get away from city rules would be a wonderful vacation indeed.

September started up the school routines again.  Though this time, Brett started high school.  Yep, he’s in grade 10 (or level I as we used to call it growing up).  Denise is in Grade 5, so she’s got 1 more year left in this school, then she’ll be in Jr. High.  Saying that makes me feel older then I am, lol

November.  I was asking the kids what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes I have to do it that early, especially for Brett as he tends to ask for things that I have to order online.  And sometimes it’s hard to track down so I’ll need all that time to locate it.  Though, usually anything dealing with Dinosaurs will make him happy,, I still try to get what he asks for.   Mainly because he doesn’t ask for much, so when he shows interest in things, I want to make sure he gets his requests.  Now in saying that, I don’t give in to him all the time.  There’s days when he will want something, (usually when we go to the mall and Cole’s Bookstore is close by) I will tell him a simply ‘no, not today’, and he is fine.  He doesn’t take with a tantrum like I’ve seen some kids do out shopping.  And the fact that he’s autistic and the other kids i see are not, makes me wonder if their parents are afraid to say no every once in a while?

Oreo

Oreo Psycho Ford

This is the month when we got Oreo too.  She wasn’t quite 8 weeks old, but she ended up being a great addition to our little family.  And with the loss of Hammie (our hamster), she helped Denise’s sadness. 

December brings one of the biggest highlights to my year.  This year I turned 40.  Yes, there, I’ve said it,,, I’M 40!!!   Before you all ask,, no, I didn’t do anything different to celebrate it.  It was just the usual quite day with my hubby and kids, and my usual ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.  I know it’s ironic and maybe weird to some to have an ice cream cake in the winter.  But every birthday here has to have one.  In fact, when Brett’s birthday next week comes,, he’ll have one too.  🙂  And if you haven’t had one for your big day, then you should. 

Now mind you, I have started writing on the sequel to my first book back in February.  Along with adding to the script off and on throughout the year.  I’ve been in a great webseries called Star Trek Reliant.  It’s an awesome show to watch.  I’ve had the honor to be apart of it as well.  I’ve been a few characters already, though my favorite is Dr. Sheppard.  If you know me, you know how we came up with that name, lol 😉 

And that’s my year in a nutshell.  Told ya it may be short and not that interesting.  Though I plan on making 2014 an awesome year.  With writing 2 books at the same time, finishing up on the script to start filming this summer, this is going to be a very busy year.

So on that note, I want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.

Love always,

Karen, xo.