2010… A Personal Year In Review

Jan 02

Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year. A time for us to finally look towards the future, however this post will deal with the past, specifically my past year. So, here we go… my 2010 year in review.

January started out as any normal January would, quiet and somewhat cold. I continued in my job as a Business Analyst at Capital BlueCross in the Medicare Enrollment department. After a Management Change the beginning of December 2009 it was a little unclear what exactly was going to happen within my department but we were all muddling along as best we could. The end of January brought on a trip of sorts for me… No, not a vacation but a slip and fall at home which messed up my left knee (More on this later).

February brought a month of limping along in life. I celebrated Jen’s Birthday on the 9th by being snowed in with her. We had 2 winter storms in the span of a week dropping several feet of snow on the Lower Susquehanna Valley and between the two of us we were able to dig out and have some fun a the same time. Also, I finally broke down and visited the Doctor for the first (of many) times about my knee.

March was a month of transition for me. I was transferred within our unit at work and went from the Enrollment group to IMaR (Information Management and Reporting). This was a blessing in disguise because come later in the month the unthinkable happened, my employer went through a round of layoffs. Our unit lost two members, one who was a close personal friend but overall we were spared a major cut.

April brought me another birthday and physical therapy for my still ailing knee. It also ushered in the beginning of fishing season, I tried to get out as much as possible, but time wasn’t good for me. As per my norm, the first day of Trout Season brought an early morning at the lake with Jennifer but no fish at the end of the day.

May was somewhat busy. We welcomed another family member into our brood, not by birth but by marriage. My Cousin got married on Mother’s Day (May 9th) and she officially became a Berry… Mandy Berry that is. The following week I got my father out on a boat fishing for Striped Bass at Raystown Lake. We didn’t catch any stripers, however I boated a rather nice Lake Trout which ended up at Jen’s Parents house. I also got the news I didn’t want to get, but knew in the back of my mind was going to happen. I needed surgery on my left knee.

June was actual uneventful. I had my knee Surgery on the 21st and was laid up for a good while.

July brought the 1st annual Lorenz/Wentz camping trip to the cabin in Tioga County over the 4th of July weekend. We all had a blast, well as much as I could less than two weeks post surgery. We had great weather (only hot and humid on the last day) and great fun with great company. Of course we had our laughs, the highlight being Cindy chased by fireworks gone wonky.

August and September were also quiet with my knee getting worse then better. A quick trip to the doctor found that he “fixed” it too well, causing arthritis in the joint. I limped along until the end of September when I got, as the doctor called it, “a lube job for my knee”. I also started planning Jennifer’s Christmas present, and it was one for the ages.

The rest of the year was quiet and uneventful… that is, until Christmas morning. That was the day I asked my wonderful Girlfriend to Marry me. She said yes and now we’re going to be planning a wedding.

All in all, I had a rather uneventful year. Quiet as I like it but punctuated with the good, the bad, and the ugly. I hope this coming year continues the trend… but only time will ultimately tell.

Until Later…

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