welcome 2015

I cannot believe how quickly 2014 swept by. It seems that as I get older, time just flies. It’s definitely been a full year, and many wonderful things happened. I saw my sister and her daughter from Taiwan in Vegas. We spent about four days together. Although my family and I were not able to travel to Taiwan as planned, it was a blessing that they were able to come to the U.S. My other sister and her husband are doing much better and their health is improving. We missed seeing them in Vegas, but my brother-in-law had a medical emergency that prevented him from traveling. We met some of his classmates who all travel together to a new destination every year. Now that’s a reunion.

In other news, our daughter is in her junior year in high school. She’s done extremely well, although it’s been tough. I’m always amazed at the amount of homework teachers give students, especially over the breaks, and how some assignments are due in such short periods of time. Seriously, it’s a crime. I keep telling her that college is much different. Stressful, yes, but at least most college professors give you a little more time to turn things in. She has been studying for the SAT and will take the exam in January. Tutoring is costing us an arm and a leg, but hopefully, will increase her score. She wants to attend college in California, so we’ve been tossing around the idea of moving back to California if she ends up getting into a college there. I have mixed feelings about this. My husband loves California and has fond memories of living in San Diego and Orange County. I, on the other hand, do not and absolutely hate the traffic. However, we have some close friends in O.C.

This year promises to be an interesting one. Around spring time, I’ll be looking for a J-O-B. Searching the job boards for social work positions has been a little discouraging, as the area of work that I’m most interested in appears to be the lowest paying. But then, I’m not really that surprised. In just a few short weeks, the spring semester will begin at ASU. I have so enjoyed doing absolutely nothing over the break other than hanging out with friends, catching up on movies and sleep, and eating way too many carbs. I can’t say that I’m ready to begin my last semester in grad school, but I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize: graduation! So much must be done before then. This year, I hope to be a little more patient, joyfuI, and gracious. I hope all of the hard work in grad school eventually pays off. We shall see…And I hope to make it to Taiwan next October! The Lunar New Year is just around the corner, the Year of the Goat.

Wishing you all a very bright and healthy New Year!

3 thoughts on “welcome 2015

  1. Marijane Hsiao-ling Nguyen Post author

    Carmen, thank you very much! I’m so glad you stopped by! This may be the year I can come and visit you because I have some free flights banked w/ Southwest. I really want to meet you in person! I’ll send you a copy of the article I originally wrote about us connecting. Look for it in your email!


  2. Carmen Seitz

    Such a nice article!!! You are a very good writer!!! Hope your new year is starting off to a great start!!! Would love to have a copy of the one you wrote about us, that had the pictures! I think it was back in 2012!

    Sent from my iPhone


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