Indian relics and a look back

I am saddened by the fact that this is our last day here – although it doesn’t feel all that special, since not everyone is here and it’s been a low-key day. I haven’t done that well in fantasy football but the Chargers won, which will make Ash happy. At least for one of the NFL games we attended this season our team pulled out a win. (Jags lost to the f’n Texans that time!)

I am still amazed by the vistas, the views, the mountains that surround us on all sides here. I wish I had the camera (Ash has it in San Diego) because the sunset now is spectacular. It is an ancient scene, one that predates the new construction of houses made to look like adobes, the Safeway around the corner, and paved roads.  We visited this preserved area up the road that was once inhabited by the Hohokam, which date back as far as 300 BC. Mary showed me these large flat rocks where the Indians once ground corn. They ground it down so much they formed perfectly round holes, about 3-4 inches deep. It reminded me of the water-washed rocks of the Atlantic coast, where tidal pools form. I went looking in the rocks for some pottery pieces – because it’s pretty prevalent around here – but I was unsucessful; I guess that’s how it will be today. First football and then that. What a way to end the year.

My 2006 was a pretty good year. I defended my thesis, finally passed a language and sucessfully earned my Masters. I found a steady job. I got a new car. My life is very good. I have a great husband, three wonderfully cheerful and well-behaved dogs. I met a lot of cool new people (Vivian, Tiffany, Judy, Kelly, Wayne) and hope that in the new year I can cement some more meaningful friendships. My new job allows me to interact with the graduate students in a way I never did when I too was a student. I am hoping that this will also lead to new friendships that will find me in good company and open my world to new experiences. I am lucky to still be able to teach and hold down a full-time job as well. This allows us to live a fuller life with the luxuries we seek. Not all but we are doing very well for a young couple our age. And 2007 shall bring new exciting advances for us. We’re actively trying to have a child this year and I hope that by year’s end, I can look back and say that I have moved forward, accomplished a lot, and be grateful for all that I have.

Happy new year, everyone. (Drive safe!)

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