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What a Difference a Year Makes

Thomas Whitley

As I'm sure it was for all of you, 2012 was a crazy, exciting, and memorable year. Because I think reflecting and actively remembering are good practices, here are a few highlights from 2012.

  • Trinity moved to Tallahassee - It was technically 2011 (December 26), but it was a big deal and was close enough to the beginning of 2012 that I'll count it. She hated moving away from her friends and her church in Columbia, SC, but the moves has been great for both of us. I'm grateful to have such a supportive partner.
  • Family Visits - My parents were able to visit us twice in 2012 (January and November) and one of Trinity's sisters visited us for Thanksgiving. We were also able to visit out family in North Carolina a handful of times.
  • FSU Baseball - Trinity and I really got into watching the FSU baseball team play during the spring and into the summer. Hosting Regionals and Super Regionals were great experiences for us.
  • FSU Football - We became season ticket holders and will be doing the same for the 2013 season. Although we are a bit disappointed with how the season ended, all-in-all it was a good season and we had a blast tailgating and attending the games. Thanks to those who joined us this past season; you made it even more enjoyable.
  • Broken Ankle - On April 25 I broke my right ankle playing softball - yes, softball. Turns out I should have slid.
  • Back Surgery - Not three months after breaking my ankle I was diagnosed with a herniated disc with left S1 nerve root compression. It was painful, but the surgery fixed the problem and thanks to my wonderful physical therapist Tyressa Judge, I was back to running within 3 months and back to riding my bike within 4.
  • 3 Semesters Down - I have one more semester of coursework for my Phd, then it's on to exams and writing a dissertation. Staying focused and working hard.
  • Languages - During 2012 I continued to work on various languages and added Aramaic and Coptic. In 2013 I am adding, at least, Syriac and French.

I'm sure I've missed a ton of events (big and small) that changed my life, shaped who I am, and deepened relationships. Thanks for being a part of it.

As my mom always says, what a difference a year makes.