Friday, December 26, 2008

The Christmas letter that almost was

Due to some technical difficulties, my first Christmas letter didn't make its way into circulation this year. Perhaps I'll be more successful next year. For your enjoyment, here's what I would have sent you if my computer hadn't quit on me for a week and a half. Merry Christmas!

December 2008

Dear Friends and Family,

Merry Christmas! I appreciate the tradition of reconnecting with loved ones through cards and letters this time of year as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. Here’s a status update along with a wish for a very merry Christmas to all my friends and family. This has been quite the year for me as I’ve started a new chapter in my life: divorced Mormon triathlete. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

The highlight of my summer was my Sister Vacation. In June, I told my friends I was tired of the Riverside heat, so I was going to visit my sisters… in Phoenix and Las Vegas. I spent some time in Phoenix with Tamara reconnecting and reminiscing as we worked on getting things ready for her wedding. Then I headed to Las Vegas where I discovered my sister Andrea had grown into a beautiful, talented and accomplished young woman. After twenty-something years, I could finally get past the fact that she stole my mother’s lap. We had a great time running errands completing projects, and eating frozen custard.

With the support of my friend Taylor and her family, I started the addictive life style of a triathlete. They introduced me to power gel, Wright socks, and the art of squeezing into a wet suit. My first race was at Camp Pendleton in August where I swam 500 m in the ocean, biked 30 K and ran 5 K in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds, barely meeting my goal time by 20 seconds. I had an amazing cheering section!

I finally made the step into the blogosphere this year and began a few blogs, but only after reading a book about blogging. You can follow my triathlon training, my cooking adventures, and me all from the comfort of your computer. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with friends and cousins through their blogs.

My bishop found out that I play the piano, and now I’m accompanying the children at church. I’m trying to whip my fingers into shape after a seven year hiatus from piano playing. Each week gets easier, but my fingers are quite stubborn and just don’t want to play the right notes. When I was sustained in front of the congregation, my friend whispered to me I didn’t know you could play the piano. I whispered back Shh, don’t tell anyone: it’s a secret. I think the cat’s out of the bag.

This year has brought me closer to my girl friends. Stephanie has served as a great sounding board. I cherish our weekly conversations at our favorite coffee shop. She has an art for giving perspective and encouraging me. Adriana is my social coordinator and can be counted on for a classy, entertaining evening filled with informed dialogue. Asia has helped smooth my transition back to church. I’m comforted to know that I have a seat on her pew and can count on her for a smile and hug at any time. Taylor is my inspiration for joining the triathlon scene. She has taught me how to run, swim, and bike with joy and enthusiasm.

The Carty family has been amazing as they’ve welcomed me into their home. I truly appreciate living in a home with a family. They’ve made sure I feel like a family member rather than just a renter. They even tolerate my piano practicing.

I hope that this letter finds you well as you celebrate this Christmas season.

Take care,
Jocelyn

6 comments:

Austin's Mommy said...

Wow, Jocelyn. What a crazy busy life! Thanks for sharing. Hope 2009 is a wonderful adventure.

Grammyzanne said...

2008 was indeed an eventful year for you. May 2009 be filled with nothing but wonderful events. I still shake my head in disbelief and admiration of your triathalon adventures and training.

Adri said...

I'm glad I can be of service to you my dear Joce... only you have to remember my intentions aren't always the best... I hate going places alone :) I'm just so glad you have an adventurous spirit and come share these things with me!

Happy New Year, I have a sneaking suspicion that this year will be better for the both of us! Hallelujah!

Andrea said...

I enjoyed reading your Christmas letter. I'm so glad that you're my sister. Love you tons!

Jenny R said...

Thanks so much for sharing your letter - I wish I had half your energy!!! Hope you have a wonderful year!

Joanne said...

Here's to a great 2009! Keep those adventures rolling in with head up (or slightly down if you are biking - remember Brent, not too far down) and spirits high! You are amazing!