New year, new hopes, new dreams

February 1, 2012• 37 Comments

Hi everyone! I was hoping to start the new year off with a new look for the blog, but I spent my entire winter break in Taiwan visiting my parents, and naturally with all the eating and shopping, there was little time left to do anything else :/ But I do have a lot planned for this blog this coming year (with one of them being more consistent posting), and if any of you have ideas of what you’d like to see more (or less) of on this blog, feel free to let me know as well :)

As the first post of 2012, I naturally have to do a year in review of 2011. I think the word eventful does a pretty good job of summing up the year, and here are a few of the things that’s happened in 2011:

  • My parents moved back to Taiwan and I’m now living on my own[1. Well, not really. I have my 2 cats and my boyfriend]
  • I got surgery to remove part of my Thyroid, and less than 2 weeks later, I got into a car accident.
  • I started graduate school, which was a bit of an adjustment from college
  • My boyfriend got me a Shelly, my first cat
  • In November, we adopted another cat[2. He’s around the same age as Shelly, so 1 year old], who was naturally named Cooper. Bazinga!
  • In December, Cooper suddenly went blind[3. He also had a heck lot of other issues throughout: infected eye, extreme shyness characterized by hiding under couches 24/7, diarrhea, and irking Shelly] . Vets couldn’t figure out why but said he’s not gonna get his sight back :(

I know that just from reading that list you’d think that 2011 was a pretty poopy year for me. Honestly I thought so at first but many times the difficulties we face in life turn out to be blessings in disguise. Don’t believe me?

Cooper and Shelly, now living in peace. Oh and they both have 20/20 vision :)

Sometime during my time in Taiwan, my boyfriend told me that Cooper has somehow regained his eyesight. He called it a Christmas miracle, and I couldn’t have agreed more. Living this away from my parents for the first time was tough, but it has taught me to be more independent. This, coupled with taking care of my cats, also taught me to appreciate my parents’ love and hard work so much more. It’s not easy taking care of another living being!

As for 2012, I don’t know what God has in store for me. I know it will be another eventful year, with my graduation and entering the workforce and all, but I also know that it will be another year filled with His blessings :) So here’s a happy belated new year + lunar new year to everyone! May 2012 kick ass for us all!

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  1. candy says:

    wow it really is a blessing in disguise

    I wish that can happen to me, my dog has poor eyesight :(

    anyways happy new year!

    1. Jenny says:

      Sorry to hear about your dog :( After what's happened to Cooper, I believe that anything is possible, so you never know!

  2. Liv says:

    Shelly and Cooper … was the naming intentional when you got the first cat? And that's so great poor Cooper got his eyesight back! If only would happen to me, haha.

    It's called escaping the cold! That's what Taiwan is for … Bazinga! So it is true that when their children become independent, parents might move back to their home countries. I thought my mom was joking when she said when she retires she'll move back to Hong Kong.

    Have a wonderful new year!

    1. Jenny says:

      Haha, yes it was. My boyfriend were debating what we wanted to name our second cat, and since we wanted to keep it within the BBT theme, the choices were between Howie, Bernie, Cooper, and Wolowizard (my boyfriend wanted this name -_- ).

  3. Alex^^ says:

    Oh my god your cats are so cute! I love The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is my spirit animal! Haha Happy New Year Jenny!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks! I love BBT too, and Sheldon is my favorite, haha. Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Ren says:

    You are a great designer Jenny; I can't wait to see your blog's new theme if you decide to design a new one. I hope you recovered well from your surgery. I see the relation between Shelly and Cooper's name; you can call Sheldon as Shelly! :D Those are really cute cats! *purr*

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you Ren ^_^ I love your designs too, and you're an excellent coder! Yess, I love Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, so I knew that I wanted to name my first cat Shelly, haha.

  5. Joy says:

    I think it's great that you have so much faith in God when it comes to the events in your life. It's the only way to live!

    You're kitties are beautiful! So Cute! I rescued a baby kitten who was about 2 weeks old when we found her next to the church. We named her Bishop. Nursing her to health was tough but now she's a brat lol.

    Happy New Year and I hope this one brings more happy moments for you =]

    1. Jenny says:

      It's true that faith is built during difficult times in your life, and there were many times I wanted to give up, but I'm glad I didn't :)
      Aww, I'm glad to hear that you were able to nurse the kitten back to health! Both of mine were adopted when they were almost 1, but I think it'd be fun to own a kitten.

  6. djawa says:

    woww, cute,. i love cat., :D
    I hope all your wishes come true ^_^

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you! You too :)

  7. Amber says:

    Well, I am glad at least the start of the year is going good for you. Your cats are so pretty. I would love to have a cat, but my boyfriend is allergic to them. Maybe I can convince him to take allergy medicine for I would love one. I hope the year goes good for you. Lets keep our faith in Him for He will always be there for us.

    1. Jenny says:

      Sorry to hear that your boyfriend is allergic :( I noticed there are more people allergic to cats than dogs, but apparently there are breeds that don't cause any allergic reactions? Or you can convince him to take medicine 24/7, haha.

  8. Carrie says:

    Congrats to living on your own! How do you like it? Plenty of responsibility I bet :(

    Your cats are adorable! I wish we could have a kitten as a pet but my fiance is nearly terrified of them because of her past experiences with cats. I keep trying to convince her but she's not listening, lol.

    Graduate school, YAY! I bet it is totally different from the normal college scene. At least you have goals and expectations. I'm glad to see you succeed :) Have fun!

    1. Jenny says:

      I like it because I love being able to decorate the house exactly how I want to, but you're right, a LOT of responsibility. Cooking is the worst, I miss having a good home-cooked meal.
      Sorry to hear about your fiance's past experience with cats :( Maybe if you guys went to an adoption fair together and played with some cats, she might change her mind? My boyfriend was totally iffy about cats before, but Shelly and Cooper totally changed his mind ^_^
      Graduate school is definitely different from college, people are more mature (on the most part)!

  9. jeniffer says:

    I also love cats.. I can't count how many cats we have during my entire life.. that was miracle that your cat is getting better from being blind.. reading the things that happen in your life seems like everything works well for you.. so I hope you will still receive a continuous blessing.. :)

    1. Jenny says:

      I do feel very blessed now that I look back on everything that's happened, but it certainly didn't feel that way when I was going through them, lol. Shelly and Cooper are my first cats, but I'm absolutely in love with them. Now I can see why people can have 10+ of them :P

  10. Happy New Year! All the best for 2012.

    Your cats look really cute :3

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks! Happy 2012 to you as well!

  11. Here's hoping for an awesome 2012!

  12. Ivy says:

    Wow. A lot has happened in 2011! I don't even remember much of what happened, mainly because it wasn't all that great. :( I'm not living with my parents at the moment either because of school. I live with some random person the school assigned me to in my apartment. But I am living with friends next year!

    I hope 2012 brings us happiness and joy!

    1. Jenny says:

      Sorry to hear that your 2011 wasn't that great :/ I also lived with friends and away from my parents in college, but they were always a 30 minute drive from me, so it didn't seem that bad at all. Them being all the way across the Pacific ocean and a 20-hour flight away is a different feeling though. Oh well, all a part of growing up!

  13. Cat says:

    Wow, that really is a Christmas miracle! I'm glad to hear that Cooper regained his eye sight. My blind turtle is still blind, so I think it's amazing that Cooper got his eye sight back. The photo of both of them is really cute :)

    Happy New Year! I hope 2012 will be awesome for you!

    1. Jenny says:

      You can never know with your turtle, anything can happen! :D I think this whole Cooper-regaining-his-eyesight incident has made me an extremely optimistic person, haha.

  14. Alex says:

    TAIWAN!!! i love the food and shopping there! haha, can excuse you for not blogging. totally understandable since you were there! ;D

    sorry to hear about the accident and surgery (But glad it all went okay in the end) and congrats on getting into grad school! :DDD!

    and cute cats!! totally agree with you on the blessings in disguises. it all contributes to gaining wisdom and being wiser and more mature and stronger individuals!

    glad Cooper regained his eyesight too! that must’ve been a scare. happy lunar new year to you too!!!

    1. Jenny says:

      Yess, food and shopping :D That's pretty much all I did when I was there, haha. It was definitely a scare when my cat went blind, and soon after he started having diarrhea problems, so it was all just a huge mess (literally). But now it's all good!

  15. Gel says:

    I've never been to Taiwan but i'd love to go there someday! Never imagined living apart from my family though but for some reason I have a feeling that i'll be living on my own one of these days. I've never had a pet cat, I used to have a pet bunny and got too emotionally attached to it. When it died, I was crying and I never want to experience that ever again : Hope we'll all have a memorable 2012!

    1. Jenny says:

      Taiwan is a lot of fun if you like shopping and good food :9 You should definitely visit one day! I used to have a pet bunny too, and even though it was only with me for a couple days (it died pretty quickly), I definitely got attached to it. I try not to think about what's going to happen inevitably, and though I know I'm going to cry my eyes out when any of my cats leave me, the smiles they brought to my face are worth enduring the sadness.

  16. Dipika says:

    I have been trying to come up a new look myself but been busy with so many other things lol. I hope you enjoyed your break in Taiwan!

    I hope you like living by yourself…I am in the same boat and although sometimes I feel lonely I like the freedom.

    Uh oh…car accidents are definitely not fun >_>

    Yay for cats…but sorry about Cooper T_T.

    I agree it is definitely not easy to take care of another living being…I am glad that miracle happened XD.

    Happy belated new year + lunar new year to you too…I hope 2012 is indeed kickass ;)

    1. Jenny says:

      I can definitely relate to the loneliness part, but the cats definitely helped. Of course, the trade off is taking care of them (a LOT of poop scooping and feeding), but it's worth it :3

  17. Misaki says:

    It seems like you've been through a lot last year :( That's a miracle about your cat! My dog is slowly loosing his eyesight – he has cataracts – so there's little chance of him gaining his eyesight again. But you never know about miracles :D

    Your cats look so cute!

    Yeah, $75 for a tablet is really cheap :) The features and performance is pretty good. The battery doesn't last too long though but it's not too bad :D

    That's like me! I buy so much stationary and don't use them all, then keep buying more. It's a cycle, hahaha!

    1. Jenny says:

      I thought my cat had cataracts at first too because of the cloudy haze over his eyes, but he's only 1, and the vet said he was too young for that. But I'm so thankful that he's ok now :)

  18. michelle says:

    Wow, it certainly looks like a lot has happened last year (same with myself) but I'm glad you're not letting that get to you. It's so easy for to dampen someone spirits especially with so much happening.

    I hoped you enjoy your trip ;D

  19. Jenny says:

    Yeah, it was very difficult to hang on in there and believe in the best when everything was going terribly with my life :( But things worked out in the end, and I hope they did for you too! I had a wonderful trip back, thank you!

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